MosaicNC is a digital publishing venture of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.
It is the primary charge of MosaicNC to digitally publish exhibits on various special topics and future installments of two long-running projects of the Historical Publications Office: the Colonial Records of North Carolina and the Governors’ Papers Project. Through this digital medium, we aim to provide free and open access to our work for the educational benefit of present and future generations of North Carolinians.
This publishing platform extends the reach of the core projects by allowing new methods of sharing the meaning and value of our historical resources. With the ability to create interactive exhibits that incorporate images, video, and linked resources, MosaicNC enhances the impact of traditional print editions while preserving scholarly rigor. The editors have strived to maintain the spirit and substance of best practice in the field of scholarly editing as described by the Association for Documentary Editing, the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions, and the MLA “Statement on Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age.”
The editors foresee MosaicNC as a future home for scholarly interpretation of North Carolina history. Just as technology has allowed MosaicNC to bring our scholarly editions into the digital age, it also allows us to publish other thematic exhibits about the state’s past. The exhibit on North Carolina’s role in the Space Race is the first such example.
The editors wish to recognize they help they have gotten in bringing the MosaicNC platform from idea to implementation. Site development was done by the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia. CDE’s masterminds, Jennifer Stertzer and Erica Cavanaugh, understood our vision, translated flipcharts into wireframes, took impeccable notes, and tolerated our pace of learning. They also provided us sage advice along the way. We learned much from the generous guidance of other digital documentary projects and editors. Among these, we got input and inspiration from: the Civil War Governors of Kentucky, the Jane Addams Digital Edition, Rethinking Guernica, and all the folks in the NEH planning grant group.