The Digital Latin Library will provide a single point of access to texts and resources for reading and working with them, e.g., images of inscriptions and manuscripts, reference works, tools for analysis, etc. The Library of Digital Latin Texts will provide resources and support for the production of new scholarship and educational materials. A number of interfaces will facilitate activities such as reading and annotating texts, textual or visual analysis and collaborative learning and scholarship.
Some will use the Digital Latin Library’s space for private study or teaching, others will use it to produce new critical editions and commentaries. Users will have the option of submitting new critical editions and commentaries for publication in the Library of Digital Latin Texts, which will have three series: classical, medieval and neo-Latin texts. All publications will be peer-reviewed and endorsed by one or more of the three learned societies affiliated with the Library. The Library of Digital Latin Texts may be the boldest part of this entire project, since it will be a major step forward for textual criticism and critical editions.
The goal for the first year of this project is to assemble the content management system for the library component of the Digital Latin Library, complete a user behavior study to optimize resources for different classes of user, develop and test a version of the visualization environment for texts in the Library of Digital Latin Texts, and produce a number of scholarly and educational materials on the development and use of born-digital critical edition.