Beyond Printed Editions

Launching our small part of the project in Prague the other week, we spent some time thinking about the unique features of digital editions. We (Ben A., Lucie, Farkas, Rafal and myself) came up with a preliminary list, which we thought might be of interest to other groups and would be most interested in hearing comments and suggestions. The list is below, as well as two challenging points of contact between digital and printed editions. You can see some of the directions we're interested in taking from these points. FEEL FREE TO REVISE THE DOCUMENT, ADDING COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS!

Unique Features of Digital Editions:

- The ability to incorporate users' comments - making the edition dynamic and growing. This can constitute an ongoing dialogue, which is nowadays restricted mainly to journal reviews and personal communication.

- Search options

- The ability to present the manuscript's layout as an integral part of the edition

- Connection between images and texts

- Hierarchy of texts: the ability to engage with multiple layers of texts - such as main text and glosses - and to present these in a dynamic layout which will enable users to consult an edition with or without glossed, as well as to identify multiple glosses to a single keyword

- Visual hierarchy of texts and images: especially applicable to an edition of more than one manuscript

- Better control over the appearance of variant readings. Users would be able to present variant readings according to manuscript, provenance, date, etc. This will ease the identification of specific families and their temporal and spatial nature, for example the common features of Summarium Manuscripts coming from Melk. (this can possibly be presented in graphical means, cf. visualthesaurus.com/ ; thebrain.com )

- Linking edition with sources: both hyperlinks and contextual links, which can assist in linking quotations and allusions to full-text sources. This can be presented as a dynamic user-controlled feature, which will oscillate between short passage and full texts (as, for example, in seeing a verse when hovering with the cursor over the quotation, and moving to the full source by clicking on it).

- Presenting layers of information on the same screen: images, texts, glossaries, etc.

- Catalogue of Manuscripts can be connected to the editions of the manuscripts themselves

Questions
- How to cite a digital edition? (one possibility - attaching identifiers to variants)
- How to export / print a digital edition? With the rise of digital readers this will probably (hopefully?) be applicable only for the next decade or so.

Last modified Sun, 22 May, 2011 at 17:04