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22 June 2018

MoEML Launches its Static Site with v.6.3 Release

New Static Build

This release (v.6.3) marks the official launch of our new static site. One of the flagship projects for the SSHRC-funded Endings Project, MoEML has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of producing static editions of large-scale digital humanities projects. The new version of the site is comprised entirely of statically generated XHTML pages. Every time an encoder makes a change to our source XML files, our build server runs an Apache Ant build that recreates the entire MoEML site—not only the XHTML pages, but also The Gazetteer of Early Modern London, each of our various XML outputs, and a number of other generated files—all from the source TEI. The entire site (other than the search page) thus works without a server, which means that the site is not only faster than ever, but it is also well suited for long-term preservation. Programmers Martin Holmes and Joey Takeda are responsible for the conception, programming, implementation, testing, and documentation of the static build process. Their documentation for MoEML’s static build can be found here.

Funding News

The University Librarian, Jonathan Bengtson, and Lisa Goddard (Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship and Strategy) generously provided a seed grant to help us work on augmenting our Gazetteer for linked data purposes. These funds kept MoEML at work through the 2017-2018 winter.
Janelle Jenstad and Co-Applicants Martin Holmes and Mark Kaethler were awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for 2018-2023 for a new project called Walking Texts in Early Modern London. The links below will take you to pages explaining more about our team and setting out our plans for the two key parts of the project.

Two New Advisory Boards

We have convened two new advisory boards to oversee the work of the Walking Texts project. Generously serving on the Stow Advisory Board are: Generously serving on the Mayoral Shows Advisory Board are: We are honoured and grateful to have these eight academic and cultural luminaries share their time and expertise with us.

New Experts

Also generously contributing their scholarly expertise to MoEML are Shamma Boyarin, who will help us transcribe and translate the Hebrew passages in Stow’s Survey, and J. Caitlin Finlayson, who brings her experience editing and researching mayoral shows to the Editorial Board.

New Team Members

Thanks to the SSHRC funding, we’ve been able to hire a new team of researchers, programmers, and encoders. Katie Tanigawa has returned as our Project Manager and Managing Editor. Having completed his apprenticeship as Junior Programmer, Joey Takeda is now a Programmer. Our new Junior Programmer is Tracey El Hajj. Tye Landels-Gruenewald is working remotely from Ontario to help us clear the decks for the new project. English Graduate Students Chase Templet, Brooke Isherwood, and Carly Cumpstone are working on the Gazetteer. English undergraduates Lucas Simpson and Amorena Roberts are working on the mayoral shows. English undergraduates Kate LeBere and Christopher Horne are working on aligning the 1598 and 1633 editions of Stow’s Survey.

New Content

New content published with this release includes the following encyclopedia entries and texts:
  • A new article on Anne of Denmark by Courtney Thomas. Congratulations, Dr. Thomas, on this fine and very welcome contribution to our growing collection of full-length biographies.
  • A new article on The Wall, the product of a Pedagogical Partnership with Meg Roland and her students at Marylhurst University. Professor Roland and her students visited Rome and London for their course, then brought their knowledge of Rome, London, and Roman London to bear on their research into the history of the London Wall.
  • A transcription of The Several Places Where You May Hear News, a fun broadside wood engraving identifying the childbed chamber, church, the market, the hothouse, the bakehouse, the conduit, the alehouse, and the riverside as the places to hear the news.
  • A reworking of one of MoEML’s earliest library texts, The Queen’s Majesty’s Passage, first encoded in 2000, five years before MoEML adopted TEI as its standard. Our current practice, developed for our forthcoming editions of the mayoral shows and Stow’s Survey, is to separate texts and paratexts into separate files. You can view Jennie Butler’s short introduction to the Queen’s Majesty’s Passage here.
We have 209 draft documents in the pipeline, in various stages of completion, review, proofing, and publication. They will be published over the next few releases. Some of these draft documents are Finding Aids that may be of immediate value to researchers, even in their unreviewed state:
  • Joey Takeda’s Bill of Mortality Finding Aid (in proofing)
  • A Cross-Index for Pantzer Locations (in progress)
  • Variant Toponyms Listed by Carlin and Belcher (in progress)
  • Variant Toponyms Listed in Ogilby and Morgan (in progress)
  • A Mapography of Early Modern London (in progress)

Quantifying Progress

Our diagnostics tools allow us to quantify our progress. In the last year, MoEML added:
  • 168 locations to the gazetteer
  • 78 sources to the site bibliography
  • 424 people to the MoEML personography
  • 4 organizations to the MoEML orgography
  • 162 TEI-XML documents to the site overall
We tagged:
  • 956 toponyms (place names) in texts across the site
  • 3336 person names across the site

OpenLayers and OpenStreetMaps

We have switched our modern map rendering from Google Maps to OpenStreetMaps / OpenLayers. This change means that all our map rendering code is now based on the same library (OpenLayers). We have also brought the version of OpenLayers used in the Agas Map fully up to date. This update frees us from dependence on Google APIs, which tend to change a little too frequently for our peace of mind. Programmer Martin Holmes was responsible for this initiative; thanks Martin!

26 May 2017

Dr. Mark Kaethler Joins MoEML Leadership Team

Dr. Mark Kaethler, Assistant Director, Mayoral Shows
Dr. Mark Kaethler, Assistant Director, Mayoral Shows
MoEML is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Kaethler to the MoEML leadership team. Mark brings to MoEML his deep knowledge of mayoral pageantry and classroom experience of teaching pageant books and having students encode them in TEI.
As Assistant Director, Mayoral Shows, Mark will oversee completion of MoEML’s anthology of all the Elizabethan and Jacobean mayoral shows. We have published 12 of 31 shows, with a few more texts in draft or various stages of review and one critical essay (the latter intended for a Critical Companion). Mark has already edited two of the shows, one on his own (London’s Tempe) and one with his students via a MoEML Pedagogical Partnership.
Now a full-time instructor at Medicine Hat College (Medicine Hat, Alberta), Mark received his PhD from the University of Guelph in 2016; his dissertation focused on Jacobean politics and irony in the works of Thomas Middleton, including Middleton’s mayoral show The Triumphs of Truth. His work on politics and civic pageantry has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Upstart and This Rough Magic. He is the co-editor with Janelle Jenstad and Jennifer Roberts-Smith of a forthcoming volume of essays entitled Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools (Routledge, 2017) and co-authored a piece on creating the digital anthology of mayoral shows with Jenstad for a forthcoming collection of essays on early modern civic pageantry.
This new role with MoEML affords Mark the opportunity to share his research skills in governance, civic communities, urban navigation, bibliographical studies, and the digital humanities with our readers and contributors.
Welcome to the MoEML team, Mark!

30 May 2016

The Scout Report Lists MoEML as One of Their Top 10 Sites of 2016

Scout Report Banner
Scout Report Banner
The Internet Scout recently included MoEML in their list of top ten best websites of the past academic year! The Internet Scout staff takes pride in providing links to some of the best online resources in our weekly Scout Report. Although all of the resources we cover are valuable, inevitably some stand out from the pack. In this year’s Best of issue, we share some of our favorite sites from the past academic year.
The editors wrote the following about MoEML: Venturing from the twenty-first century into the streets of early modern England hasn’t always been easy, but thanks to this intricately detailed interactive Map, that is no longer the case. Users can search by street name or category of location, and by clicking on a particular building or street, the user is linked to a series of documents detailing its history and role in society. We appreciate the work that went into each component of this project, including the detailed Encyclopedia and the Library of primary sources that helped recreate this glimpse into the world of William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and London’s many lesser-known inhabitants. (Scout Report)

