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Name of Collaboratory :


Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 1996 End Date : Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 11:01pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :


Domain(s) :

  HUMANITIES >History >History, General
HUMANITIES >English and Literature >Letters, General

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


APIS is a collections-based repository hosting information about and images of papyrological materials (e.g. papyri, ostraca, wood tablets, etc) located in collections around the world. It contains physical descriptions and bibliographic information about the papyri and other written materials, as well as digital images and English translations of many of these texts. When possible, links are also provided to the original language texts (e.g. through the Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri). The user can move back and forth among text, translation, bibliography, description, and image. With the specially-developed APIS Search System many different types of complex searches can be carried out.


Access to Instruments :


Access to Information Resources :

  The database is accessible to anyone through their Website.

Their Website contains the following guideline documents for participants:

* Papyrus Conservation Guidelines
* Imaging Guidelines
* Metadata Guidelines

Individual APIS records can be accessed directly by other systems as XML documents.

Access to People as Resources :

  If one needs more information about a papyrus, they are encouraged to contact the appropriate person at the owning institution, on the list of contacts.  

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:
APIS has been brought into being with the help of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a federal agency, and substantial support from all of the participating institutions. In addition, the National Endowment for the Humanities supported much of the work of cataloguing and imaging at Duke University through a separate, earlier grant. The original creation of the Duke Data Bank of Documentary Papyri, which is a major part of APIS, was funded largely by grants from the Packard Humanities Institute. Its subsequent development into a form usable on the World Wide Web has benefited from substantial assistance from the Perseus Project, located at Tufts University.


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Technical Capabilities :

  Key Articles :    

Project-reported performance data :

  As of 9/23/11 their database has 28,677 records and 18,670 images.  
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