Modernist Commons mini-workshop

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the Modernist Commons ( — a digital repository, editorial workbench, and critical-edition publication platform designed by Editing Modernism in Canada ( It integrates a wide range of open-source systems and tools (Islandora, Tesseract OCR, CWRC-Writer, Shared Canvas, Internet Archive Viewer, Open Seadragon Viewer, Calliope, and CollateX). With these tools, users can ingest images and generate transcriptions, as well as edit and mark up both transcriptions and images using a single graphical interface, which supports overlapping TEI-XML and RDF markup. Users can also perform algorithmically generated collations of transcriptions, which can be visualized in several ways. The Modernist Commons provides a critical-edition interface so that editors can assemble images, audio and video, critical apparatus, and variant visualizations in a configurable reading environment.

Led by Dean Irvine

Dean Irvine is an associate professor at Dalhousie University. He is the founder and director of the open-source software, web design, and consulting company Agile Humanities Agency. Since 2008, he has been the director of Editing Modernism in Canada and, since 2004, the general editor of the Canadian Literature Collection at the University of Ottawa Press. His publications include Editing Modernity: Women and Little Magazine Cultures in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008), Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada, co-edited with Smaro Kamboureli, (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016), Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism, and New Media, co-edited with Bart Vautour and Vanessa Lent (University of Toronto Press, 2016), and Translocated Modernisms: Paris and Other Lost Generations, co-edited with Emily Ballantyne and Marta Dvorak (University of Ottawa Press, 2016).

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