The VMR CRE: tools to facilitate your team as they collaboratively research, edit, and publish a digital critical edition


Useful links:

  • Brief Introduction - an overview of the scope addressed by the VMR CRE and methodologies used in its solutions
  • Four Tier Architecture chart
  • Technical Overview - a brief description of the technology used
  • Download - Here you will find easy install bundles for Mac, Linux, and Windows.
  • Install for production - The VMR CRE download bundle above can be easily unzipped and lunched on your personal computer for evaluation.  This guide describes the steps necessary to deploy a production environment, starting with the download bundle.
  • Build from scratch - If you would rather build the VMR CRE from source and integrate into a portal from scratch, this Installation Guide will walk you through a complete build, integration, and installation, starting from a pristine copy of Liferay and the VMR CRE source code.
  • Forum - discussions on contributions, ideas and suggestions, setup and user help
  • Knowledge Base - documentation and guides
  • Video Presentation at the AIUCD 2016 Annual Meeting. Slides here.
  • Dissertation (Google Docs, Official) - Software for the Collaborative Editing of the Greek New Testament


"[The NTVMR in Münster] is the pre-eminent site for the study of Greek New Testament manuscripts and continues to grow in both content and number of users. The initial adoption of shared electronic tools which facilitated the beginning of collaboration on editing the Greek New Testament has thus led to a new paradigm for the creation and publication of editions and their constituent data as well as the creation of a much larger community associated with these editorial endeavours."

-- H. A. G. Houghton et al., “The Editio Critica Maior of the Greek New Testament: Twenty Years of Digital Collaboration,” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures 6, no. 2 (2017)


The digital arrangement of the New Testament codex sa 655 in the Münster Virtual Manuscript Room allowed me quick access to recognize that these leaves are actually part of a liturgical codex for the Holy Week with siglum sa 299L.

--Diliana Atanassova,  “Neue Erkenntnisse bei der Erforschung der sahidischen Quellen für die Paschawoche”, in: Heike Behlmer, Ute Pietruschka, Frank Feder (Hg.), Ägypten und der Christliche Orient. Peter Nagel zum 80. Geburtstag (Texte und Studien zur Koptischen Bibel 1), Wiesbaden 2018, 1–37.

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