The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Here’s an exciting idea! Phil Gyford has decided to turn Samuel Pepys diary into a weblog. Quite literally there will be a new entry from the original diary every day for the next 10 years. He’s based it on the public domain version from Project Gutenburg, but points out

Although the diary text came with footnotes, these assume a level of knowledge about British history, geography and language that few have in the 21st Century.

This is where the ability to post comments on the site has proved crucial. Entries and footnotes are already being annotated by readers who provide explanations and additional information, creating a more communal experience than conventional publishing allows. So rather than simply publishing a dead – albeit fascinating – text, I now find myself in charge of a far more exciting living read.

Quote above from the BBC story about the project.

Orignal link from slashdot

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