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AustESE Project Overview


Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing

eResearch tools to support the collaborative authoring and management of electronic scholarly editions


The AustESE project is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of NSW, Curtin University, University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, Loyola University, Chicago and the University of Saskatchewan. It is being project managed out of the ITEE eResearch Group at The University of Queensland.

Funding has been approved by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) via the eResearch Tools program from June 2012 to Dec 2013. Contract negotiations completed and executed on 5 June 2012.

The aim of the AustESE project is to develop a set of interoperable services to support the production of electronic scholarly editions by distributed collaborators in a Web 2.0 environment.

The more specific objectives are to provide the Australian scholarly editing community with an online integrated Workbench that provides:

  • collation tools for automatically detecting, identifying and highlighting variations between different versions of a work and that allow the relationship between texts to be visualized, authored or edited e.g. building on Multi-Version-Document nmerge, CATT, CorTex and CollateX;
  • annotation tools that:
    • enable scholars to create and reply to scholarly commentary attached to texts, variants and images;
    • capture the annotations as stand-off markup that is discoverable, shareable, and re-usable (e.g., using the Open Annotation Collaboration (OAC) data model and Linked Open Data approach);
    • provide search, browse and visualisation interfaces for annotations;
    • enable both manual and automated migration of annotations between transcriptions and facsimiles.
  • a workflow engine that captures the sequence of tasks and decision-making steps as well as the provenance of generating an electronic scholarly edition;
  • publishing tools that automatically compile electronic scholarly editions into standard publication formats;
  • and a repository that supports the discovery, search, retrieval, exploration and re-use of texts and electronic editions.

The AustESE tools and services are available for testing through the AustESE Sandbox.

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    AustESE: Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing

    The University of Queensland is proud to be in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project to create a unique opportunity to develop eResearch Tools that support the Collaborative Authoring and Management of Electronic Scholarly Editions. This project will benefit the Australian research community by providing an online research and publishing platform that contributes to the preservation and understanding of literary, classical, theological and philosophical texts that have shaped our cultural heritage.