Nuer Field Project

Nouns Verbs Verb Book Expressions Pedagogical Grammar of Nuer Translation of Genesis in Nuer Others



Marion Frank-Wilson, Librarian for African Studies, Indiana University

Marion Frank-Wilson,, is a graduate of Bayreuth University in Germany (Ph.D., African and Comparative Literature, 1992; MLIS, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 1998). Her extensive field research in Uganda and Nigeria resulted in the publication of AIDS Education through Theatre (Bayreuth African Studies Series, Bayreuth, 1995). Other publications include articles on African and English literature, and she is the book review editor for Africa Today. Her current research interests are in the fields of African travel writing and electronic publishing/scholarly communication in Africa. After completing work on the Nuer Field Notes Project, she is about to start another digital project to create a “Digital Somali Library.” She is Librarian for African Studies at Indiana University where she teaches a bibliography class, “Introduction to the Bibliography of sub-Saharan Africa”.

Edward A. Miner, International Studies Bibliographer, University of Iowa

Edward Miner,, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D., Linguistics, 2001; MLS, 2002). His dissertation, entitled Language, Ideology and Power in Uganda, was based upon fieldwork undertaken in Kampala, Uganda on language ideologies implicated in public discourses on national integration and development. During his tenure in 2000-2001 as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in African Studies with the Indiana University Libraries, he became interested in digital librarianship and archives and their role in African development. He is currently International Studies Bibliographer (African & South Asian Studies) at the University of Iowa where he is co-director of a collaborative project with the Balme Library of the University of Ghana – Legon to develop a shared digital collection of resources on Ghanaian history and culture, and co-editor of the Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography.

Digitization Planning and Web Development

Jenn Riley, Digital Media Specialist, Digital Library Program, Indiana University

Jenn holds an MLS (2003) from Indiana University, an MA in Musicology (2000) from Indiana University, and a BM in Music Education (1997) from the University of Miami. At the Indiana University Digital Library Program, she is responsible for the planning of digital library projects. She also manages a digitization lab and is involved with web development. For the Nuer Field Notes Project, she supervised the digitization of the field notes as well as the encoding of the texts. She was also responsible for the web development of the project.

Data Entry

Qing Wei, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Qing holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (1994) from the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China, and a Master of Arts in International Studies (2000) from Florida International University. She was responsible for the scanning of field notes. She also developed the databases for the transcribed notes and created the initial web design. She ably participated in a variety of activities related to the project and provided constructive input throughout.

Nesrin Omer, student in the non-degree continuing studies program of the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, non-degree continuing studies program, Indiana University.

Nesrin holds a B.S. Honors in Wildlife Science, from the College of Natural Resources & Environmental Studies, Wildlife, University of Juba, Khartoum, Sudan (1996), and began work on an Master of Science researching "Diet of Canis mesomelas (Black-backed Jackal) and the Effect of Digestion on Balanites aegyptiaca Seed in Dinder National Park, Sudan," at the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Juba, Sudan. She worked for the Nuer Field Notes Project during the summer of 2003 and was responsible for the scanning of field notes.

Nicold Pittman, graduate student in the Department of Telecommunications, Indiana University

Nicold holds a B.A. in Religious Studies (with a minor in Sociology) from Indiana University, and she is currently working on her M.S. in Immersive Mediated Environments in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. Nicold was responsible for the transcription of the Book of Genesis using the Unipad software.

Li Zhou, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Li was involved with data-entry in the early stages of the project. She transcribed the Pedagogical Grammar of Nuer and scanned many of the field notes. Li graduated from Renmin University in China and has worked at the Information Center of the Xinhua News Agency in Beijing for four years before she came to Indiana.

Ning Zou, graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Ning holds a B.S. in Economics -- Accounting from Capital University of Economics and Business, Beijing, China (2000). Ning performed much of the HTML markup for the site in the late development stages.

Nuer Field Project Nouns Verbs Verb Book Expressions Grammar Genesis Others