The Newton Project

Iliffe, Robert (2007) The Newton Project. [Dataset]

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Abstract

The Newton Project seeks to make freely available online a scholarly edition of all of Newton's unpublished writings by 2015. It aims to make all of his theological and optical writings available online by 2013. It will be a complete edition of Newton's theological papers as well as an online publication of most of Newton's mathematical and scientific papers, and all the correspondence to 1690

Item Type: Dataset
Additional Information: I am director of the online AHRC-supported Newton Theological Papers Project, which is the core of the larger Newton Project (of which I have been Editorial Director since 1998). It is an avowedly scholarly project, with rigorously checked transcriptions, which contains the largest amount of XML-transcribed scholarly material for any one individual or institution in existence. The nearly two million words of Newton's writings now freely available to the public show a completely unexpected side to Newton's character and working life, and the site is visited and used extensively by thousands of readers every week. It constitutes the largest publication of new material for any early modern figure in the last half-century, and it is an indispensable resource both for all Newton scholars, and for many others working on general history, the history or religion and the history of science. It has completely transformed the way scholars pursue research on Newton and his work. Project members have consulted on and been a model for a number of more recent projects, and more broadly, I believe we represent an exemplar of what excellent non-commercial digitised resources should be. I initially had the idea of 'going digital' in 1999, and have been wholly responsible for the infrastructure (but not the digital architecture) of the site since it first went online in 2001. I have also been in charge of fund-raising, of increasing the profile of the project in the broader media, and of organising the production of the vast amounts of additional material (and the necessary copyright permissions) that are available on the site. I have written virtually all the introductory material and manage/co-ordinate the work of the technical director, XML manager and all the numerous transcribers who contribute to the project. In many ways, such as the fact that I am responsible for the publication of all the materials on the website, the Newton Project improves on and goes far beyond what was possible with traditional print-based editing projects. Writing in and on the nature and extraordinary impact of the Newton Project, managing its day-to-day existence and ensuring it continues to grow in the following decades, has been the focus of my scholarly research for the RAE period
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CT Biography
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Depositing User: Robert Iliffe
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:10
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 13:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29949
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