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Critical Editing And Critical Digitisation

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This chapter discusses scholarly editing based on textual criticism and its transmission mechanisms, science ideals, and socio-cultural functions. It suggests that this pattern is similar to that of other transmission activities within socio-cultural institutions. The chapter then proceeds to deal with library digitisation as a transmission activity. Two digitisation approaches are discussed: the currently much debated mass digitisation, and an approach that bears many similarities to textual criticism and that the chapter also suggests that critical digitisation. The relation between these two digitisation strategies is analysed. Finally, the chapter returns to scholarly editing and analyses its relation to library digitisation, with a particular focus on comparing the similarities and differences between these two transmission activities.

Keywords: library digitisation; scholarly editing; socio-cultural functions; textual criticism; transmission mechanisms



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