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If you are leading/working on a project related to digital editions (in the broadest sense), and/or tools pertaining in any way to digital editions, please feel free to add an entry containing the following information to this page or contact Kathryn Piquette:

  • Project name
  • The URL for web pages/blog entries or other reference information about your project
  • Descriptive text of 250-300 words
  • 3-5 key words
  • Name, title, institution and e-mail of the contact person for the project

Leads to other projects are also most welcome.

Digital Libraries

Building a Digital Library of Slavic Manuscripts, Early Printed Books and Reference Database

Homepage: Not yet available

The project (IL BAS, University in Gothenburg and University in Uppsala, Sweden) (2008–2011) will be centred on the integration of current technological advancements in the field of electronic description of manuscripts and early printed books along with the results achieved during the next stage of Swedish-Bulgarian cooperation (2005–2007, the project entitled “Computer processing of Slavic manuscripts”). The reach [sp?] collection of Slavic manuscripts and early printed books in Carolina Rediviva university library in Uppsala and the collection of parchment manuscripts in Stockholm Royal Library will provide an excellent opportunity for implement the principals of a digital library of Slavic manuscripts and early printed books.


Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria.

Digital Libraries Federation (DLF)


The PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation (DLF, is the next stage of developing a network of distributed digital libraries and repositories in Poland. The name of the DLF corresponds to its nature – it is a set of advanced network services based on the resources available in Polish digital libraries and repositories deployed in the PIONIER network. These resources are created by many institutions like universities, libraries, museums, archives or research institutions. The Digital Libraries Federation is maintained by Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and the PSNC Digital Libraries Team is responsible for the DLF development.

Keywords: network services, aggregation, digital libraries

Contact: Marcin Werla, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking

Pinakes: Textes et manuscrits grecs


La base Pinakes rassemble la tradition manuscrite des textes grecs antérieurs au XVIe siècle, à partir des catalogues des bibliothèques du monde entier.


Contact: Marco Rufino, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale

Digital Editions

Genetic edition of Goethe's Faust


The edition focuses on providing all relevant manuscripts of Faust in a science-based way for the first time by making the facsimiles and transcriptions available. Furthermore it aims to reconstruct the genetic relations between them and therefore seek for visualisation strategies in the electronic medium so that a general public will have the opportunity to have a look inside the making of one of the most important literary works in German language.

Keywords: genetic editing, manuscripts, multi-layered annotations

Contact: Fotis Jannidis

The writings of Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754)

Homepage: / (website so far in Danish/Norwegian only. An English version is being prepared)

The project aims to provide a new critical online edition of the writings of the historian, poet, playwright, essay writer etc Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754), the great Enlightenment figure of Denmark-Norway. The edition will be furnished with introductions and commentaries, and digital facsimiles of the first editions will be linked to the edited texts.

Ludvig Holberg was a prolific author. Today perhaps best known for his comedies he also wrote in a variety of other genres. He composed biographies and other historical works in the vein of Enlightenment 'philosophical history', and he was the founder of the essay genre in Danish. Most of his works are in Danish but he was also a versatile Latinist with a European outlook. Among his Latin works are his vivid auto-biography and the utopian novel Iter subterraneum Nicolai Climii (1741), in which he raises a number of societal issues.

In spite of Holberg's profound influence on Scandinavian letters and literature, this project is the first attempt to produce a critical and commented edition of his entire oeuvre. The primary product is a digital, online edition, but printed books will also be produced within the frames of the project.

The writings of Ludvig Holberg is a collaborative enterprise between the Danish Society for Literature and Language (Denmark) and the University of Bergen (Norway). It is projected to run for a period of six to eight years beginning in 2009. The University Library in Bergen, the Danish Royal Library, and the University of Copenhagen are engaged as partners in the project.

