Documentation for the Public: Social Editing in The Walt Whitman Archive
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Documentation for the public:
social editing in the Walt Whitman
(N. Katherine Hayles)
focuses on understanding the interactions
privileges multiple causalities over linear
describes the interactions between systems
of representation (code and language) and
modes of representation (analog and digital)
From Hayles’ My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts.
Digital thematic research collections
electronic and multimedia in nature
extensive but thematically coherent
structured but expandable
designed to support research
always authored and usually multi-authored
represent collections of digital primary
resources, which are often second-generation
from Unsworth’s “Thematic Research Collections.” Paper presented at the Modern Language
Association’s Annual Conference, December 2000.
References and further reading
Clement, Tanya; Wendy Hagenmaier, and Jenny Levine Knies. “Toward a Notion of the Archive of the
Future: Impressions of Practice by Librarians, Archivists, and Digital Humanities Scholars.” The
Library Quarterly 83.2 (April 2013): 112-130.
Hayles, Katherine. My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts. Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 2005.
McGill, Meredith. “Remediating Whitman.” PMLA 122.5 (October 2007): 1588-1592.
McKenzie, D.F. Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1999.
Nowviskie, Bethany. “Interfacing the Edition.”
Price, Kenneth. “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s in a
Name?” DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.3 (Summer 2009).
---. “Civil War Washington, the Walt Whitman Archive, and Some Present Editorial Challenges and
Future Possibilities.” Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come. Connexions. 14
May 2010. http://cnx.org/content/m34306/1.2/
Robinson, Peter. “Editing Without Walls.” Literature Compass 7.2 (2010): 57-61.
Theimer, Kate. “Archives in Context and as Context,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1.2 (Spring
Warwick, Claire. Response to Question 2, “360° -- Topic: The Walt Whitman Archive.” Archive 1
(Spring 2011). http://www.archivejournal.net/issue/1/three-sixty/the-walt-whitman-archive-
Unsworth, John. “Thematic Research Collections.”
Dr. Peter Robinson and the SDSE Conference organizers,
whose financial support made it possible for me to attend
My writing group, who endured an early version of this
The Walt Whitman Archive, for making so much of its
collection and documentation publicly available
You, for your time and attention