The Ghost in the Machine: Revisiting an Old Model for the Dynamic Generation of Digital Editions
Posted: December 16, 2006 Filed under: Digital Humanities, Essays, Preprints and Offprints, Research | Tags: anglo-saxon studies, Computers, database, digital humanities, editorial studies, relational queries, textual studies
In 1998, a few months into the preparation of my electronic edition of the Old English poem Cædmon’s Hymn (O’Donnell forthcoming), I published a brief prospectus on the “editorial method” I intended to follow in my future work (O’Donnell 1998). Less a true editorial method than a proposed workflow and list of specifications, the prospectus called for the development of an interactive edition-processor by which “users will […] be able to generate mediated (‘critical’) texts on the fly by choosing the editorial approach which best suits their individual research
or study needs” (O’Donnell 1998, ¶ 1).