Workspaces

The CCL is not producing editions, per se. The goal of the project is to support study of the materials of pre-Gratian canon law, hitherto largely unpublished, and to provide a digital environment for the production of editions. The hope is that with the assistance of our transcription software (T-PEN), database of accurate transcriptions of manuscript materials, search engine, and collation software (Juxta), any of our registered users will be able to complete the initial research and preparation of materials for printed or electronic editions.

To facilitate the work of editing the texts of Carolingian Canon Law, we shall be developing the project's website to host individual, password-protected workspaces for registered users. In these workspaces, it will be possible to import copies of CCL transcriptions (stamped with a record of the transcriber's name and date of transcription), to revise and reassemble the texts in whatever manner the scholar chooses, to run such newly-created texts through Juxta collations, to invite other scholars to the private workspace to examine the work in progress or collation results, to import other materials, and to export the content of the workspace to the scholar's local computer.  We hope to embark on construction of these workspaces in 2013.

Please see the page on Intellectual Property for the expectations for ascribing due credit to those upon whose work such research and editorial production will rest.

T-PEN provides scholars with a digital environment for transcribing images of manuscripts delivered on the web by repositories. It already provides access to images from the CEEC, e-codices, Parker on the Web (if the user's instititution subscribes), and Harvard's Houghton Library. Negotiations are in progress with other repositories. Transcriptions made in T-PEN can be submitted directly to the CCL, using T-PEN's "Switchboard".  Once a transcription is submitted to the CCL, it can be processed and published quite quickly (with, of course, public credit to the transcriber).

T-PEN has an "auto-encoding" feature that allows scholars (even those who don't know xml!) to readily prepare the transcriptions with the markup necessary for use in the CCL. Files prepared with this feature can be quickly added to the CCL database of transcriptions, so that their content can be found by the search engine and also linked to future translations, annotations, and bibliography. Any transcriptions published on the CCL will be available for collation in Juxta.

Juxta, produced by Performant Software for the University of Virginia, is now available in beta release for use with published CCL transcriptions.  Please visit the CCL "Collate" page (link in left navigation panel) for instructions.  There is also a version of Juxta for installation on personal computers or Macs that has some CCL features (such as display of both corrected and uncorrected readings, when a medieval scribe made the correction in the manuscript) not available yet in the online version.  Please contact us if you would like CCL transcriptions for collation using the local version of Juxta.

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