The SCTA in 10 Minutes

Jeffrey C. Witt (Loyola University Maryland) | @jeffreycwitt

Harvard University, April 06, 2018

Slide Deck:

## Claim The binary between Digital Scholarly Editions and Printed Scholarly Editions is not only false but *harmful*.
## Why harmful? It is harmful because it reinforces an outmoded publishing paradigm, to which continued adherence works against what is now technologically possible.
## Problems with the Old Paradigm * The old paradigm conflates data and presentation. * This welds data to a particular presentation. * This particular presentation restricts data to a particular use.
## Why this paradigm persists * Welding data to presentation is no longer technologically required. * It lingers only because of social and political intransigence.
## Aims of the SCTA ### []( * The SCTA or Scholastic Commentaries and Texts Archive exists to break this social intransigence. * It exists to be a new type of social community dedicated to the publication of scholastic texts divorced from presentation, freeing that data to be used in a plurality of presentations for a plurality of use cases.
## What the SCTA does 1. Maintains a set of domain specific standards for the publication of textual data *as data* anywhere on the web. 2. Helps publish this decentralized data by organizing it with detailed metadata. 3. Makes this metadata available through various APIs that client applications can make use of to display this data in any way desired.
# Presentation Plurality
# The Promise of Networked Connections
# Example
# Client Applications and Networked Connections