The Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities was edited since its creation in 1997 by Ross Scaife, Professor of Classics at the University of Kentucky, until 2008. The Stoa exists to serve several purposes: dissemination of news and announcements, mainly via the gateway blog; discussion of best practices via discussion groups and white papers; and publication of experimental on-line projects, many of them subject to scholarly peer review. Open Access to networked scholarship is a bedrock principle for this site. Only the blog is now active, jointly maintained by a consortium of scholars in Classics and Digital Humanities.
Projects at the Stoa are often linked closely to materials and tools available from the Perseus Digital Library based at Tufts University. The Stoa also serves as the official blog of the Digital Classicist (site based at the Institute of Classical Studies, London and edited principally by Gabriel Bodard).
Funding for operations at the Stoa has come from a variety of sources over the years, including the initial FIPSE grant from the U.S. Department of Education, shares of NEH and NSF grants, funds from the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, and local support at the University of Kentucky from the Center for Computational Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. To all these benefactors, and to the many friends who have lent their expertise on an ad hoc basis, we are most grateful.