I served as a Research Assistant for Alison Booth’s Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) from the Summer of 2015 through the Fall of 2016. My responsibilities included creating bibliographies of various women (in which I identified the collections that reproduced essays by or about certain women) and mapping the life and travels of these women, including Harriet Martineau. I also participated in the Textual Coding Initiative (TEI) at CBW, which specifically employs BESS (Biographical Elements and Structure Schema), the language created for recording narrative events in biographical stories. Given my experience with TEI, I was asked to create a step-by-step guide for turning a plain-text document into TEI.
Sample Biography: Harriet Martineau
- See an overview of the biographies about the life of Harriet Martineau
- See a completed BESS markup of William Henry Davenport Adams’s biography of Harriet Martineau in Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century (1883)