Completed project: The Chymistry of Isaac Newton

Primary UITS contact: Stacy Kowalczyk

Completed: July 31, 2009

Description: With the support of the National Science Foundation, The Chymistry of Isaac Newton is producing a scholarly online edition as one part of an integrated project that includes new research on Newton's chymistry.

History of Science professor William R. Newman is the PI. There are no UITS or DLP cost shares.

Outcome: Currently, the project focus is to build a repository of searchable transcriptions with page images. Our ultimate goal is to provide complete annotations for each manuscript and comprehensive interactive tools for working with the texts. To date, about seven hundred pages have been transcribed and encoded in TEI/XML. Of these, roughly six hundred have been edited and are available online, including Newton's Most Complete Laboratory Notebook.

Milestones and status:

  • To make the application more efficient and the documents more usable for researchers, we created a Unicode-compliant font for Newton's special characters to replace the use of glyph images. The font and code points have been vetted by the Unicode Technical Committee, and have been nominated for approval by the Unicode committee in April, 2009. The font is being used in our test instance and will be moved into production in April.
  • We will move the 119 new manuscripts into production during the summer of 2009.
  • We have submitted proposals for two additional grants - an NSF STS proposal for enhanced text analysis tools and a JISC/NEH proposal to integrate services with the UK Newton project.

Comment process: Email The Chymistry of Isaac Newton with questions.

Benefits: Increased access to one of the rarest works of the founding father of physics

Related information: The project site is at http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/newton/index.jsp.

Client impact: Increased research opportunities

Project team:

  • William R. Newman, General Editor
  • Stacy T. Kowalczyk, Project Director
  • John A. Walsh, Text Encoding Lead
  • Lawrence M. Principe, Consultant
  • Cathrine Reck, Indiana University Chemistry Department, Consultant
  • James R. Voelkel, Senior Editorial and Encoding Consultant
  • Darick Chamberlin, Illustrator
  • John Johnson, Editorial Assistant
  • Cesare Pastorino, Editorial Assistant
  • Wally Hooper, Project Manager and Software Developer
  • Kara Alexander, Digital Media Specialist
  • Michelle Dalmau, Interface and Usability Specialist
  • Randall Floyd, Programmer/Database Administrator
  • David Jiao, Programming Consultant
  • Jenn Riley, Metadata Librarian
  • Brian Wheeler, System Administrator

Governance:

  • William R. Newman, General Editor
  • Stacy T. Kowalczyk, Project Director
  • John A. Walsh, Text Encoding Lead

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