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Buddhist Scriptures, Update from a 2011 Freedman Fellow
William E. Deal (Ph.D., Departments of Religious Studies, and Cognitive Science) crosses time and cultures with Chinese writings of Buddhist scriptures, and does it with skills from his 2011 Freedman Fellows award. As the 2012 Freedman Fellows Award Program announced the criteria and the April 2 deadline for new project submissions, Deal shares progress on his project:
Nearly 20 years ago, Deal meticulously color-coded by hand the content categories of some of the tales from the Japanese Buddhist text Hokke genki, "Miraculous Tales of the Lotus Sutra," in order to see the people, events, regions of 11th century Japan.
A Larger Perspective
Written in Chinese, the tales served as inspirations for later Japanese Buddhist texts, says Deal, as his 2011 Freedman Fellows award and newly gained skills now allow him to apply digital textual and spatial analysis tools to the texts. Using XML and TEI to analyze and interpret the tales unlocks the complexity of the texts and also "dramatically changes what is possible," beyond reading texts. Using digital technologies, research is possible in new ways: one can see word frequencies, the relationships of those content categories on a larger scale, the scope of Buddhism in 11th century Japan via GIS, and a developing concordance of key words in context.
"I love that we can do projects now, as the Freedman Fellows Awards Program has evolved."
Deal's 2011 project was designed as phases of a multi-year project, and he's aiming for wide availability with an iOS app & a sustainable online presence. Scanning the tales with Unicode for Japanese and Chinese languages, he's adding English translations and believes the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the Freedman Fellows Program and projects are unique. While other programs exist, he says "they are nothing quite like what we have here."
The word cloud from one of the stories merely gives a glimpse into the revelations and potential of his project's work. "In some ways, we're pioneers," reflects Deal. "It's why the Freedman Fellows is so important to me. We build new models, not copy others. It's a huge opportunity!"
The Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Digital Library, Language Learning, and Multimedia Services Center is a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelvin Smith Library.
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Cleveland Play House Archives @Kelvin Smith Library
Kelvin Smith Library is the new home of the Cleveland Play House Archives, in another collaborative effort between the university and America's oldest regional professional theater company. Join us on Monday, March 26 as Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, hosts an event for the public that showcases some of the artistic and historical items of the new collection.
A Thousand Boxes, Thousands of Letters, A Look Into Our Past
For researchers the 1,000 boxes from CPH can reveal the stories of American regional theater as well as the cultural environment of NE Ohio and its artistic community. From board minutes to scripts, stage drawings to producer's notes & more, the new archives expands opportunities for valuable primary research. Read a Tennessee Williams playscript from the Kelvin Smith Library collections, and then delve into the CPH Archives & read his letters to artistic directors & find review clippings from area newspapers of the times.
With partnerships long in place for university graduate programs and undergraduate internships, the CPH Archives' new home at CWRU also expands with the expertise of KSL staff who will oversee its organization and curation. Ultimately, selected items will reach into the digital environment for global researchers.
Attend the Event
Learn more about the special exhibit and event on March 26, 4 pm at the Kelvin Smith Library in the 2nd floor O'Neill Reading Room. Please register online by 3/22/12 to attend this event or call KSL Administration at (216)368-2992.
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2011 Freedman Fellows Share Projects--Apply Now for 2012 Awards
The Freedman Fellows Award Program 2012 is open for proposals, and the 2011 Fellows share their experiences in this profile series that takes research through centuries, countries, cultures. Read the details for proposal guidelines, criteria, the April 2 deadline & more, as you enjoy another 2011 Freedman Fellow profile:
Wattaeau's Paris: Arts and Intersections
Georgia Cowart (Professor, Musicology) claims she was a novice in the digital world even as she recognized that faculty were "all becoming more aware of the possibilities for digital scholarship." Sharing her project's progress, she joins other 2011 Freedman Fellows in noting that staff support (early on, varied, and continuing) is a hallmark of the program and is appreciated by the Fellows. The valuable advice she's received