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Manifold Pilot Guide: Loading a Text into Manifold

Preparing Your Text

Manifold is a publishing platform so you’ll need to prepare your text in advance and then upload it into Manifold once you’re finished.  Texts may be created and loaded into Manifold using the following file formats:

  • Epub

  • HTML

  • Google Docs

  • Markdown (for instructions on markdown, see the Markdown Guide)

  • Word

  • LaTex

For step by step instructions on how to load your files into Manifold, please see the Preparing Texts section of the Manifold User Guide.

You might also consider reading the guidelines for Writing for the Web as you structure your text for Manifold.

Making a Text Public or Private

Manifold currently offers two options for displaying texts--draft mode or public mode.  Draft mode will hide your project from public access. This may be a good option for class or student projects.  Always consider UCLA’s Student Collaborators Bill of Rights, “8. When digital humanities projects are required for course credit, instructors should recognize that students may have good reasons not to engage in public-facing scholarship, or may not want their names made public, and should offer students the option of alternative assignments” when incorporating digital scholarship tools into a course.  


Draft and public modes are controlled in the Visibility section of the General category of creating a project in the Manifold User Guide.

Making the World's Fastest Manifold Book

If you have a UW Manifold account and want to practice loading a file, watch this short (less than 4 minutes) video about uploading a public domain epub file and book cover image into Manifold:

Fair Use and Copyright Considerations

As you are finding and uploading materials into Manifold, you will need to consider the copyright status of the materials to ensure you have permission to use the item and can properly credit the copyright owner. You will also want to add a license, such as Creative Commons license, to any original work you upload.

Some questions to consider while finding texts or resources:

  • Is it in the public domain?
  • If not, is it openly licensed?
  • If not, can you get permission?
  • If not, can you link out?
  • If not, is your use fair?

For help finding public domain and creative commons materials, take a look at the UW Libraries Open Resources guide.

Best practice: tell your readers the copyright status of a) the project, b) each text, AND c) each resource.

For more guidance on Fair Use and other copyright, see the UW Copyright guide.

Metadata Considerations

Detailed and accurate metadata values provide valuable context for users, making resources more findable, meaningful, and useful for them. Good metadata will also make it easier for you to manage your project as an administrator. For guidance on the available metadata fields in Manifold, see this Manifold page about metadata.