15 August 2016

MoEML Seeks Two Mitacs Interns for Summer 2017

Mitacs Student Platform.
Mitacs Student Platform.
MoEML seeks two Mitacs Globalink Research Interns for Summer 2017! One intern will work on Geolocating Shakespeare’s London; the other one will work on Digital Mapping of Early Modern London.
Mitacs requirements: You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s degree granting program at an accredited and eligible university. Official partner countries are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Click here to begin the application and read more about the two positions. Search for the keyword Map of Early Modern London.
  • Geolocating Shakespeare’s London
    The present project is to locate on the Agas Map the remaining locations in the Map of Early Modern London’s placeography and determine their GIS coordinates. Geolocating a historical street, site, or other location entails historical, archaeological, cartographic, and occasionally literary research. We then capture the fruits of that research in the XML gazetteer that populates the map. We map locations on the Agas Map using custom drawing tools. We use a custom API (Vertexer) to capture latitude and longitude coordinates from tiled map data. These two complementary mapping technologies enable us to give users both an Elizabethan image of the place (via the Agas Map) as well as a real-world location to which they can walk (via Google Maps).
    This work allows scholars and students of early modern literature to understand how space and place figure in the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Mapping the places of cultural production enables us to understand the relationships between cultural producers like publishers and playhouses, and to visualize the flow of people and material culture around London.
    Intern will geolocate London sites already identified by MoEML by researching archaeological, literary, and historical data, then adding geocoordinates to our XML files. Under the guidance of the MoEML project director and senior RA, the Intern will summarize the research and produce short abstracts for the MoEML Placeography. The Intern will also identify additional locations to be added to the MoEML Encyclopedia (such as taverns, conduits, and bookshops), and turn raw datasets into new location file for MoEML. We will provide training in XML, TEI, GIS, use of historical databases, research hygiene, how to conduct multi-disciplinary historical research, and project documentation.
    Required skills/background: Excellent written and spoken English; curiosity about the early modern period and desire to learn new skills; facility with computers.
    Desirable skills: Knowledge of historical and/or literary research methods; some knowledge of TEI or other XML language (on-the-job training will be provided, however).
  • Digital Mapping of Early Modern London
    The present project is to develop and implement static tiled maps for the Map of Early Modern London. This work will allow us to add additional historical maps to our OpenLayers mapping platform, make use of Open Street Maps data, and stabilize our technology for long-term archiving. The project will mobilize the geographical data added to the database by other RAs and make it possible to display our data on any georeferenced surface.
    The intern will take on the role of Junior Programmer (Mapping). The intern will work with the Lead Programmer to add additional historical maps to the OpenLayers stack in MoEML, and to replace Google Street Maps functionality with onsite open map tiles. The successful intern may be involved in building new mapping tools, depending on the skills the intern brings to the position. We will provide training in XML, TEI, GIS*, OpenLayers, Electron (, and our custom APIs (e.g., Vertexer at The intern will be a full member of the MoEML team and will have the opportunity to produce and implement new technologies on the site. (*Note that we do not work in ArcGIS.)
    This position will appeal to students who have experience in Historical GIS and/or the technical side of tiled map building; to students who have taken GIS courses in geography departments and who wish to extend their geohumanities skills; and/or to students who understand how to build tools from open source resources.
    Required skills/background: Experience with historical GIS; willingness to use programs other than ArcGIS; facility with CSS.
    Desirable skills: Knowledge of tiled map building and configuration; some knowledge of Javascript and regular expressions.
MoEML has a strong history of training students. On-site training will be provided. Intern will work alongside other MoEML team members in the supportive environment of the Humanities Computing and Media Centre.
The application deadline for both positions is September 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time.
Additional eligibility requirements, as listed on the Mitacs website:
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s degree granting program at an accredited and eligible university. Official partner countries are Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
  • Be in the 2nd (second) to last year of an undergraduate program, or combined undergraduate/Master’s program.
    • Have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 semesters of undergraduate coursework remaining after you participate in your internship in order to be eligible. For example, if you are successful in receiving an internship, you will need to complete at least one more semester of undergraduate or joint undergraduate/ Master’s coursework and have no more than three semesters remaining.
    • Students will come to Canada during the period of May to September in 2017.
  • Meet the minimum grade requirements (or equivalent) listed for your country of study.
  • Provide an official transcript from your home university. Note that, if your transcript is not in English, you must submit a translated and notarized copy before the application deadline.

27 July 2016

MoEML Commits 10,000th Change to Repository

A recent SVN checkout, in the command line.
A recent SVN checkout, in the command line.
At 16h37 (UTC-8), on 25 July, 2016, we committed the 10,000th revision to our Subversion Repository. Everything we do is housed in a repository that tracks every change we make to the site. At the beginning of each work session, each of us checks out the repository. Throughout the day, we commit our revised files back to the repository. Doing so means we can roll back any file — or even the whole project — to an earlier version if necessary. It also means we can have multiple people working on MoEML simultaneously from any part of the world. We set up the repository on 19 October, 2011. The project was already 12 years old by then, but we started counting revisions at 17h10 that day. Predictably, our awesome Lead Programmer Martin Holmes committed the 1st and 10,000th revisions. Nerd out, Early Modern Londoners!

13 July 2016

MoEML Director of Pedagogy and Outreach Speaks at Folger

Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. Image courtesy of the Library.
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. Image courtesy of the Library.
On 14 June 2016, MoEML’s Director of Pedagogy and Outreach, Kim McLean-Fiander, gave a workshop on Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates Using the Map of Early Modern London at the Folger Institute.
McLean-Fiander presented participants with three approaches to TSU (Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates) using MoEML as a tool/resource and publishing venue:
Kim McLean-Fiander, MoEML’s Director of Pedagogy and
Kim McLean-Fiander, MoEML’s Director of Pedagogy and Outreach.
  1. Drawing on and using the MoEML Map (developing spatial awareness of early modern London)
  2. Researching and writing an article on a London placename or topic and publishing it in the MoEML Encyclopedia (developing research and collaboration skills)
  3. Contributing a text or dramatic extract to the MoEML Library by either using our Dramatic Extract Spreadsheet Tool or using TEI-XML and encoding it yourself (developing editorial, collaboration and/or XML encoding skills)
The workshop was attended by team members from the various First Folio tour teams from across the US. (Learn more about the tour and the teams here and here.) One of the participants, Sujata Iyengar, shared one of her assignments with the other participants. She has written a blog post about her experience (including students’ submissions) and shared her assignment with MoEML.

6 May 2016

New Article on Ram Alley by Jacqueline Watson

Lithograph of Ram Alley from Stapleton (1924).
Lithograph of Ram Alley from Stapleton (1924).
MoEML is pleased to publish Jacqueline Watson‘s article on Ram Alley, a place once referred to as the most pestilent court in London by Walter George Bell. In this article, Watson explores Ram Alley’s history as a sanctuary for criminals and examines the alley’s place in early modern texts. Thank you, Jacqueline, for your fascinating contribution to the site!

1 March 2016

New Article on Sewage and Waste Management in Early Modern London by Christopher Foley

Diagram of a flushable toilet from Sir John Harington’s Metamorphosis Upon Ajax
                            (1596), sig. L5r. Image courtesy of LUNA
                        at the Folger
                            Shakespeare Library
Diagram of a flushable toilet from Sir John Harington’s Metamorphosis Upon Ajax (1596), sig. L5r. Image courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library
MoEML is pleased to announce the publication of Christopher Foley’s article, Sewage and Waste Management. Foley’s article begins with a compelling look at the ideological and medical theories that shaped the development of sewage and waste management systems in London. This introduction sets the stage for Foley to explore the importance of waste management systems in early modern London. Throughout the article, Foley reveals how improvements to these systems impacted life in London, how related protocols were legislated and enforced, and how early modern literature addresses the pressing issues related to proper waste disposal. Read his fascinating article to learn about this element of London infrastructure and about practices that affected the everyday lives of early modern Londoners.

8 February 2016

New How To Guides by Kristen A. Bennett’s Stonehill College Class

Screenshot of the Internet Shakespeare
                            Editions homepage.
Screenshot of the Internet Shakespeare Editions homepage.
MoEML is thrilled to publish a series of How To guides written by Kristen A. Bennett’s students as part of their Subversion and Scandal in Early Modern Print Culture course at Stonehill College. These guides include instructions on how to conduct research using Early English Books Online (EEBO), English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), the Folger Digital Image Collection, Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE). The guides are a valuable resource for anyone interested in using these sites, as they take you through the research process step-by-step.
Thank you to Dr. Bennett’s class for your hard work producing these excellent additions to MoEML’s new teaching resource page!

