In the digital age, classical philology is becoming more and more collaborative and cooperative. Even if these terms are apparently synonyms, the distinction adopted by pedagogues in the last decades is useful to describe different ways to organise collective works. Collaboration aims at the realisation of a final product, which is the result of negotiations among the involved parts. Cooperation aims at the creation of independent subproducts, which will be coordinated to achieve the agreed final result, but which can also be assembled in unpredictable new ways by third parties. In order to integrate these approaches in the domain of classical philology, first of all it is necessary to clarify the needs of a typical philologist, not just the requirements of the user of a specific project. For this reason, the last part of the article is devoted to a case study that takes into account the exploration of the secondary literature, often neglected by digital philologists but crucial to the ecdotic best practices.
Classical philology. Collaborative and cooperative philology. Digital philology. Ecdotics. Perseus Digital Library.