To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it “the way it really was” (Ranke).
It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger.
— Walter Benjamin
The era of the intelligent eWork is arriving. We are creating an innovative open-source,
collaborative platform (a reference implementation) for creating, editing/annotating,
and publishing eWorks. We want to provide the educational community (K12-University and
unaffiliated individuals) an unsurpassed learning experience with state-of-the-art technology.
Our initial focus is on literary works: submitting them, annotating them in both static and dynamic ways,
and browsing them in a deep way. We use state-of-the-art technology in AI and UIX to create a deep and
pleasurable learning and publishing/editing experience.
We are inventing a new world outside of the Corporate Complex, so we
welcome brilliant volunteers to work part-time or full-time on technology
(web services, web clients, AI/ML modeling and algorithms, analytics, search, and infrastructure)
and content (philologists, journalists, literary critics).
Our success will be measured by the speed, depth, ease, and pleasure of learning and publishing works as compared with,
02/25/2014: Progress Report: the reference implementation currently
supports catalog metadata entry, content submission, and search. We are now working on
annotation and browsing.
02/07/2014: Considering URN/CITE citation method for catalog entries.
We are concerned that URNs are insufficiently flexible, so we'll adopt them as alternate
catalog identifiers so that we can work in complement with sites that use it. .
12/29/2013: We are considering implementing an Open Document Format for Office
Applications (ODF) converter in our HIRA Reference Implementation starting with the first release.
ODF documents can be read by Word and many other applications. This converter will help accelerate the adoption
We could also adopt ODF element names in homologous structures (e.g., paragraphs) in our DB representation: a
problem with this
is that, unlike OOXML, the ODF tag names can be long and therefore not efficient in both
storage space and performance.
12/06/2013: Current work in progress on HIRA (Http Information Representation
API) document draft and on API Reference Implementation.
This will be open for review and comment in the early Spring of 2014.
11/02/2013: Platform decisions for DFL's reference implementation. We'll
Scala/Java-based RESTful services will be used for search (e.g., SOLR/Lucene) and analytics.
09/03/2013: Met with Tufts Perseid project to discuss future collaborations.
Perseid specs may be available in the Spring of 2014.
Volunteer Contributor Program: Volunteers with sufficient skills in at least one key area will work with us
remotely and communicate via Zoom or Skype. We will mentor you on other skills that you might need to
do your job. We are looking for
contributors with the following skills:
(e.g., search, user interface, web server, analytics) and we'll mentor you in the
area your select, if needed.
Experienced philologists in any language group (especially Indo-european). You will
help refine our feature and user interface usability requirements by creating and curating a text of your
Literary critics who would like to explore new possibilities in editing and commenting
on literary texts.
Institutional Collaborators: We are taking the initiative to seek collaborations with groups and organizations
Winter/Spring 2014 season. Inquiries are welcome. The best collaborators
will be Classics Departments in universities and commercial ventures whose domain borders ours (e.g., text curaton
A Git repository for components and documentation has been set up at
This is in an initial (pre-release) development stage: the first working version will be denoted as 0.1.0.