Epigraphic Database of Roman Inscriptions (EDH)
The research project was initially established in 1986 and scheduled to run for five years within the framework of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme and from 1991 of the The Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Since 1993 it has been a Research Unit of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The aim of the research project is to record and edit Latin and bilingual (Latin-Greek) inscriptions of the Imperium Romanum in a complex Database and to present them in a user-friendly manner on the Internet. The reading of each inscription is verified and numerous research-relevant metadata and photos are associated with it. The EDH has thus established itself internationally as an indispensable tool for the representative viewing, supplementing and interdisciplinary evaluation of epigraphic testimonies.
Grave relief from Andematunum/Langres (France)
At present the database encompasses about 74.000 inscriptions. Since September 1997, the Inscriptions Database with all available information on each inscription and the inscription carriers has been made accessible to the public. Since 2004 the Epigraphic Bibliography Heidelberg can also be queried on the Internet (currently about 15.000 titles). Since 2007, the complete collection of the Photographic Database with the most important information about the pictured inscriptions is available online (Currently around 37.000 records and digitized data) and is linked to the corresponding records in the inscription database. The exact location of the find spots is determined by the entries of the 2012 geography database (Currently around 26.000 sites).
Under the supervision of the Commissione epigrafia e informatica of the AIEGL (Association Internationale d'Epigraphie Grecque et Latine), the decision was made in 2003 to establish the international epigraphic database federation EAGLE (Electronic Archives of Greek and Latin Epigraphy), based upon a sample of the EDH. The goal of this federation is to make it possible to access all Latin and Greek inscriptions of antiquity according to uniform criteria on the Internet. A decisive step on the way to achieving this goal was achieved within the framework of a three-year cooperation of the EDH with the EAGLE-europeana-Network. In addition to the regular expansion of the epigraphic data base of the Roman provinces in the EDH, a concept is being developed to ensure the usability of data and infrastructure through the use of open standards and methods of digital humanities.
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Chair of the Commission
Prof. Dr. Tonio Hölscher
Head of the Research Unit
Prof. Dr. Christian Witschel
Dr. James M.S. Cowey
Dr. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais
Dr. Brigitte Gräf
Dr. Frank Grieshaber
Department of Ancient History and Epigraphics
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