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dc.contributor.authorStewart, Graham Douglas James-
dc.identifier.citationStewart, G. D. J. 2012. The challenge of designing a collaborative reference source for Southern African Literature. English Academy Review, 29(2): 87-101.en_US
dc.description.abstractFinding the right balance between editorial control and the widest possible participation by contributors is a critical challenge for the editors of the ESAACH Wiki. The Wiki is the online collaborative reference repository of the Encyclopaedia of South African Arts, Culture and Heritage (ESAACH). The Verbal Arts section of the ESAACH Wiki was developed in the first phase of the project, and now comprises an extensive set of reference entries, compiled over a twelve year period. With its roots in a Southern African literary history project started in the 1990s, over four thousand entries have now been published on the Wiki, with the intention of utilising commons-based peer production to continue its development as a one-stop reference website of Southern African literature. User analysis shows that the ESAACH Wiki is extensively searched by Internet users looking for information on Southern African literature. This article considers how best to open up the resource to a wider group of contributors. Participation may range from a traditional print editorial model at one extreme to an open, un- moderated model at the other. Selected South African literary and biographical reference sources were compared to determine the most appropriate guidelines for an ESAACH entry.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.rightsThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in English Academy Review 29:2, 87-101 on 8 Oct 2012, available online: Green OA "Accepted Manuscript" upload to a repository permitted after an 18 month embargo (see Journal: English Academy Review).en_US
dc.subjectCollaborative reference sourceen_US
dc.subjectOnline repositoryen_US
dc.subjectSouth African literary historyen_US
dc.subjectCommons-based peer productionen_US
dc.titleThe challenge of designing a collaborative reference source for Southern African Literatureen_US
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