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CFP: Digital Preservation and Electronic Scholarly
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0319  Thursday, 5 February 2004

From:           Humanist <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 2004 09:10:40 -0400
Subject:        CFP: Digital Preservation and Electronic Scholarly Editions
(MLA '04)

CFP: Digital Preservation and Electronic Scholarly Editions
Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Philadelphia, 27-30 December 2004

The promise of electronic scholarly editing brings with it the
responsibility of long-term digital preservation.  While librarians and
archivists have struggled with this problem for a number of years,
bibliographers and editors have been slower to take up the challenge.
Other than a brief mention of the "preservation form" in section 1.E of
the MLA Guidelines for Electronic Scholarly Edition and scattered
references to the Text Encoding Initiative on project Web sites, little
work has been done within the editing community to develop procedures
for ensuring their efforts will survive  changes in digital technologies.

The Association for Computers and the Humanities invites papers for the
2004 Modern Language Association Conference in Philadelphia.  In
particular we seek proposals from individual editors, project teams and
electronic publishers currently grappling with the complex issues of
long-term preservation.  How are you negotiating the synchronic demands
of delivery deadlines and software restrictions with the diachronic
pitfalls of maintaining access over many decades?  If multiple-archives
increase survivability, how are you dealing with data integrity? Are you
also archiving the interim working documents, correspondence and
editorial manuals generated as part of your project, and if so, how are
they integrated with the finished edition? What preservation needs come
into play when the goal is to publish in multiple formats (print and
digital)?

Please submit a one-page abstract by 1 March 2004 to David L. Gants
<dgants (at) unb.ca > (non-bots please translate the "(at)" into
conventional form).  Information about previous ACH sessions at the MLA
can be found at <http://www.ach.org/mla03/index.html>.

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