Welcome to “Flores y Compañía,” an online lab space I’ve created for the collaborative development of my digital humanities and electronic literature research projects.
There are three projects I’m currently working on:
- I ♥ E-Poetry – short-form scholarship on born-digital poetry and poetics (read more).
- The ELMCIP Knowledge Base – a research resource for electronic literature currently in a partnership with I ♥ E-Poetry.
- The Arteroids Archive – A digital preservation and critical edition project for materials in the Arteroids Development Folder, described in Chapter 4 of my dissertation and in my “Hardening Arteroids” presentation.
It is necessary to acknowledge the contributions made to these projects by students who generously volunteered their time. During the Fall 2012 semester, Ricky Padilla and Dane Font helped me tag a sizeable portion of the Arteroids Archive with metadata as it was ingested into the Omeka installation (graciously hosted by Jim Andrews at Vispo.com). In the Spring 2013 semester, Hannelen Leirvag created hundreds of records in the ELMCIP KB from entries in I ♥ E-Poetry, linking the two databases and solidifying the partnership between both projects. I am extremely grateful to them for helping me develop these projects.
For this Fall semester, I have enlisted three talented students from my English Department– Aleysha Arce, Cynthia Román, and Ian Rolón– to become interns with me to continue the work begun with. The mechanism is an interdisciplinary course (INTD 4995) designed to award credit to students participating in an internship. My students will work 9 hours per week during the semester to earn 3 credits in this course, which will fulfill a recommended elective in their curriculum. Working and collaborating in several digital humanities projects should provide valuable experience and help them develop 21st century skills that will be useful for their future studies and professional lives.
This blog will be an important tool to coordinate our collaborative efforts. On the solid foundation of a self-hosted WordPress installation, I have added two plugins to help us communicate and coordinate our goals: BuddyPress and CollabPress.
I’m looking forward to a productive semester!