Scholarly Digital Editions

Chair: Matthew Driscoll,

Co-chair: Elena Pierazzo,

Working group members: Malte Rehbein, Michael Stolz, Peter Boot, Hilde Bøe, Marjorie Burghart, Mats Dahlströmi.

Digital editions are now establishing themselves as the norm in many areas of philological endeavour, with a numberof large-scale digitisation and editorial initiatives currently under way. There are still many textual scholars, however, who may have difficulties in accessing and adapting to their needs the digital tools and resources which would benefit their projects but which often require advanced IT competencies or are far from user friendly.

This working group will promote the use of digital technologies in the production and dissemination of scholarly editions – of whatever size and shape – bringing together experts from a wide variety of disciplines and time-periods to establish the state of the art and recommend a set of best practices in order to ensure maximum interoperability and accessibility of digital data.

The working group has organised a number of events with particpants form across Europe.  Its activities began in December 2011 at the Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen. In attendence were Matthew Driscoll (chair), Elena Pierazzo (co‐chair), Malte Rehbein, Michael Stolz, Peter Boot, Hilde Bøe, Marjorie Burghart and Mats Dahlström. At the meeting, the activity plan of the working group was discussed and the organisation of its main event, an expert seminar on the theme of digital scholarly editions begun.

The NeDiMAH working group on Digital Scholarly Editions organised an Experts’ seminar on 21 November 2012 at the Huygens Institute in The Hague. The seminar was held in conjunction with the 9th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, ‘Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing’, 22‐24 November 2012 in Amsterdam, and coincided with a workshop organised by the NeDiMAH working group on Using Large‐Scale Text Collections for Research.

The seminar was attended by 30 people from 11 different countries. There were 11 papers on a variety of topics, and a final round‐table discussion involving Matthew Driscoll (DK) Elena Pierazzo (UK), Pierre‐Yves Buard (FR), Dirk Van Hulle (BE), Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (IT), Hans Walter Gabler (DE) and Marina Buzzoni (IT). 


All of the NeDiMAH working groups will produce publications related to their activities.  A full list of publications and forthcoming publications will appear on this page in November 2014.

Workgroup Reports

26 January 2015, Maison de Science de l’Homme – Alpes, Grenoble

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

The Medievaland Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age course ran for its fifth year on 28 April–2 May 2014.