Text Camp 2011 hopes to bring together many different people, all interested in the relationship between digital technologies and literature, with a strong focus on the creation of open knowledge, as defined by the Open Knowledge Foundation.
We are delighted to announe that JISC has kindly offered the use of their offices in London; for security purposes, it is imperative to register for this free event in advance.
During the day, we hope to create, discuss and maybe even publish 'open literature', which is to say that we will work on both texts that are in (and about) the public domain, and on the open-source tools for the analysis and appreciation of these works.
Planned activities include:
- Discussion and/or hacking of a selection of the 2 231 texts recently released from Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO) with the help of the Text Creation Partnership: Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments, Pope's Dunciad, and Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
- Coming up with ideas for and perhaps composing a web-based narrative, using, for example, annotation tools, surveys, etc. in order to involve the reader in the story.
- Writing a guide to creative commons and related licenses as regards literary productions.
- Working out how to build an online community around a work of literature, with advice on the process of receiving edits to one's own online work.
- A chance to demonstrate your own literary projects, hear advice and recruit new volunteers.
- Much more...
Twitter hashtag: #tcamp11
When & Where
The Open Knowledge Foundation
The Open Knowledge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to promoting open knowledge in all its forms. It is a leader in this field nationally and internationally.
The Foundation’s activities are organized around individual working groups and projects, each focused on a different aspect of open knowledge, but united by a common set of concerns, and a common set of traditions in both etiquette and process. These traditions and concerns can be summarised as: open discussion, meritocracy and tolerance. More details available at okfn.org.