Title The Digital Editions Catalogue App: A web application to browse, curate and analyze digital editions

Encoded by   Vanessa Hannesschläger

Encoded by   Daniel Schopper


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Since 2012, Greta Franzini’s "Catalogue of Digital Editions" has been gathering digital editions in an attempt to survey and identify best practice in the field of digital scholarly editing.1 Other cataloguing initiatives did not, and do not, provide the granular analysis of features necessary to understand the rationale and methodology behind the creation of an edition.2 The Catalogue is useful as it provides an accessible record of standards (including TEI) and building tools used, and thus an insight into past and present projects. Originally published as an open Google Sheet, in 2015 the Catalogue moved to GitHub as a comma-separated-value file in order to take advantage of its stable versioning system. This format lends itself well to data download and contribution but not to efficient browsing. In 2016, a web application was developed to deliver the .csv Catalogue data to users in an interactive and user-friendly manner.3 This Django-based application allows users to browse, search, filter and order the Catalogue around their research interests, but also to curate existing data and create new entries through a custom made web front-end. The application also provides statistics and visualizations derived from the data (e.g. map visualizations), as well as the possibility to download and query it via an API. With the Digital Editions Catalogue Web Application, the authors wish to establish a solid and usable platform to collect homogeneous and structured information about digital scholarly editing. The 2016 TEI Conference would provide the perfect setting for an official launch of this collaboration.