ATNU Virtual Speaker Series - Elli Bleeker - 2022-05-18

Our next speaker in the ATNU Virtual Speaker Series is Elli Bleeker who is  a researcher at the DHLab of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and will talk to us about the training and education of scholarly editors and what this means in the digital world using the Companion for Digital Editing Methods and two related projects as case studies. Join us on Wednesday 18 May 2022 via Zoom at 5pm UK time (BST). (We will send the zoom link to all registered attendees shortly before the event.) 

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Finding common ground: A Companion to Digital Editing Methods

Dr Elli Bleeker

Wednesday 18 May 2022
5pm (BST)


This talk will discuss the training and education of scholarly editors. It is well-known that creating a digital edition requires a diverse skill set that includes domain knowledge, and methodological as well as technical know-how. As a result, the question “what (and how) do we teach students of digital scholarly editing?” continues to engross practitioners and educators alike. Indeed this question formed the incentive for the "Companion for Digital Editing Methods", an online platform for the study and knowledge exchange of digital editing methods (2022 - ...). Contributors to the Companion are asked to foreground the methodological aspects of their editorial work. By doing so, we aim to overcome traditional disciplinary boundaries that –– against general expectations –– have continued to prevail in the digital paradigm. The potential of this approach is illustrated with examples from two ongoing projects at the Huygens Institute of the History of The Netherlands. The first project concerns the design and development of collation software that can deal with TEI-encoded transcriptions of literary historical documents (2016 - ...). The project is a collaboration between textual scholars and software engineers and exemplifies how a focus on the methodology improves communication, learning, and the research itself. The second project bridges the gap between textual editors and historians by applying typical textual scholarship methods (transcription, TEI-XML encoding, automated collation) to a use case from political history. 


Dr Elli Bleeker works as a researcher at the DHLab of the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. She specialises in digital scholarly editing with a focus on modern manuscripts, genetic criticism, and semi-automated collation. As a Research Fellow in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded network DiXiT (2013–2017), she received advanced training in manuscript studies and XML technologies for text modelling. To enthuse others for the research field of (digital) scholarly editing, she set up the "Companion to Digital Editing Methods". She is associate editor of the journal Variants, board member of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and the DHBenelux Steering Committee, and she recently became a member of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde.

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