John  Walter

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While I currently live in Washington, DC, I am a Fellow with the Walter J. Ong Center for Language, Media, and Culture. I’ve taught courses in new media composition, history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, first-year composition, medieval literature, science fiction, Tolkien, and British literature at Creighton University, Saint Louis University, University of North Carolina—Wilmington, and Fontbonne University. I serve on the CCCC Committee for Computers in Composition and Communication and on the Editorial Board of *Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy*, and was the processing archivist of Saint Louis University’s Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection from July 2004-August 2007.

  • Tools for Curation and Exhibition of Digital Archives and Scholarly Editions

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    I’m interested in learning about various resources for the curation and exhibition of digital archives and scholarly editions with extensive critical apparatus. While I have my own project I’m looking to start this summer, which I describe below, I’m interested in general discussion of what’s available, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and how they play with other online resources.

    In particular, I’m looking to create an electronic edition of the 100-page travel journal and accompanying 200 photographs Walter J. Ong kept during the three years he spent traveling throughout Europe doing research his dissertation, which he published as Ramus, Method, and the Decay of Dialogue and The Ramus and Talon Inventory. As these three years were formative for Ong’s academic career (the people he met, a series of lectures he gave in France on behalf of the US State Department, insights he had, and the connections he maintained via correspondence) I’d like to use this route book as a framework for presenting and contextualizing the thousands of pages of material in the Walter J. Ong Manuscript Collection dating to this period.

    Saint Louis University’s Archives currently use Content dm to host digital materials and early on when I was helping process the Collection, we created a web site to make some select items available. I’m finally starting to think of this project seriously and I’m assuming I want something more flexible and elegant than Content dm. Based upon my preliminary searching, I’m assuming Omeka may be the best resource for my needs.

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