Keywords: Holberg – Enlightenment – Denmark-Norway – Critical edition - Comedies – Essays – Historiography - Novel

Contact: Eiliv Vinje, Managing Editor (Norway), Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen

[, Karen Skovgaard-Petersen, Managing Editor (Denmark), Danish Society for Language and Literature

Literary remains of Franz Brümmer


Franz Brümmer, a German scholar active in the late 19th and early 20th century published several editions of his seminal lexicon incorporating writer’s biographies over his lifetime. His literary remains contain an archive of the material Brümmer used for his publications and is edited by this project in a collaborative, web-based way. Students in Literary Studies transcribe the material in an online editing environment as part of their curriculum.

Keywords: archive edition – manuscripts – transcription tools

Contact: Editorial board

The tenth-century Cyrillic manuscript Codex Suprasliensis: The creation of an electronic corpus

This project, funded by UNESCO (2010–2012), aims to unite digital images of all three parts of the Codex Suprasliensis, currently located in three different countries (the National Library in Warsaw, Poland; the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg; and the National and University Library in Ljubljana, Slovenia). In addition to reuniting the parts of the manuscript, the current project aims to develop an electronic version of the Codex Suprasliensis, together with critical apparatus, parallel Greek text, translation, vocabulary, grammatical analysis, and tools for searching. Digital images of all sheets of the monument will be available simultaneously with the text as a unified electronic product.

Keywords: critical apparatus – Cyrillic - Codex Suprasliensis

Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria




CollateX is a Java software for collating textual sources, for example, to produce a critical apparatus. As the designated successor of Peter Robinson's Collate it is developed jointly by several partner institutions and individuals under the umbrella of the European initiative "Interedition".

Keywords: collation, micro-services, critical apparatus

Contact: Joris van Zundert



dLibra software is the first Polish system for building digital libraries. This software supports the entire publishing process - from the editor work by making a work available online until after the introduction of amendments and publication of subsequent editions. dLibra is widely used by institutions such as academic and public libraries, museums or archives to provide digital form of their collections. It is now the most popular system for building digital libraries in Poland.

dLibra enables creating professional repositories of digital documents and sharing them with other people and systems on the Internet. Data exchange is based on generally accepted standards and protocols such as RSS, RDF, MARC, DublinCore or OAI-PMH. Digital libraries based on dLibra offer their users many powerful possibilities such as searching the content of the collected resources, searching bibliographic descriptions using synonyms dictionary, grouping digital publications and navigating their structure or precise and extensive ability to define rules for access to resources.

Research on digital libraries are kept in PSNC since 1996. One of the basic assumptions in the design of new services for users is that they were innovative. Therefore, in the framework of the conducted work, among others Digital Libraries Federation (DLF, was launched - the next stage of building a network of distributed digital libraries and repositories in Poland. DLF provides advanced network services based on digital resources available in Polish digital libraries and repositories running the PIONIER network. Examples of services are services for the coordination of the digitization of libraries (plans for publications and detection of duplicates) or the library user’s network profile. These services can be used by external systems to integrate with the Polish network of digital libraries. dLibra system is integrated with all these services.

Keywords: digital library, network services, interoperability

Contact: Tomasz Parkoła, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center

ENRICH Garage Engine (EGE)


The EGE is a major part of the ENRICH Garage system; its implementation is responsible for the management of conversions, transformations and validations of data performed by the ENRICH Garage. Conversions, transformations and validations are performed by a set of plug-ins compatible with the EGE plug-in specification. The software was initially created by the PSNC and OUCS as a part of the ENRICH project funded by the European Commission. EGE is distributed under an open-source license. Detailed information about EGE can be found at

Keywords: conversion, data formats, network services

Contact: Tomasz Parkoła, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center



eXist-db is an open source database management system built using XML technology. It stores XML data according to the XML data model and features efficient, index-based XQuery processing.

Keywords: infrastructure, XML database, XQuery

Contact: Leif-Jöran Olsson



Juxta is an open-source cross-platform tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. The software allows users to set any of the witnesses as the base text, to add or remove witness texts, to switch the base text at will, and to annotate Juxta-revealed comparisons and save the results.

