Electronic Literature and Online Literary Databases: The PO.EX and ELMCIP Cases

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This essay reflects on the shift of user interaction operated by online literary archives and databases. One can easily recognize a change of scenery happening in the current networked world, given the way authors and general public produce, catalog, tag, access, research, analyze, preserve and share knowledge.
In the field of electronic literature, the creation of several collaborative and open access databases attests this trend. For this purpose, I review two of them: the PO.EX Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Literature and the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base. My aim is to contribute to an informed view on how these online literary databases are shaped and are shaping the field: What is their scope? How do they operate? What kind of navigation and user input exists? Why should they really matter?
Finally, I use these insights to develop some considerations concerning the relations between memory and archive, and different perspectives on electronic literature preservation.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Hypertext and the Laws of Media Stuart Moulthrop 1991
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The ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base: Project Report Scott Rettberg, Eric Dean Rasmussen 2013
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ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature 2012
Electronic Publishing Models for Experimental Literature Rui Torres, Manuel Portela 2013
Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: A Report from the HERA Joint Research Project 2014
Cibertextualidades 5 2013
A Ciberliteratura: Criação Literária e Computador Pedro Barbosa 1996

Databases/Archives referenced:

Titlesort ascending Organization responsible
Rhizome Artbase Rhizome
PO-EX.net: Arquivo Digital da Literatura Experimental Portuguesa University Fernando Pessoa
NT2 Répertoire Des Arts et Littératures Hypermédiatiques Laboratorie NT2, Université du Québec à Montréal
ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base ELMCIP: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice, University of Bergen, Electronic Literature Research Group, University of Bergen, Program in Digital Culture
Electronic Literature Directory Electronic Literature Organization

Events referenced:

Titlesort ascending Date Location
Visualizing Electronic Literature Seminar 19.08.2013
Les littératures numériques d'hier à demain 24.09.2013
Bibliotheque National Francais Paris

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