Authorial London: CIDR on writers in London in Kraków

June 29, 2016
Authorial London screenshot

Authorial London, one of the latest and greatest in a series of interactive scholarly works developed in the Stanford Libraries, is going on the road this month.  Karl Grossner, research developer in the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) and principal architect and developer of Authorial London, will be traveling to Kraków, Poland to present the project at Digital Humanities 2016, the largest international conference in the DH world.  He'll be co-presenting with Kenny Ligda, an instructional designer in the Digital Learning Design Team of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) at Stanford.

Authorial London is an early entry in the fascinating new field of literary geography, and a perfect showcase for the combined skills and knowledge of Karl (a Ph.D.-trained geographer) and Kenny (an similarly qualified literary scholar).  The two Stanfordians will present not only Authorial London as a particular instance of literary geography, but also their conception of "Authorial [X]" -- an extensible platform they've created that can be adopted and adapted by other scholars to present and explore a limitless number of different literary geographies.  (It will surprise no one that Karl is also the co-convener of the worldwide GeoHumanities Special Interest Group, part of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations which is sponsoring the DH2016 conference.)

Readers of this blog will have seen an earlier announcement of Authorial London's soft launch a few months ago, which was timed to coincide with the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in San Francisco, where Karl and Kenny also presented their work.  Later this summer, SUL will host a more formal, public launch celebration for this important work; stay tuned for an announcement of that event.

More detail on the long history of the project -- a radically expanded and reconceived version of pioneering work begun in the early 2000s by Stanford English professor Martin Evans, who passed away in 2013 -- can be found on the Authorial London project website.  This site details the rich history, goals, and methods that have gone into the creation of this complex yet very approachable work.  

And the Authorial London site itself offers a brief video tutorial on its use, along with a well-illustrated guide to its many uses.

Congratulations to Karl and Kenny for their outstanding work, and best wishes for its successful presentation to the big, wide world of the Digital Humanities!