[T]he possibilities offered by “interpretive tagging,”… enable the information about an individual writer’s life and work to be searched by time, place, genre and occupation. One can look at all the authors who were nuns or librarians; who wrote agit-prop, anthems or art criticism, who had links with Scarborough or South Africa. The biographers can also be interrogated in multiple further ways. Such options enable kinds of research quite impossible in a book. But they also indirectly help generate alternatives to more “mainstream” perspectives (50).
The Orlando Project has been generously supported by the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (Academic), the Director of Libraries, the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Arts, and the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta; and by the School of English and Theatre Studies, the Faculty of Arts, and the Vice-President Research at the University of Guelph.
The first phase in Orlando’s development – creation of the Project infrastructure, the DTDs, and extensive encoding – was funded by a Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Council has since awarded Standard Research Grants to each of Dr. Brown, Dr. Clements, and Dr. Grundy for work on the Orlando narrative history.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation invested in the second phase of Orlando work, the development of the production system capable of exploiting the SGML markup for delivery on the Internet.
Inso Corporation provided the Orlando Project with an in-kind grant of software.
The Orlando Project Team is moved by, and grateful for, personal donations from Don Buchanan and Shirley and Christopher Head.