The principal way that the CDT will ensure Tradamus is usable is to run use cases in parallel with the software development. The goal for the use cases are the following:
• To demonstrate that Tradamus can support editing scholarship;
• To assist in the design of Tradamus so that the final product is commensurate with the needs of editors of scholarly editions; and,
• To test the usability of the codebase and interfaces.
To complete these goals, the use case scheduling will be staggered. One use case will begin in April 2013 and will run parallel to the initial development of the collation and editing component. This will allow some use case testing in the early development phase, but since this tester has worked with alpha version software before, she will know how to contribute to development and not frustrate her own research in the process.
The Principal Investigator will also work on his own edition starting in January 2013. After the beta version is released, the other four use cases will begin and there will be at least a four month period in which the developers will be able to respond to bugs and functionality queries before focusing all their attention on developing the publishing component.
All the use cases have been selected so as to ensure that all the major functions of Tradamus will gain extensive testing. One project will test the genetic editing component; three will test the mouvance method; one will test the base-text method; and one will test the diplomatic method. In addition, one use case will test the inclusion of multiple encoding strategies, as one use case will utilize both TEI and MEI (Music Encoding Initiative). Two projects will test the static e-print review output ; two will test the dynamic edition publishing ; and two will test exporting an edition to another digital site .
Description of Use Cases
1. Research Fellowship: Edition of God that All this World Can Make and The Battle of Agincourt (Dr. Alison Walker)
2. Research Fellowship: Edition of William of Auvergne’s Tractatus novus de poenitentia and Supplementum Tractatus novi de poenitentia ( Dr. Winston Black)
3. Research Fellowship: Editing the Antidotarium magnum (project director: Dr. Monica Green, Arizona State University; project specialist: Dr. Kathleen Walker-Meikle, University of York)
4. Research Project: Towards a Libellus Variorum Edition: A Comparative Study and Edition of Five Texts on Music (project director: Dr. Giuliano Di Bacco, Indiana University)
5. Research Project: Early Common Petitions in the English Parliament, c. 1290-c. 1400 (project director: Dr. Mark Ormrod, University of York; project specialist: Dr. Helen Killick, University of York)