Digital Editions

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For undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and librarians: this practical course on digitisation and text encoding 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 using the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), preservation, audience analysis and publication.

For librarians at smaller institutions it is a great opportunity to make collections available online without needing a large grant. The course materials are available for free, 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.