Understanding the Social Edition Through Iterative Implementation: The Case of the Devonshire MS (BL Add MS 17492)

  • Constance Crompton University of British Columbia, Okanagan
  • Alyssa Arbuckle University of Victoria
  • Raymond Siemens
Keywords: Social edition, collaboration, knowledge community, textual editing, social media.


This article reports on the ongoing social edition-building process.  Using the social edition of the Devonshire Manuscript as a case study, the authors assess the scholarly potential of editing in public with contributions and feedback from the existing knowledge communities surrounding Wikibooks, Wikipedia, Twitter, and other social media spaces. Working at the intersection of academic and social media culture, they share the feedback of their advisory board, Twitter followers, and Wikipedia editors.


Author Biography

Constance Crompton, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Constance Crompton is an assistant professor of digital humanities and English in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus. She is a digital humanist with research interests in scholarly editing, queer history, and Victorian popular and visual culture