Building Image-based Electronic Editions using the Edition Production Technology
Alex Dekhtyar, Ionut E. Iacob, Jerzy Jaromczyk, Kevin Kiernan,
The Edition Production Technology (EPT), developed through the
projects at the University of Kentucky, is an integrated environment for
developing and editing image-based electronic editions (IBEEs) of manuscripts.
By simplifying the process of creating and managing an IBEE, and by supporting
intuitive tagging with XML and multihierarchical XML, EPT makes the
preservation of important cultural heritage easier and less expensive.
A comprehensive electronic edition describes many different aspects
of a manuscript. This can often lead to overlapping hierarchies of
description, requiring concurrent or multihierarchical markup to
be adequately described. The EPT's intuitive approach to tagging
allows editors to describe a document without worrying about details
of concurrent markup encoding.
EPT is based on the open-source Eclipse platform, originally developed
by IBM. Eclipse is designed around a plug-in framework, allowing easy
development of new components to add new functionality, or to extend
existing features. EPT comprises a number of plugins providing
features for editing (xTagger, ImagText, Glossary), remote data access
(Data Layer), image manipulation (Overlay, ImagText), and project
management (Project Explorer).
EPT also takes advantage of the Eclipse plug-in architecture by
providing extension points for new code to interact with IBEEs and
their components. New tools can integrate seamlessly into EPT, making
use of the advanced features of EPT such as remote data access and
multihierarchical markup. EPT is thus easily customized to support
entirely new requirements for electronic edition projects.
For more information about the EPT, contact
Research in Computing for Humanities at University of Kentucky at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-date
information on the ongoing EPT for the Electronic Boethius, contact
Kevin Kiernan at email@example.com.
© Copyright 2005 Alex Dekhtyar, Ionut E. Iacob, Jerzy Jaromczyk, Kevin Kiernan, Neil Moore, and Dorthy C. Porter