Perseids – Fragmentary Texts Editor

As part of the Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS), the Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities in Leipzig is implementing a Fragmentary Texts Editor (FTE) within Perseids, which is a collaborative editing platform developed by the Perseus Project for editing and annotating source documents in Classics. Such an editor allows both scholars and students to annotate quotations and text reuses of fragmentary authors. For a description of the tool and the technology behind it, please read the following paper:

  • B. Almas and M. Berti. “Perseids Collaborative Platform for Annotating Text Re-Uses of Fragmentary Authors”. In DH-Case 2013. Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Collaborative Annotations in a Shared Environment: metadata, vocabularies and techniques in the Digital Humanities. ACM New York, NY, USA 2013 Proceedings (doi 10.1145/2517978.2517986) (download PDF)

The first fragmentary author edited in the Perseids FTE is Istros the Callimachean. The work is based on the edition of the fragments published by Monica Berti in 2009: M. Berti (ed.), Istro il Callimacheo, I, Testimonianze e frammenti su Atene e sull’Attica, Edizioni Tored, Tivoli (Roma) 2009 (limited preview). The fragments of Istros have also been published in the Brill’s New Jacoby collection by Monica Berti, who has continued the work begun by the late Steven Jackson. *For a description of such a work see also (Istros).

For the source code of the Perseids FTE, please see GitHub.

The screenshots below show different kinds of annotations of Istros F 12 (click on the images to acces FTE):


Perseids – Fragmentary Texts Editor



Istros F 12 (Perseus Digital Library)



Istros (Perseus Digital Library)


As part of the work developed by Perseids, we have also combined different data models for representing scholarly work on Istros F 12:

  • B. Almas, M. Berti, S. Choudhury, D. Dubin, M. Senseney, K.M. Wickett, “Representing Humanities Research Data Using Complementary Provenance Models”, in Building Global Partnerships – RDA Second Plenary Meeting – Washington DC, September 16-18, 2013 (poster)