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Greek and Digital Humanities.

Postby Scribo » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:16 pm

So this has just been announced http://heml.mta.ca/lace which contains ca. 630 different digital texts. While I'm probably not going to be a fan, I can't help but think its good to give this sort of stuff a lot of attention. Also, unlike Perseus, it has much freer rights management and really, really, great OCR so you can copy texts into word and add notes etc.

Rather than just waste paste I've deliberately made this thread broad in orientation so you can discuss all the issues surrounding using digital toolsets, which is shockingly topical.
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Re: Greek and Digital Humanities.

Postby heml » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:42 pm

Hi, I'm one of the project linked to by Scribo. I just wanted to make a quick correction to his kind note: Perseus' digital library of TEI-encoded XML ancient texts come with the most liberal users' rights imaginable. In fact, this collection has been very helpful to us in 'seeding' our OCR process. In turn, where our raw OCR results complement the existing PDL collection, new XML Perseus editions are being created by hiring OCR editors at a far lower cost than double-key entry. My partner in this endeavour has devised a OCR editing environment ideal for ancient Greek.

It is the TLG which constrains users' rights considerably, and has enforced these through threats of legal action.

Finally, beyond the purview of either of these projects are the monographs, articles and educational works that comprise polytonic Greek. What teacher of intro Greek doesn't relish the possibility of cutting and pasting from, e.g., this page at this time of year:

http://heml.mta.ca/lace/sidebysideview2/11258875

Federico and I encourage people to submit requests to this spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArJt01185Q8mdERsS2VRMngtTWRNUDAtNGFxZXhFQVE#gid=0

Best Regards,

Bruce Robertson, Head of Classics, Mount Allison University
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