Fluid Layering: Reimagining digital literary archives through dynamic, usergenerated content




Saklofske, Jon
INKE Research Group

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Scholarly and Research Communication


This article promotes a theoretical evolution in the conceptualisation and operation of digital literary archives via NewRadial, a prototype archive application that models the following distinction: Whereas a digital edition continues to function as a primary source, the root of a secondary discourse field much like its print-based predecessor, the digital archive should be reconceived as a broader, active, dynamic public record, an information commons that substantiates a foundational collection of primary texts with a continuous aggregation of critical contexts and conversations that grow from that foundation.


The INKE Research Group comprises over 35 researchers (and their research assistants and postdoctoral fellows) at more than 20 universities in Canada, England, the United States, and Ireland, and across 20 partners in the public and private sectors. INKE is a large-scale, long-term, interdisciplinary project to study the future of books and reading, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as contributions from participating universities and partners, and bringing together activities associated with book history and textual scholarship; user experience studies; interface design; and prototyping of digital reading environments.


Digital, Archive, Edition, User-generated content, Database, Interoperable, NewRadial, NINES, William Blake


Saklofske, Jon. (2012). Fluid Layering: Reimagining Digital Literary Archives Through Dynamic, User-generated Content. Scholarly and Research Communication, 3(4): 040155, 11 pp.