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Tradamus – Structuring – Segmenting


Segmenting allows for much greater control on your Material. For example you could create segments for each chapter from a multi-chapter witness or your commentaries for each chapter from a single Material that contains all the chapter commentaries. This means you can segment you materials for easier use with Tradamus without having to restructure you materials as multiple documents. You can create this structure within Tradamus with out having to rework your content to be structurally consistent before bring it into Tradamus. it also allows you to segment the same Material in as many ways as you like without having to alter or rework the original source. This makes collation much more flexible and makes experimentation and multiple approaches to the content viable from the same set of original Material without having to rework that original Material.

Tradamus allows your Edition/Publication to be built of multiple, well-structured and well-annotated segments made from your Material. In order to support this we have built a tool Create Segments. The Create Segments button allows you to break your content into manageable pieces to allow you to have greater control in collating different elements of you witnesses as well as reordering them to facilitate this without the need to physically reorder the contents of the witness so your content remains true to its source while being usable especially when you need to reorder the content or need granularity in the collation of you witnesses. When you do this you are creating structural annotations of the Material.




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We will be publishing a series of entries on this blog in the coming weeks on how to use Tradamus.

The next blog entry will be on Outlines.


TRAD_FullogoTradamus is a free digital Critical Digital Edition creation web application. Whether you have straight transcriptions of your text or full TEI encoded documents you can bring them together in Tradamus to build a Critical Edition using the methodology that you want. From the Apparatus Criticus to the final publication you decide!

Annotate witnesses, Collate your witnesses by leveraging our sectioning approach to allow you to clearly and easily manage and work with the specific elements of your text, witness images, add commentary and editorial materials, tag, style and publish. Use the application in a way that works for you; import XML, TXT, and JSONs formats. Bring your Export your content in JSON, and JSON-LD at multiple points. Use our templates for your publication or take your publication content to deploy in whatever way you want.

Tradamus allows for collaboration as well as multiple levels of users to contribute to your Critical Edition in a way that works for you. We have built in a blind review option to facilitate peer review.


The Tradamus Approach


There are four core elements to building a critical edition in Tradamus.

  1. Create an Project – The Project will hold all your transcriptions, images, annotations. Think of it as a container for all of your work.
  2. Import your Materials. Everything that you bring into your Project are your materials. This could be your transcriptions, manuscript images, commentaries, bibliographies and anything else you want to include in you publications.
  3. Organize you Materials. there are two steps to organizing your materials. Firstly break your materials into manageable and logical segments. This is your opportunity to bring your Materials together and organize them to allow you to work with them. It also brings together the transcriptions in manageable and coherent divisions to collate them. For example you could create an segment for each of the ‘chapter ones’ in your witnesses. You bring those segments together into an outline which you then collate. Other content you have imported like an commentary which you can bring in as a single document also be divided into sensible and logical segments. This kinds of segments are put into outlines which are then ready to be arranged in its appropriate section when you are ready to prepare to publish. Thus you can deal with your materials in a content focused way.
  4. Prepare your Outlines for publication. Once you have collated The witness Outlines, you arrange the Outlines in Sections which are then put in the desired order for publication. Thus you put your commentary outline for chapter one with the collated text of chapter one and add any desired indexes, bibliographies or other relevant content. These Sections can then be ordered as needed. This ordered set of Sections can then be published.


This approach allows you to publish your critical edition, not only in a variety of formats but you can also return to your materials and re-imagine your work in a different way. Your first publication may take a diplomatic approach, your next might be mouvaunce in its approach. In each case you would leverage all the materials you have already done in Tradamus so you would not be starting from scratch but at the point of scholarly divergence. You can edit and rework any existing publication to enhance or enrich the work and all changes are saved so that the reader can reference those changes as well as the presented publication.


Project flow with collation

Project flow without collation



For more information and to create an account go to


We will be publishing a series of entries on this blog in the coming weeks on how to use Tradamus.

The next blog entry will be on Materials, followed by a series on Structuring.


T-PEN Development Advance Post

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The Center for Digital Humanities is excited to announce the resumption of work of the T-PEN project (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation; Since T-PEN launched in 2012 with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the NEH, there have been 1500 unique users working on 2000 projects. New feature development, however, has been unfunded and proceeded at a crawl. Thanks to an investment from the Saint Louis University Libraries and coordination with several smaller funding sources, we are now in a position to both develop a significant improvement to the existing application and begin work on the next version (3.0). Continue reading T-PEN Development Advance Post