Fragmentary Texts Course in Leipzig – Fall 2013

We are very pleased to announce that a seminar on fragmentary texts is going to be run during the course Overview of Digital Philology at the University of Leipzig in Fall 2013. The seminar is part of a series of courses organized both at Tufts University and at the University of Leipzig in conjunction with Perseids: see Digital Humanities in the Classroom.

The goal of this seminar is to instruct students to use and implement the Fragmentary Texts Editor, which is being developed by the Perseus Project.
Here are some requirements for the seminar (see also Perseids Requirements, Fragmentary Texts Fall 2013 – Leipzig courses):

Texts available online in Perseus:

  1. Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae
    1. Greek – Gulick (Heinemann 1927)
    2. Greek – Kaibel 1887
    3. English – Yonge (Bohn 1854)
      • the Gulick translation (Heinemann 1927) is preferred but not marked up optimally for P4.
  2. Harpocration, Lexicon in decem oratores Atticos (Dindorf)
  3. Plutarch, Lives – Theseus (Perrin for both Greek and English) and Alexander (Perrin for both Greek and English)

With the following functionality:

  1. Reading (ideally in Perseus)
  2. Searching (ideally in Perseus)
  3. Linking from read/search interface to Perseids SoSOL to automatically create an annotation targeting a specific passage of the text.
  4. Automatic creation of subreference URIs from selected passage text
  5. Ability to create a new item in the Lost Content Item Collection to serve as the body or target of an annotation
  6. Annotating (identifying as target of annotation) with:
    1. Commentaries
    2. Alignments (via Alpheios Alignment Editor)
    3. Morpho-Syntactic Annotation (via Alpheios Treebank Editor)
  7. Selecting citable passages and passage subreference strings from within the SoSOL Perseids interface as the body of an annotation.
  8. Annotating named entities (names of fragmentary authors, titles of fragmentary works, etc.)

Annotation Ontologies

For this class, we will restrict the ontology used for describing the annotations to those offered by the OA specification, specifically oa:annotatedBy (for provenance) and oa:commenting and oa:classifying for the annotations themselves. We do need other terms for more in depth work, but one of the goals of the class is also to discuss the use of data models.


Student annotations will be added to the Lost Content Items and Commentary on Lost Content Items collections. Treebank annotations will eventually be able to be included in the Perseus treebank, although exact details on this are still TBD. Alignment Annotations will not be targeted for a specific collection at this time.


We will explore with University of Leipzig whether we can use the ULEI Shibboleth IdP (assuming there is one) to authenticate students. This will be possible only if they support the Shibboleth protocols we have implemented support for already.

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