READ Workbench is a SaaS portal which provides a management and workflow framework for researchers collaborating with READ: an open source platform for epigraphic and manuscript research. READ supports the transcription, research, understanding, analysis and publishing of scholarly editions and studies.
READ may be downloaded and installed locally or on an institutional server from the official READ site on GitHub. READ may accessed as ‘software as a service’ from the READ Workbench site at the University of Sydney. It may be configured as the underlying engine for a text repository or as a complementary research toolset to an existing repository and supports import of plain text and export of TEI and HTML publications.
READ provides a comprehensive suite of features to support the development of a diplomatic transliteration and production of a scholarly edition and related studies ready for publishing in standards-based formats.
READ supports iterative workflows that map to conventional philological practices for developing a diplomatic transliteration, researching parallels and producing a scholarly edition and related studies ready for publishing in standards-based formats.
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The READ project commenced in 2013 with funding from a consortium consisting of the University of Munich, Germany, the University of Washington, Seattle, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the University of Sydney and Prakaś Foundation, Sydney.