Digital text editing and knowledge transfer

School activity on digital scholarly editing.
14 May 2015, Senate House, University of London

Organised by
Lorna Hughes, School of Advanced Studies, University of London
Elena Pierazzo, University of Grenoble
Eli Bleeker, University of Antwerp

Over the past decades, those active in developing a range of digital scholarly editing practices have built up a large body of knowledge about digital tools and methods that enable the development, presentation, and analysis of digital texts. This has resulted in a wide variety of methods for teaching and training of text editing. However, those who have to adapt quickly to working in a digital scholarly editing environment are often not aware of these different training methods. As a consequence, they could be overlooking available resources, or even re-inventing the wheel. To address this, we organised a one-day workshop on sharing digital text editing training and teaching methods. The event brought together teachers of digital editing with a group of people who have faced the need to learn more about this area, especially young scholars or (early career) researchers who did not receive formal education or training. A number of key practitioners were invited to discuss the core resources available for text editing, and how expertise can be shared more widely. Specifically, the aim was to see how the experience of those in academia who teach and research text editing can contribute to the development of a core set of training materials for those new to the field, and how we can have better knowledge transfer around digital text editing.

The underlying aim of the workshop was therefore to scope what is already available in terms of training materials, and to develop a methodology to assess different kinds of teaching material. This critical overview will assist the community in the further development of teaching material for text editing. As an output of the workshop, a basic and open curriculum will be developed and published as an online resource by NeDIMAH.

The event was funded by the European Science Foundation Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities ( and endorsed by DARIAH-RS, and Erasmus +. Co- sponsorship for bursaries was provided by DiXiT, a Marie Curie-funded training network for digital scholarly editors.

Three bursaries were awarded to students and early career researchers from NeDiMAH countries.

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