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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035

2.5. Editing and the skaldic database

2.5.1. Editing the corpus (TW)
2.5.2. Publication of the edition (TW)
2.5.3. Present and future possibilities of the electronic edition (TW)

(Vol. I. Poetry for Scandinavian Rulers 1: From Mythological Times to c. 1035 > 2. General Introduction > 2. Character and objectives of the present edition > 2.5. Editing and the skaldic database > 2.5.1. Editing the corpus)

2.5.1. Editing the corpus (TW)

Having created a resource to manage data related to skaldic poetry, and providing a mechanism for altering that data at a distance, it has been relatively straightforward to extend that resource to managing the content of the edition itself. A significant issue in the editing process has been that of maintaining a central, authoritative version of the edition while different parts are being produced, entered, corrected and updated by different people involved in the project. Some of the information which was to be included in the print edition was already contained in the database, including classification information (both for the new edition and the Skj arrangement), manuscripts and locations, and some edition information, including the Skj page references. Other information forms a natural extension to the database. Variant readings, for example, are linked electronically to the manuscripts, eliminating errors in reproducing sigla and ordering manuscripts. The prose order is constructed from a reordering of the verse order; errors that may result from the duplication of this information are therefore reduced.

Other mechanisms for linking data provide extensions for the electronic edition: notes linked to words can appear with those words, and lemmata for the variant apparatus are extracted from the base text, so that any changes to the base text are automatically reflected in the textual apparatus. From early on editors were asked to mark up their editions with brackets to indicate the structure of the kennings, in both the prose word order and translation. For example, the editor of Gizsv Lv1/7I would mark up the following kenning thus in the prose order: í {éli Ála} and present the translation as ‘in {the blizzard of Áli <legendary king>} [battle]’. These structural brackets do not appear in the printed text. When entered into the database, kennings can then be indexed automatically by their referents, so that, for example, all kennings for ‘battle’ can be viewed. Likewise, words and lines have also been indexed, along with other features that can be extracted from the edition, such as heiti.

© Skaldic Project Academic Body, unless otherwise noted. Database structure and interface developed by Tarrin Wills. All users of material on this database are reminded that its content may be either subject to copyright restrictions or is the property of the custodians of linked databases that have given permission for members of the skaldic project to use their material for research purposes. Those users who have been given access to as yet unpublished material are further reminded that they may not use, publish or otherwise manipulate such material except with the express permission of the individual editor of the material in question and the General Editor of the volume in which the material is to be published. Applications for permission to use such material should be made in the first instance to the General Editor of the volume in question. All information that appears in the published volumes has been thoroughly reviewed. If you believe some information here is incorrect please contact Tarrin Wills with full details.

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