“Introducing the World Literature Data Collective”
The goal of globalizing our understanding of storytelling has long been a dream of literary studies. And yet the development of what has come to be known as “World Literature” has been hampered by some severe limitations. First, there are a lot of human languages! No one researcher can command even a small fraction of the total. Second, there are a lot of stories! No one researcher can command even a fraction of the total of one language in even one period. Third and finally, there is no standard corpus, collection or dataset of world literature. There is no agreed upon definition let alone list of the books that should be included or studied.
This is where the World Literature Data Collective (WLDC) comes in. We are a volunteer collective aimed at pooling different language expertise to digitize small collections of stories across a large number of languages and cultures. Our goal is to model World Literature as the set of regional literatures across the world, thereby promoting a comparative approach to understanding human storytelling.
Direct to World Literature Data Collective (WLDC)
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.