Thursday, September 12, 2019

Digital Latin Library Catalog

Digital Latin Library Catalog
The DLL Catalog is one of two major research projects of the Digital Latin Library. Its purpose is to build a stable, reliable, openly available resource for finding and using Latin texts of all eras. The DLL's other major project is the Library of Digital Latin Texts (LDLT), which aims to publish new, born-digital critical editions of Latin texts. The DLL Catalog complements the LDLT by providing a tool for identifying and organizing authors, titles, and the many editions and versions currently available on the internet.


The DLL Catalog contains two categories of information.

Authority records are the heart of the catalog, and they serve a number of purposes. Their main purpose is to identify unambiguously authors and works. For example, Publius Vergilius Maro is also known as Vergil and Virgil. His authority record gathers all of that information and a lot else besides so that users looking for Vergil, Virgil, or even phi0690 (one of his many identifiers) will be able to find him. Similarly, there are dozens of works known by the generic title Carmina. Authority records for works distinguish Catullus' Carmina from Alcuin's.

Individual items are records of texts available in one form or another on the internet. Each individual item is linked to its authority record(s), and it also include links to the sites where they can be found, information about copyright protections, availability, and (if known) the original source of the text.

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