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Devising data structures for scholarly works

July 21, 2015

Authored by Mark Dunn, Content Architect Manager for Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

For over 100 years, Oxford University Press has been publishing scholarly editions of major works. Prominent scholars reviewed and delivered authoritative versions of authors’ work with notes on citations, textual variations, references, and commentary added line by line—from alternate titles for John Donne’s poetry to biographical information on recipients of Adam Smith’s correspondence. In an effort to move these works online in an interlinked fashion, we were faced with an interesting challenge to structure the content digitally so that it can be viewed, searched, and navigated to best effect.

The Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) website needs to deal seamlessly and consistently with all manner of works, from letters and diary entries, through poetry and plays, to large works such as Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. As well as the variety of content type, there is also a wide variety in editorial style. The editions in OSEO have been published over a period of more than a century, and different editors have found different ways of dealing with the source materials available to them...Read the rest of this article on the OUPBlog.


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