Workspace for Collaborative Editing

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Philosophy Theology & Religion

Abstract

This project will establish a shared Workspace for Collaborative Editing based on digital technology. Scholars will execute the entire editing process within the Workspace. The Workspace will be based on the editorial tools developed by the Text Grid project and partners in the COST-ESF Inter Edition project. The Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Trier (hereafter Kompetenzzentrum), are members of the Text Grid consortium and are leading the development of the respective Text Grid tools.
Through an essential collaboration with them, the Workspace project will refine and elaborate these tools to meet the demanding requirements of the two leading groups of scholars involved in editing the Greek New Testament. These are the Institute for New Testament Textual Research at the University of Münster (INTF) and the International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP). The Workspace will support the full range of functionality needed by two partners: for transcription of texts from many languages, in many different writing systems; for precise scholarly comparison of the texts; for comprehensive analysis of the relations between the texts; and for full print and online publication. The Workspace will fulfil these needs for the New Testament texts. Other texts edited by the Birmingham partner will also move into the Workspace.
 
Description The Workspace for Collaborative Editing provides an online environment to support the creation of an edition of the Greek New Testament, the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior. The applications created by the project include an online transcription editor, producing TEI P5 XML transcriptions in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment, and interactive tools for producing and editing a collation of witnesses using the CollateX collation algorithm.

For further information about the project, please contact the principal investigator, Dr Hugh Houghton at ITSEE in the University of Birmingham and visit the project homepage at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/workspace.
Exploitation Route The platform and its tools are being used by teams in Birmingham, Münster and Wuppertal to edit the Editio Critica Maior; in 2017 it is expected that a project based in North Carolina will also use the same platform. The software has also been incorporated into the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/) and the VMR-CRE platform (http://vmrcre.org/), where it is being used for editing projects on other texts in Göttingen, Thessaloniki and the USA.
After several years of interest and joint applications, the members of the Workspace Project have been brought together by Prof. Almut Hintze to develop and customise the tools created by the project for her ERC Advanced Grant Project on the Multimedia Yasna (MUYA, 2016-21; see http://multimediayasna.wixsite.com/muya).
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
URL http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/workspace
 
Description The results of this project are (1) an online platform for editing textual traditions; (2) individual software applications for different stages of this process; (3) standards for data files. The individual applications, in addition to being available on the Workspace's own platform, have also been integrated into the NT.VMR (http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de) and the VMR.CRE (http://vmrcre.org/) a downloadable platform for making Collaborative Digital Editions. The encoding of XML transcription files has been adopted by the International Greek New Testament project for its work on John and Paul and related projects on Coptic and Latin manuscripts of these books, and the Münster Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung for all its transcriptions. It was also used for the Cambridge University Digital Library's edition of Codex Bezae, published in 2012. The main outputs of the Workspace Project, the Online Transcription Editor and Collation Editor, have also been incorporated into the Multimedia Yasna project, an ERC Advanced Grant project led by Prof. Almut Hinte from 2016-2021. This project will involve their further development to handle different texts and writing systems.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural
 
Description ERC Advanced Grant (PI Dr Almut Hintze)
Amount € 113,745 (EUR)
Funding ID 694612 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC) 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2021
 
Description Optimizing the Apparatus Construction of the Editio Critica Maior
Amount £10,222 (GBP)
Organisation University of Muenster 
Department Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung
Sector Academic/University
Country Germany, Federal Republic of
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Title 248 transcriptions of manuscripts of the Gospel according to John in Greek 
Description These 248 transcriptions, made by the AHRC-funded Principio Project and International Greek New Testament project, have been converted to the XML specifications developed by the Workspace and made available on the website http://www.iohannes.com/XML 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The encoding has been used as a standard for other projects, e.g. the Codex Bezae Transcription in the Cambridge University Digital Library. 
URL http://www.iohannes.com/XML
 
Title 36 XML transcriptions of the Gospel According to John in Latin 
Description Conversion to XML format of the transcriptions of Latin Gospel manuscripts made by the AHRC-funded Verbum project between 2002 and 2005. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Publication of edition in Vetus Latina series. 
URL http://www.iohannes.com/XML
 
Title Conversion to XML of 14 Coptic manuscripts 
Description Transcriptions of the 14 manuscripts of John comprising the non-Sahidic Coptic versions made by Christian Askeland. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Askeland published a book in 2012 (The Coptic Translations of its Greek Text, 2012, ISBN 978-3-11-028138-5 (ANTF 44)) and adopted this electronic format for his subsequent work on Revelation. 
URL http://www.iohannes.com/XML/
 
