CIABATTA stands for “Corpus In A Box: Automated Tools, Tutorials, & Advising.” It is our corpus-building toolkit, a collection of how-to resources delivered primarily through our CIABATTA GitHub wiki.

CIABATTA provides templates for corpus building—examples, design patterns, best practices, and step-by-step processes—that provide a starting point for developing new corpora. The guides and guidelines included here can be used as-is, or can be extended to fit the particular needs of a given corpus.

We’ve also provided a Corpus Developer Do It Yourself (DIY) Toolkit that documents the software design and deployment process for our web interface. While much of CIABATTA is targeted at novices, the DIY toolkit does require web development expertise, and familiarity with core software such as Angular and Drupal.

CIABATTA launch events

Thanks to everyone who came to the launch of CIABATTA on Monday, December 6, 2021 or our open house December 7. Read this summary of the events by Anna Shura.


The CIABATTA playlist includes fourteen videos that cover much of the content included on our wiki, and include demonstrations of key CIABATTA components like the Corpus Text Processor.

CIABATTA playlist on the Crow YouTube channel

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Staples, S., Dilger, B., Novikov, A., Picoral, A., Goulart, L., Fullmer, M., Reppen, R., Gao, J., Wang, H., Wang, Y., Laney, K., Gill, H., & Sanchez, K. (2021). Corpus In A Box: Automated Tools, Tutorials, & Advising [Web-based corpus building toolkit].