Fluid Layering: Reimagining digital literary archives through dynamic, user-generated content

  • Jon Saklofske Acadia University
Keywords: Digital, Archive, Edition, User-generated content, Database, Interoperable, NewRadial, NINES, William Blake


This article promotes a theoretical evolution in the conceptualisation and operation of digital literary archives via NewRadial, a prototype archive application that models the following distinction: Whereas a digital edition continues to function as a primary source, the root of a secondary discourse field much like its print-based predecessor, the digital archive should be reconceived as a broader, active, dynamic public record, an information commons that substantiates a foundational collection of primary texts with a continuous aggregation of critical contexts and conversations that grow from that foundation.