Asia Inscriptions Online (AIO) is a collaborative project and depends on the participation of contributors worldwide.


Components of AIO are linked to Zenodo, part of the OpenAIRE project commissioned by the European Commission. Potential contributors should familiarize themselves with Zenodo and its features. Registration and use of Zenodo are free of charge. After creating an account and a named community in Zenodo based on their target interest, researchers can enter data, images and relevant files.

Please consult existing epigraphic communities in Zenodo for examples. Contact Us for further information and start-up guidance.


Once a sizeable body of material is placed in Zenodo, researchers will be able to register and will be given a login to the AIO content management system (CMS). All materials are added manually from Zenodo into AIO by registered contributors.


AIO allows for all epigraphic material to be listed with images, bibliographies and available translations or summaries. No special mark-up or codes are needed. With regard to the epigraphic texts themselves, potential participants should be aware that these can be entered and displayed using any Unicode font. Records can also be prepared in EpiDoc, a tool for structured mark-up of epigraphic documents in TEI XML. This will enable display of diplomatic and critical editions, and the conventions used in the treatment of inscriptions.

Moderation and editing

Materials can be added to Zenodo and AIO by contributors without restriction and are moderated only to the extent that they need to meet content and system requirements. Control over editing, correction and supplementation remains in the hands of each contributor.

Editorial review, publication and DOI

While working versions of epigraphic texts and allied data can be added to AIO on an ad hoc basis, before entries are published and assigned a DOI, they will be subject to peer-review by the AOI Editorial Board. The Editorial Board will refer entries to external readers as needed.