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So much here! I'm floored! Congratulations! Starting my 'to do' list now 
. . .
This is fantastic, Roxana,

On 10/30/2014 3:47 PM, Roxana Preda wrote:
> Dear Poundians,
> I am very happy to announce that on Ezra's birthday this year, The 
> Cantos Project is officially launched. The platform now is fully 
> operational and awaits our scholarly input.
> Please have a look at http://www.thecantosproject.org.
> A few words about it:
> TCP is a website that aims to fulfil a dream that scholars have had 
> since 1986: to have a second edition of Terrell's Companion - at best 
> in electronic form so errors can be corrected and information added on 
> a continuous basis without overwhelming the poem or the student. 
> Though attempts have been made along the years (we all still remember 
> Kybernekia) technology was not coping with our needs, nor were we 
> coping with what technology demanded.
> My position is that we are now ready. We can do it with the platform I 
> am proposing. (Which I dearly hope you will like).
> When I presented the project at the EPIC conference in Dublin last 
> year, Alec Marsh, the society's former president, generously offered 
> me the sponsorship I needed for it. In his vision, the Cantos Project 
> was to be located at the heart of the scholarly activity of the 
> society; it could be THE way for us to work together so as to bring 
> the annotation of The Cantos up to speed.
> There are almost 30 years of scholarship not included in Terrell's 
> Companion.
> New Directions allows us to present six cantos on the website at any 
> one time. This is why TCP cannot be a digital edition of the poem, 
> however much we may regret this fact. (As an aside, Robert Spoo 
> remarked that we can apply Pound's economics to TCP: if your money is 
> scarce you can increase the velocity of circulation. Six cantos can 
> seem a lot, when the rhythm of publishing and hiding them is quick. I 
> found this a wonderful idea. Once the Cantos are annotated they can be 
> hidden and republished as often and as fast as we need.)
> TCP can be our building site. We can make it our scholars' resource, 
> our aid in research and teaching. Even at square one, as you will see 
> when you look at it, the bibliographies are in place throughout the 
> poem, at homepage and cycle page levels. A student, say, who wants to 
> see relevant books or articles about a section of The Cantos or even 
> individual poems can use TCP even now. The book bibliography is 
> complete, as far as I know. The journal articles biblio is very 
> comprehensive and will continuously be updated. What I still have to 
> put in are chapters and book sections - but I will do that in the next 
> six months. What we want is to make TCP our ultimate reference, the 
> place to go. The scholarly apparatus is OURS and remains so.
> What we can do: we can initiate a work stream whereby six cantos are 
> "live" at any given time. This means they will be online and the 
> annotation will be under construction. You don't need to be a 
> technological wizard to contribute: if working conventionally is 
> easier, that is possible - just drop me an email to discuss what suits 
> you best. When annotation is finished, the glosses will be transferred 
> to an online illustrated Companion, which will be a downloadable pdf, 
> one for every canto. Then the cantos will be "unpublished" to make 
> space for the next ones. This means that they are not deleted and the 
> annotation is not taken away from them. They are just hidden from view.
> I have uploaded six cantos on the site, from Ur-Canto I to Canto III. 
> Canto I is minimally annotated so you can see an example. In order to 
> preserve the integrity of the text and not spoil the magic, the 
> annotation is hidden. By hovering with your mouse over an underlined 
> word, you will bring up an electronic card with the gloss. Move the 
> mouse away and the card disappears.
> The system offers us the possibility of having longer glosses as well, 
> which we can add by the "create article" function.
> See the guidelines for contributors on the site.
> Terrell's Companion bears his name on the cover yet The Companion 
> would not have been possible without his friends and collaborators. 
> Hugh Kenner, Eva Hesse, Robert Gordon, to mention just the best-known 
> names, contributed massively to all aspects of its creation. Terrell 
> also used the accumulated knowledge stored in Paideuma. But he had 
> seven years of Paideuma behind him when he started. We now have forty 
> years.
> It is time we begin.
> Happy birthday Ezra.