Digital Editions

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This practical course gives participants the opportunity to create their own digital edition of a text of their choice. The only conditions are that the book or manuscript must be out of copyright, and, if there are to be original images, there must be permission from the person or institution that owns the copy. Books that have already been scanned by institutions, and are available for reuse (such as those scanned by the Bodleian Library and British Library) are ideal. The course teaches participants about the whole digitisation process, from data management plans, imaging, metadata, encoding, TEI, preservation, audience analysis and publication. It’s also a great opportunity for smaller institutions to make their collections available without needing a large grant. The course materials are available for free here and at, but in order to participate in the practical aspects – obtain an xml template customised for your text, one-to-one help if you need it, and publication of your edition on the open scholarship platform “Prisms” – you will need to pay the course fee.