So the last post was about the general idea, i.e. make a nice, useable ebook edition of Aladore [while doing some experiential learning along the way!]. Today I just want to outline the basic work plan going forward. I will post about each of the steps in more detail as I work through the process, but here is the start:
1) Background research: learn more about the author, book, and history of publication. If we were going to make an actual critical edition this research would be, well, critical. I am not going into that level of detail, but I want to be informed about the materials I am working with.
2) Get PDFs: find the raw materials for this project. I would like to have two different scanned copies of the work to compare.
3) Test OCR: to create the ebook text, we need to run Optical Character Recognition on the PDFs. I would like to test out some open source OCR tools against the standard commercial ones such as ABBYY.
4) Compare Editions: use visualization tools to compare the different book versions. Quick and dirty textual criticism light!
5) Edit into Best Edition: weave together the highest quality edition based on the best available original text, scanning, and OCR.
6) Massage epub: edit and polish the text to create a readable ebook.
7) Release: send the text out into the world to be used!
Looks pretty strait forward here in a list… but, don’t worry, it will get ugly!
I have some good ideas for most of the process [I am fuzziest on #7], but send me some ideas and comments,