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ED-20458-96Education Programs: Education Development and DemonstrationTufts UniversityDigital Library on Ancient Roman Culture9/1/1996 - 8/31/1999$215,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA1996ClassicsEducation Development and DemonstrationEducation Programs1800003500018000010000

To support the development of a digital library on ancient Roman culture which will serve students of Latin and ancient Rome, and which will be published both on CD-ROM and via the World Wide Web.

ED-21506-99Education Programs: Education Development and DemonstrationTufts UniversityA Digital Library on Greco-Roman Culture9/1/1999 - 8/31/2003$85,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA1999ClassicsEducation Development and DemonstrationEducation Programs7500010000750000

TO SUPPORT a two-year project to develop enhancements to the pedagogical resources of the Perseus Digital Library of Greek and Roman Culture in conjunction with sponsorship of summer workshops for teachers.

HAA-266462-19Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement GrantsTufts UniversityBeyond Translation: New Possibilities for Reading in a Digital Age9/1/2019 - 8/31/2023$375,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2019Ancient LanguagesDigital Humanities Advancement GrantsDigital Humanities3250005000028680850000

An expansion of the widely-used Perseus Digital Library to integrate reading tools that are designed to facilitate the study of ancient texts and the ability to conduct searches for relevant words and phrases.

Our goal in this Level III project is to promote a fundamental change in how human beings view translations and the cultures of which their original source text is a product. To support this larger goal we integrate into the emerging new version of Perseus new reading tools that we have developed as separate applications over the past decade: (1) the ability to produce, automatically and manually, word and phrase level alignments between source texts and translations and to see these alignments while reading; (2) the ability to view the full morphological and syntactic analysis of each word in a text; (3) new forms of searching and browsing based on this new data (e.g., find all English words used to translate a word or to view all subject/verb, adjective/noun combinations); (4) both large scale work (alignment of 50 million words of English to Greek and Latin) as well as focused projects (e.g., a bilingual edition of Homer).

HD-51548-12Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsTufts UniversityDigital Humanities in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Teaching and Research4/1/2012 - 8/31/2014$50,000.00Marie-Claire Beaulieu   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2012ClassicsDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities50000049996.790

The early-stage development of a collaborative transcription, translation, and editing platform for Latin and ancient Greek texts. With this project, undergraduate and graduate students would participate in the creation of digital editions for inclusion in the Perseus Digital Library.

The Department of Classics at Tufts University seeks level II funding to design and test an integrated platform on which students will collaboratively transcribe, edit, and translate Latin and Greek texts, creating vetted open source digital editions. This project, while giving students the opportunity to work with original untranslated documents, also contributes to the efforts of the scholarly community worldwide to meet the challenge of publishing large numbers of primary source documents online while preserving high editorial standards. The students' work will be vetted by experts, encoded in XML TEI following best practices in the Digital Humanities, and published online in the Tufts Digital Library and the Perseus Digital Library, which receives more than 700,000 visits a month. The integrated platform will be made available as open-source software and can be used as a model for editing and translating any source documents in any language and any Humanities field.

HG-50020-10Digital Humanities: NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities ProgramTufts UniversityThe Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus7/1/2010 - 6/30/2014$174,828.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2010ClassicsNEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities ProgramDigital Humanities1748280174723.090

An international collaboration between Tuft's University and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) to join together the digital holdings of Tuft's Perseus Digital Library and the DAI's Arachne into the largest collection of Greco-Roman materials online.

The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and Tufts University propose to combine and expand the collections of two of the oldest and most established digital projects in Classical Studies--Arachne and Perseus--and thus create a single comprehensive digital library about the ancient world. The resulting collection will contain CIDOC-CRM metadata for more than 250,000 archaeological sites and objects, MODS/FRBR bibliographic records for editions of every major Greek and Latin author whose work survives either in the manuscript tradition or in substantial fragments, and TEI P5 compliant XML transcriptions for 20 million words of Greek and Latin primary sources, as well as for more than 50 million words of archaeological documentation, major lexica, commentaries, and encyclopedias. The project bridges gaps between the material and the textual record and between scholarship in German and English, opening up this content not only to the two partner sites but third-party development.

