The optimal manner in which to edit the project is to make use of digital technologies. The discussion on digital scholarly editions has proven that digital methods create a transmedial representation of text and thus enhance the possibilities for handling different medial presentations.
It will meet the evaluation criteria for digital scholary editions by the Institut für Dokumentologie
und Editorik (IDE), the Quality criteria for electronic source editions of the Porta Historica and the
Minimum Standards for Electronic Editions of the Association for Documentary Editing.
- Images: The material to be edited is already available as digital images. The City Archive
Stein/Rhine (travel report) and the HHStA Vienna (correspondence) have consented to the publication.
- Textual Markup: The historical critical edition of the travel report will be realised in TEI-P5. A
detailed encoding definition will be developed in the project which will include major transcriptional
observations (line breaks, damages, corrections), text structure (divisions, paragraphs, headings) and
historical interpretation (persons and places, general terms, even if only occurring as reference
strings). The archival papers will be described with the methods of the manuscript-descriptionmodule
of the TEI, with a particular focus on the correlation to EAD encoding. If possible the
metadata of the documents should be available in EAD and TEI.
- Semantic Web Annotation: The project will make use of current semantic web technologies to represent
information on the content of the transcribed documents. This will include SKOS representations
of concepts used for indexing, RDA based representations of persons and works and a geospatial
ontology based on the considerations of the W3C. To integrate the data produced in the
Linked Open Data context the project will make use of public identifiers from the GND, VIAF
and the major biographical portals (e.g. www.deutsche-biographie.de) as much as possible.
The ZIM-ACDH at Graz University as national researchpartner will provide the necessary digital humanities know-how, the technical infrastructure for publication and a long term preservation oriented hosting within its humanities asset management system GAMS. The GAMS is a FEDORA Commons based repository which carries the Data Seal of Approval as a Trusted Digital repository. It integrates a user friendly ingest tool (Cirilo) and dedicated dissemination strategies for scholarly editions. The ZIM has published already a wide range of digital scholarly editions offering elaborate web presentations and transformations of the TEI raw data to PDF, a METS based book viewer compatible with the DFG-Viewer, an effective full text search engine based on Lucene, RDF based databases (based on Blazegraph) and basic GIS functionalities to display geographical information of the sources (with the possibility to visualize the data in the DARIAHgeobrowser).
The GAMS is part of the Europeana infrastructure as a national contributor and offers an
OAI-PMH interface for the automatic harvesting of the necessary metadata into the Europeana and other aggregation services. It follows an open access strategy, and the project will use a license based on Digital Peer Publishing License.