This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of creating digital scholarly editions. This hands-on module, which will include lab sessions, will concentrate on image and full-text digital repositories. Areas to be explored include theoretical perspectives including documentary editing and digital scholarly editions, developing metadata, text encoding, website and database design, and evaluation of editions. 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;IMG_8475
  • 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;
  • Use XSLT to transform XML to HTML
  • 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
  • Evaluate digital editions.