Workspace for Collaborative Editing

Development of a Digital Work Environment


Project Management: Universität Trier - Trier Center for Digital Humanities (TCDH)

Project Participants: University of Birmingham – Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) · Universität Münster – Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF)

Sponsors: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

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Contact person (TCDH): Dr Thomas Burch


Sievers, Martin; Houghton, Hugh; Smith, Catherine : “The Workspace for Collaborative Editing.” Long paper at the conference “Digital Humanities 2014.” University of Lausanne. S. 210-211.

Research Area: Software Systems and Research Infrastructure, Digital Edition and Lexicography

Keywords: Tools for Editions, Religious Studies, Bibliotheken, Archive, Digital Technologies and Tools


Website of the Project: Workspace for Collaborative Editing

The aim of the project was to design and develop a distributed digital work environment for collaborative editing. This was specially adapted to the requirements for the editing work of the two research groups involved.

The working environment supports the entire range of functionalities required by these two partners, e.g. within the framework of the International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP): data storage and processing, the mass transcription of manuscripts in different languages, collation, the overarching analysis of relationships between the Texts, the printed publication as well as the publication on the Internet.

The Virtual Manuscript Reading Room (NTVMR), which connects the other building blocks with one another in a modular manner, serves as an introduction to the work environment. A project-specific XML format (TEI-based) was used as the exchange format.

The most important contribution of TCDH was the conception and development of the web-based graphical online transcription editor OTE by Yu Gan and Martin Sievers. The open source software is available at The editing tool, which is based on TinyMCE and JavaScript, is used at the research institutes in Münster and Birmingham, among others, and was also further developed for the MuYa project.