Well, almost. We’ve been working on some very exciting updated to the Recogito platform, which will make annotating and visualising your data more granular, more global, more efficient and more colourful:
Tag Autocompletion: Recogito now provides drop-down suggestions while you tag, based on the existing tags in the document. Makes tagging ‘Aenesidemus’ so much easier…
Colour Coding: New colour coding options in the text and map view provide a quick overview of how tags are used in a document:
Language: Our awesome community is translating Recogito into different languages. It’s work in progress, but Dutch, French, German, Greek and Italian are pretty well covered already, and Farsi, Hebrew and Turkish are in the works. If you want to help with this ongoing project – get in touch!
TEI Support: You can now upload TEI XML, annotate it with Recogito, and get the enriched document back. Frankly, it’s all still HEAVILY BETA, and we’re testing, testing, testing. But let us know if you want to try yourself.
Stats Page: We have a new stats page! It’s a little empty, and we’re looking for interesting plugins, so let us know if you have any ideas. Also, for the developers out there, there’s a new (and, again, experimental) plugin interface for adding custom visualizations to the annotation stats page.
Security: Recogito is now served via a secure HTTPS connection. This is important – you can never be complacent about security – after all, look what happened to the Trojans…
General Tech Updates: We’ve also upgraded many core components and libraries to recent software versions (development on Recogito started about 2 years ago, and things have been evolving!)
Most significantly, though, we’ve done a comprehensive redesign of our backend and data model. What does that mean for the future or Recogito? First and foremost, it will help us forward in supporting new types of controlled vocabularies, e.g. for people. It will be much easier for users to attach external authority endpoints – i.e. controlled vocabularies which are not mirrored in Recogito’s own index, but served via their own Websites and API. Last but not least, it will help us deal with “transient authorities” more easily, for example with small gazetteers that are still under construction, and where records (and identifiers) are still in a state of flux.
And that’s not all. During March and April, Recogito’s image annotation functionality will get a bit of much-needed attention. Stay tuned for more news soon-ish!