William Godwin's Diary

Project start date: 2007-09 Project end date: 2010-10
The project provides a digital edition of the diary of William Godwin (1756-1836). Godwin’s diary consists of 32 octavo notebooks. The first entry is for 6 April 1788 and the final entry is for 26 March 1836, shortly before he died. The diary is a resource of immense importance to researchers of history, politics, literature, and women’s studies. It maps the radical intellectual and political life of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as providing extensive evidence on publishing relations, conversational coteries, artistic circles and theatrical production over the same period. One can also trace the developing relationships of one of the most important families in British literature, Godwin’s own, which included his wife Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), their daughter Mary Shelley (1797-1851) and his son-in-law Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822). Many of the most important figures in British cultural history feature in its pages, including Anna Barbauld, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles James Fox, William Hazlitt, Thomas Holcroft, Elizabeth Inchbald, Charles and Mary Lamb, Mary Robinson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Wordsworth, and many others.
Methods usedCategory
2d scanning and photographyData capture
Cataloguing and indexingData structuring and enhancement
Coding and standardisationData structuring and enhancement
CollatingData analysis
Content analysisData analysis
CurationStrategy and project management
Data miningData analysis
DocumentationStrategy and project management
General project managementStrategy and project management
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Graphical interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
IndexingData analysis
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Iterative designStrategy and project management
ParsingData analysis
PreservationStrategy and project management
PrototypingStrategy and project management
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Risk managementStrategy and project management
Searching and queryingData analysis
Security planningStrategy and project management
Server scriptingData publishing and dissemination
System quality assurance and code testingStrategy and project management
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - presentationalData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - referentialData structuring and enhancement
Text miningData analysis
Text recognitionData capture
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Use of existing digital dataData capture
Version controlStrategy and project management
VisualisationData analysis
Content types created: 
Software tools used: 
Source material used:  
The diary of William Godwin, 1788-1836. This is held by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford as part of the Abinger Collection.
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Data Formats created: 
Metadata standards employed: 
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
The resource itself is to be considered a publication:

The Diary of William Godwin, (eds) Victoria Myers, David O'Shaughnessy, and Mark Philp (Oxford: Oxford Digital Library, 2010). http://godwindiary.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

But also numerous articles and a couple books have been based on it (no details to hand)

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Mark Philp, David O’Shaughnessy, Victoria Myers
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), PhD student(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:James Cummings: TEI Training and Consultancy, Technical Support.

Metadata on this arts-humanities.net record
Author(s) of recordJames Cummings
TitleWilliam Godwin's Diary
Record created2010-11-18
Record updated2010-11-18 12:17
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/4227
Citation of recordJames Cummings: William Godwin's Diary. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/4227> created: 2010-11-18, last updated 2010-11-18 12:17
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