Furhter studies required to map the reconfigurations at place in the textual zone identified here in specific scholarly archives on the web.
An attempt to shift the approach to hypertext and formulate a framework for studying effects of hyperlinks.
Preliminary conclusion on the nature of a new archival paradigm:
- From the archive as a tree of knowledge based on the physical collections of text - to archives as local orders in networks of texts.
This is work in progress - and I am currently looking closer at specific web-archives from this perspecitve - but do not have any final conclusions at present.
The changes discussed here are not adequately theorized by dichotomies of fixed vs. dynamic texts - or linear vs. non-linear texts and archives. Neither do we have a collapse of text and archive in one large metatext - what we see, I believe, is that the
I am not predicting the end of classifications or subject indexes - but I think we will increasingly look at them as local orders (in time and semantic space) within a larger network. In this sense we are probably moving from the tree-metaphor to the net
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