Welcome to Digital Scholarly Editing, a module of the MA in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University. This module will cover the theories, practices, and standards needed to create text-based digital scholarly editions. Classes are held from 2.00-5.00 on Tuesdays in Autumn 2017. This is a three-hour module which will allow time for both theory and practice, including lab work.
The class project this year will be to contribute create an online collection of a selection of letters held by Maynooth University Archives, the Littlehales collection. This is the collection of Sir Edward Baker Littlehales (1798-1819), the Private Secretary of Lord Cornwall (Lord Lieutenant of Ireland), and Military Under-Secretary. The letters provide a fascinating, behind-the scenes view onto the some of the most important European events of the time.
The module will thus take a two-pronged approach, exploring the technologies and methods integral to this form of scholarship, while taking time to reflect on tools and practices that we are using. Students will be expected to step back and theorize on what we are doing, while fully engaging with the construction of the digital collection.