All the Wright Moves: Migrating Wright American Fiction

October 1st 2014 @ 12:00pm
Room E174

Michelle Dalmau, Interim Head, Digital Collections Services & Digital Projects and Usability Librarian
Digital Collections Services

Nick Homenda, Digital Projects Librarian
Digital Collections Services


Recent migration work on the Wright American Fiction project ( at the Indiana University Libraries allowed us the opportunity to transform previously encoded texts into TEI P5 documents following a common core of encoding guidelines and electronic text publishing strategies originally derived as part of rapid parallel web development for three other electronic text projects: Victorian Women Writers Project, Brevier Legislative Reports, and Indiana Authors and Their Books. This allowed for an improved user experience while minimizing the time and resources needed to create a customized delivery website for the Wright texts.


This presentation will present the achievements of the Wright American Fiction migration project, centered on improving the user experience. The Wright American Fiction project, conceived in 2000 collaboratively among numerous Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Libraries, digitized microfilm page images of the nearly 3000 works of fiction by American authors identified by Lyle H. Wright in his bibliography American Fiction 1851-1875: A Contribution Toward a Bibliography. The resulting digital files were converted to text via optical character recognition (OCR), encoded in P3 TEI in SGML, and displayed and indexed via the Digital Library Extension Service (DLXS) software. The Indiana University Libraries hosted the files and the underlying platform, and were finally able in 2012 to migrate the Wright project to California Digital Library’s open source eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) platform. Following a long history of implementing one-off, customized electronic text projects under the Digital Library Program, the IU Libraries have more recently shifted approaches. We now embark on new text encoding projects within a services-based model, utilizing a common core of software platforms, workflows, TEI schemas, and XSLT transformations. New projects and migration of older content are ideally launched with minimal customization, provided that the encoding can conform to a core set of guidelines.


This lecture is part of the ongoing Digital Library Brown Bag Series. Follow and contribute to the presentations and discussions on twitter: #dlbb.


Fall 2014 Digital Library Brown Bag Schedule

Programs will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST in the Herman B Wells Library in Rooms E174 and E159 (Hazelbaker Hall in the Scholars' Commons).


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Contact Info

Wells Library W501
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Michelle Dalmau
Michelle Dalmau - Head, Digital Collections Services, Associate Librarian
(812) 855-1261