EAGLE is a best-practice network that reunites some of the most important digital
collections in the domain of ancient epigraphy. The project aims to give access to
the vast majority of the surviving inscriptions from the Greek and Roman world, as
well as to provide curated online editions enriched with high-quality contents. As part
of Europeana, EAGLE will collect in a single readily-searchable database more than
1.5 million items, currently scattered across 25 EU countries and Eastern and Souther
The Deutsches Archologisches Institut (DAI) is a strategic partner of the network,
_guring both as content provider and as responsible for the end-user dedicated services.
On the one hand, DAI will give his contribution to the EAGLE project by providing
the content of Arachne, the central Object database of the DAI and the CoDArchLab
(Cologne), to be harvested for Europeana. Thanks to its object-oriented structure,
Arachne proves to be an invaluable resource for contextualizing epigraphic materials,
by providing, along with the texts of the inscriptions, images and information about
monuments and sites where inscriptions were found.
The user-dedicated services that will be implemented for EAGLE include the search
portal, that will host the search interface for the collection, a Flagship Mobile Application
(FMA), that will allow users to perform image searches on monuments using the camera
of their mobile device, and a Flagship Storytelling Application (FSA).
The FSA in particular is designed and implemented directly by the DAI. The storytelling application is a web-based tool designed to allow users to create multimedia
narratives on inscriptions and share them online. The users will be able to include objects
from the most important repositories for the study of the ancient world (text paragraphs,
videos, images, inscriptions and excerpts of texts) by dragging and dropping them to
the intended location within their stories. Thus the tool provide a decisive illustration
of the general aim of EAGLE. It is the ideal environment to unleash the users´ creativity
in showing how di_erent, apparently unrelated inscriptions can be linked together in
scholarly as well as in introductory narratives.
Francesco Mambrini holds a PhD in Classical Philology (University of Trento - EHESS, Paris). He has cooperated with some of the most important digital projects for the study of the ancient languages (The Perseus Project, Index Thomisticus). Starting with the Hellespont Project (2011) he has worked as a research assistant in projects of the DAI. He is one of the co-founders and chairs of the workshop Annotated Corpora for Research in the Humanities.