Gathering evidence to understand practice
Why? Since 2012 the Catalogue of Digital Editions has been gathering digital editions and texts in an attempt to survey and identify best practice in the field of digital scholarly editing. Analogous initiatives exist but don't provide the granular analysis of features necessary to better understand the rationale and methodology behind the creation of a digital edition. This Catalogue provides an accessible record of standards and building technologies used, and thus an insight into past and present projects.
How? Development on this web application began in 2016 and aims at delivering the Catalogue data in an interactive and user-friendly manner, allowing users to browse, search, filter and order projects around their research interests.
What? The Catalogue continuously adds digital editions and always seeks external contributions. For instructions on how to submit a digital edition to the Catalogue, please visit the Documentation page of this site.
*Projects added will be exposed to 319 German libraries thanks to the Catalogue's integration into the German Library Network (DBIS).*
We submitted an article describing the results of our March survey 'Expectations of Digital (Textual) Editions' to a journal.
we created a 404 error page;
we added a data-chart selector system;
we created a BibTeX download of all digital editions (see the Get the Data menu tab), which, among other things, allows users to import all digital editions into bibliographic managers such as Zotero;
we created an N3 and RDF/XML download of all digital editions (see the Get the Data menu tab) - the vocabularies used are FOAF, GeoNames, Data Catalog and Dublin Core Metadata;
we added a SPARQL interface to query the RDF data format of the Catalogue;
we added more digital editions;
we freshened-up the look of some pages;
we were invited to present the project at the German-Italian Historical Institute in Trento, Italy.
we updated existing data;
we added the 'Repository of Source Material(s)' field to the individual project sheets;
we added an Output page to showcase our research output and visibility in one place;
we added more submissions from users;
we added a bulk-download button to the Browse Editions page.
we added a new 'Navigating the Web Application' section to the Documentation;
we updated the location pop-ups in map view to include more information;
we updated existing data;
we updated our favicon (to view it, add this site to your browser's bookmarks bar or to your mobile device's home screen);
we added the 'Budget' field to the individual project sheets so that you can also learn more about their financial resources;
we added a 'Report' button in project sheets for you to easily communicate issues and updates;
we're in the process of analysing and writing up the results of the 'Expectations of Digital (Textual) Editions' survey, which recorded 218 complete responses!
Finally, the Digital Latin Library mentioned us in their most recent blogpost.
We were featured in iDNES.cz, a Czech online news portal.
The Medialab at the University of Granada mentioned us in their blogpost Los mejores proyectos de Humanidades Digitales de 2016.