11 December 2015

MoEML Publishes What’s in an Imprint?, the Final Post in Tye Landels’s Series Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade

Imprint of STC 22340.
                        Image courtesy of LUNA.
Imprint of STC 22340. Image courtesy of LUNA.
With What’s in an Imprint?, Tye Landels concludes his series Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade by presenting the prototypes of his methods for building bibliographic geodata databases of early modern texts. In the process, he highlights the exceptional data mining work of the Shakeosphere team and demonstrates the potential benefits of scholarly collaboration between digital projects. Landels begins the post by describing David Eichmann and Blaine Greteman’s groundbreaking data mining methods for extracting geographic data points form the English Short Title Catalogue for the Shakeosphere project. Eichmann and Greteman generously shared their data with Landels and MoEML and, from this information, Landels created a series of XSLT-generated TEI-XML databases for five categories of bibliographic data extracted from the ESTC: sources, identified stationers, identified locations, relations between locations, and relations between stationers and location. As Landels explains, the fifth database provides a particularly rich resource for geodata about early modern print activities and allows early modern scholars and print historians to make large-scale queries about locations of print activity that have hitherto been difficult to compile. See Landels’s prototype methods and read more about his processes here.

8 December 2015

MoEML Publishes Tye Landels’s Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade: 2. Filling the Space in Bibliographies

TEI-XML template for geocoded
TEI-XML template for geocoded bibliography.
In his third post, Filling the Space in Bibliographies, in the series Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade, Tye Landels points to MoEML as one example that answers his provocative question: How might programmers and encoders design a database that dynamically links data points about material books and stationers with spatial variables? Landels explains how his critical interventions in MoEML’s bibliographic geocoding practices allowed MoEML to capture key geographic data for early modern books. He walks readers through each of the TEI-XML elements used and, in a practice that illustrates Landels’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship, he explains the possible significance of these elements for early modern print historians and geographers. The model Landels offers in this entry sets the stage for his discussion in the final post of his series, which illustrates how print historians and programmers can work together to extract the data needed to populate such information dense bibliographic databases.

4 December 2015

MoEML Announces the Publication of Tye Landels’s Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade: 1. Theory without Practice

English Short Title
                            Catalgoue Home Page. Image courtesy of English Short Title
English Short Title Catalgoue Home Page. Image courtesy of English Short Title Catalogue.
It is high time that programmers, encoders, print historians, and geographers collaborate to develop a database (or series of databases) that geocode(s) the information that already exists in online resources such as the STC and BBTI. So writes Tye Landels in his second post, Theory without Practice in the series for MoEML Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade. In this post, Landels argues that despite the growing interest in early modern studies with the geography of the book, geographical information in bibliographic data sets remain relatively unstudied by scholars. Landels offers a rich description of this burgeoning field, deftly argues for the need to harvest such geographical data, and posits that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to fully explore questions related to the geography of the early modern book trade. With this post, Landels lays the foundations for his next two installments, which will theorize and suggest a template for a dynamic and searchable database of geographical information in early modern books.

25 November 2015

Announcing New Blog Series: Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade

Early modern London print shop. Image courtesy
                        of Wikimedia Commons.
Early modern London print shop. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
MoEML is pleased to publish the introduction to Tye Landels’s series of posts, Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade. In these posts, Landels reflects on the question, how can book historians use digital tools such as GIS and TEI to analyze spatial data points in bibliographies of early modern London books? This question leads Landels to explore the importance of analyzing the geography of the book, the structures and languages required to trace such geographies, and the potentials inherent in making this data available and accessible in digital forms. Landels’s interest in these areas inspired him to develop a template for a searchable georeferenced database for early modern books and, in collaboration with Janelle Jenstad and the Shakeosphere team at the University of Iowa (Blaine Greteman and David Eichman), develop a process for extracting geographic information from the imprints of early modern books.

16 September 2015

Thanks, Farewells, and Welcomes

MoEML Team Lunch. Left to right: Katie McKenna,
                        Joey Takeda, Janelle Jenstad, Kim McLean-Fiander, Tye Landels, and Katie
MoEML Team Lunch. Left to right: Katie McKenna, Joey Takeda, Janelle Jenstad, Kim McLean-Fiander, Tye Landels, and Katie Tanigawa.
It’s always a bittersweet day when team members move on. On the one hand, MoEML’s training mandate is designed to give students and research affiliates skills they can take to new projects and new challenges in and beyond academia. On the other hand, we miss their friendship and their unique contributions to the MoEML team.
This past summer, we congratulated Kim McLean-Fiander, who has taken up a post in the Department of English at UVic as an Assistant Teaching Professor. Kim joined us in February 2013 as an Early Career Researcher and quickly became Assistant Project Director and then, in January 2015, Associate Project Director. Kim led the charge on our site redesign in 2013, researched and oversaw the editorial emendations to the Agas Map in 2014, and played a key role in our Pedagogical Partnership Project. She’s also been the principal voice you’ve been hearing in our social media posts. She’s made MoEML better in countless ways. In this case, the sadness of saying good-bye is entirely mitigated by the fact that her new office is just down the hall from the MoEML office. Kim has generously agreed to remain on the team as our Director of Pedagogy and Outreach; in this new role, she’ll continue to oversee the Pedagogical Partnership Project and contribute to our social media presence.
Katie Tanigawa has stepped into the breach and taken up the role of Project Manager and Managing Editor. Katie is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at UVic. Her research interests include modernism and mapping. She and Alex Christie developed the Z-Axis Project, a very cool tool for warping maps to show the density of literary references. She’s also an experienced encoder who knows her way around the TEI Guidelines. Welcome, Katie T.!
After completing her BA in April, Catriona Duncan took a well earned trip to Europe. She returned to UVic this month as an MA student. We’re glad to have her back for the final stages of encoding the 1598 edition of Stow’s Survey of London and the first stages of encoding the 1633 edition in preparation for versioning the four editions (1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633).
DH student Katie McKenna also returns to help us with the ongoing work of capturing geospatial coordinates for our Placeography entries. In addition, we’ll keep her busy with the next mayoral pageant books in the transcription queue.
With characteristic modesty, Martin Holmes
                        positions himself outside the frame.
With characteristic modesty, Martin Holmes positions himself outside the frame.
Joey Takeda, now entering the final year of his Honours degree, and recent graduate Tye Landels continue to rebuild, rethink, and improve every corner of the site. Tye has recently rewritten the handling for our Personography entries and created a very useful index to our Praxis documentation. In his new role as Junior Programmer, Joey has developed new ways of linking related documents and fixed legacy code throughout the site. Joey and Tye are now working together to implement three new calendars to accommodate the many ways that early modern writers indicated the date in their texts.
Martin Holmes as Lead Programmer and Greg Newton as Mapping Expert round out the MoEML team for 2015-2016.

13 August 2015

Intern with MoEML

Screenshot of Mitacs GRI
                            Student Platform.
Screenshot of Mitacs GRI Student Platform.
MoEML has been chosen to be part of the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI). The Mitacs GRI is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Vietnam to complete a paid intership in Canada. Mitacs is offering the opportunity for an international student to intern with MoEML at the University of Victoria. The intern will work closely with the MoEML team, researching London locations, acquiring skills in the digital geohumanities, including the TEI dialect of XML and basic GIS skills, as well as robust historical and literary research skills.
For the complete internship description, see our current opportunities. Apply via the Mitacs GRI Student Platform; search for Geolocating and click on Geolocating Shakespeare’s London.
Closing date: 2015-09-24 at 4:00p.m. PDT.

22 July 2015

New Article on the Curtain Playhouse Published

MoEML is happy to announce the publication of a new encyclopedia entry on the Curtain, authored collaboratively by Dr. Kate McPherson’s English 438R class at Utah Valley University via the MoEML Pedagogical Partnership.
The View of the Cittye of
                            London from the North towards the Sowth, reprinted in Berry, The First Public
The View of the Cittye of London from the North towards the Sowth, reprinted in Berry, The First Public Playhouse.
London’s second purpose-built playhouse, the Curtain was the venue for a number of early modern playing companies, such as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Worcester’s Men. Did you know that the earliest documented play performed at the theatre was Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humor in 1598, with William Shakespeare in the cast ? Or that it is most likely the Curtain that was meant by this wooden O in Henry V (Shakespeare TLN 14)?
MoEML would like to thank Dr. Kate McPherson and her entire class for their fantastic article!

