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Cultures of Knowledge

Cultures of Knowledge – an intellectual geography of the seventeenth-century republic of letters – similar to electronic enlightment (Sue will be working on the CoK project).

About: letters of thinkers/leaders of the time. Who said what to who: correspondence network. The letters can be in fragments, sent to multiple persons, maybe books, diaries, etc. (Think about what else can be added to the “buket”, digitization we might hold)


Idea to have a timeline of a person:

  • events on calendar
  • where they are
  • who they are talking to


Things/ideas that could be done:

  • framework
  • object model
  • system online ideally people being able to edit (check TEI markup)
  • standalone that help people to digitize then upload the manuscripts
  • have political map that could be overlayered to show the movements at the time (enhancement)

(check The European Library)


Cultures of Knowledge: An Intellectual Geography of the Seventeenth-Century Republic of Letters



Part I.  Introduction and overview

I.1  Disciplinary context: a fruitful crisis of identity
I.2  Institutional context: an interdisciplinary opportunity
I.3  Research focus: correspondence networks
I.4  The local dimension: exploring and preserving Oxford’s resources
I.5  The international dimension: networking resources elsewhere
I.6  Digital infrastructure: publication, dissemination, coordination and further collection
I.7  Local and international meetings: refining analytical frameworks

Part II.  Research projects

Preamble: Justification (a) of calendars, (b) of editions

Part II.A: Exploring, developing, preserving and publishing Bodleian resources
II.1  Digitization of existing Bodleian catalogue of 17th-century ms correspondence
II.2  Calendar and edition of the correspondence of John Aubrey (1626-1697)
II.3  Calendar and edition of the correspondence of John Wallis (1616-1703)
II.4  Calendar the correspondence of Martin Lister (1639-1712)
II.5  Opportunities for future development

Part II.B: Linking and developing resources elsewhere
II.6  Calendar of correspondence in the papers of Samuel Hartlib (c.1600-1662)
II.7  Calendar and digital archive of the letters of Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670)

Part II.C: Pooling resources in Oxford and elsewhere
II.8  Nucleus of a union catalogue of seventeenth-century intellectual correspondence
II.9  Opportunities for future development

Part III.  Scholarly meetings

III.1  Annual Seminar (2009, 2010, 2011)
III.2  Workshops and conference on ‘Intellectual Networks’ (2009-10)
III.3  Conference on ‘Intellectual Geography’ (2011)
III.4  Conference on ‘Cultures of Knowledge’ (2012)

Part IV.  Digital infrastructure

IV.1  Overall architecture
IV.2  Catalogue storage
IV.3  Data entry / editing tools
IV.4  Data import
IV.5  Website
IV.6  Technical support staff
IV.7  Physical infrastructure

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