Early Modern Resources is changing.
The site has been accumulating content for more than a decade now without changing significantly in its functions or intent. But in that time, the Web has expanded dramatically. There are now far more high-quality scholarly resources, especially collections of primary sources. But there is also a much larger community of early modernists online.
As I began a very overdue review of links in the EMR database in April 2013, I soon began to feel that it needed something more drastic than another spring clean. Many of my older summaries were too unspecific to be at all helpful. Over time (unsurprisingly enough) my editorial decisions have been inconsistent (and occasionally even quite puzzling). Not all the early content had much substance, and some pages, though still accessible, were completely out of date. Conversely, however, some websites that I had linked when they were first established have grown far beyond my original summaries.
I’m not taking down the old Early Modern Resources (“v.1”) for the moment: it can be found at http://earlymodernweb.org/emr where it will be fully searchable, as at present (NB that internal links are liable to break as I rework sections of the site). However, I will not be doing any further updates to the site, and eventually it will go away altogether.
Instead, I’ve started building a new website, an Early Modern Hub, with a number of interconnected areas:
- resources will be more tightly focused, emphasising research-quality resources, especially online primary sources, and scholarship. Hopefully, listings will provide more detailed and useful information, especially about large resources. I will continue to include only content that is free to access.
- news and events – this will include the Early Modern News blog which is currently hosted at WordPress.com; it may also add links to external resources that I’ve been unable to include in EMR previously, such as blogs/sites set up specifically for conferences and short term projects.
- blogs – I’d like to integrate Early Modern Commons more closely into the site
- people – I’m not quite sure yet what this might consist of, but I’d particularly like it to support postgraduate students, early career researchers, independent scholars and alt-academics. This might involve setting up a network along the lines of MLA Commons, if there’s enough demand for it.
This will take a while to come together – watch out for news!