[open-literature] [open-humanities] Open Correspondence site updates

print.crimes print.crimes at yatterings.com
Tue Mar 8 09:39:33 UTC 2011

Thanks for the smiley, Jonathan.

I'd be very interested in writing such a post but first I'd like to try 
to finish some tools to start using the data which have been left in a 
bit of a state.

Hamann sounds interesting. You've just hit on the big issure for the 
project which (I think) I was talking to Jo Walsh about at Dev8d. There 
is an XML format which the software reads and will put into the database 
(I probably need to actually document it but it is not difficult). The 
question is the parsing of the data. Currently the parsing is very much 
aimed towards the Dickens letters and are in need of an overhaul which I 
was planning on doing as an ongoing project after the next set of 
smaller bug fixes to the XML / JSON.

That rather large caveat aside, I'd be interested in working with you on 
the Hamann collection if you'd like so that it can made more useful and 

Look forward to reading the blog post about Open Philosophy.

As I'm in between jobs this week, I'm around on Skype if it would be 
easier to chat. Thursday and Saturday are out at the moment but free at 
other times when ever is good for you.


On 07/03/2011 09:23, Jonathan Gray wrote:
> This is great Iain! Fantastic to see this progressing.
> Would you be prepared to write a short blog post to this effect for
> humanities.okfn.org - summarising what it is you're doing, and why it
> might be useful to people?
> Also I am about to start looking into putting some of Johann Georg
> Hamann's correspondence online [1], with a view to doing some
> collaborative translation, and (much needed!) annotation. I wonder
> whether we could say something about the instances in which the Open
> Correspondence software might be able to yield interesting results?
> E.g. would it be interesting to see this for the correspondence I
> have? If so, what data do I need in what form? Will blog about the
> project (and the broader 'Open Philosophy' umbrella) soon...
> All the best,
> Jonathan
> [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Georg_Hamann
> On Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM, print.crimes
> <print.crimes at yatterings.com>  wrote:
>> Evening,
>> Apologies for cross-posting.
>> I've just updated the Open Correspondence site with some additions.
>> * additional fields in the RDF endpoint.  I still need to do some major work
>> to JSON and XML which I hope to do for the next update.
>> * a basic text search
>> * a basic set of geographic data in the collection
>> * better linking from the letters to the correspondent and geographical data
>> (NB it is still incomplete)
>> * some mapping with Open Layers javascript.
>> * a Simile timeline (which is a bit slow at the moment).
>> Following a conversation regarding APIs on Open Shakespeare, I'm starting
>> work on an API for mining the letters for some data. It might also show any
>> other areas which need work. I think that this is also going to involve
>> checking the site against the Pedantic Web suggestions and working on some
>> of those.
>> Is there an open bibliographic service  which can be queried to get better
>> book publication data for nineteenth century publications? Alternatively is
>> there a data set where I can start creating one for present and possible
>> future needs?
>> I'd be grateful for any comments, suggestions or wishes for the site either
>> on list or directly back to this mail.
>> Thanks,
>> Iain
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