Conference Contribution Details
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Barr, Rebecca Anne; Tonra, Justin
School of Humanities Research Day
"Ossian Online: Building a Collaborative Research Environment"
NUI Galway
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30-APR-14
30-APR-14
This presentation will introduce the early stages of Ossian Online, a new research initiative to archive and edit James Macpherson’s profoundly influential work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European culture. The project will deploy digital technologies to pilot a new crowdsourcing model of scholarly collaboration. Ossian Online will build a multinational online interpretive community through the establishment of a virtual research environment.  Our talk will introduce the works of the Ossian canon and describe the desired outcomes of the new project. The work is much discussed but rarely read, so we will outline the rationale for returning the focus of Ossianic discourse to the original texts and print culture in which it first appeared. The presentation will describe ongoing progress on digitising and encoding major editions from Macpherson’s lifetime (between 1760 and 1773), as well as future plans for completing a new critical edition which will visualise the development of the work’s texts across this period. We will also describe plans to build an online research environment to facilitate crowdsourced annotation and interpretation of Ossian, harnessing the interdisciplinary reach and appeal of the work. The project’s ultimate objectives are to use digital technologies to challenge national and disciplinary models of previous literary criticism which have impeded full appreciation of the cultural importance and significance of Ossian.
NUI Galway
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