What will digital editions look like in the future, Mr Kamzelak?

On 2nd November 2015, a three-day conference on "Digital Metamorphosis: Digital Humanities and Editorial Studies" will be held at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel (HAB) within the framework of the MWW Research Association. We interviewed conference chairman Roland Kamzelak about sustainability on the Internet and the most impressive digital editions.

 

A poster for the "Digital Metamorphosis: Digital Humanities and Editorial Studies" conference.

Mr Kamzelak, are digital processes making Editorial Studies more interdisciplinary and more international?

Slightly, yes. Editorial Studies has always been interdisciplinary and international. But yes, as with all disciplines, editorial philology is becoming more global.

How can digital editions be ensured in a sustainable way in fluid media such as the Internet?

To ensure sustainability, two things are essential: firstly, a system-independent format such as XML is required, preferably using TEI recommendations, and secondly, you need a trustworthy repository, such as an archive or library.

What will digital editions look like in the future?

Collaborative. Nowadays, we call it crowdsourcing, however, skills-related mechanisms – which have yet to be developed – will be required.

Which digital editions are you currently working on?

After a long break, I am once again working on a hybrid edition of the diaries of Harry Graf Kessler; the final volume is still pending.

Is there a digital edition which has particularly impressed you? If so, why?

I have just been re-examining the complete works of Carl Maria von Weber. What impressed me about this edition was the simplicity, or rather, the combination of quiet aesthetics and functionality.

 

Dr. Roland S. Kamzelak is assistant director of the German Literature Archive Marbach (DLA). The Editions and Digital Humanities project is run by the Development department, which Kamzelak leads. Together with Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Kamzelak chairs the "Digital Metamorphosis: Digital Humanities and Editorial Studies" conference, which takes place from 2nd-4th November at the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel (HAB) within the framework of the MWW Research Association.   

 

Information about the conference and programme is available here