Open Philology at the University of Leipzig

Frederik Baumgardt, Giuseppe Celano, Gregory Crane, Stella Dee, Maryam Foradi, Emily Franzini, Greta Franzini, Monica Lent, Maria Moritz, Simona Stoyanova

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The Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig aspires to re-assert the value of philology in its broadest sense. Philology signifies the widest possible use of the linguistic record to enable a deep understanding of the complete lived experience of humanity. Pragmatically, we focus on Greek and Latin because (1) substantial collections and services are already available within these languages, (2) substantial user communities exist (c. 35,000 unique users a month at the Perseus Digital Library), and (3) a European-based project is better positioned to process extensive cultural heritage materials in these languages rather than in Chinese or Sanskrit. The Open Philology Project has been designed with the hope that it can contribute to any historical language that survives within the human record. It includes three tasks: (1) the creation of an open, extensible, repurposable collection of machine-readable linguistic sources; (2) the development of dynamic textbooks that use annotated corpora to customize the vocabulary and grammar of texts that learners want to read, and at the same time engage students in collaboratively producing new annotated data; (3) the establishment of new workflows for, and forms of, publication, from individual annotations with argumentation to traditional publications with integrated machine-actionable data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014)
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventLanguage Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014) - Reykjavík
Duration: 26 May 201431 May 2014


ConferenceLanguage Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014)


  • digital humanities
  • greek
  • latin
  • philology


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