Other than ARIES work, I made some further changes to the Edinburgh Gazetteer keywords, replacing the old list of keywords with a much trimmed down list that Rhona supplied. I think this works much better than the previous list, and things are looking good. I also helped Alison Wiggins with some information she wanted to add to the Digital Humanities website, and I spent about half a day working with the Mapping Metaphor data, generating new versions of all of the JSON files that are required for the ‘Metaphoric’ app and testing the web version of this out. It looks like everything is working fine with the full dataset, so next week I’ll hopefully publish a new version of the app that contains this data. I also started working on the database of Burns’ paper for Ronnie Young, firstly converting his Access database into an online MySQL version and then creating a simple browse interface for it. There’s still lots more to be done for this but I need to meet with Ronnie before I can take this further.
The rest of my week was taken up with meetings. On Wednesday morning I was on an interview panel for a developer post in another part of the college. I also met with Gerry McKeever in the afternoon to discuss his new British Academy funded ‘Regional Romanticism’ project. I’ll be working with him to set up a website for this, with some sort of interactive map being added in sometime down the road. I spent Friday morning attending a network meeting for Kirsteen McCue’s Romantic National Song Network. It was interesting to hear more about the project and to participate in the discussions about how the web resource for this project will work. There were several ideas for where the focus for the online aspect of the project should lie, and thankfully by lunchtime we’d reached a consensus about this. I can’t say much more about it now, but it’s going to be using some software I’ve not used before but am keen to try out, which is great.