Welcome to the Workspace for Collaborative Editing. This site provides a gateway to the data and tools produced by ITSEE (The Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing) at the University of Birmingham.
From the menu you can access the interfaces which form the workflow for the production of the Novum Testamentum Graecum - Editio Critica Maior, all of our published transcriptions and apparatus and a brief background to the Workspace project.
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch you can find our email address in the contact us tab.
The workspace for collaborative editing includes interfaces for transcribing manuscripts and editing transcriptions, collating manuscript witnesses and managing patristic citations. These interfaces can be accessed from the links below.
Please note that these interfaces are primarily for use by collaborators on the Novum Testamentum Graecum - Editio Critica Maior. External users are welcome to view the raw data for the citations, but should note that it is work in progress.
The Transcription Editor
The transcription editor for registered IGNTP and ITSEE transcribers is available at:
There is also a version of the transcription editor which is available for anyone to use. This version is available at:
ITSEE doctoral students should use the second link but ensure that they are logged in.
The Collation Editor
The collation editor is only available to registered users who have editing permissions.
The code for the collation editor is open source and is available to downoad from github in two formats,
one for embedding in other web tools and one for running on a local machine. Both versions can be found on the ITSEE github page here:
The Citation Manager
The citation database is available here:
Published Electronic Transcriptions
The published transcriptions of John can be found here:
The published transcriptions of Galatians and Eph can be found here:
Published Electronic Apparatus
The published apparatus of the John Majuscules can be found here:
The published apparatus of the Byzantine edition of John can be found here:
Manuscript Catalogue and Images
The official list of Greek New Testament manuscripts and online images can be found here:
This site is provided by our colleagues at the INTF in Münster
The Workspace for Collaborative Editing was a collaborative Anglo-German project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) between 2010 and 2013.
The goal was to create an online workspace to support the creation of a new edition of the Greek New Testament, the Novum Testamentum Graecum: Editio Critica Maior, led by the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung in Münster (INTF) and the International Greek New Testament Project (IGNTP). This was conceived as a replacement to the Collate software created by Peter Robinson, used since 1995 by both projects but now obsolete. The specifications included the creation of a user-friendly online interface to create XML transcriptions of New Testament manuscripts and a collation tool using the CollateX algorithm developed by the INTEREDITION consortium, with the integration of tools for analysis of the manuscript tradition (the Münster Coherence-Based Genealogical Method) and addition of patristic and versional material to the apparatus.
The original application for funding the Workspace for Collaborative Editing was made by Peter Robinson (Birmingham) and Claudine Moulin (Trier). The project was delivered by three partners:
- The Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham, UK (ITSEE)
Hugh Houghton, David Parker, Zeth Green, Catherine Smith
- Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Trier, DE
(Trier Center for Digital Humanities, TCDH)
Thomas Burch, Martin Sievers, Gan Yu
- Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung, WWU Münster, DE (INTF)
Klaus Wachtel, Marie Luise Lakmann, Ulrich Schmid, Troy Griffitts, Matthias Piontek
A demonstration of the Workspace was presented at the DH2014 congress in Lausanne, Switzerland. The abstract is available at: http://dharchive.org/paper/DH2014/Paper-224.xml. Presentations have also been given at a number of other scholarly gatherings, including the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (San Francisco 2011; Chicago 2012; Baltimore 2013).
Other publications associated with the project include:
- D.C. Parker, Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament, Oxford: OUP, 2012.
- H.A.G. Houghton, "The Electronic Scriptorium: Markup for New Testament Manuscripts", in Claire Clivaz, Andrew Gregory and David Hamidović (edd.), Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early Christian Studies. (Scholarly Communication 2). Leiden: Brill, 2014. (pp. 31-60).
- H.A.G. Houghton and C.J. Smith, "Digital Editing and the Greek New Testament" in Claire Clivaz, Paul Dilley and David Hamidović (edd.), The Ancient Worlds in A Digital Culture. Washington DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, (forthcoming, 2015).