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New OSEO functionality updates

April 17, 2015

Eagle-eyed users may have spotted that we've made some small changes to Oxford Scholarly Editions Online.

We've made the icons on our toolbar clearer, and we've improved the behaviour of the "lock panels" function. If you use the "lock panels" button now it will keep your text and notes scrolling together as you read down a pagetry it with Gray's 'Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard'. You can still use the note cues to spin your notes to the right place, and we've also made our line numbers clickable, too.

We've also made it easier for you to quote, identify and return to content in the texts of our editions, with stable URLs for texts in OSEO down to the level of the line. You'll see these URLs in our copy and cite tool. This tool is our way of helping you take notes on the texts that you are readingwhen you highlight some text which you want to note as a quotation, the copy and cite tool adds convenient bibliographical details so that you keep tabs on the context from which you are quoting (we have a short video that shows you how to use this).

We've now improved the URL that we include there in two ways: first, we use a unique identifier for the text you are looking at, and secondly, we try to identify the actual line that you've chosen to quote. So, our edition's text of Gray's Elegy is http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/view/instance.00044779, and if you want to identify a couple of famous phrases from it, "Far from the madding crowd", which occurs at line 73, is http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/view/instance.00044779?milestones=73, and "paths of glory" http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/view/instance.00044779?milestones=36.

You can see how the URL adds the line number or "milestone" to the URL that identifies the text of the work as a whole. That means that once you know the id of a work, you can make up URLs to identify particular lines in it. For example, you can use the copy and cite tool to see that Hibbard's edition of Hamlet has an identifier of 00000006, so can be identified through the URL http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/view/instance.00000006. If you would like to identify Act III Scene 1 line 59 in that work, you can identify that with the milestone 3.1.59, to make the URL http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/view/instance.00000006?milestones=3.1.59which will take you straight to the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune".

In short, this means every locus of every text in OSEO will have its own, stable, URL. That URL combines the DOI of that text with the natural expression of that locus. Any time youor your readers, or your studentsclick on that URL, it will take you to the precise locus that you mean.

Over the coming months we'll be working to make sure that more of our texts work as accurately as possible with this exciting new functionality, and we plan to add more features to make it even easier for you to read, study, and refer to the texts in the editions of OSEO. We'd be delighted to hear your comments.