About Brill Scholarly Editions

Brill Scholarly Editions is a reading environment for text editions in the broadest sense of the word: critical editions, facsimiles, translations, and commentaries.

Brill Scholarly Editions uses the Scaife Viewer to display, search, and browse the texts. This viewer - named after digital classicist Ross Scaife - was developed in 2018 for the renewed Perseus Digital Library.

Brill Scholarly Editions uses CTS URNs to identify works and passages. CTS, or Canonical Text Services, is part of the CITE Architecture, developed by Christopher Blackwell and Neel Smith.

The viewer project is part of the Open Greek and Latin Project, an international collaborative consortium of librarians and researchers, that includes the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard, the Harvard Library, the Library of the University of Virginia, Mount Allison University, the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts, and the Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig.

The Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at Leipzig funded the initial development by Eldarion. Since 2019, Brill and Eldarion are working on further development. The viewer is also central to other community-based projects, such as the Kitab Project.

The Scaife Viewer is intended to be a community effort and highly extensible, with a growing library of widgets that integrate texts with various types of annotation and external APIs.

The code is open source under an MIT license. See here for the code repositories and read about the many ways to contribute. The Scaife Viewer makes use of the CapiTainS suite of tools for the serving and processing of texts.

If you have any questions, please contact us at brillonline@brill.com, putting "Scholarly Editions" in the subject line.