Pioneering a new form of digital editing: the 'Dynamic Digital Edition'
As part of our project, we're building a TEI-model of a new form of digital edition, which we've called a 'Dynamic Digital Edition' (or DDE). Paul Caton of King's Digital Lab is writing the code; the concepts behind it are the product of collaborative work between Dauvit Broun, John Davies and Alice Taylor (with the whole project team and others contributing as well, most notably Joanna Tucker at the University of Glasgow). We'll trial our DDE-model on The Declaration of Arbroath (which will be edited by Dauvit Broun and encoded by John Davies) and encode short passages from Regiam Maiestatem (transcribed and encoded by John Davies), to show how the model will work on a much more complex text (like Regiam).
At its heart, the aim of our dynamic edition is to move away from a stemmatic approach to editing texts, which aims to reconstruct the 'archetype' text, and show how all later manuscript copies derive from it. It takes great inspiration from approaches to genetic editing, which aims to represent how drafts, insertions, edits, additions all contribute to a work's meaning and interpretation. But our dynamic digital editions depart from both these two methods. Our DDEs aim to show textual movement in a work across its manuscript witnesses in order to better understand how people might have known, interacted and used a particular work. Key to our approach is the distinction between settled text in a work and unsettled text.
We're excited about developing these editions, and hope you are too.
In the drop-down menu, you'll find our key concepts and descriptions. These of course are subject to change. We'll be interested in any feedback, so email email@example.com with any thoughts!