What is Interedition?

Interedition is a COST Action; our aim is to promote the interoperability of the tools and methodology we use in the field of digital scholarly editing and research.

What does that mean?

There are a great many researchers out there in the field of textual scholarship. Some of you have written some amazing computer tools in the course of your research, and others of you could benefit greatly if these tools were openly available. The primary purpose of Interedition is to facilitate this contact—to encourage the creators of tools for textual scholarship to make their functionality available to others, and to promote communication between scholars so that we can raise awareness of innovative working methods.

Why should we do that?

Lack of IT capacity and sustainability are major threats to the continuity of our digital research sources, tools, and results. We want to network as much digital effort in our field as possible to create a common strong, supportive, interoperated mesh of our technologies that will eventually self sustain.


Interedition has gained quite some momentum. Our success is not just in networking many digital scholarly projects, and raising awareness of interoperability and sustainability issues in the scholarly community. Interedition is also producing actual models, tools and reference implementations proofing the concepts of interoperability and sustainability Interedition is aiming for.

A proof of concept for the microservices model is fully serviceable since 14 December 2012: http://interedition.github.com/microservices/

Much of the other results are still only roughly documented. On the wiki pages progress an results can be inferred from the past and upcoming meetings and the related minutes and pages. For a nitty gritty detailed overview of the results refer to the minutes and pages connected to the different meetings on the web pages linked below.

http://www.interedition.eu/wiki/index.php/Past_meetings and 


Below is a skeleton of result areas and results that will be fleshed out over the coming months (April/May 2010).

  • Interoperability
    • Community Level
      • OSDC in the humanities
      • Ecology of projects: Juxta, Hermans, Munster, Faust, A32, Nines, Clarin/Dariah, SADE, TEI-c, etc. etc. etc. (Mindmap this?): http://www.interedition.eu/wiki/index.php/AssociatedProjects
      • Connections to various other COST Actions: A32 (Open Scholarly Communities on the Web), IS1005 (Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources
        ), IS09101 (Wome Writers in History)
      • Road Map
    • Semantic level
      • Model for collation task
      • Model for modularizing scholarly tasks
      • Networking formats, standards, protocols: lightweight REST/JSON
    • Technical level
      • Web services model / architecture / REST/JSON
      • CollateX + spin off GUIs, pre and post processors