Livingstone Online Project Documents

This section provides access to a curated set of project documents created during the development of LEAP: The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project. Users have the option of downloading the entire project document collection (several hundred files produced over a three-year period), area-specific subsets, or individual highlights. Together these documents provide an intimate look into the development of the present site. Their provision supports our mission of transparency and comprehensive knowledge transfer.

Introduction
The Entire LEAP Document Collection
Area-specific Subsets of the LEAP Document Collection
Highlights of the LEAP Document Collection

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Livingstone Online takes pride in being a public project, by which we mean a project that is publicly funded and that recognizes the importance of being publicly accountable, as noted elsewhere. In that spirit, we seek to make our research as open and transparent as possible, particularly so that others developing similar projects can study, learn from, and indeed improve upon our work.

This section of Livingstone Online makes a significant portion of our day-to-day project documents publicly available. The documents, created during the development of LEAP: The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project, have been carefully selected to be as representative (and comprehensive) as possible and encompass all aspects of our work, including team meetings, digitization, data management, transcription, website development, and dissemination. Together the documents track every step of our research and capture, in intimate terms, the many dimensions of our international collaboration.

Note: Interested users will also find the project documents embedded in the two-part project history of LEAP, where the narrative sets the creation of these documents in a broader context.

Livingstone's mail bag, given to H.M. Stanley, c.1872. Copyright David Livingstone Centre (National Museums of Scotland, photographer). May not be reproduced without the express written consent of the National Trust for Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust (David Livingstone Centre).
Livingstone's mail bag, given to H.M. Stanley, c.1872. Copyright David Livingstone Centre (National Museums of Scotland, photographer). May not be reproduced without the express written consent of the National Trust for Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust (David Livingstone Centre).

 

The Entire LEAP Document Collection    Top

Download The Entire LEAP Document Collection (560 MB) of a series of organized subdirectories containing several hundred files that together encompass every aspect of LEAP research.

 

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Highlights of the LEAP Document Collection    Top

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Bonus: Download the complete highlights of the LEAP document collection.

1. Revised NEH Grant Narrative - The award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for LEAP came with a caveat: a request that the LEAP team reduce its budget by 21% and submit a revised workplan. This revised grant narrative, which grew out of that revised workplan, ultimately became the basis of the work done by the LEAP team.

2. Items for Digitization - LEAP led to the addition of some 5000 images of items from the David Livingstone Centre (DLC) and the National Library of Scotland (NLS). Staff at the DLC (Anne Martin) and the NLS (David McClay) produced detailed lists of the items to be delivered to Livingstone Online.

3. LEAP Project Plans, October 2013 to March 2015 - LEAP brought together a project team of over 20 individuals plus a global set of collaborating institutions. A series of comprehensive Gantt charts created by Michael B. Toth (R.B. Toth Associates) in collaboration with Adrian S. Wisnicki (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and Elizabeth McAulay (University of California, Los Angeles) helped coordinate the project's myriad tasks. In evolving detail, the charts capture how real-life variables can impact and transform abstract project plans.

4. Legacy Data Documentation - Adrian S. Wisnicki and Research Assistant Ashanka Kumari (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) reviewed and organized some 10,000 images and other documents in developing the Livingstone Online legacy data collection. This work is captured in two file lists, which enumerate the legacy data in its original and final forms, and in a formal essay written by Kumari. Preliminary, interim, and final reports sent by Adrian S. Wisnicki to the project team document how the team's knowledge of the legacy collection evolved over time.

5. MODS Files - The previous phase of Livingstone Online (2004-2010) resulted in the creation of a comprehensive MySQL database of original Livingstone items. The LEAP team, led by Claudia Horning (University of California, Los Angeles), Elizabeth McAulay, and Adrian S. Wisnicki and with support from Frank Smutniak (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), converted this database into a series of enhanced and expanded MODS records.

6. TEI Conversion and Encoding - James Cummings (Oxford University), one of the world's leading Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) specialists, produced a comprehensive report on Livingstone Online legacy transcriptions (over 650 files), converted these files from the P4 to P5 standard, and collaborated with the LEAP team to develop a new transcription manual and set of supporting documents and templates.

7. Website Mockups and Documentation - LEAP led to the redesign of the Livingstone Online website to cater to modern aesthetic and political sensibilities. Led by Angela Aliff (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), the "LEAP Aesthetic Action Team" produced a series of full mockups (plus documentation) to guide the work of implementing the new site.

8. Report on Fall 2014 UK Collaborator Meetings - To mark LEAP's one-year anniversary, Adrian S. Wisnicki made a one-week trip to the UK for meeting with collaborators and stakeholders in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London to review ongoing project results and to solicit feedback. Wisnicki's report to the project team captures the many outcomes of this visit and highlights the importance of face-to-face collaboration in projects such as LEAP.

9. Outreach Program Final Report - Kate Simpson (Edinburgh Napier University) and Megan Ward (Oregon State University) worked together with the David Livingstone Center and the National Library of Scotland to create a web-based educational resource for Livingstone Online. Using a series of eleven worksheets, teachers can guide students aged 9 to 13 in learning about the life and work of David Livingstone. This report details the process of creating an education resource that will help students explore many important nineteenth-century issues that continue to resonate in our own time.

10. Livingstone Online Archival Packet READ_THIS_FILE - One of Livingstone Online's most distinct features is its collection of manuscript images (15,000 by late 2017), the largest digital collection dedicated to any British explorer of Africa. To encourage the broad, non-commercial use of our site materials, we enable users to download "archival packets" of images, transcriptions, and metadata whenever possible. Our READ_THIS_FILE file sets out the contents of each such packet and enumerates some of the international archival standards according to which we have produced the data in the packets.

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