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The corpus of the texts is managed and exploited in a digital archive containing the formal representation of the texts leveraging the TEI/EpiDoc encoding schema, the de facto standard schema adopted in digital epigraphy.

TEI/EpiDoc is an international consortium which establishes guidelines and implements tools for digital encoding scholarly editions of ancient documents according to the Leiden conventions. In particular, it specifies a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)'s standard vocabulary, providing elements for the edition of the texts (edition, translation, apparatus, commentary, bibliography) and for the description of the history (provenance, location, date, repository) and materiality (physical description) of the objects.

The XML format allows compatibility and interoperability with other text projects created according to the XML/TEI format and, thus, their availability for the research community.
TEI/EpiDoc is a versatile and customizable tool which can be easily adapted to specialised needs. ItAnt proposed some ad hoc solutions to manage the peculiarities presented by a language of fragmentary attestation by describing more carefully its linguistic issues (cfr. Murano et al. 2023).
Each text in the archive is enriched with shared and standard metadata allowing for their accurate description, both as a linguistic object (text: language, alphabet, date, etc.) and as a material object (support: chronology, data of discovery, material, etc.). In the perspective of the best possible data integration, ItAnt takes advantage of concepts coming from widely accredited vocabularies and gazetteers: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) provided bt the  J. Paul Getty Trust, gli iDAI. thesauri provided bt the  Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, the EAGLE vocabularies, specifically designed for epigraphy, Pleiades and GeoNames
ItAnt also provides the Trismegistos IDs to provide an additional strong integration to our data.
Upon completion, a fac-simile of the inscriptions is provided [go to the resource].
Corpus and lexicon interact with each other and will be equipped with a bibliographic apparatus.


- Elliott, Tom, Gabriel Bodard, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Charlotte Tupman, e Scott Vanderbilt. 2022. «EpiDoc Guidelines: Ancient documents in TEI XML (Version 9)». 2022.

-  Murano, Francesca, Valeria Quochi, Angelo Mario Del Grosso, Luca Rigobianco, e Mariarosaria Zinzi. c.s.. «Describing Inscriptions of Ancient Italy. The ItAnt Project and Its Information Encoding Process». Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage



 - EpiDoc: latest version on SourceForge


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- EpiDoc Converter provided by the PATRIMONIVM project


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