A searchable, standards based catalogue of the Calum Maclean collection of Gaelic oral narrative

Project start date: 2006-01 Project end date: 2009-07
The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catalogue Project aims to make a major collection of material central to Scottish Ethnology available in digital form as an accessible and flexible research resource. The collection consists of over 13,000 manuscript pages of transcriptions of Gaelic folklore and song from the fieldwork of Calum Iain Maclean (1915-1960) carried out mainly in the Scottish Hebrides as well as in the Scottish Mainland Highlands. Primarily the collection consists of tale-texts together with full-length autobiographies from two major storytellers. The texts will be encoded in XML using TEI format and presented dynamically online via a website through a searchable XML database. This will not only provide a powerful and adaptable contemporary resource for folktale research but also a major Gaelic language corpus.
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Methods usedCategory
2d scanning and photographyData capture
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
  • Oxygen XML Editor
  • TEI Lite DTD
Source material used:  
The collection consists of over 13,000 manuscript pages of transcriptions of Gaelic folklore and song from the fieldwork of Calum Iain Maclean (1915-1960) carried out mainly in the Scottish Hebrides as well as in the Scottish Mainland Highlands. Primarily the collection consists of tale-texts together with full-length autobiographies from two major storytellers.
Digital resource created:  
The Calum Maclean Collection Online Catalogue Project aims to make a major collection of material central to Scottish Ethnology available in digital form as an accessible and flexible research resource.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Metadata standards employed: 
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
University of Edinburgh
Other institutions involved:
Dublin
University College

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Dr John Shaw
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:University of Edinburgh Information Services


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Author(s) of recordJohn Shaw
TitleA searchable, standards based catalogue of the Calum Maclean collection of Gaelic oral narrative
Record created2010-07-19
Record updated2010-07-19 12:11
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3633
Citation of recordJohn Shaw: A searchable, standards based catalogue of the Calum Maclean collection of Gaelic oral narrative. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3633> created: 2010-07-19, last updated 2010-07-19 12:11
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