The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity database is making readily accessible and searchable the early evidence for the cult of Christian saints (up to around AD 700), with key texts presented in their original language, all with English translation and brief contextual commentary. Over 8000 records, including over a thousand images of original sources, are now available on the Sustainable Digital Scholarship (SDS) platform.
Funded by the European Research Council, this project created a complex database with thousands of records, including a complex set of metadata. Researchers and users can search the project using key information like dates, locations, forms of worship, and other keywords.
The project ended officially on 31 December 2018, but the process of uploading, checking, editing, and releasing entries continues. Keeping a complex and growing database online after the end of a project's grant-funded period is a significant challenge, requiring both project team time and technical resources.
The SDS platform provides a long-term home for the Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity that removes these concerns. Technical updates can be made centrally, without requiring ongoing IT support by project or faculty staff. Hosting costs are covered by the SDS service (via the Humanities Division) and the future of this research is ensured.