Beyond crowd sourcing: validation and verification in the HMT project

How do you coordinate contributions from a hundred editors and ensure the quality of the resulting archive? For the HMT project, that is not a hypothetical question. Our reponse involves a combination of software and project organization that differs in some significant ways from other digital projects. This post summarizes the technological systems we use. A later post will separately describe the work flow we follow as we work in teams.

Improved validation and analysis of textual content

Summer work at Holy Cross editing Iliad 18 and 19 in the Venetus A manuscript wrapped up on July 31. The team completed new editions of thousands of words of scholia; because they meticulously applied the HMT project’s validation system (MOM) to every page they worked on, they helped improve enormously the code libraries providing the underpinnings of MOM’s validation. As a result, the milestones in the issue tacker for the hmt-utils library now include a series of projects that will not only improve our real-time validation of editorial work, but will support increasingly sophisticated analyses with automated indexing and correlation of HMT content.