Roger Osborne


I have a research background in textual criticism and scholarly editing, having recently delivered an edition of Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes for review. I am not a technologist, but have employed computer-assisted analysis in my research since 1996. I am currently developing two additional editorial projects with the help of several technologists who are using my work as case-studies for the development of tools and collaborative platforms for scholarly editing.

For the last three years I have been Project Manager of the Aus-e-Lit Project. I am currently working with AustLit and various research communities to integrate the tools developed by that project into everyday research and teaching workflows.

  • Electronic Editions on a Shoestring


    I’d be interested in any sessions on electronic editions, particularly sessions that discuss the tools and platforms that can support electronic editions for researchers with limited technical experience. Can Omeka be used for such projects? What other tools and resources are available? What are the limits of such platforms for complicated textual histories? How can print editions and electronic editions work together?

  • Visualising and Analysing Historical Cultural Networks


    At AustLit, we often talk about enhancing AustLit data in order to visualise and analyse the cultural networks that influence the composition, publication and reception of literary works. Such analysis inevitably extends beyond literary works to other cultural products, particularly when writers contribute to several forms (eg fiction in serial and book forms, drama, radioplays, screenplays etc.). It also extends to other art forms when visual artists and literary artists commune socially, artistically or professionally.

    We’ve been experimenting with LORE to see how relationships can be defined and visualised with the tools we have at hand. But discussion with anyone who is pursuing similar research questions or who has experience with software such as Cytoscape would be very valuable. I’d like to participate in such a session if anyone else in interested in joining me.