17 July 2015

Peer-Reviewed Article on The Sounds of Pageantry by Trudell

MoEML is delighted to publish a new peer-reviewed Encyclopedia Topics article on The Sounds of Pageantry by Dr. Scott Trudell, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.
A treatise of artificial fire-vvorks both for vvarres
                            and recreation, 1629. Image courtesy of LUNA at
                        the Folger Shakespeare Library.
A treatise of artificial fire-vvorks both for vvarres and recreation, 1629. Image courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Discription of a maske, presented before the Kinges
                            Majestie at White-Hall, 1607. Image courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Discription of a maske, presented before the Kinges Majestie at White-Hall, 1607. Image courtesy of LUNA at the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Trudell’s essay offers an introduction to the sounds of early modern pageantry. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century royal entries and Lord Mayor’s Shows resounded with the piercing blares of trumpets, the clamor of boisterous crowds, the poetry of dramatic performances, and the melodies of virtuosic child singers. Many of the period’s most prominent poets, from George Gascoigne to Thomas Heywood, wrote ornate verses for outdoor pageants, along with printed records outlining the allegorical significance of the events. Yet pageant books are only a starting point for exploring instrumental music, raucous celebrations, explosions of fireworks, and other ephemeral sounds that were not or could not be recorded. This essay traces how diaries, treatises, plays, poems, and livery company account books convey the rich variety of noises that echoed through the streets of London on pageant days.
Trudell’s research and teaching focus on early modern literature, media theory and music. In addition to his current book project about song and mediation from Sidney and Shakespeare to Jonson and Milton, he has research interests in gender studies, digital humanities, pageantry and itinerant theatricality.

31 March 2015

New BlogPost on Paint Over Print Conference

If you are interested in old maps (and who isn’t?), read Janelle Jenstad’s new blogpost about the recent Paint Over Print conference held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The blogpost includes video links to the conference presentations, so you can learn all about hand-coloured books and maps, even if you were unable to attend the conference!
Paint Over Print Conference Poster
Paint Over Print Conference Poster

10 March 2015

MoEML Roadshow 2015 Update

Queen’s University, final stop on MoEML
                        Roadshow 2015
Queen’s University, final stop on MoEML Roadshow 2015
MoEML Director, Janelle Jenstad recently returned from the MoEML Roadshow 2015, with stops in Tuscaloosa (AL) and Kingston (ON). Janelle started at the University of Alabama, where she gave a talk on Building a Digital Gazetteer for Shakespeare’s London in the Hudson Strode Lecture Series. She had wonderful conversations with Hudson Strode MA and PhD students over delicious meals, and thoroughly enjoyed southern hospitality.
She also made a classroom visit to our first encoding partner, Jennifer Drouin and her Digital Humanities graduate students. Each student encoded a broadside order or petition. The work they started during the visit continued virtually via live Google Talk Gadget the following week (as depicted in the below figure), when Janelle and Drouin’s class collaboratively encoded a number of short early modern texts that will eventually be published on the MoEML site.
A screenshot of Jenstad and encoding
                        partner Drouin’s virtual classroom
A screenshot of Jenstad and encoding partner Drouin’s virtual classroom encounter
After Alabama, Janelle headed to her old alma mater, Queen’s University in Kingston, as a Return of the Alumni Triumphant speaker and as part of their Demystifying DH speaker series. She gave two papers, Research-Based Learning and DH Projects: MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership and What’s in a Placename? Building a Digital Gazetteer of Shakespeare’s London, the latter reprising her Alabama talk. She was introduced in the morning by Emily Murphy, graduate of the University of Victoria and a well known figure at DHSI, and in the afternoon by her former dissertation supervisor, Elizabeth Hanson. Janelle enjoyed her trip down memory lane and over snowbanks in wintery Kingston. Check out the blogpost written by Queen’s PhD student, Erin Weinberg, in which she explains that Janelle’s talk made her think about NPR’s smash-hit investigative journalism podcast, Serial. That’s definitely a first for MoEML!

19 January 2015

MoEML launches Experimental Map Interface (Beta)

New Experimental Agas Map Interface with several location categories
New Experimental Agas Map Interface with several location categories highlighted
MoEML is excited to announce the launch of a beta version of our new hi-resolution, zoomable experimental Agas map interface.
We encourage you to play around with the map and send us feedback on both its function and design so we can improve it before launching it officially later this year. Some of you might like to read the Instructions found on the toolbar menu at the top of the page to orient yourself first. Others might prefer to jump right in and start experimenting!
Here are some things you might like to try, from the most basic to the more complex:
  • Using the slider tools on the upper left side of the interface, you can ZOOM IN AND OUT. You can also GRAB AND SLIDE THE MAP around, just as you are accustomed to doing with other map interfaces, such as Google Maps. You can also ROTATE THE MAP, something that might prove handy if you would like to compare the non-geo-rectified streets or features of the Agas map with other, more recent maps.
  • Using the gauge on the lower left side of the map interface, you can ADJUST THE MAP’S OPACITY.
  • You can turn location categories (such as churches, sites, or streets) off and on (in other words, HIGHLIGHT MAP FEATURES) by ticking the relevant category in the Location categories box on the upper right side. For example, if you tick the churches category, all the churches on the map will appear highlighted in purple. If you would like to select only certain churches, you can click on the expansion arrow on the right side of the churches category and a drop-down menu listing all the churches will appear. You can then select or de-select as you wish. If you select All Hallows Barking and then click on the target button on the right side, the map will AUTOMATICALLY ZOOM in to that particular location and place it at the centre of your viewing panel!
  • By clicking on the Bookmark button at the top right toolbar menu, you can BOOKMARK A CUSTOMIZED MAP VERSION that will include just the items in which you are interested. You can then bookmark this particular URL and return to it any time.
  • More intrepid users might like to try DRAWING POINTS, LINES, or POLYGONS on the map for teaching purposes or to communicate with MoEML about the location of a particular building, for instance.
The possibilities are nearly limitless, so get experimenting!. We have built this for you, so please play around and send us feedback.
Greg Newton and Jillian Player stitching the
Greg Newton and Jillian Player stitching the map
This new map has been a long time in the works. Associate Director, Kim McLean-Fiander, negotiated with the London Metropolitan Archives to obtain the hi-resolution images in late 2013. Then, over the past year, Greg Newton digitally stitched the map together and made thousands of tiny adjustments. Project Director, Janelle Jenstad, and Kim also worked with local artist, Jillian Player, to reconstruct missing parts of the map. Finally, Lead Programmer, Martin Holmes, did his usual magic within the OpenLayers framework to create all the whizzy features now available to our users.
We hope you enjoy the new map!

6 January 2015

MoEML off to the MLA Convention in Vancouver!

Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention 2015
Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention 2015
MoEML is participating in the annual MLA Convention (#mla15) this coming Thursday to Sunday (Jan. 8-11) in Vancouver, BC. On Sunday, January 11th (10:15-11:30am, 117 VCC West), Project Director Janelle Jenstad, Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander, Editorial Board Member Diane Jakacki, and Pedagogical Partners Peter Herman and Kate McPherson will be participating in Session 697, Bringing Digital Tools into the Classroom: A Case Study Using The Map of Early Modern London.
Session Description: This roundtable explores the mobilization of digital humanities (DH) projects to promote research-based learning (RBL). Participants in The Map of Early Modern London’s pedagogical partnership share their experience with, and posit general applications for, this modified crowd-sourced guest editorship that benefits instructors, helps students acquire digital research skills, and builds DH projects.
You can find further details about our session on the MLA Convention site.

