The Past, Present, and Future of the Annotated Greek Corpus

The project is a web-based initiative to develop annotated Greek texts and tools for their analysis. The first release of the Greek database was launched in the early 2000s and was actively updated until 2005. Aiming to improve on the original design and to address certain limitations, development of the second release is underway from 2013. OpenText 2.0 is designed to be an open-source web application. It aims to serve and to collaborate with both scholars and students as both an analytical tool as well as a pedagogical tool. In this paper, we will document our development of the second release, highlighting the underlying XML encoding scheme being used to mark-up texts, as well as the web applications being used for annotation, visualization, and querying. We will also share our experiences working in technological development as biblical scholars, issues surrounding the legalities of copyrighting ancient texts, and the difficulties inherent in attempting to fund an open-source project with such a narrow base of end-users. Ultimately, this paper will narrate the slow but unceasing progress of an important technological resource that has the potential to benefit biblical scholarship greatly.