Digital Scholarly Editing




Digital editing is a new frontier in the humanities and social sciences. From the perspective of Scripta, the use of digital technology is not so much a means of changing the economy and communication of scientific research, as an opportunity to rethink the very principles of editorial work, especially for the processing of written documents, which traditional editing can only render in static and limited forms.


The challenge, which concerns all kinds of media and texts, not to mention images, is both technical (which methods are best suited to different objects or corpora?) and heuristic (what can scholarship gain from digital editing?).


The core of the program is the adaptation of TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) to new genres or new written artefacts, belonging to the many research fields of PSL, from the simplest to the most complex, from the oldest to the most recent, in widely different writing systems and alphabets, while allowing a qualitative leap in technology.


This theme may include projects in such areas as epigraphy, the processing of medieval manuscripts as well as modern administrative documents (with typically complex, hierarchical layouts and contents), the exploitation of ancient library inventories, the stratigraphy of annotations or revisions to texts (genetic editing), interactive facsimiles combining images and texts, etc.


Theme leaders: François Bougard, Marc Smith