What is Interedition?

Interedition is a COST Action; our aim is to promote the interoperability of the tools and methodology we use in the field of digital scholarly editing and research.

What does that mean?

There are a great many researchers out there in the field of textual scholarship. Some of you have written some amazing computer tools in the course of your research, and others of you could benefit greatly if these tools were openly available. The primary purpose of Interedition is to facilitate this contact—to encourage the creators of tools for textual scholarship to make their functionality available to others, and to promote communication between scholars so that we can raise awareness of innovative working methods.

Why should we do that?

Lack of IT capacity and sustainability are major threats to the continuity of our digital research sources, tools, and results. We want to network as much digital effort in our field as possible to create a common strong, supportive, interoperated mesh of our technologies that will eventually self sustain.


Digitally Sustaining our Textual Heritage

Over the last decades, many remarkable scholarly editions have been made using digital methods. We have shown that we can now make scholarly editions in digital form with far more to offer readers than ever before possible, and we have found that these editions can reach readers in far larger numbers than ever before.

The potential is clear: but so too, are the difficulties. Typically, these editions have been made by single projects and are accessible only through dedicated and specialized interfaces. This leads to profound problems of sustainability, as the interfaces grow old, and of interoperability, as the data cannot be addressed except through the project interface.

There’s no doubt that digital sources will be the predominant carrier of our textual heritage in the decades to come. But with the current technologies and approaches we are at risk of almost instantly obsoleting digital editions as they appear. Our technologies and approaches lack the common model, framework and infrastructure that is needed to effectively create and safeguard the digital transformation of our common textual heritage

Together with experts of information technology we need to set the agenda that will leed to the creation of a sustainable digital edition model, as well as a sustainable technical framework and infrastructure.

As a COST Action ‘Interedition’ is raising the awareness of the importance of sustainability of our digital artefacts and instruments. To do so we network the knowledge of information technology researchers and textual scholars, which will result in a shared model for the creation of sustainable infrastructure for digital text.