The Annotated Web Edition Directory aims at listing online explanatory annotations of literary texts.

While the focus is on scholarly annotations, the directory is not restricted to academic work. It also includes open and collaborative annotation projects that are of interest to the research on annotatory practices and social knowledge production.

Each entry in the directory is structured by a set of criteria which are explained below. Please note that these criteria are subject to ongoing revision.


Type of edition Describes the text of the edition: Plain Text (no critical work applied to the text used); Critical Edition (critically produced text with variants, etc.); Parallel Text Edition (reproduces different manuscripts or transcriptions within the same reading environment); Facsimile edition. Combinations are possible, e.g. a facsimile paired with a critical edition).
Project status Is the edition completed, with the whole text prepared and annotated as designated by the edition’s objectives? Or is it work in progress, either with a set endpoint or open-ended as many social editions are? Is the project on hiatus and inactive? Or has it been abandoned?
Annotations Are the annotations prepared by a single annotator (comparable to the commentator’s role in traditional print editions)? Is it prepared collaboratively, either by a closed or an open group of contributors (social annotation)? The option “No annotations”  indicates tools and platforms that enable annotation but do not offer them yet.
System for annotations This toggle field (yes/no) asks if the edition systematizes its notes in a coherent way and in doing so explicitly discloses its approach to a text. An example of such a system is TEASys.
Bibliography Does the annotation include references to the sources used? More specifically: does each note have a separate bibliography, inline references, or does the edition offer a single, general bibliography apart from the notes? Or is there no bibliography at all?
Annotators known Yes/No toggle – do the notes indicate their author(s)?
Additional documents and information Yes/No toggle – Does the edition provide further paratextual material (e.g. glossaries, critical essays, intertexts, etc.)?
Multimodal annotation Yes/No toggle – Does the annotation consist of text only? Or does it add further media (e.g. images, recordings, visualizations, etc.)?
Accessibility Is the edition open access, open registration, or paid access? .
Last access Date of last access