HJ-50013-10Digital Humanities: Digging into DataTufts UniversityTowards Dynamic Variorum Editions1/1/2010 - 3/31/2011$100,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2009Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigging into DataDigital Humanities10000001000000

This project supports the creation of a framework to produce "dynamic variorum" editions of classics texts that enable the reader to automatically link not only to variant editions but also to relevant citations, quotations, people, and places that are found in a digital library of more than one million primary and secondary source texts. The project team includes members from Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Imperial College, London, and Mount Allison University.

Building upon collaborations between computer scientists and classicists across three countries, we propose to build a framework that combines emerging technologies and large collections to provide for every surviving Greek and Latin author scalable, sustainable information that can exceed the breadth of traditional bibliographic databases for an entire field and the depth of traditional variorum editions for individual authors and works. We can furthermore identify patterns in the changing reception of and scholarship about Greco-Roman antiquity with greater power and flexibility than was feasible with traditional methods. The work proposed here will demonstrate and analyze the significance of these new methods. Our hypothesis, based on years of development with smaller collections, is that we can now see a wholly new generation of services that better address the most traditional goals of scholarship, are customizable to the needs of far broader audiences, and are much more practical to maintain over time.

PK-50022-07Preservation and Access: Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital PartnershipTufts UniversityScalable Named Entity Identification in Classical Studies10/1/2007 - 8/31/2011$349,939.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2007ClassicsAdvancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital PartnershipPreservation and Access34993903499390

Construction of a testbed of scholarly and cultural documents on the ancient world and the development of digital, open-source tools to enable researchers and librarians to utilize contextual materials available in text-based collections.

The Perseus Project and the Collections and Archives of Tufts University propose to develop infrastructure for finding references to particular people and places from classical antiquity in several ancient and modern languages in primary and secondary source collections. We will offer and publish open-source, stand alone services and Fedora repository disseminators for searching, browsing, and visualizing entities within the Tufts Digital Library. Under a creative commons license, we will publish knowledge sources such as: linguistic data to identify forms of the most common 60,000 proper classical names in seven languages; knowledge base of the 30,000 people and places most prominent in texts; indices associating c. 200,000 passages with particular entities and an association network of 500,000 tagged names for named entity identification systems; automatically generated index of classical people and places identified in a 1 billion-word testbed of both scholarly and general cultural documents.

PR-50013-08Preservation and Access: Research and DevelopmentTufts UniversityThe Dynamic Lexicon: Cyberinfrastructure and the Automatic Analysis of Historical Languages1/1/2008 - 12/31/2011$285,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2007Classical LanguagesResearch and DevelopmentPreservation and Access28500002849990

Research on methods to generate a dynamic lexicon for a text corpus in a digital library. Using Greek and Latin texts, the project would investigate processes to enumerate possible senses for the words being defined and provide detailed syntactic information and statistical data about their use in a corpus.

We propose to research core functions for the automatic analysis of historical languages (Greek & Latin) within an emerging cyberinfrastructure; we will research three technologies for building a dynamic lexicon, as well as the processes required to automatically create such a reference work for any textual collection. Our efforts will focus on parallel text analysis ? word sense induction and disambiguation ? as well as syntactic parsing. These technologies will enable us to create a reference work that lists the possible senses for a word while also providing syntactic information and statistical data about its use in a corpus. The methods we use to create this work will let users search a text not only by word form, but also by word sense, syntactic subcategorization and selectional preference. Our main contribution will be the steps that any digital library needs to take to dynamically create a reference work of their own and interface it with the texts in their collection.

