Adjusting scholarly edition to the digital environment - the problem of annotations

Nowa Panorama Literatury Polskiej (New Panorama of Polish Literature, NPLP.PL) is a platform for presenting research results in the digital environment; it is a part of the Digital Humanities Centre at the Institute of Literary Research. The interdisciplinary team of the New Panorama of Polish Literature is currently working on the second Polish issue of TEI technical standard and the first that is adjusted to the edition of nineteenth- and twentieth- century collections of literature, including non-fictional forms, such as letters and diaries. The first scholarly digital edition in this series consists of twentieth-century letters of poets related to the leading Polish émigré magazine (Wiadomości), Jan Lechoń and Kazimierz Wierzyński, and the magazine’s editor, Mieczysław Grydzewski.

This paper will present some problems encountered during work on the edition, primarily concerning the issues connected with annotations/notes in traditional editions and their adaptation into the scholarly digital edition. One of our project’s principles is that the traditional and digital scholarly editions should be parallel. We are convinced that they may have different uses and offer different features and possibilities. So the objective of this paper is to show how the solutions suitable for traditional scholarly editions work in the digital environment. The particular problem is how to adjust the annotations to the rules of scholarly digital edition, above all to TEI technical standard. The aim of the presentation will be to search for answers to the following questions:

-  how to use possibilities given by TEI elements and attributes?

-  can the description of TEI elements replace the foot- or endnotes?

-  why (in our project) do traditional footnotes after implementation into the digital edition demand further reworking, sometimes both editorial and factual?