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BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Saur 2019

The Digital Latin Library: Cataloging and Publishing Critical Editions of Latin Texts

From the book Digital Classical Philology

  • Samuel J. Huskey


The Digital Latin Library has a two-fold mission: 1) to publish and curate critical editions of Latin texts, of all types, from all eras; 2) to facilitate the finding and, where openly available and accessible online, the reading of all texts written in Latin. At first glance, it may appear that the two parts of the mission are actually two different missions, or even two different projects altogether. On the one hand, the DLL seeks to be a publisher of new critical editions, an endeavor that involves establishing guidelines, standards for peer review, workflows for production and distribution, and a variety of other tasks. On the other hand, the DLL seeks to catalog existing editions and to provide a tool for finding and reading them, an effort that involves the skills, techniques, and expertise of library and information science. But we speak of a “two-fold mission” because both parts serve the common goal of enriching and enhancing access to Latin texts, and they use the methods and practices of data science to accomplish that goal. This chapter will discuss how the DLL’s cataloging and publishing activities complement each other in the effort to build a comprehensive Linked Open Data resource for scholarly editions of Latin texts.

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