Proteus (http://www.proteusproject.uk) is currently in its final stages of debugging and testing, with a launch date scheduled for late January 2017. To date, Proteus has not only achieved its key goals, but also continues to evolve. In developing a platform that digitally captures the evolving data of Greek and Latin literary and subliterary papyri as they are edited and re-edited over time, the Proteus project has created a digital ecosystem for both creating next-generation born digital critical editions and generating the textual criticism that underwrites them.
Here is a quick preview with images from various phases of development. More detail will follow when the site goes live.
Proteus offers a virtual space for parallel critical editing, a process whereby one or multiple scholars can produce a digital edition and even suggest conjectures through critical notes, all of which are then accessible for future research. Focusing on papyrus fragments in its first iteration, citable, scholarly use is of the utmost importance. But Proteus is not just simply implementing the necessary attributes that make a Greek or Latin edition critical, but embracing the machine for what it is: not a book. A new text editor, data visualization, search, and version control are being employed to re-think how a user interfaces a text that can constantly change.
Why Proteus? In Greek mythology Proteus was known to change shape in order to elude capture; only to those who caught him would he foretell the future. Literary and subliterary fragments, due to constant re-editing, also continue to change shape over time. Our system has designed a way to capture that change, or at least confine it within a digital ecosystem that allows a user to engage this mutability.
Proteus is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.