- May 13, 2008:
- New updates to Perseus Hopper open source release: The open source release of the Perseus Hopper has been updated. You now have the choice of downloading the data generated by the installation process rather than loading the data using the texts. The text files continue to be available under the Creative Commons license.
- March 28, 2008:
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
- Searching has been re-enabled.
- The first 4.0 release of the Renaissance Collection is now available.
- Word study tools and word frequencies have been refined.
- Additional memory has been added to all Perseus servers.
- Updates to Perseus Digital Library:
- February 7, 2008:
- Building a "FRBR-Inspired" Catalog: The Perseus Digital Library has been exploring the creation of a FRBR-Inspired catalog for classics, and with funding from the Mellon Foundation, has taken some preliminary steps beyond our initial work first reported in October 2005. If you are interested in reading more, please check out our new report.
- November 9, 2007:
- Install Perseus 4.0 on your computer: All of the source code for the Perseus Java Hopper and much of the content in Perseus is now available under an open source license. You can download the code, compile it, and run it on your own system. This requires more labor and a certain level of expertise for which we can only provide minimal support. However, since it will be running on your own machine, it can be much faster than our website, especially during peak usage times. You also have the option to install only certain collections or texts on your version, making it as specialized as you wish. Also, if you want to use a different system to make the content available, you can do so within the terms of the Creative Commons license. This is the first step in open sourcing the code as you can modify the code as much as you want, but at this time, we cannot integrate your changes back into our system. That is our ultimate goal, so keep a look out for that!
- November 15, 2006:
- Classics in a Digital World: Curious about where classics might go in a digital world? See the preprint of a new article about ePhilology that will appear in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies.
- June 21, 2006: Art and Archaeology Browser Updated
- March 15, 2006: Improvements to the Perseus Digital Library
- Migration of core data to the Tufts University Repository: We are beginning to shift core Perseus data to the Tufts Institutional Repository, where it will become a part of the university's permanent collection. There are several implications:
- Preservation: This step addresses the long term needs of preservation and access: while Perseus has been in operation for almost two decades, libraries are better suited to maintain collections over time than particular projects.
- Separation of production from research: The on-line version of the Perseus Digital Library, now more than ten years old, has combined services with research and development activities. As time progresses, established services will shift to the institutional repository, with the Perseus Digital Library focusing progressively more on research and development. As research services become established and prove useful, they will subsequently migrate to the production server.
- Named entity browsing and searching: Perseus has extracted placenames
and dates from full text for more than five years. This version of the Perseus Digital
Library adds additional functionality:
- You can now search for and browse placenames and dates in Perseus documents.
- We are adding personal names and will soon add other categories (e.g., organizations). Personal names are in the new Perseus American collection and will be added to classical texts. Classical texts have placenames and dates marked in their public XML source.
- Downloadable XML source texts: Public domain primary materials are now available under a Creative Commons license for download in their native XML format.¬å
- Bug fixes and incremental modifications: many general optimizations have been implemented, and various display issues have been fixed, based on user reports.
- Improved hardware: we are adding new servers that are not only faster but easier to manage. This should improve not only speed but reliability.
- May 27, 2005:
Perseus 4.0 released -- a new implementation of the Perseus Digital Library.
- Perseus 4.0, a new Java-based version of the Perseus Digital Library, is available for testing. It contains a faster, more manageable back-end and a more modern look and feel. Many features of Perseus are now available as XML services -- for example, developers can extract well-formed XML fragments of primary sources with full TEI-conformant markup in order to create their own front ends. Read more...
- Earlier announcements