4 December 2014

Try out MoEML’s TEI Codesharing Service

Are you a novice TEI encoder or a project manager who is not a TEI expert? Or, are you interested in doing research into encoding practices on a large scale across multiple projects? If so, keep reading!
MoEML’s lead programmer, Martin Holmes, has built a TEI Codesharing Service that could well make your encoding life a lot easier. The service is a simple API (Application Programming Interface) that allows MoEML to share examples of how we use the TEI tagset to encode particular textual features. Since most TEI users are self-taught or learn by example, and since a comprehensive set of examples suitable for inductive learning has not been available in the past, this Codesharing Service fills a big gap in the world of TEI encoding.
Read Martin’s new blog post that explains the ins and the outs of this fabulous service.
The Web interface of the CodeSharing service on the MoEML site.
The Web interface of the CodeSharing service on the MoEML site.

10 November 2014

Atwood’s article on Arundel House published

Arundel House, from the North by Wenceslas Hollar. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Arundel House, from the North by Wenceslas Hollar. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
MoEML is pleased to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed article on Arundel House by Emma K. Atwood, a doctoral candidate at Boston College working on domestic architecture on the English Renaissance stage.
This substantial contribution (some 3,800 words) to the Sites section of the MoEML Encyclopedia discusses the location, name, history, and political, intellectual, and artistic significance of this important property in early modern London.
Did you know that Arundel House has links to Henry VIII’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon? Or that it was the site of Princess Elizabeth’s alleged affair with Thomas Seymour? Or that it was previously called Bath House or Bath Inn, Hampton Place, and Seymour Place? How about that it housed a great sculpture collection and that, in a 1972 archaeological dig, seven classical marbles from Thomas Howard’s collection were uncovered?
If you want to know more, read this important new addition to MoEML.
Congratulations to Emma Atwood on this fascinating article!

1 October 2014

New article on the Cockpit or Phoenix Playhouse published

The Cockpit may be the large building
                        with gardens in the rear that is slightly to the right and above the street
                        name Drury Lane. Image of Extract from Map by Hollar, c. 1658 courtesy of
The Cockpit may be the large building with gardens in the rear that is slightly to the right and above the street name Drury Lane. Image of Extract from Map by Hollar, c. 1658 courtesy of BHO.
MoEML is pleased to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed article on the Cockpit or Phoenix Playhouse by Eoin Price, the Tutor in Renaissance Literature at Swansea University and Teaching Associate at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
This substantial contribution (some 3,400 words) to the Playhouses section of the MoEML Encyclopedia discusses the location and construction of the Cockpit/Phoenix, includes a history of the various playing companies associated with it, and offers a useful, sortable table of its repertoire that shows, for instance, just how prominent playwrights such as James Shirley, John Ford, and Philip Massinger were at that venue.
You will learn about the rivalries between the Red Bull and Blackfriars theatres and the Cockpit/Phoenix, about the nostalgia-driven Beeston’s Boys, about the Shrove Tuesday Riots that led to the re-branding of the Cockpit as the Phoenix, and much more.
Congratulations to Dr. Price on his fine work!

19 September 2014

Pedagogical Partnership expands as MoEML Director visits Washington College, MD

Washington College news story on MoEML Pedagogical
Washington College news story on MoEML Pedagogical Partnership
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project is going from strength to strength! Last month we published an article on the Blackfriars Theatre produced by partner Peter C. Herman and his class at San Diego State University. Then, last week, MoEML Director, Janelle Jenstad, gave a talk about the project at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and visited the class of one of our newest partners, Professor Kathryn Moncrief. Moncrief’s class will be producing a collaboratively written article on The Rose playhouse. One of her students has written a news story on their English Department website about Janelle’s visit and their exciting new venture with us, as has the WC student newspaper, The Elm.
Moncrief is just one of a growing roster of MoEML pedagogical partners. We currently have nine other professors scattered around the globe, from Auckland, New Zealand to Exeter, England to Arlington, Texas, who have decided to incorporate a MoEML module into their early modern literature and theatre courses, including the following:
These partners have kindly agreed to share their course syllabi so that others can benefit from their experience. To see the syllabi and to put faces to the names of these new partners, visit our Pedagogical Partnership Project page.

27 August 2014

New Article on the Blackfriars Theatre by Peter C. Herman & his SDSU Class!

Conjectural reconstruction. Courtesy of Wikimedia
Conjectural reconstruction. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project comes to fruition! This month, we published our first encyclopedia article prepared by a group of students at another institution working under the guest editorship of their onsite instructor.
Professor Peter C. Herman ably guided fourteen upper-level undergraduate students (Ryan Brothers, Shaun Deilke, Amber Dodson, Elaine Flores, Alexandra Gardella, Roy Gillespie, Ashley Gumienny, Mark Jacobo, Karen Kluchonic, Alyssa Lammers, Cassady Lynch, Douglas Payne, Andres Villota, Andrea Wilkum) at San Diego State University through the ins and outs of early modern research in order collectively to produce a nearly 6,000-word scholarly article on the Blackfriars Theatre.
Their excellent new contribution includes details of the repertory, theatrical practices, architecture, and audiences of both the first and second Blackfriars Theatres, as well as information on some of the key figures (including Richard Farrant, James Burbage, and his sons, Richard Burbage and Cuthbert Burbage) involved in both theatres’ history.
MoEML would like to thank Peter Herman and his class for being such intrepid and enthusiastic pilot participants in our pedagogical experiment. We think the results demonstrate just how successfully instructors can enagage their undergraduate students in scholarly research. Furthermore, their work has the wonderful potential to help students elsewhere learn more about early modern London. Indeed, MoEML has received positive feedback from another scholar who has already used this new article on the Blackfriars in her own teaching. Congratulations, Peter and SDSU students!
Peter C. Herman
Peter C. Herman
Peter C. Herman’s class @ SDSU
Peter C. Herman’s class @ SDSU
Watch this space for details of future publications by our other pedagogical partners.

24 July 2014

New Blog Post by Sarah Milligan, on Marking Up Stow’s Survey of London

A typical building sketch. Photo by Sarah
                            Milligan courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
A typical building sketch. Photo by Sarah Milligan courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
A year ago, project alumna Sarah Milligan was ensconced in the Folger Shakespeare Library reading room, poring over a heavily marginated copy of John Stow’s A Survey of London (1598 edition). Today, we publish her blog post reflecting on the experience of moving from EEBO to the material book. Sarah tentatively identifies the second marginator of the book as John Gibbon, a London-born herald who lived from 1629-1718. Sarah identifies with Gibbon. They both performed extensive mark-up of this text, Gibbon with a quill pen and Sarah with an XML editing program.

20 June 2014

Introducing the First Digital Gazetteer of Early Modern London!

The MoEML Gazetteer
We are very proud to announce the launch of the MoEML Gazetteer of Early Modern London, conceived by Project Director, Janelle Jenstad, and Programmer, Martin Holmes. To the best of our knowledge, until now there has been no authority list for placenames in early modern London. After years of researching and tagging London toponyms (i.e., placenames) from a wide range of texts, we have in our database tens of thousands of instances of placenames. We’ve been able to repurpose that data to build an easy-to-use online gazetteer.
Read more about the Gazetteer in our latest blog post, find it under the Encyclopedia tab, read up on the what/ why/how of the Gazetteer, or go directly to the alphabetized Gazetteer.

20 May 2014

MoEML Successes & Farewells

L-R: Martin, Tye, Zaqir, Nathan, Sarah, and Kim after our recent
                        farewell lunch
L-R: Martin, Tye, Zaqir, Nathan, Sarah, and Kim after our recent farewell lunch
MoEML would like to extend hearty congratulations to Graduate Research Assistants, Zaqir Virani and Nathan Phillips, who successfully defended their M.A. theses in English at the University of Victoria recently. Zaqir has already high-tailed it to Vancouver to pursue work, and Nathan will be zooming off to Brown University this autumn to begin his Ph.D. Well done, masters, both of you!
We would also like to wish Research Assistant Meredith Holmes all the best as she wraps up her work for the project and heads into the second year of her M.A. program in English, and to Research Assistant Sarah Milligan who is departing in order to start a new and exciting phase of her life. We are all a bit envious of Sarah who will soon be jetting off to none other than London, England! We hope, as she walks the city’s streets, wards, and neighbourhoods, she will keep her expert eye open to any residue of the early modern city and send us occasional reports and pictures.
MoEML Director Janelle Jenstad, Programmer Martin Holmes, and Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander regularly comment on how fortunate we have been with our crackerjack team of RAs. They have allowed the project to grow by leaps and bounds in the past year, contributing in countless ways--from encoding mayoral shows and Stow’s Survey of London to showcasing the project via social media and at various public events, such as UVic’s Ideafest.
To our outgoing RAs: We will miss your ever-thoughtful and lively contributions to the project. Good-bye and good luck, all of you!

