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We are pleased to announce today the full public release of Textual Communities. Textual Communities is an environment for the collaborative online creation of scholarly editions.

There are two public versions of Textual Communities:

You can create your own account on the sandbox version, and experiment with it.

Textual Communities has the following distinctive features:

  • It is not an adaptation of any other system, but is built anew from the ground up;
  • It understands text as a collection of leaves distributed across a document tree and an entity tree. Accordingly, it can both present text page by page (or line by line), as parts of a document tree, and it can present text entity by entity, as a hierarchy of acts of communication  (hence, line 1 of the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales), as parts of an entity tree;
  • It offers powerful collation tools, CollateX and the Collation Editor, permitting precise tailoring of the collation of any entity in muliple documents;
  • It includes tools for managing collaboration: to invite, supervise and monitor multiple collaborators;
  • It includes an IIIF image server, and can create editiable documents from IIIF manifests;
  • It provides an API giving access to all materials through URI resource descriptors.

The documentation at offers a “Getting Started” guide, and various other documents.

We are grateful for the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Saskatchewan. Textual Communities incorporates the Collation Editor, developed by Dr Catherine Smith at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham, UK, as part of the AHRC-funded project A Workspace for Collaborative Editing. Earlier iterations of Textual Communities (Collate; the Anastasia publication system; SD Publisher) were supported by the Leverhulme Trust, Oxford University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Joint Informations Systems Committee, De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham.

The Textual Communities Team, email

ADHO conference 2018,  Mexico City, 28 June 2018.

The text of the talk presenting Textual Communities at the ADHO conference is available at

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