For the first time since I started in my current position in 2020, I have officially asked for and got approved for 20% of my work time to be used exclusively for research. In 2023, I will mainly work on two projects:
Norwegian Correspondences: eMunch
An article accompanying a dataset of all correspondence metadata collected from the digital scholarly edition of Edvard Munch’s Writings, eMunch.no. I will write this article together with the chief philologist of the eMunch edition, Hilde Bøe, at the Munch Museum in Oslo and with the research software engineer Loke Sjølie at the University of Oslo Library, who created the code to extract correspondence metadata from eMunch.no and combine it with a yet unpublished dataset containing corrected and updated dates, places, and names. The metadata of 8527 letters to and from Edvard Munch are already incorporated into CorrespSearch, the search engine for scholarly editions of letters. The dataset we created will be archived on Dataverse.no, an open repository for research data in Norway. For the publication, I want to aim for a data paper: either a short data paper describing the data and how they were created or a research article focusing on the methods and challenges when extracting and consolidating the data. I plan to publish with the Journal of Open Humanities Data.
Digital Scholarly Editions Plattform: A Sustainable Solution for Long-Term Archiving, Accessing, and Maintaining Digital Scholarly Editions as a Library Service. Pre-study: The Landscape of Digital Scholarly Editions in Norway
I am also preparing a larger research project on aspects of sustainability of digital scholarly editions (DSE). I am focusing solely on Norwegian academic and cultural heritage institutions. For 2023, I aim to start the pre-study, mapping the landscape of digital scholarly editions in Norway. I will gather a small team of experts and practitioners and design a survey to be sent to all Norwegian research and cultural heritage institutions that create, host, maintain, or archive digital scholarly editions of any kind and from any discipline. The results of this survey will inform a recommendation for long-term archiving, accessing, and maintaining DSEs in Norway and serve as a starting point for an infrastructure grant application with the Norwegian Research Council.