TEI 2017 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada November 11 - 15

XML Tues Nov 14, 14:10–15:30

Your own Shelley-Godwin Archive: An off-line strategy for an on-line publication (poster)

Raffaele Viglianti* Raffaele (Raff) Viglianti is a Research Programmer at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland. Raff holds a PhD in Digital Musicology from King’s College London. His research revolves around digital editions and textual scholarship, with a focus on editions of music scores.

1 Digital editions built with the TEI are typically published on the web, which makes it possible to create interactive reading experiences with the potential of reaching worldwide audiences. TEI’s philosophy also enables the same encoded content to be delivered in other formats and media, such as e-book and PDF for print (e.g., see Ciula and Lopez 2009). Web-based interactive digital editions, however, are the most efficient in leveraging TEI’s capacity to formalize, in a machine-readable way, scholarship as well as text. Ongoing scholarship around minimal computing (Gil 2015) and minimal editions has pointed out some important, yet addressable, flaws of many TEI-powered digital editions. Bloatedness of infrastructure, for example, particularly when paired with rapid technical obsolescence and changes in funding, can hamper long-term preservation efforts; weighty resources may not be easily accessible from slower connections; and online-only access to a digital edition can be an obstacle to the world-wide access potential highlighted earlier.
2 The Shelley-Godwin Archive (S-GA) has taken steps to reduce its infrastructure footprint by generating a static site: in its production form, with the exception of its search index, S-GA is a collection of TEI, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that can be hosted on any server without needing to set-up any server-side component. This approach also makes it possible to bundle resources together for offline use. We are in the process of creating downloadable versions of S-GA’s holdings for readers to use offline for reading, study, and research. Unlike a PDF or e-book version, these downloadable resources will preserve the functionality of S-GA’s website (with the exception, for now, of full text search), thus making the archive more usable in a potentially greater number of cases. This poster will present motivations and technologies adopted by S-GA to allow users to download archive holdings for offline use.