MVP White Paper on Collation Tools (2011)
In 2011, the Modernist Versions Project needed to know what tools were being developed and used for collation. This paper is a survey of notable collation tools available for testing in 2011. It builds upon Hans Walter Gablerâ€™s white paper, â€œRemarks on Collation,â€ published online in 2008, and accounts for collation tool development since Gablerâ€™s survey. This paper is not a history of collation tools in the humanities. It is a survey and review of tools that are still being used for collation and visualization of collated texts. We review eight tools that have been developed specifically for textual collation, one tool developed for displaying the Text Encoding Initiativeâ€™s parallel segmentation in a web browser, and two version control systems.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Scholarship, University of Victoria Libraries; Co-Founder, Modernist Versions Project