[open-literature] Architecture of Open Correspondence

James Harriman-Smith james.harriman-smith at okfn.org
Tue Jul 19 08:12:30 UTC 2011

Summary of correspondence regarding Open Correspondence architecture,
reposted to list in case others have comments.

- If opencorrespondence is is simply to be part of a digital network of 19th
resources, it would be useful if there was some sort of id atttached to each
letter and each correspondent: this would make cross-reference much easier.

- Further the current URL for Laman,
pigeonholes Mr  Blanchard as a correspondent of Dickens, which, obviously,
limits what can be done with him, especially if he appears in other
correspondences (not least his own). If this was standardised to something
else (e.g. Blanchard as a general correspondent and not Dickens'), it would
then break links to the resource.


- > and it is considered slightly better for Linked Data - the next big
> challenge in the project.
Awesome, tell me more! I've only heard about Linked Data at apresentation by
the UK Reading Experience Database - RED
(http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/). I asked the programmer about
what was required for a website to use Linked Data and he said it was
still too complicated, but maybe next year I could "upgrade" my
website. I'm curious to know how easy or not you think it will be...

- In normalizing your data, which standard are you going to use?

- > Once the correspondents work is complete (or at least this current
> are there sites or lists that you know of to which this site could be
> promoted to get a higher profile (I've no idea if anyone uses it though)?
You should definitely get it aggregated into NINES:http://www.nines.org/ It's
a search engine for peer-reviewed digital
objects on nineteenth-century studies. If Dickens's correspondents
mention reading, you might wanna tell the folks at RED. They could
link their references to Dickens's letters to your website. And why
not tell the Dickens Society (http://dickensquarterly.org/)?
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