"Web of Mind refers to the concept outlined by Mary Shelley in the The Last Man (1826) of a web of psychic energy connecting past and future, readings done and readings to be done, writers dead and yet to be born, histories told and futures to be imagined." -Dr. Erin Webster-Garrett, Ph.D
The primary goal of the Web of Mind is to produce highly accurate and highly interactive digital editions of marginalized texts. The beta-model currently under construction focuses on texts related to the Perkin Warbeck Conspiracy, and, among those, specifically Mary Shelley's historical novel, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, A Romance . The e-texts as planned will be available in "plain" transcriptions reflecting the original printing, as well as in annotated transcriptions reflecting student generated and designed annotations, links, and, contextual apparatuses (e.g., time lines, genealogies, definitions). Where possible, images of the texts will also be provided. In addition, an interactive feature will allow the text to be manipulated to facilitate investigations of how extra textual features control or impede meaning making. The transcriptions will be encoded using the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). The works, selected through a collaborative process involving Student Investigators and Project Directors acting as an Advisory Board, will include novels, ballads, histories, essays, political pamphlets, and volumes of poetry and verse drama. Considerable attention will be given to the accuracy and completeness of the texts, and to accurate bibliographical descriptions of them. The Advisory Board will include considerations of copyright in their recommendation of texts or Web features. The goal of the project would be to avoid copyright issues by concentrating on first editions of eighteenth and nineteenth century texts. Where necessary, the proper permissions would be secured prior to development of that particular textual node or module. Texts will be encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, possibly using the TEILite.DTD. We will include with each text a header describing fully the source text, the editorial decisions, and the resulting computer file. The texts will be made freely available through the World Wide Web.