Project Documentation

Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary

This page provides curated access to some 300 project documents spanning three years of research activities (2013-16) for our critical edition of Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary and select 1870-71 manuscripts.

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Research for our critical edition of Livingstone's 1870 Field Diary and select 1870-71 manuscripts has resulted in the production of a considerable amount of supporting documentation. This documentation encompasses all aspects of the project and, as a whole, offers an intimate glimpse into project development. The documentation takes a variety of forms, from emails among project team members, grant application files, project plans, and spreadsheets of processing objectives, to meeting and research notes, test images, metadata-addition scripts, and PowerPoint presentations. Altogether, we provide curated access to some 300 project documents (broadly defined) spanning three years of research activities (2013-16) among an internationally distributed team of collaborators and supporting institutions.

A processed spectral image of a two-page spread from the 10 March 1870 'Retrospect' (Livingstone 1870a:[3]). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/).
A processed spectral image of a two-page spread from the 10 March 1870 'Retrospect' (Livingstone 1870a:[3]). Copyright National Library of Scotland. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported. The kaleidoscopic colors foreground and differentiate the wide range of substances that have left traces on the manuscript's pages over its 145-year history.

The directors have curated this documentation in a handful of ways. First, we have organized the documentation into categories of project endeavor in order to facilitate study of individual files or file sequences. As part of this, we have removed duplicate or variant files with the goal of being representative (rather than exhaustive) about our research. Second, documentation files have been renamed to reflect the contents and actual order of research activities (although, as users will find, research activities did not always take an organized form and involved much trial and error). Finally, we have lightly edited the documentation to remove personal information or other sensitive material such as passwords.

Our practices in curating the documentation thus reflect those applied to LEAP: The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project and our prior spectral imaging research project on Livingstone's 1871 Field Diary. We release this documentation under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license in keeping with Livingstone Online's general mission of promoting knowledge transfer and conducting transparent, publicly-accountable research.

 

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Download all curated project documents (1.21 GB) organized as a series of subdirectories containing several hundred files that together encompass every aspect of development.

 

Area-specific Subsets of Project Documentation    Top

Download project documentation by discrete areas of endeavor:

  1. NEH Grant Application (1.3 MB)
  2. Planning notes and documents (128 KB)
  3. Spectral image processing notes (PCA and ICA) (988 KB)
  4. Spectral image processing notes (pseudocolor and animation) (206.7 MB)
  5. Manuscript and image notes (25.9 MB)
  6. Meeting and other notes (529 KB)
  7. Critical essay and supporting materials notes (691 KB)
  8. Animated Spectral Image (ASI) testing (538.6 MB)
  9. Image integration and metadata-addition files (5.4 MB)
  10. Dissemination (331.2 MB)
  11. Spectral image archival packet supporting files (3 MB)
  12. Beta launch of critical edition (93.8 MB)

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