2 May 2014

MoEML at SAA in St Louis

St Louis Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch
The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) held its 42nd annual meeting in St Louis, Missouri from April 9-12th this year, and MoEML participated in a number of different ways.
MoEML Director Janelle Jenstad and Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander showcased the project alongside an array of other interesting digital early modern projects, including UVic’s Internet Shakespeare Editions, in the first ever SAA Digital Room.
SAA participants learn more about MoEML from
                        Janelle in the Digital Room
SAA participants learn more about MoEML from Janelle in the Digital Room
Conference participants also had the opportunity to learn about the ISE and MoEML and the interoperability between these two projects during the three-day Book Fair. We were delighted to discover just how many Shakespeareans and early modernists already use MoEML in the classroom and to learn that many of them are keen to participate in our Pedagogical Partnership when they teach their next Shakespeare class. (Thanks to all those who staffed the Book Fair table and spread the good word about both projects!)
Janelle also had the chance to talk about the place of playhouses in MoEML and about our new Gazetteer during a Saturday afternoon panel session entitled Theater and Neighborhood in Early Modern London.
It was not all work, though. Kim and Janelle managed to squeeze in an hour to ride in one of the tiny pod cars to the top of the famous St Louis Gateway Arch, where they got spectacular views of the city and the great Mississippi River.
Kim and Janelle at the top of the Gateway Arch
Kim and Janelle at the top of the Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch

23 April 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Early Modern and Hipster Shakespeare of
Early Modern and Hipster Shakespeare of Shoreditch
MoEML just couldn’t resist joining in on all the celebrations of William Shakespeare this week. The Bard is believed to have been born (in 1564) on April 23rd and to have died on the same day some 52 years later in 1616. (We don’t actually know his precise birthdate, but we do know that he was baptised on April 26th and that, in the early modern period, baptisms typically took place within the first few days after birth. Also, it’s traditional to celebrate his birth on the 23rd because that happens to be St George’s Day in England!)
Shakespeare had connections to a number of neighbourhoods, streets, and playhouses in early modern London, including Southwark, Silver Street, Blackfriars’ Theatre, and the Globe Theatre. Research suggests that his Romeo & Juliet and Henry V were performed at the Curtain Theatre in the Shoreditch area of the city, for example.
MoEML will soon be publishing a new encyclopedia article on The Curtain that has been collaboratively written by our pedagogical partner, Kate McPherson, and her Shakespeare class at Utah Valley University. Assistant Project Director Kim McLean-Fiander recently had the pleasure to observe (via Skype) Kate’s class presenting their end-of-term findings, and was impressed by the excellent research the students had conducted on the neighbourhood, architecture, theatre companies, literary significance, playwrights, and archaeology of the playhouse. It was heartening to learn just how valuable MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership has been both in teaching the students effective research skills and in instilling in them a genuine sense of enthusiasm about Shakespeare and early modern London.
We’ll let you know when their work has been posted to the site. In the meantime, you can get back to feasting on all the Shakespeareana in the news right now, including the supposed recent discovery of The Bard’s personally annotated copy of an early modern dictionary, Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionarie, and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s measured response to this announcement.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

8 April 2014

RA Tye Landels Wins Prestigious 3M Award

The MoEML project leaders are delighted to announce that RA and encoder Tye Landels, a third-year student in the UVic English Honours program and current President of the English Students Association, has won one of ten 2014 3M National Student Fellowships. These prestigious, highly competitive awards honour undergraduate students in Canada who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and who embrace a vision where the quality of their educational experience can be enhanced in academia and beyond. It’s a great honour for UVic and the English Department to have one of our own students win this award. Tye will receive his award in June at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference in Kingston.
Tye Landels. Photo credit: Suzanne Ahearne.
Tye Landels. Photo credit: Suzanne Ahearne.
Tye was nominated by Janelle Jenstad (MoEML Director). For the application, Tye wrote short essays on Leadership, Challenges in Post-Secondary Education, and Transformational Educational Experiences. His application was warmly supported by Lisa Surridge (Professor of English), Martin Holmes (Programmer in HCMC), Evan Reed-Armstrong (a recent graduate from the English Honours program), and Jan Heinrichs (recently retired Music Director at Stelly’s Secondary School in Saanichton, BC). Tye’s application was one of four selected by the VPAC to go forward toF the Canada-wide competition.
The STLHE / SAPES website summarizes Tye’s application thus:
Tye defines leadership as a community action, arising out of a community setting with communitarian aims. He regards himself as both a leader and a citizen in a variety of diverse communities. As president of the University of Victoria’s English Students’ Association, Tye has led numerous initiatives to foster interconnectedness, fairness, and opportunity among his department’s diverse undergraduate student body. As an encoder and research assistant for Dr. Janelle Jenstad’s Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), a renowned digital encyclopedia, Tye has led a groundbreaking initiative to disseminate the project’s technical instructions, methods, and workflow practices to digital humanists worldwide. Moreover, as a student with physical disabilities, Tye challenges ableist stereotypes and asserts the value of accessibility and inclusion in the undergraduate classroom. Tye’s firm belief in the values of equality, self-actualization, democracy, and accessibility unites and guides his many efforts as a community leader. He identifies and intervenes when he sees these values threatened, unrealized, or underdeveloped in his communities. In this vein, Tye advocates for reforming the institutions and ideologies that isolate and oppress many undergraduate students on Canadian campuses. He believes that undergraduates can rejuvenate institutions of higher learning and transform their local and global communities.
Congratulations, Tye!
For more information, see the biographies of all ten 2014 winners at the 3M website and the University of Victoria news item.

4 April 2014

MoEML Team @ RSA in NYC

The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty, New York City
MoEML history was made at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference in New York City from March 27-29th when project alumnus Cameron Butt (now an MA student at the University of Waterloo) presented on the same RSA panel as Project Director Janelle Jenstad. Cameron’s paper was called Geography, Performance, Technology, and Spectatorship in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Cameron Butt, Diane Jakacki, and Janelle
                                Jenstad @ RSA
Cameron Butt, Diane Jakacki, and Janelle Jenstad @ RSA
Janelle co-presented a paper with Diane Jakacki of Bucknell University called Mapping Toponyms in Early Modern Plays with MoEML and the ISE. RSA audience members were not only impressed with the interoperability between these two projects, but also very excited to learn about the recent development of the MoEML Gazetteer.
Janelle introduces the Gazetteer @ the
Janelle introduces the Gazetteer @ the RSA
Assistant Project Director, Kim McLean-Fiander, was also at the RSA this year. She presented on her own British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project called Women’s Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO), a finding aid and editorial interface for women’s letters from c. 1400-1700, that she co-directs with James Daybell of Plymouth University.
Kim @ the RSA Opening Reception with some
                        of the UVic contingent
Kim @ the RSA Opening Reception with some of the UVic contingent
Kim, Janelle, Diane, and Cameron all presented for the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies panels that were co-organized by Diane, Laura Estill (another MoEML alumna), and Michael Ullyot, the RSA’s new Electronic Media Chair.

27 February 2014

New Blog Post on the Launch of MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project!

Peter Herman’s class @ SDSU meets the MoEML
                        team @UVic (in video insert) via Skype
Peter Herman’s class @ SDSU meets the MoEML team @UVic (in video insert) via Skype
MoEML is thrilled to announce that our pilot Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)—an innovative model for teachers, student researchers, and digital humanities projects—is now up and running.
To learn more about this exciting new venture, read the latest blog by Assistant Project Director, Kim McLean-Fiander.

