IIP is more than simply a database. It is a project devoted to research, education, and experimentation. This page is meant to help you to navigate some relevant resources that we have developed.
- Bibliography. We maintain a full bibliography of everything cited in the project within a Zotero database available here. We have more to say about why and how we use Zotero on this page.
- Research. We sometimes generate research papers about our work. For more information, see this page.
- Wordlist (beta). One of our most active research projects is developing (1) a parsed and linked wordlist, in the original languages, of our entire corpus; and (2) a workflow that can be useful to similar projects. This list will allow you to see every word that appears in the corpus and where it appears, along with its different forms; a link to a dictionary entry; and a “tree” that allows you to see which words most frequently come before and after it. For the automated parsing of the words, and in order to develop our workflow, we are working with LiLa: Linking Latin, Dicta, Francesca Dell’Oro, and Helene Bermudez Sabel. Our current wordlist can be found here. Documentation about our workflow is forthcoming.
- Educational Resources. This is an exciting new direction for us. We are planning to develop resources related to our mission that can be used by students on a number of different levels. These might include syllabi; an introduction to epigraphy for graduate students; lesson plans for undergraduates or secondary school students; and other items (e.g., timeline or glossary) that might be useful. In doing so, we would like to incorporate more video and interactive (e.g., mapping) capabilities. If you have ideas, or would like to partner with us, please contact us!
- Organic Commentaries. There is a long tradition of publishing ancient texts, including inscriptions, with learned commentaries. These commentaries are usually helpful and sometimes brilliant, but intrinsically limited: they are the product of a single individual’s (or sometimes a team’s) mind. Over time, with new approaches and knowledge, minds change. IIP is meant not just to be a database, but a platform that can promote dialogue and the development of knowledge that might lead to a new form of decentralized commentary. We are just beginning to think about how this might work in practice. Let us know if you would like to think with us.