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eComma (aka “The eCommentary Machine”) is a web application that enables groups of students, scholars, or general readers to build collaborative commentaries on a text and to search, display, and share those commentaries online in a more pliable form than has previously been available. Designed by a team of graduate students and faculty members of the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin, eComma has primarily been tested in university English literature classrooms. The next phase of the project will focus on its use in the foreign and second language classroom. Following usability testing and classroom experimentation, COERLL intends to redesign eComma so that schools and colleges can host it as an open source module on a local server.

Publications and Resources

The Institute for the Future of the Book
Open Bookmarks Project
eComma Blog

Project Director

Project Director
Sam Baker
Project Director
Carl Blyth