This is a republishing of an article I wrote for the Strange Bedfellows project. The original url is here.
I was recently working with an academic project housed at the University of Toronto called Records of Early English Drama, or REED. REED has been around for a long time, since 1975, and has previously disseminated its work through print volumes. It has just begun the process of exploring and expanded its work into the digital realm. I feel like this is a situation that many long-standing research projects are in right now. Print has become second class in terms of favorability compared to the digital yet printed volumes are both what hold the project’s existing work and what the project is familiar with doing. In this case, there is a simultaneous need to “re-publish” past volumes and publish new research in a digital format.