[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 differs from most of these initiatives in that we are structuring and electronically encoding scholarly work which is in the process of being written, rather than texts that are already written.
The project most closely related to Orlando is CWRC, the Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory / Le Collaboratoire scientifique des écrits du Canada. This infrastructure project builds on Orlando’s expertise in collaborative online scholarly production and its semantic tagging of interpretative material, to provide a digital working environment for the worldwide community of Canadian humanities scholars and researchers.
Cambridge University Press is producing a series entitled Cambridge Library Collection, which makes non-fictional texts from the past available in electronic or print-on-demand format. Some texts by women are gathered in a particular section, others scattered throughout other sections. Here too Orlando provides links.
The Women Writers Project at Brown University, Providence, RI, is developing an electronic textbase of women’s writing in English before 1830, currently available by subscription. The difference between this project and Orlando is that they are editing women’s texts, while we are writing a history. Orlando will incorporate links to these texts from its passages of comment about them.
A Celebration of Women Writers provides a comprehensive listing of links to on-line information about women writers. It also develops on-line editions of works by women writers.
The Emory Women Writers Resource Project is pedagogical tool designed to allow graduate and undergraduate students to edit texts by women writing in English from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.
The Perdita Project is producing a database guide to about 400 sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscript archives compiled by women in the British Isles.
The Victorian Women Writers Project is producing SGML-encoded transcriptions of literary works by nineteenth-century British women writers. Orlando hopes to incorporate links to these texts.
The Chawton House Library is a research centre in early women’s writing, opened in 2003, with a library of rare books. Some are already freely available online; the fifty rarest texts in the collection are scheduled for electronic availability. Orlando will incorporate links to these from its textbase.
Oxford Text Archive, an archive of literary texts, is maintained by Oxford University Computing Services.
The Margot Group is producing texts by Early Modern writers (particularly women), and Latin texts much used by such writers.
The Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (CWWN) is an online forum that promotes research and exchange of ideas among those interested in contemporary women’s writing.
Middlebrow: An Interdisciplinary Transatlantic Research Network, an “AHRC-funded project that provides a focus for research on th loaded and disreputable term ‘middlebrow’ and the areas of cultural production it purports to represent. The network is both transatlantic and interdisciplinary.”