Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics

Edited by Gabriel Egan

Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics

Edited by Gabriel Egan

Distributed for Iter Press

218 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $52.00 ISBN: 9780866984492 Published January 2010
The technologies, economics, and politics of scholarly publication in the humanities will change rapidly in the near future. New electronic publication technologies that do not require the same investments of
capital that go into physical books—printing presses, warehouses, transport—generate powerful forces directing academic authors away from traditional print publication.

This book brings together a team of academics experienced in this new field to explore the practical aspects of electronic publication and reflect on the politics of the knowledge landscape that is emerging. Their accounts of such practical matters as Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and coding standards form part of a larger consideration of the new knowledge economy and how the humanities disciplines will fare in a world that increasingly trusts its cultural heritage to magnetism and laser optics rather than inks and paper.
Contents
Editor’s Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . ix
Introduction
Gabriel Egan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Part One. Creating Electronic Publications: The Politics
and Pragmatics of Tools, Standards, and Skills . . . . . . 15
The Impact of Computers on the Art of Scholarly Editing
Peter Shillingsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Digitizing George Herbert’s Temple
Robert Whalen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
A First-Principles Reinvention of Software Tools for Creative
Writing and Text Analysis in the Twenty-First Century
Jeff Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Mechanick Exercises: The Question of Technical Competence
in Digital Scholarly Editing
Alan Galey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
A Historical Intermezzo: Is TEI the Right Way? . . . . . . . 103
SGML, Interpretation, and the Two Muses: A Critique of TEI
P3 from the End of the Century
Ian Lancashire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Lancashire’s Two Muses: A Belated Reply
Murray McGillivray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Part Two. Disseminating Electronic Publications:
The Politics and Pragmatics of Publication . . . . . . 137
How We Been Publishing the Wrong Way, and How We
Might Publish a Better Way
Peter Robinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Open Access and Digital Libraries: A Case Study of the
Text Creation Partnership
Shawn Martin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
From Edition to Experience: Feeling the Way towards
User-Focussed Interfaces
Paul Vetch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
The Book of English: Towards Digital Intertextuality and
a Second-Generation Digital Library
Martin Mueller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Afterword
John Lavagnino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
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