Roman de la Rose: Communication and Outreach Plan
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The Roman de la Rose Digital Library (the Rose) is a joint project between the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. The project began in 1996 with the digitization of five manuscripts from the BnF. Fifteen years later, the Rose has a collection of near 150 digital manuscripts, and continues to grow. Naturally, the diversity of these manuscripts is of great interest to scholars whose visits to the website keep increasing. The purpose of this Communication and Outreach Plan is to lay out clear objectives, goals, and outcomes that will guide the Rose in establishing a more effective two-way communication between its website and its users. The Rose is providing scholars the opportunity to see and search dozens of Roman de la Rose manuscripts in one central place. The Rose Team wants to reach out to its users in order to get constructive feedback, and also to invite them to share their knowledge. A detailed action plan and an estimated budget will assist the Rose in becoming a truly interactive website where actual research and collaboration happens. Finally, an assessment plan will help determine whether an efficient and rewarding interaction between the Rose and its users has been achieved.