The Dartmouth Dante Project (DDP) combines modern
information technology with nearly seven hundred years of commentary
tradition on Dante's major poem, the Commedia.
The DDP, originally developed between 1982 and 1988 (when a prototype
was opened to public use), is an ongoing effort to put the entire texts
of more than 75 commentaries into a searchable database that anyone
can access via the World Wide Web. This gives scholars easier access
to the full texts of many important, and, in some cases, difficult to
Preparation of this database was made possible in part by two
substantial grants from THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES and
through the generosity of Dartmouth College, Princeton University,
The Dante Society of America, La Società Dantesca Italiana, The Mellon
Foundation, Apple Computer Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation,
The AT&T Foundation, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Funds for the 2005 redesign of the database and user interface were
provided by Paul and Linda [Bornhuetter, '82] Gridley.
The Dartmouth Dante Project was conceived and is co-directed
by Professor Robert Hollander of Princeton University,
along with Stephen Campbell of Dartmouth College Computing Services
and Professor Simone Marchesi of Princeton University.
The original collaborators, all then teaching at Dartmouth College,
included Professors Kevin Brownlee, Jeffrey Schnapp, and Nancy
Vickers. The original database design and user interface were the work
of Raymond Neff, then Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth,
and Stephen Campbell, Unix System Manager. Organizational direction
was provided by Janet Stephens and Jonathan Altman.
Stephen Campbell and Kirt Johnson of Dartmouth College
carried out the 2005 web redesign under the stewardship of
Malcolm Brown, Director of Academic Computing for Dartmouth College's
Peter Kiewit Computing Services.
Dante Lab - The Next Generation
Dante Lab seeks to further the original vision of the Dartmouth Dante
Project by reimagining the possibilities for research afforded by the
union of digitized text with current web design.
Dante Lab is an online
application that allows students and scholars of the Divine Comedy
to read and compare up to four texts from the site’s database
simultaneously; these texts include Giorgio Petrocchi’s critical
edition, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1867 translation, and more
than seventy-five commentaries from the fourteenth century through today. The
objective of Dante Lab is to create a virtual workspace that accounts for
the needs of both students and novices to the poem, as well as serious
scholars engaged in contemporary Dante Studies. For this reason, the
Dante Lab reader was inspired by the ‘analogue’ workspace
of the professional Dantista, who needs quick and easy access not only
to the text of the poem’s three canticles, but also to the early
commentaries, notes from numerous recent editions, and a concordance
that facilitates philological research and interpretive criticism.
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