PS-24: Panel Session
Refining our Concept of ‘Access’ for Digital Scholarly Editions: A DiXiT Panel on Accessibility, Usability, Pedagogy, Collaboration, Community and Diversity.
1Huygens ING - KNAW, The Netherlands; 2Swedish School of Library and Information Science University of Borås, Sweden; 3Center for Manuscript Genetics University of Antwerp, Belgium; 4University of Ioannina, Greece
Access, in all its iterations, continues to shape the discourse of digital scholarly editing as the field grapples with new models and methods. Our proposed panel will frame a discussion around a broader definition of the concept of “access” in relation to the field of digital textual scholarship, by critically reflecting on its meaning for digital scholarly editions and theorizing how the term relates to issues of accessibility, usability, pedagogy, collaboration, community, and diversity. Refining this concept of ‘access’ signifies a valuable contribution to the field: while ‘accessibility’ is a highly-cited term in digital editing, its use is generally refers to making data and source materials more openly available rather than to making data more understandable to different types of users, including users with disabilities. The proposed panel therefore hopes to stimulate a lively and productive conversation with the audience around these interrelated themes.