ISAW Extends Participation in Digital Latin Library Project

By Tom Elliott

ISAW's Associate Director for Digital Programs, Tom Elliott, will travel this month to Norman, Oklahoma to participate in a workshop launching the first year of an implementation grant to the University of Oklahoma for a Digital Latin Library (DLL). This project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and conducted under the joint auspices of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America, aims to produce a Linked Open Data (LOD) resource for the study and publication of Latin texts of all eras. It will host original, scholarly content that will extend, complement, and interoperate with other like-minded resources such as the Dickinson College Commentaries, EAGLE Europeana, the Leipzig Open Philology Project,, and the Perseus Digital Library and its Perseids Platform. ISAW previously participated in a Mellon-funded planning grant for the project (2012-2013).

Working closely with Classics Professor Samuel Huskey and his co-Investigators at the University of Oklahoma, Professor June Abbas (School of Library and Information Studies) and Professor Chris Weaver (Computer Science), workshop participants will collaborate to lay the groundwork for the anticipated output from the first year of the implementation grant:

  • a  content management system for the library component of the Digital Latin Library;
  • a user behavior study to optimize resources for different classes of user;
  • testable prototypes of the visualization environment for texts in the Library of Digital LatinTexts; and
  • a number of scholarly and educational materials on the development and use of born-digital critical editions.

Other participants include Hugh Cayless (Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing) and Professor James Ginther and Patrick Cuba (Department of Theological Studies and Center for Digital Humanities, Saint Louis University).