end/line Weekly Diary: 2 April

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 After our group meeting with Kate Singer, discussed in this week’s group post, the remainder of the week has involved a good deal of housekeeping as project director and project manager. The community management and development teams continue to work, mainly, in their own spheres, so I’m trying to stay up-to-date with both. Iuri has continued to work on the invitation letter and feedback form for our potential beta testers, and he’s been in contact with a PhD student, working on the Shelley-Godwin Archive interested in the technology behind our project. Though I haven’t had a chance to do so, I definitely want to follow up on all of these items before spring break. Instead, I’ve focussed on some smaller tasks to keep the project moving. First, I moved all of the code out of my personal GitHub repository and into an organizational repository—this foregrounds the project itself and would allow us to scale up more easily if needed. Second, I began drafting some initial FAQs to guide our users. Obviously, users can sense how to use end/line through its information architecture, copy, and design, but an FAQ allows us to refine further the purpose of the project—I’m looking forward to seeing if these questions will be frequently-asked ones for actual users. Third, now that we’re getting closer and closer to the semester’s end, I put in a purchasing request for an SSL certificate, which would protect help protect the site beyond its HTTPS protocol and the security features Brian has implemented thus far. (Purchasing an SSL certificate would also require us to upgrade our hosting plan with Heroku from a free to a paid version—another purchasing request sent to Professor Rhody.) And, finally, I wrote Kate Singer a thank you note, asked if we could acknowledge her on our About page, and promised not to bombard her with emails. All smaller-scale items—when compared, for instance, to writing work or data management plans—but all necessary as we approach May.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Next week, I hope to turn my attention to the grant proposal that we plan to submit to the NEH in June, and finish all the other small-but-necessary items that arise between now and spring break.

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