Jeffrey C. Witt (Loyola University Maryland)
https://jeffreycwitt.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
July 7, 2022, Leeds, UK
1. The archive we are describing is not just an archive of visible or materially manifested texts.
2. First and foremost, it is an archive of abstract textual ideas that are normally the domain of area specialists.
3. In the current landscape of scholarly publishing, there seems to be a responsibility gap. None of the traditional publishing entities have the incentives or expertise to construct or care for ideas at this level of abstraction and granularity.
4. Yet there is a community that cares immensely about these abstract ideas. It is the scholarly community which is busy writing articles about textual categorizations or textual parallels across witnesses. But at present this kind of information primarily gets “stored” as visualized text in scholarly journal articles, elaborate appendices, or apparati fontium inaccessible to a machine, and thereby un-useable for the outcomes described here.
5. My suggestion is that the community that already cares greatly about these ideas needs to revolutionize the way it represents its knowledge.