Sample workflow

Scholarly Editing Workflow

This page collects the components currently integrated into the AustESE Workbench. Each component is designed to satisfy a fundamental need in the scholarly editing workflow.

Describe Entities

Create metadata to describe original materials and associated entities.

The AustESE Workbench supports full descriptions of the bibliographical material and associated text. The adoption of well-established principles of bibliographical description is extended by enabling relationships between entities to be asserted. The primary entities in the AustESE Workbench are Artefacts, Versions, Works, Agents, Places and Events. By extending fundamental bibliographical description with temporal and spatial contexts, alternative and innovative pathways can be created with network visualisations, timelines and maps.

Upload Digitised Resources

Before or after bibliographical description has been commenced, images and transcriptions can be uploaded and described using the Digital Resource Organiser. Descriptions can be added to individual files or batches of files.

Edit metadata associated with selected digital resources via the Edit button in the left-hand panel of the organiser.
A simple text editor is included in the Workbench. Edit transcriptions via the Send To menu when a single transcription is selected in the organiser.


After bibliographical descriptions are added and digital resources are uploaded, images and transcriptions can be linked to their respective entities, such as an artefact or version. Edit artefact and version metadata to link to transcriptions or facsimiles.


To support efficient navigation between images and associated transcriptions, alignment is necessary. Align sections of transcriptions and facsimiles with the Alignment Tool.

Compare and Collate

Textual and material variation provides important clues about the transmission of text from one version to another. The AustESE Workbench contains a variety of comparison tools.

Compare images using the Light Box.

To compare textual variation, create an MVD from selected transcription resources via the Send To menu in the Digital Resource Organiser.

View existing MVDs as a side-by-side view or table apparatus


Create explanatory and textual notes as annotations.

Annotation is a fundamental activity in any scholarship. The AustESE Workbench integrates an annotation tool that enables notes to be attached to images and transcriptions under a variety of categories, such as textual notes, explanatory notes, and tags. Depending on the needs of the editorial project, annotations can be either a solitary or collaborative endeavour. With author attribution and clearly defined categories and tags, annotations can be searched, filtered or generated as themed lists.

The AustESE Workbench

Throughout 2013, these components have been integrated into the AustESE Workbench, an environment where projects can be created and managed as solitary or collaborative endeavours. A project creator is able to invite collaborators, assign roles and manage access privileges. This enables the tasks of scholarly editing to be conducted in an environment that is as open or closed to wider scrutiny as the project creator desires.

With the ability to manage levels of access, the AustESE Workbench can serve as a publication platform, or it can provide a conduit to other publication formats with various export options such as .DOC, EPUB, TEI/XML, PDF. These functions will be implemented in the second half of 2013.