Keywords: collation, textual criticism, critical apparatus, visualization

Contact: Nick Laiacona

Machine-Readable Description and Searchable Catalogues of Cyrillic Manuscripts

This is a three year (2008-2011) joint project of the Department of Old Bulgarian Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), Central Library of BAS, and the British Library in London. The project aims are aligned with the aims of the Repertorium: to make an important resource available to specialists and non-specialists alike, providing searchable accurate descriptions of MSS, illustrating each entry with at least one image, or a representative selection, and supplementing earlier printed catalogues with searchable new descriptions, up-to-date bibliographies, images, and a link to MOLCAT of British Library. At the same time, a publicly accessible e-catalogue of the records in XML format will be created at the BAS. It is proposed to refine the searching system already in internal use with the Repertorium of Old Bulgarian Literature to provide a user interface enabling web-based searching of the XML descriptions at BAS.

Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria; and Katya Rogachevskaya (British Library).

Metadata and Electronic Catalogues: Reference Book for Lecturers and Scholars in Palaeoslavistics

Homepage: Not yet available

The project aims to develop a system of reference books (glossaries, thesauri, authority files) for the workstation of the project Repertorium. The team is working on a thesaurus of standardized terminology in palaeoslavistics in eight languages (Latin, Greek, Old Slavonic, English, German, Russian, Serbian, spoken Bulgarian). It will include an index-glossary compiled in Moodle of more than 1000 translated and original texts and thesaurus of 750 terms.

Working team: Anissava Miltenova (head of the project, IL BAS), Andrej Boyadžiev and Margaret Dimitrova (Sofia University), specialists in the Department of Old Bulgarian Literature (D. Getov, R. Koycheva, I. Kuzidova. M. Petrova-Taneva, etc.), and Svetla Koeva (Institute of Bulgarian Language BAS). Funded by the National Scientific Fund (2005–2008).

Keywords: index, glossary, thesauri, authority files

Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria.



Muruca is a collection of Open Source applications to create, manage and run Semantic Digital Libraries.

Keywords: semantic web, infrastructure, semantic tagging, visualization

Contact: Michele Barbera



NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.

The NINES Collex interface is at the center of these efforts. It aims to gather the best scholarly resources in the field and make them fully searchable and interoperable; and to provide an online collecting and authoring space in which researchers can create and publish their own work.

Keywords: community portal, federated search, virtual research environment

Contact: NINES

Repertorium of Old Bulgarian Literature and Letters with Computer Tools


The Repertorium Initiative corpus includes over 350 Slavic manuscripts (from collections in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, United Kingdom, etc.) which are described analytically in XML format. The core DTD follows TEI P5 guidelines with some new elements, created especially for Slavic manuscripts.

Repertorium Initiative is closely coordinated with three other projects:

1. Metadata and Electronic Catalogues, which defines terminology necessary for research work on medieval manuscript;

2. Libri Slavici, a joint undertaking of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Sofia in the field of bibliography on medieval written heritage;

3. Repertorium Workstation, identifying the typology of the content of manuscripts and texts with the aid of computational tools.

Together, all four projets share the common structure of the TEI documents and use a common XSLT library for transforming documents to a variety of formats (including XML, HTML, and SVG), thus providing a sound base for the exchange of information and for electronic publishing.


Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria.



A project of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, assembling best-of-breed tools for building digital editions.

Keywords: infrastructure, toolbox, XML publishing platform

Contact: Alexander Czmiel

Slovo: Towards a digital library of South Slavic manuscripts


Slovo is a collaborative project between institions in Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Bulgaria and funded by the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office within the framework of 7th EU Program. Objectives include:

1. Cooperation between the Slavic countries and Central Europe in the field of medieval Slavic studies, especially concerning the written Balkan cultural heritage;

2. Networking between institutions involved in academic research on medieval Slavic monastic literature and culture and their relationship with Central European literature and culture: organization of a workshop on Digital Libraries of Slavic Manuscripts and Archival Documents and a round table on Early Slavic Monastic culture (Sofia, February, 2008);

3. Developing of an experimental web site SLOVO for the Balkan written heritage and culture, maintained by the Bulgarian Academy of sciences (BAS);

4. Developing international standards for the description and analysis of the written heritage (terminology, principles and methods) in order to create a common platform for electronic publishing.


