I recently posted about the Logos publication of the Perseus collection of Greek and Latin classical authors. There I asked a question:
One confusing point for the more geeky among us: Logos also lists as a Perseus collection the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, a collection of Greek and Latin texts written on papyri, ostraca, and wooden tablets. However, this is no longer hosted by the Perseus Project but rather by the Papyrological Navigator. I'm not sure how it can be considered a Perseus Project any longer, or whether it was properly a Perseus Project at all. If anyone can help me clarify this, I'd appreciate it.
I did some digging on my own and found this history of the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri. It indicates that the Perseus Project started hosting the DDBDP in 1996/7 when the DDBDP moved away from the PHI CD. (Ah, those were the good old days, on the first floor of Turpin using the old Mac in the database room with the Hypercard program.) But starting in 2004/5 the project began to be developed in a different, more open-source direction. Thus Perseus stopped hosting the DDBDP about five years ago, but the project has continued to add texts and translations, hundreds and hundreds of them in fact, and all the while improving existing texts. So the data Logos is publishing is a good collection, but it is five years out of date. Of course having an older version of the DDBDP in Logos will be better than none at all, as I imagine that many of the texts have not been radically changed during the last five years. But if exegesis is about being accurate, then it would be better to use the interface at the Papyrological Navigator than the Logos edition.
This is a constant issue in exegesis and academic research. What is the best tool to use? Do I use the one that is easily accessible but not as good? Or do I go the extra mile to use the best tool for the job? Our dedication to the task should always motivate us to use the best tool for the job. The accuracy gained for the extra effort, time, and/or money is worth it.