The Editorial Institute was formed with the conviction that the textually sound, contextually annotated edition is central to the intellectual life of many disciplines. Its primary aims are the promotion of critical awareness of scholarly editorial issues and practices, and the provision of training in scholarly editorial methods. The Institute offers advanced degrees to students who successfully prepare either editions of important writings, with textual apparatus and annotation, or monographs concerned with editing or textual bibliography. Guidance to students is provided through courses devoted to editorial work. Current technologies for storing, disseminating, or editing information, legal considerations concerning copyright and intellectual property, historical changes in the concept of authorship, the practice of annotation, and recent theorizing about texts all play a substantial role in editing, and the Editorial Institute seeks both to foster and to scrutinize these developments.