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Digital Classical Philology

Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution

Ed. by Berti, Monica

Series:Age of Access? Grundfragen der Informationsgesellschaft 10

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The Perseus Catalog: of FRBR, Finding Aids, Linked Data, and Open Greek and Latin

Babeu, Alison


Plans for the Perseus Catalog were first developed in 2005 and it has been the product of continuous data creation since that time. Various efforts to bring the catalog online resulted in the current Blacklight instance, first released in 2013. Currently, both the XML data behind the Perseus Catalog and the digital infrastructure used to support it are undergoing a significant revision, with a focus on finally making the bibliographic data available as Linked Open Data (LOD). In addition, work is underway to develop a digital infrastructure that is not just open source but that is more easily extensible and better supports navigating the complex relationships found in that data. This article describes the history of the Perseus Catalog, its use of open metadata standards for bibliographic data, and the different open source technologies used in building and putting it online. It also documents the challenges inherent in the creation of open bibliographic data and ends with a discussion of the move towards LOD and other planned future directions.

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Alison Babeu (2019). The Perseus Catalog: of FRBR, Finding Aids, Linked Data, and Open Greek and Latin. In Monica Berti (Editor), Digital Classical Philology: Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution (pp. 53–72). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110599572-005

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110599572

Online ISBN: 9783110599572

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC-ND 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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