Description Birmingham Bootcamp on CollateX 
Organisation European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)
Department An Interoperable Supranational Infrastructure for Digital Editions (Interedition)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Three-day meeting for INTEREDITION programmers and participants in the WORKSPACE project to develop CollateX use cases for New Testament manuscripts
Collaborator Contribution INTEREDITION developed the CollateX algorithm used for the automatic file comparison in the Workspace's Collation Editor.
Impact The Collation Editor from the Workspace is an outcome of this partnership. A follow-up meeting took place in October 2014, the "Collation Summit" hosted by the University of Münster. This is multidisciplinary, in that computer programmers and textual scholars from different fields were involved.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Collaboration with Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung, Universität Münster 
Organisation University of Muenster
Department Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung
Country Germany, Federal Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Participants in the project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Collaborator Contribution Specialist knowledge of a particular textual field; expertise in analysing textual relationships and New Testament manuscripts; experience of producing the Editio Critica Maior
Impact Editio Critica Maior of John under production in Birmingham. Collation of transcriptions of Mark using software produced in Birmingham in Münster (beginning from October 2014). Münster bought out the ITSEE technical officer position for a fixed percentage in 2016-17 to develop the software tools further.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Collaboration with Trier Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften 
Organisation University of Trier
Department Competence Centre for Electronic Processing and Publication in the Humanities
Country Germany, Federal Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Participants in the project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Collaborator Contribution Trier were responsible for the development of the online Transcription Editor.
Impact An application was made to the AHRC Digital Transformations Amplification Awards in February 2014 with Trier as co-investigators to adapt the editor for different textual traditions. The Online Transcription Editor has also been incorporated into the NTVMR.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Partnership with Prof. Almut Hintze at SOAS 
Organisation School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Hintze contacted Dr Houghton and Prof. Parker at ITSEE to ask them to advise on an electronic edition of the Yasna using tools developed as part of the Workspace. This led to a funding bid in February 2014 (recorded separately). In 2016, ITSEE became a formal partner in the ERC-funded Multimedia Yasna (MUYA) project led by Prof. Hintze.
Collaborator Contribution They provided specialist knowledge of a new field of study to which this software could be applied.
Impact Collaborative bid to AHRC Digital transformations Amplification Awards, February 2014. European Research Council Advanced Grant of (€2.5M) awarded to Prof. Hintze in March 2016: formal partnership with ITSEE and Trier to develop software. Ongoing informal links between Avestan scholars and programmers associated with the Workspace.
Start Year 2012
 
Title Collation Editor 
Description An interface for CollateX enabling textual scholars to regularise the results of a collation, set the length of variant units and order the readings within a collation. Output as a critical apparatus in XML, JSON, or plain text 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This software has been used to edit the collation of the Gospel according to John for the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior, and will also be used for Mark and other New Testament books. It is also planned to use it for the Multimedia Yasna Project. 
URL https://github.com/itsee-birmingham/collation_editor
 
Title MAGPY 
Description MAGPY is the framework on which the Workspace for Collaborative Editing runs. It is available from https://github.com/zeth/magpy where it is described as "a web application framework designed to help you write rich HTML5 applications based on a fast asynchronous RESTful document-centric approach". Documentation may be found at: http://zeth.github.io/magpy/index.html 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Creation of the rest of the Workspace from which digital editions are being produced. 
URL https://github.com/zeth/magpy
 
Title OTE 
Description Online Transcription Editor producing HTML/XML transcriptions in a What-you-see-is-what-you-get interface. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact The tool has been integrated into the Workspace for Collaborative Editing (http://www.itsee.birmingham.ac.uk/ote/) and the NTVMR (http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/manuscript-workspace/). In the latter interface, it is being used by a US-based project to transcribe the manuscripts of 1 Timothy (http://ntvmr.uni-muenster.de/web/gsi-greek-paul-project/welcome). It is also currently being adapted for use by a project editing Zoroastrian texts in London and Salamanca and a Coptic Old Testament project in Göttingen. 
URL http://sourceforge.net/projects/wfce-ote/
 
Description Digital Editing and the Greek New Testament (Oxford, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to Lincoln College Oxford Greek Palaeography Summer School.

The talk was reported on a blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/greek-palaeography-in-oxford.html
 
Description Editing the Greek and Latin New Testament in a Digital Age (Cardiff 2012) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture given to Cardiff University Religious Studies and Theology Research Seminar, which included an introduction to the Workspace.

Support from a member of staff at Cardiff for another research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Technical Developments: The Workspace for Collaborative Editing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation by Houghton and Smith as part of the "Editio Critica Maior" session in the SBL Annual Meeting, Baltimore 2013.

Enthusiastic response from audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Update on the Workspace for Collaborative Editing - blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post reporting progress on project.

No feedback. In fact, I think there were no further posts on this blog!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.vmr.birmingham.ac.uk/itsee/2011/07/09/workspace-update/
 
Description Website connected with the project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Website created to summarise project outputs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://birmingham.ac.uk/workspace
 
Description Website presenting project tools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Tools put online to enable them to be used by various data-gathering projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017
URL http://www.itsee.birmingham.ac.uk/
 
Description Workshop on using and installing CollateX (Trier 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Afternoon workshop by Houghton, Smith and Green for German computer scientists interested in using CollateX.

Followed up by enquiries by email afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013