DIGITAL EDITIONS AND ARCHIVES

We develop digital editions and digital archives which combine technology with high quality academic research in order to bring new perspectives to primary sources.

A digital edition is typically an electronic surrogate of one or more primary sources concerned with a particular work of art or literature, usually accompanied by scholarly background information. Digital editions might comprise the works of a single individual, works on a related theme or multiple versions of a single work. Common types of digital editions are:

  • Digital facsimiles in which digital photography is used to provide high resolution versions of valuable, sometimes fragile documents.
  • Variorum editions in which diplomatic transcriptions of multiple versions of the same text to be presented side-by-side.
  • Correspondence editions in which collections of letters from multiple repositories are transcribed into searchable text and made available alongside one another.

A digital archive is typically a much larger corpus of data than an edition, often covering a much wider subject and chronological period. A digital archive might be a representation of an existing, physical archive or an entirely new construct, often pulling together content which is dispersed across multiple physical archives. Common types of digital archives are:

  • Image libraries, comprising digitised images and searchable descriptive records (metadata).
  • Digital catalogues, comprising searchable descriptive records which correspond to objects within physical archives.
  • Full-text archives, comprising complete searchable versions of physical documents.

Both digital editions and digital archives are rooted in strong disciplinary traditions within the humanities, library, museum and gallery sectors. These types of resources tend to be the foundation for a great deal of humanities research, as are their traditional counterparts.