We are moving towards a more “launched” site! And so for those desperate for a press release – here you go!
At the beginning of Ulysses there is a Martello Tower – a little fort built throughtout the British Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars. Later in the opening section of Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus walks along a beach towards a lighthouse overlooking Dublin harbour.
This movement, from defensive position to education and illumination is how we see and hope Open Joyce will work. Started originally as a small series of visualisation tools, once presented at the main James Joyce Conference in 2012 it became apparent that there was a demand for more tools to help advance research into Joyce.
However, this original group of three wasn’t an accurate representation of the wider Joycean community. How could we dynamically create a space where people could network, research, learn and explore the works of James Joyce. Rather than the defensive tower, somewhat static in nature, we opted for the lighthouse; broadcasting and reaching out to people for collaboration, inspiration and help.
OpenJoyce has visualisation tools for each of Joyce’s major works, as well as interactive texts, concordancers and N-Gram intertextuality tools. We’ve also set up community fora and the beginnings of several specifically educational spaces.
We hope with OpenJoyce to explore taking open forward both as a concept and as a culture.
Please do get in touch with ideas, feedback, suggestions, requests, rare manuscripts….
In the first part of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
He was baby tuckoo. The moocow came down the road where Betty Byrne lived: she sold lemon platt.
So you maybe have heard the news about MOOCs and how education is being completely and utterly reinvented by then or something. The press releases that describe this usually redefine enough English words to qualify as Joycean so we decided if they where bringing the MOOC to Joyce then we would take Joyce to the MOOC. So we have.
Unlike other courses with drop outs and grades and certificates and homework we have NONE of this, merely the chance to ask Leopold Bloom a question, and then converse with the other people. Remember you can ask a question as a character, not – even human if you’d prefer!
Please join in on the “Opening Ulysses” site
As part of us starting out, there is a sense, perhaps a requirement, or maybe just a niceness is showing there are THOUSANDS of resources on James Joyce out there. A lot of this project’s tools are based around Gutenberg and Ebooks@Adelaide for starters.
So as we, or you, remember we want anyone whose interested to join up we can add links to our site’s library, which we’ve called Capel Street Library, after one of the libraries mentioned in Ulysses.
If you want to see the library, please go to http://openjoyce.com/sites/library/
OpenJoyce : An Introduction from Open Joyce on Vimeo.
OpenJoyce is a web resource with teaching, research, and networking tools for exploring the life and works of James Joyce. It is free for you to use right now. We have created a number of visualisations, some interactive texts, and even concordancers for you to play around with. More research tools, more courses, more puzzles, challenges, and open data are on the way.
While we need to be open for you, we also need to be open to you and your ideas. We’ve always worked openly as a group, and we decided the best approach to that was to take our work online and to make it freely available. So let us know what you like and your experience of using OpenJoyce! You can get involved- by using the site, telling people about the site, or suggesting ideas for the site
The project started about a year ago during a random conversation about word patterns in Ulysses. Conscious that there wasn’t a huge amount of open materials on Joyce out there, we started working to make visualisations that might help make Joyce more interesting to students––more accessible––but also be of use to researchers and teachers alike.
After these first developments, the humble club of two––please don’t call us founders––became a trio, possible gang of four. Following a high powered conference / trip to a pub we started to move towards a more ambitious conception of the project. We are now in the process of developing a broader set of tools, and have some bigger ideas on the way for what we could achieve.