Welcome to the Pliny project homepage. The Pliny project aims to promote some thinking that looks broadly at the provision of tools to support scholarship. One of its products is a piece of software, also called Pliny, which facilities note-taking and annotation -- a key element of Humanities research for many scholars. It attempts to go further than this, however, by providing a set of facilities allowing its user to integrate these initial notes into a representation of an evolving personal interpretation -- perhaps one of the key goals of scholarly research.
Pliny is and will continue to be free software, publicly available. It is open-source; all the code written as a part of the Pliny project is freely available via SourceForge.
If you'd like to comment on Pliny, please get in touch with me at my email address email@example.com.
Building Tools on Pliny
Although Pliny is a tool that could be useful in itself, it also represents a model of how computing tools could be built for the humanities. It uses the plugin model proposed and developed for Eclipse that allows independant tool developers to construct tools that can interact with each other in sophisticated ways. I believe that this model, although of course not proposed originally with the humanities computing tool builder in mind, provides some significant benefits both for the tool builder and tool user. The page Building Tools on Pliny talks a little more about this in terms suitable for a software developer, and provides references to facilities to help a programmer get started doing this.
Pliny's development has been made possible by the provision of leave time for me in the academic year 2005-6 so that I could focus on Pliny's development. I am much indebted to Harold Short (director of CCH) and King's College London (KCL) for making this possible. Furthermore, in 2008 the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded KCL one of its MATC awards to Pliny. The money provided will make it possible for more work to be done on Pliny. I wish to thank the Mellon Foundation for making this possible.