Workplan

The schedule of work for the Slave Biographies project is 18 months, from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. It is spelled out in six-month increments.

Phase I (July – December 2011)

Database: PIs and Advisory Board will develop plan for creating set of comprehensive fields and controlled vocabularies for Slave Biographies database. Obtain pilot datasets and record and compare field names and vocabulary for data entry in fields. Design schema in KORA digital repository application for dataset records of individual slaves.

Digital Tools: PIs, Advisory Board, and MATRIX decide upon and document desired functionality of digital tools for making calculations from datasets and map visualization.

Website:  Research user interface design for Slave Biographies website.

 

Phase II (January 2012 – June 2012)

Database: Migrate first two pilot datasets from PIs Hall and Hawthorne into the Slave Biographies project in KORA. Begin to draft data guidebook of fields and controlled vocabulary to share with contributors of future datasets to use for data entry into the KORA schema.

Digital Tools: MATRIX begins design of tools for making calculations and displaying calculation results. User testing of beta calculations tools on beta website, leading to possible programming improvements.

Website: Design beta Slave Biographies website. Write specifications for outputting datasets from KORA to the Slave Biographies website.

 

Phase III (July – December 2012)

Database: Migrate third pilot dataset into KORA. Extend fields and controlled vocabulary as necessary for additional pilot dataset. Update data guidebook and make it available online in English for online users of datasets. Translate Slave Biographies data ingestion pages into French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Digital Tools: Implement search and browse functions and downloading for datasets from KORA. Develop map visualization platform.

Website: Go live with website with first pilot collections and calculation tools.

Dissemination:  Publicize Slave Biographies website through relevant listservs, including several active discussion lists of H-Net, including H-AFRICA, H-West-Africa, H-Afro-America, H-Slavery, H-Caribbean, and H-Atlantic. Announce availability of the datasets and tools for calculations and mapping as they come online. Demonstrate website and tools at annual meetings of relevant professional associations, including the African Studies Association and American Historical Association.

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