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In a series of “Essays on our Process” dating back to the early days of the project in 2010, individual members of the Y90s research team self-reflexively engage with our digital humanities practices. The essays explore our technical, editorial, and scholarly decisions and consider their analogies with historical print culture.


Tracing the Printed Page Online: Letterpress, Digital Markup and the Process of Remediating The Evergreen for The Yellow Nineties Online

Rebecca Martin
In the summer of 2017, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a research assistant at Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities. At the time, the Centre was in the process of digitally remediating Patrick Geddes’s The Evergreen: A Northern Seasonal for The Yellow Nineties Online. The process of remediation, I was told, involved using the descriptive markup language of the Text Encoding Initiative, or TEI, to encode articles, poems, stories, and other textual components of this fin-de-siècle magazine.

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From TEI to Linked Open Data: Crossing the Stile

Alison Hedley
In Fall 2013, I became the team lead for the Yellow Nineties Personography , a biographical database of the persons who contributed to the aesthetic periodicals remediated in digital editions on The Yellow Nineties Online. The goal of the personography project, as outlined by its primary investigator, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, is to understand the social networks that produced these magazines.

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Editing the Images of Volume 10 of The Yellow Book: A Practicum Project

Madeleine Sawyer
For my practicum project, I was responsible for editing the images of Volume 10 of The Yellow Book, which was originally published in July 1896. I did research on each of the images in the volume and their respective artists, looking specifically at the reception of these pieces and how each works in relation to other materials, both in this volume and in the 13 volumes of the publication’s entire print run.

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“I Still Prefer Books”: Narrating the Gentle Introduction to XML Markup

Constance Crompton
In April 2010, as we were preparing to launch The 1890s Online, we had three visitors come to the 1890s Digital Studio. They were on a campus-wide tour and so could only stay for a few moments. The principal investigators, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra and Dennis Denisoff, described the scope of the project to them and presented our newly minted image html. Two of our three visitors were very enthusiastic. The third, though friendly, hung back, away from the screens we were using to exhibit the site. As she left I overheard her say that she liked the look of The 1890s Online but, as she said of herself, “I still prefer books.”

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Digital Estrangement, or Anxieties of the Virtually Visual: XSLT Transformations and The Yellow Nineties Online

Ruth Knechtel
How can we represent a digital object? Is it simply an online version of its print self? Or can we imagine its online incarnation as challenging the way we analyze, interpret, and model the information from a traditional humanities perspective? Julia Flanders has argued that humanities computing should produce unease.

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Tracing Electronic Scholarship’s Back End: The Epic/Epoch of The Yellow Book Online, Volume 1

Kooistra, Lorraine Janzen and Constance Crompton
With the coming of electronic scholarship to Victorian studies, there has been an epistemic shift in “how we do the biz.” In Lorraine’s case, the changes came incrementally, rather than as a rupture. My digital life began in 2004, when Jerome McGann invited me to join the Victorian Editorial Board of NINES, the Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship. At the time, NINES existed more as a scholarly vision than a working reality: it didn’t have a website up, let alone the range of digital tools and federated peer-reviewed sites that it does today.

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