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Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Marie-Claire Beaulieu (Project Director, 10/03/2011 - present)
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Digital Humanities in the Classroom: Bridging the Gap between Teaching and Research

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.

Project fields: Classics
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $50,000 (approved); $50,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2012 – 8/31/2014

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 07/30/2009 - present)
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Towards Dynamic Variorum Editions

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.

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Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digging into Data
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $100,000 (approved); $100,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2010 – 3/31/2011

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 10/13/2009 - present)
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The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus

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.

Project fields: Classics
Program: NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $174,828 (approved); $174,723 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2014

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 07/16/2008 - present)
Large-Scale Learning and the Automatic Analysis of Historical Texts

Consultation with staff from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center to investigate the development of dynamic lexica for Latin and ancient Greek.

The Perseus Project recently received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to investigate the automatic construction of "dynamic lexica" for historical languages (specifically Latin and Greek) as the output of automatic processes based on both supervised and unsupervised learning techniques. We are seeking NEH/NERSC supercomputing support and training for two reasons: 1.) to let us significantly reduce our training time for two known automatic processes already under development (automatic parsing and parallel text alignment), in order to allow us to be more agile in our future development and optimization; and 2.) to let us begin experimenting with approaches not available to us without the use of such resources (such as a hybrid approach to word sense disambiguation involving labeled sense induction and clustering). In this we hope not only to improve upon our existing methods but also to investigate the possibility for innovative new work as well.

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Project fields: Classics
Program: NEH/DOE Humanities High Performance Computing Program
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $8,000 (approved); $8,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2009 – 12/31/2010

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 07/05/2007 - present)
The Dynamic Lexicon: Cyberinfrastructure and the Automatic Analysis of Historical Languages

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.

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Project fields: Classical Languages
Program: Research and Development
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $285,000 (approved); $284,999 (awarded)
Grant period: 1/1/2008 – 12/31/2011

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 11/30/2007 - present)
PhiloGrid: Creating a Virtual Research Environment for Classics

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.

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Project fields: Classical Literature
Program: JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $119,992 (approved); $119,992 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2008 – 8/31/2010

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 03/28/2007 - present)
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Scalable Named Entity Identification in Classical Studies

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.

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Project fields: Classics
Program: Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $349,939 (approved); $349,939 (awarded)
Grant period: 10/1/2007 – 8/31/2011

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 10/15/1998 - present)
A Digital Library on Greco-Roman Culture

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.

Project fields: Classics
Program: Education Development and Demonstration
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $85,000 (approved); $75,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/1999 – 8/31/2003

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 04/10/1996 - present)
Digital Library on Ancient Roman Culture

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.

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Project fields: Classics
Program: Education Development and Demonstration
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $215,000 (approved); $190,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/1996 – 8/31/1999

Auburn University (Auburn, AL 36849-0001)
Miriam Clark (Project Director, 01/15/1995 - present)
Enhancing Humanities Courses with Perseus and World-Wide Web

To support a faculty development project at a consortium of southern colleges and universities to familiarize faculty members with electronic resources for the study of classical civilization.

Project fields: Classics
Program: Institutes for College and University Teachers
Division: Education Programs
Total amounts: $25,000 (approved); $13,376 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/1995 – 6/30/1997

Tufts University (Medford, MA 02155-5818)
Gregory Crane (Project Director, 09/21/1993 - present)
An On-Line Lexicon for Classical Greek

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.

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Project fields: Classical Languages; Classics; Communications
Program: Reference Materials - Tools
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $250,000 (approved); $250,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 7/1/1994 – 6/30/1998

Linda Jones Roccos
Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Staten Island, NY 10304)

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Project fields: Classics
Program: Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95
Division: Fellowships and Seminars
Total amounts: $750 (approved); $750 (awarded)
Grant period: 12/1/1990 – 11/30/1991

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