17 February 2014

To Blog or Not to Blog

Courtesy of VMworld 2013 Bloggers
Courtesy of VMworld 2013 Bloggers
MoEML has debated for some time whether or not we should have a scholarly blog in addition to this, our News page. To discover what we decided and how we arrived at that decision, check out Project Director Janelle Jenstad’s latest... er... blog called To Blog or Not to Blog!

10 February 2014

MoEML presents at virtual poster session!

On January 6th, 2014, MoEML research assistants Nathan Phillips and Tye Landels presented the latest version (v.5) of MoEML at a virtual poster session organized by the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. Nathan and Tye delivered a two-minute presentation on MoEML’s four projects in one and, afterwards, discussed and demonstrated the project to digital humanists from the University and Victoria and beyond. Notable attendees included Lisa Spiro (Rice University) and Vivian Lewis (McMaster University), who were visiting UVic as part of their Mellon-funded study in Knowledge & Skill Capacity for Digital Scholarship. For more information about this study, please visit the project webpage.

14 January 2014

The new year means a new map for MoEML!

Happy New Year from the MoEML team! We are looking forward to a productive 2014 that will include a new, zoomable hi-resolution version of the Agas map.
Digital images of the seven separate sheets that comprise the map are currently being stitched together by programmer Greg Newton. We will be redrawing all the streets, sites, and boundaries in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and will be launching it in an OpenLayers platform to provide maximum interactivity and drawing capabilities to our users. Our edition of the map will include critical materials about the genre, accuracy, provenance, preservation, and subsequent adaptations of the map.
In the coming months, we will be blogging about the wide range of intellectual questions which are arising from this fascinating process of creating an ideal map. Watch this space!
Coming soon: zoom in on the Tower of London!
Coming soon: zoom in on the Tower of London!

04 December 2013

MoEML then (2001) and now (2013)!

As of Monday, 9 December 2013, MoEML users will find themselves immersed in our newly designed website. Read all about the changes and improvements in the Welcome to MoEML v.5 blog post by project director Janelle Jenstad. We hope you like the new site!
MoEML then (v.2 home page, 2001) and now (v.5
                        home page, 2013)
MoEML then (v.2 home page, 2001) and now (v.5 home page, 2013)

13 November 2013

Tye Landels wins awards and Sarah Milligan returns to MoEML (Again!)

Tye Landels
Tye Landels
MoEML would like to congratulate research assistant Tye Landels for receiving two awards at the UVic English Department’s November Convocation and Awards reception yesterday. Tye is the recipient of the Ralph Barbour Burry Memorial Scholarship and the Edgar Ferrar Corbet Scholarship both of which acknowledge excellence in English studies by a student in their third year. Well done, Tye!
Sarah Milligan
Sarah Milligan
We would also like to welcome Sarah Milligan back to the MoEML team. Sarah’s encoding experience and sharp editorial eye will come in handy as we tidy our site content in the run up to the launch of our newly designed website. It’s good to have you back, Sarah!

4 November 2013

Meredith Holmes joins Stow encoding team

MoEML would like to welcome research assistant Meredith Holmes (no relation to Martin Holmes, our lead programmer) to the team. She joins senior encoder, Nathan Phillips, as part of the Stow encoding team, and has already been doing good work tracking down biographical details of the many and often obscure people mentioned in Stow’s The Survey of London.
Meredith hails from Edmonton where she completed a BA in English at Concordia University College of Alberta. Due to her interests in medieval and early modern literature and history, she has decided on a MENS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) concentration for her MA here at UVic. In her spare time, Meredith plays classical piano and trombone, scrapbooks, and paints porcelain. A lesser known fact about Meredith: back at home, she’s got her own kiln in her basement!
Welcome to the team, Meredith.

24 October 2013

Radical Truths and Updates

Over two months without a news post attests to a radical truth: we at MoEML have been busy. With the new season have come many changes, including the planned launch of our new and improved website, updated content, and a personnel shift.
We’ve sadly sent our talented team members Quinn MacDonald, Telka Duxbury, Sarah Milligan, and Patrick Close into free agency (Quinn, Telka, and Sarah were quickly snapped up by our partner project, the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and Patrick by the Maker Lab), and have brought in a ringer from Concordia: Meredith Holmes. We wish our departed members the best of luck on their research, and thank them for the top-shelf work that they all contributed to MoEML. Our new lean and mean team of researchers and encoders is comprised of Zaqir Virani, Nathan Phillips, Tye Landels, and Meredith.
We move forward this fall with the achievement of some important project milestones. We will see our new and improved MoEML website launched, offering improved navigability and a whole new look. In addition, the Mayoral Pageant Blitz of the summer will update our site content with a comprehensive array of marked-up mayoral pageants, set to be released with the new site.
We’ll be sure to give you notice of our launch dates closer to the time.

26 July 2013

Farewell Cameron

MoEML bids a sad farewell to Encoder and RA Cameron Butt, who is starting an MA in Experimental Digital Media at the University of Waterloo in September. He and fellow UVic English graduate Brittany Vis start their cross-Canada odyssey tomorrow. Cameron came to MoEML in May 2012, with an interest in XML. He quickly appointed himself Copyeditor in Chief, having studied copyediting with Susan Doyle in the UVic Professional Writing Program.
Since then, Cameron has mastered TEI, studied XSLT transformations at DHSI, reorganized our existing documentation, written new documentation, been instrumental in developing the forthcoming new look and structure of our project, and helped with project management. One of his final responsibilities has been to train the new team in TEI and to develop teaching materials for future workshops. We’ll miss his energetic commitment to both the big picture and the details of encoding, as well as his occasionally vigorous challenges to MoEML practices and assumptions. Best of luck in your future studies and projects, Cameron, from everyone at MoEML and HCMC!

21 July 2013

1633 Stow Images

In Fall 2012, Janelle Jenstad purchased a copy of the 1633 edition of The Survey of London, in which playwright Anthony Munday, book collector and antiquarian Humphrey Dyson, and others continued and expanded Stow’s work. Acting on a tip from MoEML Editorial Board member Brett Hirsch, Janelle purchased the folio volume from an upstate New York bookseller who had purchased the volume from a New York collector. After a nail-biting bidding skirmish on eBay, the volume was on its way to Victoria. The volume shows some signs of foxing, and the front cover is missing. However, the rest of the binding (spine and back cover) dates from the seventeenth-century. We have donated the volume to the University of Victoria Special Collections. The volume will be conserved by Lorraine Butler at Meadland Bindery later this year. Meanwhile, the Digitisation Unit at UVic has scanned and processed 909 page images for us to use in our forthcoming versioned edition of the 1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633 Survey. We’re grateful to Kathy Mercer and her team for their excellent work!
There are two printings of The Survey dated 1633. Only the one with the title page listing Elizabeth Purslowe as the printer was actually printed in 1633 (STC 23345). A later edition, falsely dated 1633 but probably dating from some time between 1640 and 1657 (when bookseller Nicholas Bourne died), does not list the printer’s name on the title page (STC 23345.5 / Wing S5773A). As you can see from the title page below, we have secured the 1633 printing.

19 July 2013

DH2013 Redux

Janelle Jenstad and Martin Holmes give a second paper at DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Read the slightly out-of-date abstract for Encoding Historical Dates Correctly: Is it Practical and Is It Worth It? Our slides are posted at SlideShare. Our supportive listeners seem to agree that it is indeed practical and worthwhile to encode historical dates using all the capacities of the Text Encoding Initiative.
Our co-authors are Nathan Phillips, Sarah Milligan, and Cameron Butt. Although Nathan and Sarah are not listed in the program, they made major contributions to our work on encoding dates in Stow in the months between the acceptance of our abstract and our presentation of the paper. Thanks for your commitment to telling the truth in encoding historical dates!

17 July 2013

DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Janelle Jenstad and Martin Holmes give a paper at DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Read the slightly out-of-date abstract for Practical Interoperability: The Map of Early Modern London and the Internet Shakespeare Editions. Our slides are posted at SlideShare.

