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Intro to LEAF


LEAF is an editorial environment for open collaboration and publication. It provides web-based tools and online spaces for more scholars, teachers, and students to take part in collaborative digital knowledge production: creating, publishing, preserving, linking and sharing data across the Web.


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LEAF tools promote FAIR data for the humanities and social sciences. The use of permanent identifiers helps make content findable and accessible. Standard data formats support interoperability and make content amenable to reuse and preservation. Suitable for research, pedagogical, or community projects, LEAF software supports individuals and groups, from novices to experts, in learning and applying best practices in digital scholarship through semantic technologies.

The LEAF Commons provides an open suite of interoperable tools for creating, editing, and publishing sophisticated digital scholarship. The LEAF Virtual Research Environment (LEAF-VRE) integrates LEAF tools with advanced content management and collaboration support to provide a research and publication platform for diverse projects.

LEAF Commons Functionality

Digital EditionsDocument transcriptionDynamic interface
XML Editing in browserTranskribus importLeverage markup
Named entity linkingImport/local storageCurate editions
Linked Data annotationsExport/downloadEmbed images
Interactive eBooksThrough GithubExport as HTML
Custom XML StylingCollaboration, SharingEmbed in websites
HTML exportData versioningEmbed in Wordpress

Integrated VRE Functionality

Digital EditionsMembersBrowse
Thematic collectionsRolesSearch
Rich metadataSharingSearch by project
XML editing in browserCommunicationsXML-aware e-reader
Linked data annotationsImport/revisePDF viewer
BibliographiesExport/downloadImage viewer
Text from images (OCR)Backup/archivingAudio player
Interactive e-booksObject versioningVideo player
Custom XML schemasDocument transcriptionCompound objects
Custom XML stylesheetsProject home pagesUser-curated editions