On June 25 and 26 the Modernist Versions Project‘s Board of Directors met at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver campus to hammer out details of the project’s next phase. The meetings were incredibly productive, and produced an exciting list of activities to be pursued in the coming months. The board renewed its commitment to collaborative, experimental and prototyping efforts, as well as to making available modernist materials in various stages of versioning so that others can begin accessing the data for their own purposes as soon as possible. In that vein, we also discussed how best to continue our partnerships with NINES, EMiC, MJP, Islandora / DiscoveryGarden, the ETCL, and Fairleigh Dickinson University—even as we pursue other partnerships that will increase the accessibility of materials and the user base of our tools and workflows as they come online. We also articulated a plan for training graduate students in the fields of digital humanities and modernist studies.
At the end of the two days, the Board set several benchmarks for the coming three years of the current SSHRC Partnership Development Grant and outlined a support strategy that overlaps with and extends beyond that. We also outlined a plan of activities for the coming three years and drafted an MVP charter, which we will post on the MVP’s site once it is ratified.
Keep watching this space for the release of our Charter and an update on upcoming activities, possibly including versioning workshops, conference sessions, more digital texts, and exciting advances in versioning tools and digital editing environments.
In the meantime, thank you to Fairleigh Dickinson University for hosting a successful Summit.
[A version of this post also appears on the MVP's site.]