The DPRR project was introduced to the Digital Humanities community through a poster presented at the International Digital Humanities 2015 conference (DH2015) in early July 2015) in Sydney Australia. The poster presented the overall aims of the project, provided a sample of the questions it was intended to support and the sources from which it was getting its data.  It introduced some of the issues that arise in turning references to people into digital surrogates for persons, and gave an overview of its database's proposed structure, and the process of how the project intended to get the data from the sources into this structure.  Finally, it briefly summarised the team's still preliminary thinking on a couple of current DH themes: how DPRR would fit with Social Network Analysis studies, and with Linked Data for the Classical period.

The poster was well received at DH2015, and a good number of people stopped to talk to me about it.  A number of visitors engaged particularly with the DH issues the project opened up: issues of historical person identity in formal digital systems, DPRR and Linked Data and DPRR and SNA.  All visitors were encouraged to keep track of the project's progress at this site: www.romanrepublic.ac.uk, and were encouraged to send any questions they might have to project team through john.bradley@kcl.ac.uk.