PW-253781-17Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesAmerican Numismatic SocietyHellenistic Royal Coinage5/1/2017 - 5/30/2020$262,000.00PeterGerrittvan Alfen   American Numismatic SocietyNew YorkNY10013-1917USA2017Classical HistoryHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access26200002620000

Implementing Hellenistic Royal Coinage (HRC) is a three-year project that aims to publish fully online, for the first time, a major reference collection of 21,311 coins produced under Alexander the Great, the Seleucids of Syria, and the Ptolemies of Egypt between c. 336 and 30 BCE, and to create an extensive, open access, online typology of these coinages interlinked with critical, digitized archival resources held at the American Numismatic Society.

PW-290565-23Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesTufts UniversityPerseus on the Web: Preparing for the Next Thirty Years7/1/2023 - 6/30/2026$348,881.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2023ClassicsHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34888103488810

A project to expand data related to Greek and Latin sources that is part of the Perseus Digital Library, the largest online open-access reference collection of Greco-Roman culture and language.  

The Perseus Digital Library, best known for its coverage of Greco-Roman Culture, has been available on the Web since 1995 and, in the 2021/22 academic year served between 200,000 and 300,000 users a month. The work proposed here would complete a comprehensive overhaul of Perseus, replacing a Web presence that was first designed in 2003. The 3-year project proposed here allows us to integrate a range of new capabilities, most developed as part of NEH-funded projects (such as generation of Ancient Greek text from page images, quotation detection, automatic translation alignment), into a new Perseus that provides updated services to its established users while reaching out to new communities. Text reuse and citation detection would create links from source text to relevant Open Access scholarship, provide a venue for next-generation, born-digital publications, and stimulate more applications of Natural Language Processing to historical languages.

PX-50013-08Preservation and Access: JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration GrantsTufts UniversityPhiloGrid: Creating a Virtual Research Environment for Classics4/1/2008 - 8/31/2010$119,992.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA2008Classical LiteratureJISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration GrantsPreservation and Access11999201199920

Creation of a digital collection of fragmentary writings of Greek historians and development of a virtual research environment for Greco-Roman antiquity using grid technologies that would be broadly applicable to other humanities disciplines.

[A grid is a computing architecture that coordinates large numbers of computers and data to act as a single large computer. It enables individuals or institutions grouped as virtual organizations to dynamically share computational resources.] Philogrid, a collaboration of the Perseus Digital Library (DL) at Tufts University in the United States and the Internet Centre at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, proposes to create an expandable, grid-enabled, Web service-driven virtual research environment for Greco-Roman antiquity based initially upon open source texts and services from the Perseus DL. First, we will add to the Perseus DL the writings of Greek historians that exist only in fragmentary form. This task goes beyond simple data entry: we will create the first major digital collection of fragmentary authors designed from the start to interact with multiple source editions. Second, we will create a repository of philological data about the Greco-Roman world seeded with twenty years' worth of Perseus materials. The objects that we create will not only include books but every labeled object within each logical document. Third, we will convert the workflow that has evolved over the past ten years to process textual materials in Perseus into a grid-enabled workflow based on Web services that can be applied to and customized for many collections. Although this project will concentrate on the classics collections in the Perseus DL, the new workflows will also process non-classical Perseus content, and will thus from the start demonstrate their generality. The development process will follow a strategy already successfully employed in e-Science projects at the Imperial College Internet Centre. It will consist of conversion of the Perseus workflow and tools into a Web service environment, in which the Perseus workflow is analyzed into steps, each of which is published as a Web service with a configurable API. A workflow mirroring the Perseus workflow will then be composed and fine-tuned using model data from Perseus and sample data from the digitization within the current scope of this project. The results of this project would be freely accessible on the Web.

RT-21620-94Preservation and Access: Reference Materials - ToolsTufts UniversityAn On-Line Lexicon for Classical Greek7/1/1994 - 6/30/1998$250,000.00GregoryR.Crane   Tufts UniversitySomervilleMA02144-2401USA1994Classical LanguagesReference Materials - ToolsPreservation and Access2000005000020000050000

To support the creation of a database of standard reference works on the ancient Greek language and literature, to be linked to the electronic THESAURUS LINGUAE GRAECAE and published on CD-ROM and the Internet.