Contact: Prof. Anissava Miltenova, Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 52 Šipčenski prohod Blvd., Sofia 1113, Bulgaria.

SYNAT: Science and Technology System


SYNAT is a national research project funded by the Polish National Center for Research and Development, aimed at the creation of universal open repository platform for hosting and communication of networked resources of knowledge for science, education, and open society of knowledge. The project is coordinated by ICM (University of Warsaw), was launched in August 2010 and will last three years.

Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center in SYNAT (PSNC), the operator of the Polish National Research and Education Network PIONIER, is one of the key SYNAT partners. It is responsible for the following parallel project stages:

  • Research in the field of federated model of scientific and technical information services
  • Prototype of the Integrated Knowledge System
  • Prototype of long-term preservation services for large volumes of source data
  • Research in the field of source data services

Keywords: interoperability, communication platform, networked digital resources

Contact: Marcin Werla, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center

Text and Semantics: Topic Maps for Philosophical Text Analysis


Signum gained a remarkable experience in analysing and processing humanistic texts, which resulted in the development of a search engine for XML documents: TauRo-core.

In this research field, in collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, a demand has emerged for a system aimed at developing semantic research and aids for the reading and interpretation of philosophic texts. In particular the system allows a guided reading by means of a schematic visualisation of the concepts, represented with topic maps in accordance with XTM standard, and allows to search, by the TauRo-core search engine, in text and in concepts themselves. Since the different interpretations (topic maps) are described through the XTM standard that is an XML text, we can use TauRo-core to search in concepts.

A general objective of this project is to create a system for managing interpretations, by topic maps, of philosophical texts and at present it shows a demo on Giordano Bruno's text De gli Eroici furori.

The project is in line with the theoretical view according to which it is possible to pass, in the digital processing of humanities texts, from the expressive (marked up stings of characters) to the interpretative level (semantic descriptions and conceptualizations). It was carried out through the creation of a tool for semantic search and guided reading, and through the implementation of an algorithm to create a data structure (an MVD graph) that can be visited by an algorithm of the same kind of that used for textual variants.

A future aim of the project is to use the representation of interpretative variants by an MVD graph to redefine specific readings and markup structures of the expression of the text, in compliance with a dynamic model of textual variation, connecting variant readings and variant interpretations.

Keywords: Textual variants, Interpretative variants, Semantic description

Contact: Alida Isolani, Daniele Marotta, Centro di ricerche informatiche per le discipline umanistiche, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa



The joint project TextGrid, A virtual research environment for the humanities aims to support access to and exchange of data in the arts and humanities by means of modern information technology (the grid). In 2006 development began on a web-based platform, one which will provide services and tools for researchers for analysis of text data in various digital archives - independently of data format, location and software.

TextGrid serves as a virtual research environment for philologists, linguists, musicologists and art historians. As a single point of entry to the virtual research environment, TextGridLab provides integrated access to specialized tools, services and content. TextGridRep is a long-term archive for research data in the humanities embedded in a grid infrastructure, which will ensure availability and access to its research data as well as interoperability. The joint research project TextGrid is part of the D-Grid initiative, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the period starting June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2012 (reference number: 01UG0901A).

Keywords: eHumanities, grid, repository, research infrastructure, virtual research environment, web services

Contact: Fotis Jannidis or Dr Heike Neuroth, Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen [1]



A collaborative project among the the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (Doug Reside), the Digital Humanities Observatory (Dot Porter) and Indiana University Bloomington (John A. Walsh), the Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) will over two years develop a new web-based, modular, collaborative image markup tool for both manual and semi-automated linking between encoded text and image of text, and image annotation.

Keywords: text-image linking, annotation, visualization

Contact: Doug Reside

Surveys / Studies: Digital scholarly editing and interoperability

Deegan, M. and Sutherland, K. (eds) 2009. Text Editing, Print, and the Digital World. Aldershot: Ashgate.