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Readux is the product of ongoing collaboration between the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, Emory Libraries, Performant Software, and Brumfield Labs. A complete list of contributors can be found in the credits below.


Past Team Members

Publications, Presentations, and Citations

  • Donlon, Anne. “What Can You Do with a Digitized Book? DH Methods for Analyzing Printed Materials.” Presentation at Projects in Rare Book Digitization, 2017.
  • Hukill, Graham. "Wrapping an Image Server in Proxy and Cache Blankets.” Presentation published in Library Scholarly Publications no. 118 (2016). http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/libsp/118.
  • Hukill, Graham Stephen, Judith M. Arnold, and Julie Thompson Klein. “Reading in the Digital Age: A Case Study in Faculty and Librarian Collaboration.” College and Undergraduate Libraries 24, no. 2–4 (October 2, 2017): 574–94. https://doi.org/10.1080/10691316.2017.1336143.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Using Readux for Thematic Collections, Annotation, and Editing with Early Modern Books.” Presentation at Lovis Corinth Colloquium XI, Atlanta, GA, 2021.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Overlays and Understories: OCR and Annotation in Sounding Spirit and Readux.” Presentation at Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden [Saxon State and University Library Dresden] Digital Humanities Colloquium, virtual, 2020.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Sounding Spirit and Readux: Cultural Paratext and Augmented Facsimile in Digital Scholarly Editions.” Presentation at Association for Computers in the Humanities, Pittsburgh, PA, 2019.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Critical Editing and Digital Asset Management: Using Readux to Read, Annotate, and Publish.” Presentation at Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, 2017.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Readux: Sustaining the Publication of Digital Critical Editions.” Presentation at Library Publishing Forum, Portland, OR, 2015
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. “Foregrounding Page Images in Digital Editions: Readux and the Original Sacred Harp.” Presentation at American Studies Association, Los Angeles, CA, 2014.
  • Karlsberg, Jesse P. and Joanna Mundy. “Readux 2: Enhancing Access to Collections of Digitized Books.” Presentation for Research Libraries UK, virtual, 2020.
  • Koeser, Rebecca Sutton. “Scholarly Annotated Editions with Readux.” Panel presented at the NFAIS 2016 Humanities Roundtable, Atlanta, GA, September 23, 2016. https://open.library.emory.edu/publications/emory:rr0z4/.
  • Koeser, Rebecca Sutton. “Putting Text on the Page.” Rebecca Sutton Koeser, January 27, 2016. https://rlskoeser.github.io/2016/01/27/putting-text-on-the-page/.
  • Koeser, Rebecca Sutton, Jesse P. Karlsberg, and Sara Palmer. “Creating Annotated Editions from Repository Content.” Poster presented at the 11th International Conference on Open Repositories, Dublin, Ireland, June 15, 2016. https://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rqdd3.
  • Luce, Rick and Leah Weinryb Grohsgal. “Engaging Research: Libraries in a Shifting Academic Paradigm.” Presentation at IFLA General Conference and Assembly, June 6, 2012. https://cf2-www.ifla.org/past-wlic/2012/94-luce-en.pdf.
  • Mulhaupt, Eric. “UC Santa Barbara's Alexandria Digital Research Library Repository Project: Building a Better Repository by Catering to User Needs.” Library Philosophy and Practice 12 (2013): 1–18. https://search.proquest.com/docview/1737423183.
  • McGavin, Maureen. “Making Rarities Accessible with Readux.” Emory Libraries, 2019. https://web.library.emory.edu/documents/libraries-magazine/Libraries-Magazine_2019-Fall.pdf.
  • Tullos, Allen, Sarah Melton, and Jesse P. Karlsberg. “The Center That Holds: Developing and Sustaining Digital Publishing Models at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.” Panel presentation published in Library Publishing Forum - Recorded Sessions, 2015. https://newprairiepress.org/lpforum/2015/Concurrents/4.
  • Wang, Zheng (John). “Co-Curation: New Strategies, Roles, Services, and Opportunities for Libraries in the Post-Web Era and the Digital Media Context.” Libri 63, no. 2 (May 31, 2013): https://doi.org/10.1515/libri-2013-0006.
  • Zvyagintseva, Lydia. "Infrastructures and Platforms: Data Curation in the Digital Humanities." Presentation at Forum for Information Professionals, February 7, 2014. https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/c0ea6563-c491-42a7-b727-6b906e1c7ed7/view/9bc87b41-d7c5-4bf8-9d6d-98ba7b1311ff/LZ_FIP2014_datacur.pdf.


Software Developed

Readux was designed to manage digitized book content following IIIF standards. A custom IIIF viewer was developed using OpenSeadragon with Annotorious to support rich text formatting, displaying notes, and selecting and annotating portions of images. The text of volumes with page-level access has been converted from various OCR formats into IIIF annotations based on the Web Annotation Model. This enables us to provide positional text information, which is transparently overlaid on page images for selection and annotation.


Readux depends on many open source technologies and libraries.