Creating Digital Editions with EditionCrafter
Authors: Laiacona, Nicholas
Date: Friday, 8 September 2023, 11:15am to 12:45pm
Location: Main Campus, L 2.202 <campus:measure>
EditionCrafter is a new open source tool for the creation of digital critical editions encoded in TEI XML. It can generate sophisticated diplomatic renderings of text side-by-side with a deep zoom window of the original folios. The editor can provide multiple layers of text, such as a transcription and a translation. There are also built in functions for display of editorial notes and a glossary. In this presentation, we will demonstrate EditionCrafter and how to use it.
TEI Documents used by EditionCrafter obey a few simple rules. First, they contain a facsimile element that links to the folio images. Each surface has an XML ID which is then referenced in one more more text or sourceDoc elements via facsimile attributes. EditionCrafter uses this information to construct the manifest and the text partials for each page.
EditionCrafter is a generalization of code from the digital critical edition Secrets of Craft and Nature in Renaissance France published by the Making and Knowing Project at the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University. EditionCrafter development is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and led by Prof. Pamela Smith.
About the author
Nick Laiacona is the President of Performant Software Solutions LLC. Since 2006, Performant has cultivated a specialty in critical digital editions and has served clients throughout North America and Europe. Laiacona has acted as technical lead on digital projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.