= Women Writers Project (Northeastern University) =
Women Writers Project (WWP) is a current “long-term research and publication project focusing on early women’s writing in English”. This project is currently based at the Northeastern University, Boston, America, and has an online platform called ‘Women Writers Online’.
== About ==
The WWP was established in 1988 at Brown University, Rhode Island, America, and was formerly known as ‘Brown University Women Writers Project'.
The WWP is an electronic archive of women’s writing, consisting of works created by women between 1350 to 1850 The focus of this collaborative project is to encode these works by women, which are often hard to find, into digital formats, to allow easy, informative, and reliable access to the texts. In 1999 the WWP became available online as ‘Women Writers Online’, enabling easy access to the hundreds of texts and resources surrounding them. As they state on their website:The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women's writing and electronic text encoding. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. We support research on women's writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.In 2013 the WWP moved to Northeastern University and is now a part of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library.
== People ==
WWP was first founded by members of the faculty of Brown University. Since the late 1980s, the collaborative project has expanded and now has a large team and even larger list of alumni.
Currently the WWP has four permanent staff members:
Director: Julia Flanders
Senior XML Programmer/Analyst: Syd Bauman
XML Applications Programmer: Ashley Clark
Assistant Director: Sarah ConnellThe WWP also employs ten people as Current Research and Encoding Specialists. Additionally, they have an Advisory Board incorporating an Executive Committee and a Research Board; and Collaborators consisting of Pedagogical Development Consultants and Research Partners .
For a full list of staff and alumni that have contributed in the WWP, please visit https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/people.html
== Works ==
The Women Writers Project has created a range of resources dedicated to assisting others to research, digitise and catalogue women writers. The WWP have a variety of works including: published materials; resources for teaching; seminars of scholarly text encoding; an extremely detailed guide to text encoding; consultancy services for digital humanities projects; an annual conference, ‘Women in the Archives’; exhibits; and four regularly updated and maintained web-platforms listed below.
Women Writers Online: a collection of more than 420 texts written or translated by women between 1400 and 1850. A list of the texts currently available on WWO can be found at https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/wwo/texts/textlist.title.html . This includes women writers such as Anne Askew, Ann Bacon (Cooke), Margaret Cavendish, Eliza Haywood (Fowler), Katherine Phillips (Fowler), Charlotte Smith (Turner), and many more.To access WWO, you need a subscription. These can be either individual or through an institution, such as a university. Individual subscriptions cost $50 a year, or $25 for students. Most years the WWP offers WWO free for the month of March, in celebration of Women’s History Month.
Women Writers in Context: an introduction to women writers work that provides context, connections to other texts, and information relating to women in education, music, arts, medicine, and wars, through in-depth essays and research.
Teaching and Leaning (WWP Curricular Materials): contains an array of teaching and learning materials including suggested assignments for engaging with texts collaboratively; orientations and how tos with helpful reference sheets; syllabi- a collection of syllabi studied at universities that focus and engage with women writers, utilising the WWO, a guide to citation; and a pedagogical development consultant program.
Women Writers in Review: “a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth- century reviews, publication notices, literary histories, and other texts responding to works by early women.”The WWP also maintain a blog where they regularly post to inform people of current research they are doing and any important announcements about the WWP. The blog can be accessed at https://www.wwp.neu.edu/blog/ .
Members of the WWP have published scholarly peer-reviewed works covering topics such as markup (how to write things in widely-accessible online formats), data modeling, and the digital humanities in general. A complete list of their publications and presentations is available online.
== Reputation and Legacy ==
The people and researchers of WWP have continuously collaborated in creating invaluable resource pertaining to early women writers in English, through their digitalised catalogue, online resources, and published materials.
The strong interest in the WWP’s research and projects is evident in the grants they have received overtime to fund and report on their activities.They have since published the reports on their grant work online for others to review and benefit from. These grant reports range from explanations on encoding humanities databases and early printed books, and studies on how women's work has been perceived and received, especially online.
The first grant they received was in 1988 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund “the initial research and development of the collection”.The main funder of this project, who has continuously funded the WWP’s endeavours, is the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funders of the WWP are the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. A list of the particulars about the many grants the WWP has received can be found on https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/grants.html.
The collective collaborations that the WWP continue to provide enable great access and reliable information on early women writers and the writings. Through this, the WWP can be seen as having positive and integral role in the history and information surrounding women literacy.
== References ==
Women Writers Project. “WWP.” Women Writers Project, www.wwp.northeastern.edu/ . Accessed 5 May. 2021.
“About the WWP.” Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/ Accessed 5 May. 2021.
“Women Writers Project History.” Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/history/ . Accessed 5 May. 2021.
“WWP People.” Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/people.html Accessed 5 May. 2021.
“The Texts in Women Writers Online”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/wwo/texts/ Accessed 1 June. 2021.
“Women Writers Online Licencing and Access”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/wwo/license/ Accessed 1 June. 2021.
“Women Writers in Context”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/context/index.html , Accessed 1 June. 2021.
“Teaching and Learning”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/wwo/teaching/ , Accessed 1 June. 2021.
“Women Writers in Review”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://wwp.northeastern.edu/review/ , Accessed 1 June. 2021.
“History of Grants”. Women Writers Project, Women Writers Project, Northeastern University, https://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/about/grants.html , Accessed 1 June 2021.
== Further Reading ==
For further reading on the Northeastern Women Writers Project visit https://wwp.northeastern.edu/research/publications/ where there are links to the various projects that the WWP has provided, including but not limited to Women Writers Online, Women Writers in Context, Women Writers in Review, Teaching and Learning Resources, and detailed guides to text encoding.
If you’re interested in what text encoding is and how to do it: https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-what-is-encoding and https://wwp.northeastern.edu/research/publications/documentation/internal/ .
If you’re interested in research conducted by one of the founders and current director of the WWP, Julia Flanders, a list of her published works and lectures can be found at https://juliaflanders.wordpress.com/about/cv/ .