10 July 2013

CodeSharing API Launched

Lead Programmer Martin Holmes introduced his new CodeSharing API at the Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School 2013, via an address entitled CodeSharing: A Simple API for Disseminating our TEI Encoding.
MoEML is proud to be the test case for Martin’s API, which was inspired in part by our quest to discover how other projects were using the TEI to encode historical dates. Since encoding is a critical practice involving many global and local decisions about the nature of a text, projects need to be able to cite other’s tagging practices to contextualize and justify their own encoding practices. This API, running on our project and other projects, would increase by many orders of magnitude the number of examples available for study, comparison, and citation. If you want to know how, how often, and in what context MoEML uses any TEI element, attribute, or attribute value, search the CodeSharing service running on MoEML. We ourselves also find the service helpful in training our RAs and in searching for (and correcting) lingering bits of legacy code. In conjunction with project documentation, this tool is a powerful help in achieving high encoding standards across a large project.
Abstract for Martin’s paper at Oxford:
Although the TEI Guidelines are full of helpful examples, and other initiatives such as TEI By Example have made great progress in providing more access to samples of text-encoding to help beginners get started, there is no doubt that one of the biggest obstacles to encoders at many levels is finding out how other scholars and projects have chosen to encode a particular feature or use a specific tag or attribute. Many projects now share their XML code, but that in itself is only marginally helpful; it can take substantial time to sift through the XML code in a large project to find what you’re looking for. At the same time, many other projects do not provide any access to their XML encoding. This talk presents a simple specification for an Application Programming Interface, along with a sample implementation written in XQuery and designed for the eXist XML database, providing straightforward access both for applications and end-users to sample code from any TEI project. The API is modelled on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a mechanism designed to allow archival search tools to ingest metadata from repositories.
The brief is also available.
Click here to read Martin’s documentation for The CodeSharing Protocol for TEI Markup Version 1.0.

8 July 2013
MoEML at the Folger for EMDA

Assistant Project Director Kim McLean-Fiander begins a three-week intensive NEH Institute Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Kim joins 19 other scholars for advanced studies in Early Modern Digital Agendas, under the direction of Professor Jonathan Hope.

5 July 2013

Lead Mouse Away and Cool Cats Play

The team wonders how they’ll cope without their lead programmer, Martin Holmes, who is travelling to Oxford and Lincoln, NE, to deliver various conference papers. Janelle hosts the MoEML summer barbecue, featuring the musical stylings of Zaqir Virani and the London Stones.

11 June 2013

Team Talent

At the weekly team meeting, Nathan Phillips delivers a brilliant presentation about Stow’s conventions for referring to places. Another collaborative conference paper is born. Later, Tye Landels wows everyone with an ingenious tool that pulls data from spreadsheets and plugs them into perfectly encoded Personography entries.

10 June 2013

1618 Stow Comes to Victoria

Janelle Jenstad acquires a copy of the 1618 Survey on loan from an anonymous book collector, who has agreed to have it digitized at MoEML.

29 May 2013

Under Construction

Encoder Cameron Butt starts building the infrastructure of MoEML’s digital facsimile edition of the 1633 Survey.

29 May 2013

Personography Progress

After lengthy debate, we decided to deprecate "fict" and "myth" as values for the @type attribute we use to distinguish types of people in our Personography. We’ve merged mythical and fictional people into what we’ll now call literary figures. From now on, we’ll tag allegorical, mythological, biblical, and dramatic characters in PERS1.xml with:
<persName type="lit">
<!-- Personography entry here -->
One of the challenges of building a prosopography is developing an ontology of meaningful categories that are granular enough to allow for the distinctions one might wish to query yet not so granular that an item falls into more than one category. An additional challenge for us is that our prosopography (unlike that of most other projects) includes real people and literary characters. Over the years, we’ve had many amusing debates about whether a character in a mayoral show or play should be categorized as mythical, allegorical, or biblical. But the literary critics who use our texts will make those highly interpretive decisions if they want to. Meanwhile, we will introduce some new @type values to create further distinctions between various types of historical people.

23 May 2013

Our First Look at the 1598 Stow

Encoder Nathan Phillips uploads a preliminary version of Stow’s 1598 Survey. After nearly nine months of transcribing and tagging, Nathan is understandably pleased to see what the XML file looks like when processed and rendered on-screen. The new edition is another step closer to its completion!

22 May 2013

Midsummer Mayoral Madness

The MoEML team launches its Mayoral Blitz, a summer-long pageant encoding frenzy designed to regularize existing pageant transcriptions in addition to adding new ones.

2 May 2013

Early Modern Boot Camp

MoEML hosts an open TEI workshop as part of the training program for the new recruits. Janelle shows Tye, Quinn, and Patrick Stow’s Annales of England.

29 April 2013

Summer Roll/Role Call

Kim McLean-Fiander (MoEML Research Fellow) and Janelle Jenstad (Project Director) are very pleased with the team we’ve hired for Summer 2013.
Cameron Butt continues on as Chief Encoder until the end of July. He’ll be training Tye Landels as his long-term replacement.
Nathan Phillips becomes our senior Graduate Research Assistant, continuing his work on John Stow’s A Survey of London and training Patrick Close in the dark arts of encoding antiquarian texts.
Zaqir Virani and Quinn MacDonald will work on the mayoral pageants and other library texts, as well as managing our social media. Zaqir will also be working with the HCMC’s Greg Newton to move our map platform into OpenLayers.
Telka Duxbury will be uploading the digital images of our 1633 The Survey of London into our database and adding the metadata for each page.
Sarah Milligan, who just finished the last page of her part of Stow (congrats!), will be undertaking some rare book research for us at the Folger Shakespeare Library in July.
Welcome (back) everyone! We’re excited about working with you in the next phase of MoEML’s development.

19 April 2013

When Maps Collide

MoEML joins forces with the Eletronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) to host UVic’s inaugural Digital Geohumanities Working Group Symposium. MoEML research assistants Cameron Butt and Michael Stevens both presentat alongside Greg Newton and Laurel Bowman of the Myths on Maps project.

28 June 2012

Application Invitation

MoEML invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship. Click here for details. Closing date: 2012-07-17.

24 May 2012

Draper, Mayor, and SSHRC CGS Scholar

Another new biographical entry! We’ve just published Serina Patterson’s biographical essay, Simon Eyre (Draper and Mayor). Serina was an MA student at UVic in 2008. She is now a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Thanks for contributing, Serina!

18 May 2012

Representations of Paisley

New biographical entry! We’re happy to announce the publication of Paisley Mann’s essay on Isabella Whitney. Paisley was an MA student in a course on Representations of London in 2008. She is now pursuing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia. Thanks for your contribution, Paisley!

7 May 2012

Come On In, Cameron

Cameron Butt, BA Honours student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as an Encoder for Summer 2012.

7 May 2012

Starting With Sarah

Sarah Milligan, MA student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as a Graduate Research Assistant for Summer 2012.

4 May 2012

Even Stevens

Michael Stevens, MA student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as a Graduate Research Assistant for Summer 2012.

3 May 2012

SSHRC Bounty

Wonderful news! We’ve received a large SSHRC Insight Grant for four years of funding. We’ll be able to hire a post-doc and a number of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, who will work to complete a new edition of the map, a complete edition of Stow’s Survey of London, a geo-edition of the mayoral shows, a rich library of literary texts, and many more encyclopedia pages. Janelle Jenstad is the Principal Investigator. Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil of the HCMC are Co-Applicants on the grant. We are making our proposal Summary and Expected Outcomes publicly available here.

13 May 2011

Slippy Map

Back by popular demand! We’ve re-activated all the links to the experimental google-style zoom-able layered map, which offers much better resolution than the grid map. We are slowly importing the data from the grid map to the layered map. Please check all site identifications on the grid map.


Cite this page

MLA citation

Jenstad, Janelle, Kim McLean-Fiander, Joey Takeda, Cameron Butt, and Katie Tanigawa. News Briefs. The Map of Early Modern London, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 20 Jun. 2018,

Chicago citation

Jenstad, Janelle, Kim McLean-Fiander, Joey Takeda, Cameron Butt, and Katie Tanigawa. News Briefs. The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 20, 2018.

APA citation

Jenstad, J., McLean-Fiander, K., Takeda, J., Butt, C., & Tanigawa, K. 2018. News Briefs. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London. Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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