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The EAGLE initiative is the brainchild of Professor Silvio Paniera (Rome), under the Patronage of AIEGL (Association Internationale d'Epigraphie Grecque et Latine). The EAGLE database will contain text and basic metadata on all published insciptions in Greek and Latin searchable from a single front end.
EAGLE is formed of a federation of three major epigraphic projects: the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH), the Epigraphic Database Roma (EDR), and the Epigraphic Database Bari (EDB), which currently take responsibility for Provincial, Italian, and Christian inscriptions respectively. All of these databases conform to the minimum requirements of the EAGLE system, although EDH in particular has many more fields of metadata in addition.