AustESE Workbench



Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing

eResearch tools to support the collaborative authoring and management of electronic scholarly editions

The aim of the AustESE project is to develop a set of interoperable services to support the production of electronic scholarly editions by distributed collaborators in a Web 2.0 environment. This sandbox provides an environment for developing and trialling the AustESE workbench.

AustESE is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of NSW, Curtin University, University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, Loyola University, Chicago and the University of Saskatchewan. It is being project managed out of the ITEE eResearch Group at The University of Queensland. The project is funded by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) via the eResearch Tools program from June 2012 to Dec 2013.

Further development of the AustESE tools has now (2015) been transferred to Ecdosis, which is documenting and developing a set of user-friendly tools for creating digital editions of historical texts in general, not only 'scholarly' ones.

View the list of people involved in the original project.


Services being developed and integrated into the AustESE workbench include:

Content Repository

A combination of a document database and RDF triplestore, the content repository stores images, transcriptions (as Multi-Version-Documents), annotations & edition metadata.

Text Import & Mark-up

Includes editing tools for adding markup and corrections as well as tools to import transcriptions and images from a variety of formats.

Text & Image Alignment

Tools to support automatic or manual mapping and overlay of transcriptions and facsimile images.

Collation & Textual Analysis

Tools to assist editors to collate texts and to produce apparatus for scholarly editions. These tools will also provide visualisation of variants and the visualisation of relationships between texts.

Annotation & Tagging

Collaborative annotation tools that allow editors to attach or reply to scholarly commentary on variations or parts of images or transcriptions, display, search or migrate annotations.

Electronic Publishing

Tools for versioning, locking & publishing electronic scholarly editions as well as to export to formats such as TEI/XML, MS Word & ePub.

Workflow Engine

The workflow engine captures the sequence of tasks and decision-making steps as well as the provenance of generating an electronic scholarly edition.

Web Portal

Integrates the workbench modules and provides a web-based user interface.

Access & Authentication

AustESE will use the Australian Access Federation (AAF) services to implement authentication and access control.

Open Source

All tools and services developed for the AustESE project are available on GitHub


For further information about the AustESE project, contact:

Anna Gerber