The beta version of The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) website was launched on May 29th 2016 at the Congress of the HSSFC held at the University of Calgary. The “beta” label means that although the core functionality is in place, there will be further developments, debugging, and optimization. It will probably undergo some changes as it progresses towards the final site so expect some changes and updates over time. A big shout out to our design partner, Digital Echidna, for their fabulous work on the interface.
About 50 people came out for the launch. We had a packed program with presentations from nine researchers and partners along with CWRC team members Mihaela Ilovan, Michael Brundin, and Susan Brown. Partners who presented included: Deanna Reder and Alix Shield of The People and the Text; Peter Sinnema, chair of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta;
Patricia Demers, on the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on Libraries and Archives; Kathleen Kellet, co-editor with Ruth Panofsky of Cultural Mappings, the open-access edition of which was launched along with the beta site; editor Peter Midgley from our publishing partner University of Alberta Press; Carole Gerson of Canada’s Early Women Writers; and Kaarina Mikalson, representing Emily Robins Sharpe and Bart Vautour’s multisite Canada and the Spanish Civil War; Marie Carrière as director of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne; and Cecily Devereux as chair of the CWRC Research Board. Together we demonstrated the wide range of media and project types that CWRC could support, different ways of editing, coordinating, and managing content, and the potential of sending content to tools such as Plot-It and Voyant.
Now the site is up, the CWRC team welcomes any and all feedback–you can report this from within in the beta site itself, or drop us a line at cwrc /at /ualberta /dot/ ca. We’d love to hear from you!
CWRC project manager, Mihaela Ilovan, demoed functionality of CWRC beta site.
Deanna Reader, of The People and the Text, and Alix Shield (both SFU), presented on this project.