This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of creating digital scholarly editions. This hands-on course, which will include lab sessions, will concentrate on image and full-text digital repositories. Areas to be explored include project management, assessing the collection in terms of project scope, deciding which technologies would most suit the material and the goals of the project, developing a metadata scheme, text encoding, and website design. To provide the background for these decisions, readings will be assigned throughout the semester.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- Summarise current research issues in creating and managing digital collections;
- Describe components that comprise a digital scholarly edition;
- Explain history of markup languages (SGML, HTML, XML)
- Encode text according to the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how online digital scholarly collections are created and managed;
- Analyze data to decide on appropriate metainformation schema for encoding and storing content
- Describe the pros and cons of public humanities projects.