I.Sicily is not designed as a text database, but as a full digital corpus. As a result, it is not immediately comparable to some of the other excellent digital epigraphy resources available such as EDCS or PHI. However, it is also not immediately comparable to a printed corpus or catalogue. We aim to include all the information that you might expect in a full edition, including commentary and imagery, but digital publication enables us to include much more – not just more images, but also, for example, copies of archival, archaeological and antiquarian records. Digital publication also enables us to link directly to other digital resources to open up additional material. The biggest difference, however, is that digital publication is a continuous process. We aim to publish the data which we already have as soon as possible, in the belief that it is already useful. A lot of the information in the corpus has not yet been checked or edited: the status of the page for any inscription will be indicated at the top of the page, and if it is marked as ‘unchecked’ or ‘draft’ then the data should be used with caution. When an inscription is marked as ‘revised’ or ‘edited’, the data can be used with confidence, but you should not assume that the file will not be further edited in the future (e.g. with the addition of new information or further commentary). Consequently every inscription page also carries a date-stamp indicating the date of its last revision. If you wish to cite an inscription, please include the date and the names of the contributors to indicate the version you are using.
All this means that I.Sicily is an open-ended, on-going, and highly collaborative project (the number of contributors and collaborators is already well into double figures). You will undoubtedly find mistakes; you may well have additional information about an inscription; you may disagree with an interpretation; you may know of an inscription we have not included. If so, please tell us, become a contributor, and help us make I.Sicily better!
For full information on all of the above and the data in I.Sicily, please see the the page on ‘data and data categories in I.Sicily‘, which includes guidance on how to cite I.Sicily.
We hope you find I.Sicily useful!