Expectations of Digital (Textual) Editions

This page will provide the results of a survey entitled 'Expectations of Digital (Textual) Editions', published on 29th March 2017 and closing on 30th April 2017.

The questionnaire aimed at collecting information about what users expect or want from a digital edition. In this questionnaire, a digital edition was broadly defined as an edition or transcription of a text that makes use of digital technologies to enhance users' access and experience of the source material. It can be a completed or an ongoing project, and does not necessarily have to provide a critical commentary. A mere replica of a printed edition was, in that instance, not considered to be a digital edition. The questions built upon the feature list provided by the Catalogue of Digital Editions, and the answers obtained were examined against the editions currently contained in the Catalogue to compare the user needs of the community with the digital editions that have been built by the community.

November 2017 update: an article describing the survey and the results is currently in peer-review.

February 2018 update: the article was accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH)!