Scholarly Collections on the Web: Media Reconfigurations at Play

Rune Dalgaard


With the Internet a new medium has become available for communicating scholarly texts. This article focuses on the World Wide Web (the Web) as a global, hypertextual archive for scholarly texts and its significance in reconfiguring the corpus of scholarly texts. The first part addresses the Web in light of hypertext theory and a media theoretic perspective, concentrating on its roots in issues related to the flood of information and its qualities as a medium. The second part will zoom in on the actual use of the Web as a publication and archival medium for scholars, with a focus on two different scholarly archives. The article concludes with some general reflections on the Web as an archive of archives based on the concepts of network and complexity.


media theory; Internet; World Wide Web (WWW); scholarly publishing; hypertext; archival studies

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