Digital Editions Session Part 2
It seems to me that the different projects presented so far each try to deal in their different way with the dilemma of simplicity vs. complexity. The paper of Bertrand Francois Gaiffe and Béatrice Stumpf, mostly a technical one, showed the difficulty of trying to on the one hand simplify the TEI part (using TEI-tite) and on the other hand enriching it with the tools they need.
The last paper of the section was given by Matteo Romanello and Aurélien Berra. They presented an ongoing edition project of Athenaeus as the meeting of a Digital Humanist and a Classics scholar, starting by quoting Gregory Crane. The text itself is a compilation and the quoting system was a great incentive to make it a digital edition. The editors are – suitingly – using a wide range of quotation forms (<q>, <quote>, <cit>, <mentioned>, and several others). The complexity connected with the genre of the fragment, though abismal, was presented very clearly (somehow I tend to consider that people who are able to explain the problems clearly are not that far away from the solution).
Even they are not moving withing the limits of the TEI, asking for their project “what TEI should be combined with to create not only an edition but a complex virtual editing environment”. They mentioned the Homer Multitext Project and went in more detail into the CTS procotol, which they use and intend to “go beyond”. A beautiful project still waiting for a funding to make it real.