About Us

"The Center for Digital Editing (CDE) concentrates the resources and expertise necessary to advance the practice of editing and growth of innovative digital project solutions."




We are continuously exploring and developing new resources and insights as they relate to the following four elements: research and development, engagement, project consultation and development, and education.  As a result, the CDE provides a distinct concentration of resources, knowledge, and solutions essential to the conceptualization and development of digital editing projects as well as advancement of the field.

Research & Development

Experiment & Create

Create and experiment with designs, tools, and platforms for making digital editing projects increasingly accessible and engaging.


Connect & Collaborate

Engage and collaborate with faculty, scholars, editors, students, archivists, and librarians to develop projects, resources, and teaching materials.

Project Consultation & Development

Editorial & Technical Support

Provide editorial and technical expertise to support the development of effective project goals, editorial standards and workflows, creative interface design, innovative editions, and funding strategies.


Resources & Training

Develop pedagogical resources, guides and tutorials, and hands-on training addressing all aspects of editorial project workflow and technological approaches.




Jennifer E. Stertzer is Director of the Center for Digital Editing and Senior Editor at the Washington Papers. With the Papers of George Washington since 2000, Stertzer has served as project manager of the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, overseeing the conversion of legacy print volumes into a digital edition, developed Word-to-XML workflows, and is editor of the Papers of George Washington Financial Papers project. At the CDE, Stertzer consults on project conceptualization, technical solutions, workflow, editorial methodologies, and engagement strategies. She teaches Conceptualising and Creating Digital Editions at the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, serves on the faculty of the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, and is past president of the Association for Documentary Editing.

Erica Cavanaugh is Project Developer at the Center for Digital Editing and a Research Editor at the Washington Papers. Since 2013, Cavanaugh has assisted with all aspects of technical and editorial work on the digital editions of the Washington Papers, including the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition and the George Washington Financial Papers Project. She is also responsible for the development of several Drupal-based content management systems, ranging from complex editorial production and publication platforms to exhibit-focused projects concentrated on metadata collection, searchability, and display. She also has experience working with XML, CSS, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript.