Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity


Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu)

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September 23, 2017

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Introducing CHI Fellow Emily Joan Elliott

Hi All! My name is Emily Joan Elliott, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at MSU. I also happen to be a 2017-2018 CHI Fellow. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, and earned my BA in history at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2012. There, I began my pursuit of studying Russian language and history.

I began my doctoral program of study in the History Department at MSU in fall 2012. I had no clearly defined dissertation topic when I began, but my advisor introduced me to migration in the Soviet Union. Migration is a good fit for me. I grew up in New York City, one of the great migration capitals of the world. I am interested in how migrants relate to their previous homes and forge new ones after moving. My dissertation, “Migrants and Muscovites: The Boundaries of Belonging in Moscow, 1971-2002,” examines temporary labor migration to Moscow from other parts of the Soviet Union. I investigate how migrants’ methods of and desires for relocation overlapped with and diverged from official regulations and goals for migration. I argue that shared Soviet identity, culture, and education made the process of becoming a Muscovite easier in the Soviet period than the post-Soviet one.

Like the migrants that I study, Moscow has become a second home for me. I have been fortunate enough to visit Moscow four times, twice for language training and twice for dissertation research. In addition to my scholarly pursuits, I love spending time with my two host families, chatting about everything from love to movies to politics. I love walking around the city and seeing the interplay among imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet history. Ancient churches, Soviet apartment blocks, and new shopping centers are all always a short walk away. To me, these buildings represent how Moscow’s historical past is constantly influencing and shaping its present.

My proposed project as a CHI fellow will use migration as a lens for understanding the relationship between Soviet and post-Soviet, socialist and capitalist in Moscow. During the past year, the local and federal authorities in Moscow have proposed a massive renovation project that would demolish most apartment blocks that were constructed under the Khrushchev period. While some Muscovites are thrilled to find a new, modern home, others chafe at the prospect of leaving home. Using this conflict as a starting point, I hope to examine how such buildings became home to large segments of the capital’s population. Temporary labor migrants, who primarily hailed from the rural regions surrounding Moscow, built many Soviet-era apartment blocks. After gaining permanent residency in the capital, these migrants moved into the apartment buildings that they often had helped to construct. Today, international temporary labor migrants, hired through similar processes, build the apartment blocks that will replace the Soviet ones. While the new buildings represent a new Moscow, the processes and practices are strikingly Soviet.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum (CPhCl)

 [First posted in AWOL  20 January 2011. Updated 23 September 2017]

Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum (CPhCl)


The Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum (CPhCl) provides a reference tool for all those who study greek and latin antiquity, specifically useful for studies on the history of classical scholarship in the modern age. It is an encyclopaedic lexicon collecting the bio-bibliographical data about classical philologists and it is a continuation and improvement of W. Pökel’s Philologisches Schriftstellerlexikon, Leipzig 1882. Only deceased scholars are included.


The Catalogus started off with the 1984 CNR international conference "La filologia classica nel secolo XX" (strongly supported by Scevola Mariotti) and with its proceedings, published in Pisa in 1989. Subsequently the preparation of a Catalogus Philologorum Classicorum has begun at the Dipartimento di Filologia Classica of the University of Pisa, with the financial support of CNR, and has been on-line since 2003, within the web-site Aristarchus, thanks to a cooperation between the Dipartimento di Filologia Classica of the University of Pisa and the Dipartimento di Archeologia e Filologia Classica (D.AR.FI.CL.ET.) of the University of Genoa.


The CPhCl has become an international network since 2009. The central unit, which has its head office at the Dipartimento di Archeologia e Filologia Classica of the University of Genoa, is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the whole project, as well as the administration of the website. The cards concerning the scholars have been attributed to the local units according to geographic and linguistic criteria. A three-letter abbreviation identifies the country of the unit which is responsible for each card.

For specific information about the cards you can write an e-mail to the relevant unit, provided it has started its activity. Since CPhCl is a work in progress the units are continually developing their competence and skills. In the meantime you can write an e-mail to the central unit about the whole project or about cards that have not yet been attributed to a specific unit.

You should be aware that mistakes and shortcomings of various kinds are inevitable at this stage: we are sorry for them and very grateful for any suggestion on your part.

To display a file example click here
  • Total cards: 7428
  • Available cards: 902
  • Programmed cards: 6526
  • Last update: 13/09/2017

The CRANE Project: Computational Research on the Ancient Near East Project

[First posted in AWOL 13 December 2013, updated 23 September 2017]

The CRANE Project: Computational Research on the Ancient Near East Project

CRANE (Computational Research on the Ancient Near East) is an international and interdisciplinary research project that is changing our understanding of archaeology in the Near East.

Over 150 years of research – where humans developed agriculture,  interregional trade, the first sedentary communities, state-level societies and political networks – has resulted in a huge amount of complex and interrelated data ranging from settlement patterns to ceramics.

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

MUSIWACAER Reminder. Abstract, photo Deadline


Deadline for submitting the abstracts of the works to be presented at the Musiwacaer Conference (Mosaic, Lime and Ceramic: Art and Science) was postponed to October 13, 2017. You can find instructions and abstract template on website www.musiwa.org (International Conference, abstract submission).

September 22, 2017

Dickinson College Commentaries

Dickinson Latin Workshop 2018: Maffeius, Historiae Indicae

Dickinson Latin Workshop 2018: Maffeius, Historiae Indicae

July 12–17, 2018

The Dickinson Summer Latin Workshop is intended for teachers of Latin, as a way to refresh the mind through study of an extended Latin text, and to share experiences and ideas with Latinists and teachers. Sometimes those who are not currently engaged in teaching have participated as well, including retired teachers and those working towards teacher certification.

Christopher Francese (Dickinson College)
Leni Ribeiro Leiti (Federal University of Espírito Santo, Vitória, Brazil)

The text for 2018 will be taken from the Historiae Indicae of Giovanni Pietro Maffei (1536–1604, Latin name Maffeius). This 16-book history tells the story of the Portuguese voyages of conquest and discovery in the sixteenth century around the coast of Africa, to the Malabar Coast of India, on to Malacca, China, and Japan. It was widely read and admired all over Europe in its time, and draws on a variety of sources, some of which are now lost. We plan to read the sections of the work that describe the wonders of China, Brazil, and the Indian Ocean.

Jacques de Sève, “Le Pangolin,” illustration from Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi (1749–1804). Source: Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105279332/f1.item

Jacques de Sève, “Le Pangolin,” illustration from Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon, Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi (1749–1804). Source: Gallica http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b105279332/f1.item

Maffei’s Latin is elegant, but not difficult. Contemporaries compared his style to that of Caesar. Yet he is no humble imitator, and the hallmarks of his writing are clarity and variety. In the words of fellow historian Faminio Strada, “nothing anywhere unkempt or careless; indeed, elegant perfection from beginning to end—unless his only fault is that he has no faults.” His vocabulary is strictly classical, except when he needs terms for unfamiliar items, such as “tea” (chia) or “pangolin” (cabim); even so, for “chopstick” he manages to find an appropriate word in Varro and Pliny the Elder, paxillus (“small stake, peg”). Though no full commentary exists, the moderators will supply notes on such special usages.

The participation fee for each participant will $400. The fee covers lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Dickinson cafeteria, the facilities fee, which allows access to the gym, fitness center, and the library, as well as wireless and wired internet access while on campus. The fee does not cover the costs of books or travel, or of dinners, which are typically eaten in the various restaurants in Carlisle. Please keep in mind that the participation fee, once it has been received by the seminar’s organizers, is not refundable. This is an administrative necessity.

Lodging: accommodations will be in a student residence hall near the site of the sessions. The building features suite-style configurations of two double rooms sharing a private bathroom, or one double and one single room sharing a private bathroom.

The first event will be an introductory dinner at 6:00 p.m., July 12. The final session ends at noon on July 17, with lunch to follow. Sessions will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day, with the afternoons left free for preparation.

Application deadline: May 1, 2018.

Fee deadline: June 1, 2018.

TO APPLY: please contact Mrs. Terri Blumenthal, blumentt@dickinson.edu by the application deadline. The fee is due in a check made out to Dickinson College, by the fee deadline.

For more information please contact Prof. Chris Francese (francese@dickinson.edu).


Conventiculum Dickinsoniense 2018


July 5-11, 2018

The Conventiculum Dickinsoniense is an immersion seminar designed for those who want to acquire some ability at ex-tempore expression in Latin. A wide range of people can benefit from the seminar: professors in universities, teachers in secondary schools, graduate students, undergraduates, and other lovers of Latin, provided that anyone who considers applying has a solid understanding of the grammatical essentials of the Latin language. A minimum requirement for participation is knowledge of Latin grammar and the ability to read a Latin text of average complexity – even if this reading ability depends on frequent use of a dictionary.  But no previous experience in speaking Latin is necessary. Sessions will be aimed at helping participants to increase their ability to use Latin effectively in spoken discourse and to understand others speaking in Latin. After the first evening reception (in which any language may be spoken), Latin will be the language used throughout the seminar.

head shot of Terence Tunberg

Terence Tunberg

Participants will be involved in intensive activity each day from morning until early evening (with breaks for lunch and mid-afternoon pauses). They will experience Latin conversations on topics ranging from themes in literature and art all the way to the routines and activities of daily life, and will enjoy the benefits of reading and discussing texts in the target language. Activities will involve both written and spoken discourse, both of which engage the active faculties of expression, and each of which is complementary to the other. The seminar will not merely illustrate how active Latin can be a useful tool for teachers, it will show how developing an active facility in Latin can directly and personally benefit any cultivator of Latin who wishes to acquire a more instinctive command of the language and a more intimate relationship with Latin writings.

Head shot of Milena Minkova

Milena Minkova


Prof. Milena Minkova, University of Kentucky

Prof. Terence Tunberg, University of Kentucky

We can accept a maximum number of 40 participants. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2018. The participation fee for each participant will $400. The fee includes lodging in a single room in campus housing (and please note that lodging will be in a student residence near the site of the sessions), two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, as well as the opening dinner, and a cookout at the Dickinson farm. Included in this price is also the facilities fee, which allows access to the gym, fitness center, and the library, as well as internet access. The $400 fee does not include the cost of dinners (except for the opening dinner and the cookout at the Dickinson farm), and does not include the cost of travel to and from the seminar. Dinners can easily be had at restaurants within walking distance from campus.  Please keep in mind that the participation fee of $400, once it has been received by the seminar’s organizers, is not refundable. This is an administrative necessity.

camp fire at the farm, Conventiculum farm dinner

camp fire at the Dickinson farm, Conventiculum Dickinsoniense

Registered participants should plan to arrive in Carlisle, PA on July 5, in time to attend the first event of the seminar. This first event is an opening dinner and welcoming reception for all participants, which will begin at about 6:00 p.m., in which all languages are acceptable. The actual workshop sessions (in which Latin will the exclusive language) will begin early the next morning on July 6.

For more information and application instructions write to: Professor Terence Tunberg:


Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Forum TECHNOLOGYforALL - Roma 17-19 Ottobre 2017 - PROGRAMMA e Iscrizioni gratuite


Manca poco al via del Forum TECHNOLOGYforALL che si svolgerà a Roma dal 17 al 19 ottobre 2017, è disponibile il programma in versione quasi definitiva. Iscriviti ora!

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

EAGLE Storytelling Application (ESA) for WordPress: Create multimedia narratives on epigraphic content

EAGLE Storytelling Application (ESA) for WordPress
The EAGLE Storytelling Application (ESA) is a tool designed by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. It allows users to create multimedia narratives on epigraphic content. It was created in the context of the EAGLE project, a European project which started in 2013 and aimed to connect and collect data sources and projects related to the topic of digital epigraphy, ancient history or archeology.
Being a Plug-In for WordPress the ESA allows you to embed multimedia content from a wide variety of data sources in your posts in a form of nicely drawn boxes ESA-Items. For example, you can paste a Wikipedia-URL to your text and it is rendered as a preview Box to the Wikipedia page. But It does not only extend the built-in embed (and oEmbed) functions that are well knows and beloved for working with services like Youtube, Flickr much more.
The ESA-Items are neither iframes nor are they generated with ajax or any other way that would result in API calls to the corresponding web service every time the containing post is displayed. Instead, the embedded content is stored in cache table and refreshed automatically after two weeks. That makes the items also usable for searching, drawing a map of used ESA-Items in the database and so on.
You can not only embed content as ESA-Items by posting URLs from known data sources but also search the data sources directly from the WordPress text editor.
In this way you can integrate Maps, Wikipedia Articles, Images from Wikimedia Commons and a lot of specialized data sources for epigraphy. The ESA has has a modular sub-plugin architecture which makes it quite easy for developers to add some other data sources via their Web-APIs. Thus it might be no only of interest for those who work in epigraphy or the ancient world but also for those who want to show the content of any Web-API in their blog.
Currently available Sub-Plugins are:

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Introducing CHI Fellow Brian Geyer

Hello everyone! My name is Brian Geyer and I am a 6th year anthropology graduate student here at Michigan State University. If my name sounds familiar, it’s because I worked alongside CHI Fellows in 2013, and then was an official Fellow in 2014, which makes me a returning fellow for this year’s Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative (CHI).

My research has changed significantly since I finished my Master’s in 2015. My current tentative dissertation title is Intersectional Identity Among Kenya’s Technology Industry Professionals; I am currently focusing my efforts upon Kenya’s technology industry professionals and how their many identities – such as ethnicity, gender, religion, and socioeconomic class – intersect in ways that speak to the larger structures of social, political, and economic power in Kenya. This past summer I lived in Nairobi for two months to conduct a pilot project, where I interviewed several professionals about their biographical information and intended career trajectories. I am at the grant application phase of my program, as well as the comprehensive exam stage, so I’m looking forward to a busy semester!

In addition to my programmatic responsibilities, I will be continuing in my position as one of the research assistants appointed to LEADR, an initiative jointly supported by MSU’s Departments of History and Anthropology. LEADR works with professors from both departments in designing and implementing digital technology projects within their curricula for undergraduate and graduate courses and then myself and my fellow colleagues instruct students on the tools and methods needed to complete those projects. This is my fourth year as a LEADR graduate assistant.

As an unofficial CHI Fellow in 2013 I dove into the basics of website mobile design – which at that time was being increasingly recognized as an important addition to web design – scraping Twitter via their developer API, and automated task management available in Google Sheets. I approached the latter two through an ingenious open-source tool developed by Martin Hawksey: TAGS. My finished product – Kenya Tweet – is a rather simple-looking mobile website that utilizes these tools and produces real-time mapping of tweets in eastern Africa. Throughout the intervening time I have made a few updates to keep it working and add more interactivity to the displayed tweets.

For my first official year as a CHI Fellow I produced a website meant to display 3D scans of artifacts from the collection of artifacts from Gorée Island housed at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. Remnants of Slavery combines 3D scanning, Bootstrap – an html/css/javascript framework originally developed by Twitter – and an open-source 3D object viewer called JSC3D, and is another example of my failed aesthetic decision-making process. Though I finished everything for the website’s architecture and built all of the features into it that I originally intended, I was never able to get the important artifact information for each object, so the site only displays 3D files alongside Lorem Ipsum placeholder text.

I am unsure of what to produce for this year’s CHI Fellowship, however I have a couple ideas that interest me and could prove useful for my dissertation research. The first is some kind of tool that scrapes online venues where tech companies post freelance development work that many aspiring Kenyan tech professionals turn to for income while getting started in the industry. But even if I collect this data, I do not quite know what I’d do with it. I am looking forward to collaborating with my fellow CHI Fellows on all our project ideas and coming up with something worthwhile and possible for this academic year.

ASOR Blog (American Schools of Oriental Research)

The Christian Monks Who Saved Jewish History

One of the most remarkable anomalies of Jewish history is that its most popular literature...one of the most remarkable anomalies of Jewish history is that its most popular literature [...]

The post The Christian Monks Who Saved Jewish History appeared first on The ASOR Blog.

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Il MIBACT si dota del più nuovo georadar per lo studio e la conservazione dei Beni Culturali.


Il Ministero per i Beni Culturali ha acquistato il più preciso georadar in commercio per il rilievo dentro strutture in cemento e calcestruzzo.

Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

Introduction to Julia DeCook

Hello, everybody! My name is Julia DeCook and I am a fellow in the Cultural Heritage Informatics fellowship initiative for the 2017-2018 school year. I am a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Infomation and Media Studies Ph.D. program, which is housed in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. My research focuses on online communities and how identity, ideology, and culture are created in digital spaces. My background is in Mass Communications, and so understanding the role of media in the spread of propaganda and reinforcement of a collective culture has always been an interest of mine.

The projects that I have been working on tend to fall within the realm of critical/cultural studies of media, however, I have long been wanting to apply more computational methods and approaches to gather data to conduct these analyses. Although I have a little bit of background in coding, my skills are incredibly limited, and so I am hoping through this fellowship that I gain the knowledge that I need to be able to do the research that I want to.

For some of the easier methods of working with online data, though, I have two projects right now working with Instagram data: one is a discourse analysis applying Barthes’ figures of rhetoric from Myth Today to the content produced by “Instagram Models”; the other is looking at right-wing conservative meme accounts that are being spread on the platform to understand how memes on Instagram are being harnessed as a means of ideological propaganda. My larger research interests about online communities is trying to understand what these groups symbolize, signify, and how they recruit members through the creation of their ideologies.

Further, my interests in how technology functions and mingles with the social in these spaces is a larger theoretical question that helps to bind together all of my research. Some of the big picture questions I have going on with my research on right-wing conservative extremist groups online:

  • What is the role of digital archives in helping uphold the ideologies created in these spaces?
  • What role do algorithms have in guiding people toward a larger community outside of their own?
  • What is the feminist perspective for all of this, and in what ways do race, social class, gender, and sexuality exist in virtual environments?
  • How are identities being created and reinforced?
  • What methods are being used to ensure the survival of the group? What about the language they use?
  • How are they building a heritage of hatred on these online spaces? Where do their ideologies intersect, and where and how do they differ?

I also think a lot about data and how algorithms are being used to manipulate and control what we are shown and also about media ecosystems and how they are constructed. These are some of the larger questions guiding my research overall, my project for the CHI fellowship, as well as my dissertation (which is a bit farther off in the future). The thing that I have found the most surprising, however, is the response by the public to the rise of these extremist groups – they have existed for years, and have been carefully cultivating an ideology and culture that is robust and far-reaching. But how far reaching is it, and how are they constructing this ideology? My project, hopefully, will be to network map the ideologies of the multiple groups that exist underneath the umbrella term of “conservative right-wing extremist.” What will it reveal? I’m not sure. But I hope to find it.

But how far reaching is it, and how are they constructing this ideology? My project, hopefully, will be to network map the ideologies of the multiple groups that exist underneath the umbrella term of “conservative right-wing extremist.” What will it reveal? I’m not sure. But I hope to find out. 🙂

On the non-ac side of things, I really love food – everything about it, eating it, making it, etc. I also have been in graduate school for so long that my hobbies have become 1. food and 2. finding places to buy and eat food. I also watch way too much television and spend way too much time on the Internet in the name of “research,” and I have two cats, whom I love dearly. I am indeed a crazy cat lady and am not afraid to admit it.

Find me on Twitter or Instagram: @julesopolis

Introducing CHI Fellow Laura McGrath

Hello! My name is Laura McGrath, and I’m delighted to be returning as a CHI Fellow during 2017-18. I’m a PhD Candidate in the department of English, working on computational approaches to post45 American literature.

My dissertation, Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates, studies the major shifts in the field of literary production in the wake of the mergers and acquisitions that roiled the publishing industry in the 1980s and 1990s—a process that resulted in the formation of what we now call The Big Five. Each chapter examines one influential figure in the publishing industry: the agent, the acquisitions editor, the publicist, and the social media manager. Too often dismissed as “middlemen” or mere bureaucratic functionaries, such professionals are powerful nodes between the artist and the corporation, mediating between the domain of aesthetic or literary value and the managerial imperatives of huge media firms. As such, these overlooked figures are not just powerful gatekeepers, but administrators of literary prestige, value, and “corporate taste” in the contemporary, shaping the form and content of contemporary fiction while providing access to mainstream publication, and cultural consecration.

To demonstrate how these changes in the field shape literary form, I weave together ethnography and text mining with close readings of fictional work by Tom McCarthy, Ben Lerner, and Emily St. John Mandel. Each chapter also involves a digital component (network analysis, topic modeling, or a vector-space model) to better map the field as a whole—a necessary undertaking for understanding literary production of the 21st century, unprecedented in both size and speed. I computationally trace networks of influence and prestige, and closely examine the texts produced in that system. Placing close readings in dialogue with distant approaches to the field at scale, I show how contemporary fiction replicates corporate taste as a result of creative collaboration with publishing’s middlemen, even while critiquing the industry’s increased commercialization and capitulation to neoliberal managerial practices.

While my dissertation keeps me quite busy, I’m excited for the change-of-pace and collaborative work environment of the CHI Fellowship! This year, my CHI project will focus on my ongoing collaboration on the Novelty Project. Collaborators Devin Higgins (MSU Libraries), Arend Hintze (Integrative Biology), and I have developed a method for measuring literary novelty. We were recently awarded a HathiTrust Advanced Collaborative Research grant to continue this project. We are now past the proof-of-concept phase, and will be replicating our study and validating our results on a much (MUCH) larger 20th Century corpus, thanks to HTRC. There’s a lot to be said about Measuring Literary Novelty, and we’re working on saying it elsewhere. For CHI, however, I will work on one small component of this project. As anyone who has undertaken such large-scale studies of literary corpora knows, the majority of our fascinating findings remain on the cutting-room floor, unable to fit into the 9,000 words allotted by academic journals. My first task as a CHI Fellow will be building a companion website for the Novelty project, where my collaborators and I can discuss the weird, the wonderful, and the wtf? findings that won’t make their way into an article.

But this is just one of the projects I will undertake this year. During my first year as a CHI Fellow, I developed a project on the Armed Services Editions, a collection of texts provided for American servicemen and women during World War II, in order to “fight the war on ideas.” This project not only provided me with insight into a crucial era in book publishing in the United States, but it also gave me the opportunity to further develop my text mining skills. I used the ASE corpus to improve my skills in R and Python, and to learn new methods for analyzing literary texts. Thus, the ASE project also serves as a record of my learning during the Fellowship year. I intend to embark on a similar project this year; I’ll continue experimenting with more advanced text analysis methods, returning to this fascinating corpus.* My hope is that I’ll not only experiment with methods and tools that my dissertation research may not otherwise require, but that I’ll also have the opportunity to reflect critically on these methods.

Cheers to the year ahead!


*It’s worth noting that most of my first fellowship year was spent obtaining, preparing, and cleaning this corpus. It was an extraordinary amount of work, and I want to make the most of it!

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Friday Varia and Quick Hits

Rain and wind seem to always mark the arrival of fall on the Northern Plains. It works out well, though, because it tends to coincide with the ramping up of the semester and cooler days and nights. I feel late-September and October offers a nice segue into the long winter hibernation.

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The best thing about the fall here is that there are diminishing excuses to do anything other than hunker down in a comfortable chair with a writing project or a book.

To get you headed in that direction, here are some quick hits and varia:


MiloDaysMilo Days!

SunnyBargeSun in the Face

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Indagini diagnostiche e restauro degli affreschi provenienti dalla “Casa delle Maschere” di Solunto


Il Museo Archeologico “A. Salinas” di Palermo ha recentemente presentato i risultati del restauro delle pitture parietali provenienti dalla “Casa delle Maschere” di Solunto eseguito grazie alla sponsorizzazione ad opera del Rotary Club di Palermo Nord.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Monograph Series (Partial): Documents de fouilles de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale (DFIFAO)

Documents de fouilles de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale (DFIFAO)
Eighteen early issues of DFIFAO are avaialable at the Internet Archive:

by Bisson De La Roque, Fernand (1885-1958); Contenau, Georges (1877-1964); Chapouthier, Fernand (1899-1953)

September 21, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Open Access Journals: Τεκμήρια

[First posted in AWOL 23 September 2009. Updated 21 September 2017]

ISSN: 1106-661x
Online ISSN:1791-7573
Τα Τεκμήρια δημοσιεύουν επιστημονικά άρθρα από το ευρύτερο γνωστικό πεδίο της αρχαιογνωσίας, με ιδιαίτερη έμφαση στην αρχαία ιστορία, την επιγραφική, τη νομισματική, την τοπογραφία και την ιστορική γεωγραφία, καθώς και στη δημοσίευση, αναδημοσίευση ή αξιοποίηση επιγραφικών και νομισματικών τεκμηρίων. Όλες οι υποβαλλόμενες εργασίες, που εμπίπτουν στο πεδίο ενδιαφερόντων του περιοδικού, εξετάζονται υπό τον όρο ότι είναι πρωτότυπες και έχουν αποσταλεί προς δημοσίευση μόνο στα Τεκμήρια. Προς το παρόν, τα Τεκμήρια δεν δημοσιεύουν μεμονωμένες βιβλιοκρισίες. Οι γλώσσες δημοσίευσης είναι η ελληνική, αγγλική, γαλλική, γερμανική και ιταλική.

The journal Tekmeria publishes scholarly articles pertaining to the study of the ancient world, with particular emphasis on Ancient Greek history, epigraphy, numismatics, topography and historical geography, and especially on the publication, republication or exploitation of epigraphic and numismatic materials. All submitted articles that are relevant to the thematic areas covered by the journal are considered by the editorial board, provided they are original and have only been sent to Tekmeria for publication.

Volume: 13

Volume: 12

Volume: 11

SIGNS OF LIFE: Welcome to the The EAGLE Virtual Exhibition!

SIGNS OF LIFE: Welcome to the The EAGLE Virtual Exhibition!
This is a dedicated Epigraphy Virtual Exhibition to bring highlights of the EAGLE collections to the attention of a wider audience.

You shall find in it a good overview of what are Ancient Greek and Roman Epigraphy and what they deal with.

There are two views of the EAGLE Virtual Exhibition Signs of Life. If you like reading, start browsing the website version. If you like walking (and jumping), the Virtual Museum is what you are looking for, but be careful not to break any object! Children must be supervised at all times.

Signs of Life - Website version Signs of Life - Virtual Museum

If you change your mind you can always go back and forth from the two, they are fully synced! Click on the 3D button (HD000604) anywhere in the website version and you will enter the Virtual Museum.

Tom Brughmans (Archaeological Network Analysis)

The Romans and calculators: discuss! (debate published in Antiquity)

What are the limits of using computational modelling for understanding the Roman past? Where do such formal approaches fit in the existing theoretical context of Roman studies? These are the questions we debate in a discussion piece published today in Antiquity; a reply to Astrid Van Oyen’s critical and constructive discussion of our previous computational... Continue Reading →

dh+lib: where the digital humanities and librarianship meet

POST: “Peer Review” is Younger Than You Think

Benjamin Schmidt (Northeastern University) has written a post examining the use of the term, “peer review,” noting that its relatively recent appearance in the scholarly record begs the question of what terminology could be used to describe “the new regime to come” as scholarship moves to digital forms.

In “‘Peer review’ is younger than you think. Does that mean it can go away?” Schmidt draws on a talk he gave in 2015 that suggests a more fluid interpretation of disciplinary practices and conceptions of scholarly rigor is necessary, specifically recognizing “how fundamentally malleable scholarly norms are.” Schmidt aligns the rise of “peer review” in the 1970s with the growth of federal funding institutions like the NSF and NIH in the 1960s, noting that the practice of peer review is also indebted to the appearance, contemporaneously, of xerox technology.

Schmidt frames his post as a provocation of sorts, and invites readers to contribute thoughts in the comments (as many already have).

POST: Fragmentarium and the Burnt Anglo-Saxon Fragments

Andrew Dunning (British Library) has written a post for the Medieval Manuscripts blog discussing the launch of the international and inter-institutional project, Fragmentarium (“the Digital Research Laboratory for Medieval Manuscript Fragments”).

Fragmentarium enables libraries, collectors, researchers and students to publish images of medieval manuscript fragments, allowing them to catalogue, describe, transcribe, assemble and re-use them.

In “Fragmentarium and the burnt Anglo-Saxon fragments,” Dunning details one of the contributions from the British Library to the project, related to the Cotton fragments, remnants of a 1731 fire that are “among the most evocative artefacts of medieval culture.” He goes on to discuss the uses of multispectral imaging in recovering information from these fragments and the library’s efforts to publish them in the Fragmentarium.

POST: The East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club

Howard Rambsy II (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), writing on the Cultural Front blog, introduces a new project and accompanying series of posts on “The East St. Louis Digital Humanities Club,” an after school digital humanities program for high school students. The program is part of the larger Digital East St. Louis project based at SIUE, and will include a regular series of reflective posts for those who wish to follow as it unfolds.

One overall goal of the project is to increase interest among African American students in projects and careers that involve technology. To do that, we’ll involve them in a series of projects. For the next few months, we are working with the students on audio production.

RESOURCE: Library of Congress Labs

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced the launch of Labs (labs.loc.gov), a new online space “designed to empower exploration and discovery of digital collections.”

As Meghan Ferriter writes in a post describing the initiative:

Visitors will have the opportunity to try experimental applications; crowdsourcing programs will allow the public to add their knowledge to the Library’s collections; and tutorials will provide a stepping stone for new computational discovery.

The site also features a section called “LC for Robots,” a collection of APIs and bulk downloads that provide machine-readable access to the Library of Congress collections.

CFP: DH Pedagogy and Praxis Roundtable (DH2018)

The Praxis Network, a loosely affiliated group of institutions using digital humanities to “rethink the nature of student training, campus partnerships, and pedagogy,” has issued a call for proposals for a DH Pedagogy and Praxis Roundtable, to be held at Digital Humanities 2018 (June 26–29, Mexico City).

Possible topics include:

  • What is the state of digital humanities education today, at the undergraduate or graduate level?
  • What changes does digital humanities pedagogy propose to undergraduate or graduate training and professionalization?
  • What can innovative models for digital humanities pedagogy at the undergraduate level teach us?
  • If a graduate of a Praxis Network program or a like-minded institution, what was your experience like?
  • How have the Praxis Network programs changed in the past five years? What worked? What did not?
  • Why praxis as an approach to pedagogy? Why not?
  • What other models exist for student training that we can surface?
  • What might collaborations look like among like-minded programs that center praxis?

Proposals are due October 1st.

JOB: Digital Scholarship Librarian, UC San Diego

From the announcement:

The University of California San Diego Library is seeking an inventive, collaborative, and flexible professional to join the Library as Digital Scholarship Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Assistant Program Director & Research Services Coordinator in the Library’s Research Advisory Services (RAS) Program.

Position Overview and Responsibilities
Candidates for this newly created position must have a passion for digital scholarship and collaborating with faculty, researchers, students, librarians, and other partners. The Digital Scholarship Librarian will facilitate and play a leading role in the Library’s digital scholarship activities, contributing towards the vision and development of forthcoming initiatives, including a center to support digital scholarship, and to provide a more cohesive and holistic service environment for scholars. Working with other librarians, staff, and campus partners, the incumbent will develop, implement, expand, and sustain services, including the technical infrastructure, that advance Library and campus digital scholarship activities to support contemporary research, teaching and learning practices.

  • Serve as the primary digital scholarship resource within the Library
  • Serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the Library’s digital scholarship activities
  • Advise faculty, students, and other researchers on using digital tools and techniques to enrich their research and provide access to their scholarship
  • Provide instruction and training on digital scholarship tools, techniques, and methodologies
  • Promote the Library’s digital scholarship and other research support activities
  • Partner with faculty and other researchers to plan and create effective, innovative and sustainable digital scholarship projects
  • Initiate, build, and nurture relationships within the Library, campus, and external communities to develop and implement digital scholarship services based on researcher needs, current standards, and best practices
  • Coordinate information about digital scholarship activities on campus to facilitate connections between local digital scholarship projects and initiatives
  • Maintain awareness of emerging digital scholarship trends, technologies, tools, methods, standards, and initiatives and evaluate their usefulness to the local environment

JOB: Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Specialist, Bucknell University

From the announcement:

As a member of the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Group, the Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to utilize technological solutions in the fulfillment of teaching, learning and research objectives. They contribute to faculty and staff development by organizing events such as workshops, learning communities, and seminars on digital topics of relevance to the Bucknell community, as well as by vetting new technologies and communicating their findings to the University. This position leads the department’s efforts in implementing an internal and external communications plan that highlights and shares the work being done across campus in digital pedagogy & scholarship.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to explore and implement emerging technologies that may foster new modes of learning and scholarship
  • provides specialized instruction, advice, and guidance to faculty and students in the application of technology in teaching, learning, and research
  • coordinates, develops, organizes, and leads events and programs such as presentations, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and learning communities
  • participates in programming for Library & IT’s Digital Scholarship Center by leading workshops or identifying speakers of interest from within or outside the campus community
  • provides initial guidance to faculty members to facilitate digital scholarship projects including: project vision and definition, advice about project scope, requirements, specification, and or design
  • serves as project manager (as appropriate) for digital scholarship projects
  • serves as project team member (as appropriate) for digital scholarship projects
  • leads the department’s efforts (while collaborating with Library & IT’s Manager of Communications and Outreach) in implementing an internal and external communications plan that highlights and shares the work being done across campus in digital pedagogy & scholarship
  • creates and shares reports on departmental activities for L&IT colleagues, campus leadership, faculty, and external audiences
  • highlights digital pedagogy and scholarship projects via our web showcase, division newsletter, University Communications and other methods
  • participates in and helps implement assessment efforts in the department
  • demonstrates discipline and independent judgment in furthering departmental and L&IT initiatives
  • contributes to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • performs other duties as assigned or requested

The Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship Specialist will demonstrate a deep knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, and best practices in faculty outreach, instruction, information literacy/technology competency, blended learning, multi-media production, web technologies, digital scholarship, and desktop tools.

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Online Critical Pseudepigrapha

 [First posted in AWOL 16 November 2010. Updated most recently 21 September 2017]

Online Critical Pseudepigrapha
The mandate of the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha is to develop and publish electronic editions of the best critical texts of the "Old Testament" Pseudepigrapha and related literature.

Note that in a few cases it has not yet been feasible to publish the best eclectic text of a given document. In other cases the OCP edition of a document does not yet include all of the textual evidence. Readers should consult the "text status" information on the introductory page for each document to determine whether a better or more complete text exists elsewhere.

Texts should be cited in scholarly references according to the persistent URL for the OCP site (http://www.purl.org/net/ocp), rather than the address which appears in the address bar of your web browser, as this address may change in future years.



Texts with critical apparatus

2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch (NEW edition)
The Testament of Job
1 Enoch (In progress)
Testament of Adam (In progress)

Texts without critical apparatus

Testament of Abraham
The Life of Adam and Eve
Visions of Amram (NEW)
The Letter of Aristeas
Aristeas the Exegete
3 (Greek Apocalypse of) Baruch
4 Baruch (Paraleipomena Ieremiou)
Cleodemus Malchus
Eldad and Modad
The Apocryphon of Ezekiel
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Vision of Ezra (NEW)
The History of the Rechabites (NEW edition)
The Lives of the Prophets
Assumption of Moses (Testament of Moses) (NEW)
3 Maccabees
4 Maccabees
Philo the Epic Poet
Testament of Solomon
And from the other platform for the project

Revised and Corrected Texts of Walker and Dick's Induction of the Cult Image in Mesopotamia (2001)

 Revised and Corrected Texts of Walker and Dick's Induction of the Cult Image in Mesopotamia (2001)

Updated Critical Edition of Mīs by Michael B. Dick
What follows are thoroughly updated files based on the Walker & Dick 2001 Critical Edition. These are temporarily available on this Siena College Web Page; eventually they will be part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Oracc collection. The files here are in PDF format. Some editing on them continues, e.g. I am continuing to place the English translation side by side with the Akkadian/ Sumerian rather than following as in the Book.Thoughthese texts show page numbers, they do not correspond to those of the 2001 book.
  • Use of these texts in scholarship should follow the Budapest Convention of November 2001.
  • I ask you to send me corrections, new readings, new bibliography, and new texts for incorporation (with due credit to you): dick@siena.edu
  • For incantation Tablet V, I have also included the Word 2010© file so that somebody familiar with Oracc’s *.ATF file format might help me in my gradual converting the text to that standard. If some kind soul could please send me several files or parts of that file showing the various steps in that conversion so I can use that as a template n all the files.

Texts and Photos:

Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

Giornata Studio dedicata alle Tecniche Archeometriche


La giornata di studio del 10 ottobre fa parte di una serie di incontri organizzata dal Laboratorio di Spettroscopia Laser e Applicata dell'Istituo di Chimica dei Composti Organo Metallici (ICCOM) del Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) di Pisa.

Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

Three Cypriot Thing Thursday

Just a quick post today centered on three interesting Cypriot related things that have come through my news feed recently.

First, if you’re looking for funding to do research on Cyprus and at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), go and check out their website for a glorious gaggle of fellowship opportunities. As anyone who has worked on Cyprus for any length of time will attest, CAARI is the institutional heart of foreign archaeological work on the island. Its recently improved facilities include a spectacular new library for paper books and a air conditioners (egg nishnahs for our Australian colleagues) in the hostel. 

Second, if you find yourself on Cyprus this October, be sure to check out the Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus Colloquium. It is being held in celebration of Paphos being named a European cultural capital for 2017. My colleagues, Scott Moore, Brandon Olson, and I, will have a paper presented by the inestimable Joanna Smith who will probably single handedly represent the recent flurry of activity at Polis in Western Cyprus. Here’s a link to the program.

Finally, my buddy David Pettegrew sent along a little article from the Cyprus Mail recently that announced that the tennis courts which have long stood to north of the Larnaka District Archaeological museum and the to the east of the excavated area of the ancient harbor of Kition. The goal is to make this site more visible to visitors and, perhaps, expand the excavated areas while also creating a new welcome area. The site of Kition is among the most under appreciated on Cyprus largely because its tucked in and around the modern city of Larnaka. The last few years, however, have seen a concerted effort to make the site more visible and understandable to the visit and when the museum reopens with redesigned and expanded displays, I suspect the Kition will return to its rightful place among the ancient cities of Cyprus.

UPDATE: To this we can add a conference to celebrate the centenary of Honor Frost’s birth to be held at the University of Cyprus from October 19-24! Titled “Under the Mediterranean” the program looks at Frost’s legacy of underwater research on ancient harbors across the Levant and Cyprus.  

Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

Byzantine science – Botany

Here are some notes on sources for Byzantine Science; in this case botany.

Botany was not a subject of real interest to the Byzantines.  The Byzantine interest in plants was entirely practical. As such they compiled lists of plants useful for medicine – materia medica -, or for magical use. They are also noted for the copying of ancient botanical texts such as Dioscurides, with its copious illustrations of plants and their properties. (An example appears at the foot of this post).

Studies: Hunger, Die hochsprachliche profane Literatur der Byzantiner, Vol. 2, Series: Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, XII.5 (Munich, 1978): pp.271-6.

Botanical lexicons / glosses. The lexicon or glossary became the usual form of botanical knowledge transfer in late antiquity and Byzantium. These were usually only alphabetic to the extent of the first letter. The botanical glossaries preserved in Byzantine manuscripts often give the impression of private notes, made more or less ad hoc on blank pages of manuscripts. They are usually short, and anonymous, except for those of ps.Galen, Nikomedes, and Neophytos Prodromenos. The manuscripts are usually 15-16th century. It is rare that these texts can be assigned a date, or read without difficulty because of the careless handwriting, and the use of terms from Latin or Arabic.

Editions: A. Delatte, Anecdota Atheniensia 2, (1939), 273-454, includes 15 botanical glossaries, including ps.Galen, ps.Symeon Seth, Neophytos, Nikomedes, Nicholas Hieropais. (Review here) M. H. Thomson, Textes grecs inedits relatifs aux plantes, Paris 1955, Nr. 10, p. 139-168. With French translation.
Studies: A. Delatte, “Le Lexique de botanique du Parisinus Graecus 2419”, in: Serta Leodensia, Bibl. Fac. Philos. Lettr. Univ. Liege 44 (1930) 59-101; A. Delatte, Herbarius. Recherches sur le ceremonial usite chez les anciens pour la cueillette des simples et des plantes magiques, Liege-Paris 1936; J.Stannard, “Byzantine Botanical Lexicography”, Episteme 5 (1971), 168-87.

Neophytos Prodromenos. A 14th century monk and scribe of Albanian origin in the circle of Manuel II Paleologus. He wrote a compendium of Aristotelean logic, also on the 24 letters of the alphabet and on Indian numbers, as well as theological works, and works on medicine. He compiled a lexicon / botanical glossary probably for the needs of the hospital founded by the Serbian king Uros II Milutin in the monastery of Petra in Constantinople. He also did research on cancer and oral and teeth diseases, and proposed strengthening by binding the teeth with woolen thread.

Edition: V. Lundstrom, “Neophytos Prodromenos’ botaniska namnförteckning”, Eranos 5 (1903-04) 129-155. Info here.
Dental text: De dentibus: Neophytos Prodromenos, Πρόχειρος καὶ χρήσιμος σαφήνεια καὶ συλλογὴ κατὰ στοιχεῖον περὶ βοτανῶν καὶ ἄλλων παντοίων εἰδῶν θεραπευτικῶν, ed. A. Delatte, Anecdota Atheniensia et alia, Band 2, Textes grecs relatifs a l’histoire des sciences. Liege-Paris 279-302, 1939. Details here.
Studies: Hunger, p.272-3, p.308-9; Michel Cacouros, “Néophytes Prodromènos copiste et responsable (?) de l’édition quadrivium-corpus aristotelicum du 14e siècle”, Revue des études byzantines 56 (1998) pp. 193-212. Online here; E. Bollingier, Essai sur l’oeuvre de Neophytos Prodromenos. Thesis, 1966. Info here.

A 7th century Dioscurides. Bibl. Naz. Naples MS Suppl. gr. 28.

Byzantine science: where to start and where to look

Where do we start, if we want to know about Byzantine science?  Well, you start here!

The history of science in the Byzantine empire is a neglected field of investigation, even more so than the same subject in the ancient world. It has suffered because few scholars with the language skills also possess an understanding of the scientific area. In addition Byzantine studies was neglected until recently because the subject matter was considered as merely derivative of ancient work. But this was always an over-simplification, not least because only 5% of Byzantine scientific works extant in manuscript have been published.

Byzantine science may be defined as the study of the history of knowledge of subjects which today mainly form part of the science faculties, in the period from 500 AD to 1453. This consists mainly of working with authors and sources transmitted in manuscripts, as few scientific instruments have been preserved from the period. The sources consist both of practical handbooks of “how to do stuff”, and also more theoretical treatises.

Introductory articles

  • Karl Vogel, “Byzantine Science”, in: The Cambridge Medieval History, volume 4, part 2 (revised ed. J. Hussey), 1967, p.264-305.  Online here (PDF, 11mb).[1]  This is 40 pages, and gives a massive overview of the main Byzantine scientists and their work.  Unfortunately it was written in a period when Byzantine studies as a whole tended to be dismissed as derivative and of no special interest.  But the material presented by Vogel actually contradicts the received wisdom of his day, as may easily be seen.  Not a lot of bibliography tho.
  • H. Hunger, Die hochsprachliche profane Literatur der Byzantiner. 2 vols., Series: Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, XII.5 (Munich, 1978). Volume 2 is the one of interest to us.  It contains chapters on mathematics and astronomy (astrology), natural sciences (zoology, botany, lapidaries, alchemy), and medicine, and gives a bibliography for each.  Unfortunately this is in German.  But I find that it can be understood OK with Google Translate.
  • Anne Tihon, “Numeracy and Science”, In: Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, 2009, p.803-819. Brief introduction. Includes a useful bibliography.
  • Anne Tihon, “Science in the Byzantine Empire”, in: Lindberg D.C., Shank M.H. (eds.), The Cambridge History of Science, Vol. 2: Medieval Science, Cambridge University Press (2013), p.190-206.  Brief introduction.
  •  M. Mavroudi, “Science, Byzantine”, in: Roger Bagnall &c (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Blackwell (2013), pp. 6063-6065.  Brief two-page overview of current views on the field, plus useful bibliography.

Let’s finish by quoting Anne Tihon from her Cambridge History of Science article:

In the field of Byzantine science, so many texts remain unedited or simply ignored that one cannot claim to give a complete account of Byzantine scientific achievements. Nevertheless, we can say that the scientific efforts of Byzantium have often been underestimated by modern historians of science. Although Byzantine scholars were deeply concerned with the preservation of the priceless scientific inheritance from antiquity, they were also receptive to the progress made by their nearest neighbors, especially Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew scientists. The European Renaissance owes to the efforts of the Byzantine scholars the preservation of major scientific texts from antiquity. But they did much more than just copying the ancient inheritance in many manuscripts. They kept it alive, attempting to understand the texts exactly, making new editions, training themselves in mathematical procedures or geometrical demonstrations, and commenting on and explaining endlessly mathematical treatises, astronomical tables, and musical theories. This is especially true in astronomy.

A Byzantine sundial
  1. [1]The original Cambridge Medieval History volumes, edited by H. Gwatkin, are now public domain and appear online.  However volume 4 was reissued in two volumes in 1967, edited by J. Hussey.  These volumes are offline, as far as I know.  A new edition was issued more recently as The New Cambridge Medieval History, which is also freely accessible online.  However it contains no article on “Byzantine Science”.  The Vogel article therefore languishes in an obscure volume of a now superseded encyclopedia, and is not at all easy to obtain.  My thanks to the kind gentleman who tracked down a copy for me.

Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

Where's Walter?

There was once a scribe named Walter, a canon and deacon who lived at Cirencester Abbey in the latter part of the 12th century. And that is practically all we know of him. With little biographical information, is it possible to make personalities of the past feel closer? Studying Walter’s...

September 20, 2017

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Ras Shamra Tablet Inventory at OCHRE

Ras Shamra Tablet Inventory
RS 2.004, Aqhatu 1
The Ras Shamra Tablet Inventory (RSTI) aspires to be the foremost online resource for Ugarit Studies. From the celebrated myths to the more quotidian administrative lists, the texts from Ras Shamra-Ugarit are of great interest to students and scholars of Biblical studies and Ancient Near Eastern studies. These ancient texts, discovered by archaeologists beginning in 1929, provide insight into the religious, administrative, and daily life of the kingdom of Ugarit, some 3,200 years after its fall. After over 80 years of Ugarit studies, researchers like those at the Oriental Institute are still establishing reliable text editions of the thousands of texts. Printed volumes are an inadequate solution. The field needs an innovative, collaborate, and ambitious solution. The primary goal of RSTI is to integrate archaeological, textual, lexical, and philological research in a single database and present this data to researchers and the public through a simple, widely accessible, online digital interface.

This project builds on many years of research, including research from a pre-digital age. In 1978, Pierre Bordreuil and Dennis Pardee set out to document critical information about every inscribed object from Ras Shamra-Ugarit. In 1989, “La Trouvaille Epigraphique de l’Ougarit” (TEO) appeared in the series Ras Shamra-Ougarit, volume 5 (Éditions Recherche sur les civilisations, volume 86). This volume presents the archaeological context of every inscribed object, a description of the object size and type of writing, museum numbers, publications, text editions, and general remarks. Of course, the printed volume lacks information about the objects discovered after 1988. During his doctoral research, Prosser endeavored to create a relational database that included digitized TEO data, text transcriptions, translations, glossaries, bibliographic references, and notes. This database functioned well but was very limited. Through his work at the Persepolis Fortification Archive project at the Oriental Institute, Prosser became familiar with the OCHRE database system and immediately perceived its superiority for archaeological and philological analysis. See below for more on the OCHRE database system. Work began on RSTI in 2011, importing data from Prosser’s relational database and adding new data.

Deployed through both Java and familiar HTML user interfaces, RSTI presents dynamic and interactive text editions, prosopography research, bibliography, and related resources. RSTI uses the Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment (OCHRE) at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The OCHRE database system was developed specifically for research in archaeology and philology. The underlying data model is well-suited to the heterogeneous and semi-structured nature of philological data. For more about the OCHRE database, see www.ochre.uchicago.edu.


OCHRE Data Service Publications

OCHRE Data Service Publications
OCHRE is an online service available to anyone who wishes to use it for a legitimate academic purpose. Although it is a centralized database, OCHRE does not present itself as a single, anonymous authority. All data are organized according to "projects" conducted by one or more researchers. Any number of projects can join OCHRE and add their data to the database

OCHRE Resources

OCHRE: An Online Cultural and Historical Research Environment by J. David Schloen and Sandra R. Schloen, Eisenbrauns, 2012
The OCHRE Wiki, maintained by Miller C. Prosser and Sandra R. Schloen

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Posters and Brochures

Rhapsody in Green, Database Variations on a Theme; CAA Siena session, April 2015
OCHRE Data Service; Mind Bytes Expo and Symposium, October 2014
OCHRE; exhibit poster ASOR 2016
GEOchre; tri-fold brochure 2016

The Ancient World in JSTOR

This is the full list of journals in JSTOR with substantial focus on the Ancient World.

[Originally posted 6/24/09. Most recently updated 20 September 2017]

JSTOR is not open access, but many will have access to it through institutional licenses.  JSTOR also offers a free limited-reading option, Register & Read, for those without institutional access, and has lanched JPASS - a monthly or annual pass that provides access to 1,500 journals from JSTOR's archive collection. For open access journals dealing with antiquity, See AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies.

The African Access Initiative eliminates archival journal fees on JSTOR across all of Africa. All not-for-profit institutions in Africa are eligible to participate, including colleges, universities, secondary schools, government and non-profit organizations, and museums.

Eligible institutions receive unlimited free access to all archival journal content on JSTOR. This includes more than twenty archival journal collections, as well as JSTOR’s four primary source collections.

And see also Open Access Early Journal Content In JSTOR

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                                                                                    The Signal: Digital Preservation

                                                                                    Welcoming Jer Thorp as Innovator-in-Residence

                                                                                    Starting this week, acclaimed data artist Jer Thorp began his tenure as the 2017 Library of Congress Innovator-in-Residence. He will spend six months with the National Digital Initiatives team exploring the Library’s digital collections and creating an art piece that will be displayed in the Library’s public spaces.

                                                                                    Jer Thorp speaking at the Collections as Data symposium, September 27, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

                                                                                    Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many- folded boundaries between science, data, art and culture. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Scientific American, The New Yorker, Popular Science, Fast Company, Business Week, Popular Science, Discover, WIRED and The Harvard Business Review. From 2012 to 2012, Jer was the Data Artist-in-Residence at the New York Times.

                                                                                    Jer’s data-inspired artwork has been shown around the world, including most recently in New York’s Times Square, at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, at the Ars Electronica Center in Austria and at the National Seoul Museum in Korea. In 2009, Jer designed a custom algorithm which was used to place the nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan.

                                                                                    Jer’s talks on TED.com have been watched by more than a half-million people. He is a frequent speaker at high profile events such as PopTech and The Aspen Ideas Festival. Recently, he has spoken about his work at MIT’s Media Lab, The American Museum of Natural History, MoMA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena.

                                                                                    Jer is a National Geographic Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and an alumnus of the World Economic Foundation’s Global Agenda Council on Design and Innovation. He is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s renowned Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and is the Co-Founder of The Office for Creative Research. In 2015, Canadian Geographic named Jer one of Canada’s Greatest Explorers.

                                                                                    Jer will be sharing his goals, progress and process in blogs and podcasts over the coming months, so please stay tuned to The Signal and the @LC_Labs feed to learn more about what he will create. ”I am immensely excited for the chance to work at the Library of Congress. To dig deep into its astounding archives, to collaborate with its extraordinary librarians, researchers and technologists, and to engage in meaningful ways with its millions of visitors– it’s a dream come true, ” adds Jer.

                                                                                    The Library is establishing a broad Innovator-in-Residence Program to support new and creative uses of digital collections that showcase how the Library enriches the work, life, and imagination of the public. Last year’s inaugural Innovators were Library staff members Tong Wang and Chris Adams. During Tong’s time with NDI, he created the Beyond Words crowdsourcing application which has just launched as a pilot. NDI targeted artists for the 2017 Innovator-in-Residence program to create public, engaging and informative pieces from Library of Congress collections and data. In 2018, look for a announcement about the first open call to apply for a residency. We are especially interested in hearing from journalist and writers who want to utilize the Library’s historical data sets for in-depth reporting. The Innovators and their work embody the kind of exploration that labs.loc.gov is meant to encourage. We are thrilled to welcome Jer as our first artist Innovator-in-Residence and look forward to sharing with you the beautiful and thought-provoking work we are sure he will produce.

                                                                                    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

                                                                                    Ottoman Peasants and their Local Elite

                                                                                    I’m always excited to read something my Michael Given who has published a series of intriguing articles unraveling the complexities of the Cypriot landscape during the Ottoman period. I was particularly intrigued by his recent piece in the Journal of Islamic Archaeology 4.1 (2017) titled “Global Peasant, Local Elite: Mobility and Interaction in Ottoman Cyprus.”

                                                                                    As the title suggest, the article looks to invert the old paradigm of local peasants and global elite by observing that peasants on Cyprus understood their place in an economy that was far from local. By looking at the way in which peasants speculated on their cotton crops, moved goods to profitable markets across the island, and negotiated rents and loans from landowners, Given contributes to a larger conversation that recognizes peasants as active participants in their own economic lives. Recent scholarship in the Mediterranean has sought to revise the idea that peasants were “people without history” or, more frequently in the eastern Mediterranean, figments of history that had somehow persisted in the Early Modern era. Given’s peasants are unapologetically historical individuals who recognize the contingencies present in their own economic strategies and existence. 

                                                                                    Given’s work has recently interested me for two reasons. First, as I’ve blogged about before, he has explored Ivan Illich’s idea of conviviality in the context of Mediterranean landscapes.

                                                                                    More importantly, in this case, is Given’s interest in mobility in the Mediterranean landscapes and particularly the role of monopati, cart tracks, and roads not only in linking together communities but creating spaces for economic and social activities. That these routes were more than simply passive links between communities and activated opportunities for interaction along their routes offers a way to understand the formation of seasonal settlements along these routes as preserving and building upon the common space of the roads. While it may be self-evidence, a model that understand roads themselves as space of interaction reminds us that road do more than manifest interaction between settlement “nodes”; they create settlement “nodes” as well. (My work in the Bakken allowed me to observe this phenomenon accelerated into hypermodern realty (in a kind of literal dromology); I’m now eager to read Erin Gibson’s work on roads that I first noticed in the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and which I now see that she’s expanded to North American cart roads!).    

                                                                                    Our work in the Western Argolid Regional Project has likewise focused on road and tracks through our survey area that preserved the course of Early Modern routes that were partly bypassed by modern paved roads. The appearance of seasonal settlements along these routes tied the season movement of flocks from villages outside the region demonstrated the dynamism and movement present in the early modern landscape. The presence of threshing floors around the larger of these indicated that these settlements were more than simply winter pastures for flocks, but also served as anchors for fields in the region and the processing of the late summer harvest. These seasonal settlements also provided access to markets at Argos (and the Aegean) and further diversified opportunities for villages like Frousiouna which stands at the head of a north-south valley oriented toward the Corinthian Gulf. 

                                                                                    Tom Gewecke (Multilingual Mac)

                                                                                    iOS 11: New Language Features

                                                                                    +Siri translation from English into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish (beta) +Hindi and Shanghainese dictation +New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili, and Welsh +English input on the 10-key Pinyin keyboard +English input on the Japanese Romaji keyboard +Russian-English bilingual dictionary +Portuguese-English

                                                                                    September 19, 2017

                                                                                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                                                                                    Open Access Monograph Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology

                                                                                    [First posted in AWOL 2 June 2014, updated 19 September 2017]

                                                                                    Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology
                                                                                    On-line Resource S.R. Driver [1846-1914], Modern Research as illustrating the Bible. The Schweich Lectures 1908. London: Oxford University Press, 1909. Hbk. pp. 95. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Robert H Kennett [1864-1932], The Composition of the Book of Isaiah in the Light of History and Archaeology. The Schweich Lectures 1909. London: Oxford University Press, 1910. Hbk. pp.94. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource George Adam Smith [1856-1942], The Early Poetry of Israel in its Physical and Social Origins. The Schweich Lectures 1910. London: Oxford Unversity Press, 1912. Hbk. pp.102. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph R A Stewart Macalister [1870-1950], The Philistines: Their History and Civilization.
                                                                                    On-line Resource C.H.W. Johns [1857-1920], The Relations between the Laws of Babylonia and the Laws of the Hebrew Peoples. The Schweich Lectures 1912. London: Oxford University Press, 1914. Hbk. pp.96. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource F. Crawford Burkitt [1864-1935], Jewish and Christian Apocalypses. The Schweich Lectures 1913. London: Oxford University Press, 1914. Hbk. pp.80. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource A. van Hoonacker [1857-1933], Une Communauté Judéo-Araméenne à Éléphantine, en Égypte, aux VIe et Ve Siècles av. J.-C. The Schweich Lectures for 1914. London: Oxford Univesity Press, 1915. Hbk. pp.91. Article in French [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Édouard Naville [1844-1926], The Text of the Old Testament. The Schweich Lectures 1915. London: Oxford University Press, 1916. Hbk. pp.82. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Leonard W King [1869-1919], Legends of Babylon and Egypt in relation to Hebrew Tradition. The Schweich Lectures 1916. London: Oxford University Press, 1918. Hbk. pp.155. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource C.F. Burney [1868-1925], Israel’s Settlement in Canaan: The Biblical Tradition and its Historical Background. The Schweich Lectures 1917. London: Oxford University Press, 1919. Hbk. pp.104. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource A E Cowley [1861-1931], The Hittites. The Schweich Lectures for 1918. London: Oxford University Press, 1920. Hbk. pp.94. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource R.H. Charles [1855–1931], Lectures on the Apocalypse. The Schweich Lectures 1919. London: Oxford University Press, 1922. Hbk. pp.80. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource H. St John Thackeray [1869-1930], The Septuagint and Jewish Worship: A Study in Origins. The Schweich Lectures 1920. London: Oxford University Press, 1921. Hbk. pp.143. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource D.S. Margoliouth [1858-1940], The Relations between Arabs and Israelites prior to the Rise of Islam. The Schweich Lectures 1921. London: Oxford University Press, 1924. Hbk. pp.87. This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Israel Abrahams [1858-1925], Campaigns in Palestine from Alexander the Great. Schweich Lectures 1922. London: Oxford University Press, 1927. Hbk. pp.55. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Moses Gaster [1856-1939], The Samaritans: Their History, Doctrines and Literature. The Schweich Lectures 1923. London: Oxford Univesity Press, 1925. Hbk. pp.208. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource David George Hogarth [1862-1927], Kings of the Hittites. The Schweich Lectures 1924. London: Oxford University Press, 1926. Hbk. pp.67. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph Stanley A Cook [1873-1949], The Religion of Ancient Palestine in the Light of Archaeology.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Theodore H Robinson [1881-1964], J W Hunkin [1887-1950] & F C Burkitt [1864-1935], Palestine in General History.
                                                                                    On-line Resource Montague Rhodes James [1862-1936], The Apocalypse in Art. The Schweich Lectures 1927. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Hbk. pp. 115. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource Thomas W Arnold [1864-1930], The Old and New Testaments in Muslim Religious Art. The Schweich Lectures 1928. London: Oxford University Press, 1932. Hbk. pp.47. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    On-line Resource T. Eric Peet [1882-1934], A Comparative Study of the Literatures of Egypt, Palestine, and Mesopotamia: Egypt’s Contribution to the Literature of the Ancient World. The Schweich Lectures 1929. London: Oxford University Press, 1931. Hbk. 136. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph E L Sukenik [1889-1953], Ancient Synagogues in Palestine and Greece.
                                                                                    On-line Resource R.H. Kennett [1864-1932], Ancient Hebrew Social Life and Custom as Indicated in Law, Narrative and Metaphor. The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy 1931. London: Oxford University Press, 1933. Hbk. pp.114. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph Frederic G Kenyon [1863-1952], Recent Developments in the Textual Criticism of the Greek Bible.
                                                                                    On-line Resource Stephen H. Langdon [1876-1937], Babylonian Menologies and the Semitic Calendars. The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy 1933. London: Oxford University Press, 1935. Hbk. pp.169.View in PDF format pdf [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph Ernst E Herzfeld [1879-1948], Archaeological History of Iran.
                                                                                    Book or monograph S H Hooke [1874-1968], The Origins of Early Semitic Ritual.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Claude F A Schaeffer [1898-1982], The Cuneiform Texts of Ras Shamra-Ugarit.
                                                                                    Book or monograph J W Crowfoot [1873-1959], Early Churches in Palestine.
                                                                                    On-line Resource Adam C. Welch [1864-1943], The Work of the Chronicler: Its Purpose and Its Date. The Schweich Lectures of the British Academy 1938. London: Oxford University Press, 1939. Hbk. 163. [This material is in the Public Domain]
                                                                                    Book or monograph Jacob Leveen [1891-1980], The Hebrew Bible in Art.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Sidney Smith [1889-?], Isaiah Chapters XL–LV: Literary Criticism and History.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Paul E Kahle [1885-1964], The Cairo Geniza.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Wilfred Knox [1886-1950], Some Hellenistic Elements in Primitive Christianity.
                                                                                    Book or monograph William Barron Stevenson, The Poem of Job: A Literary Study with a New Translation.
                                                                                    Book or monograph G R Driver, Semitic Writing, from Pictograph to Alphabet.
                                                                                    Book or monograph C J Gadd, Ideas of Divine Rule in the Ancient East.
                                                                                    Book or monograph G Zuntz, The Text of the Epistles: A Disquisition upon the Corpus Paulinum.
                                                                                    Book or monograph H H Rowley, From Joseph to Joshua: Biblical Traditions in the Light of Archaeology.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Roland de Vaux, L’Archéologie et les Manuscrits de la Mer Morte.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Kathleen M Kenyon, Amorites and Canaanites.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Edward Ullendorff, Ethiopia and the Bible.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Yigael Yadin, Hazor.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Charles Coüasnon, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
                                                                                    Book or monograph O.R. Gurney, Some Aspects of Hittite Religion.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Colin H Roberts, Manuscript, Society and Belief in Early Christian Egypt.
                                                                                    Book or monograph D.J. Wiseman, Nebuchadrezzar and Babylon.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Abraham Malamat, Mari and the Early Israelite Experience.
                                                                                    Book or monograph James Barr, The Variable Spellings of the Hebrew Bible.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Michael A Knibb, Translating the Bible: The Ethiopic Version of the Old Testament.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Othmar Keel, Symbol Systems of Ancient Palestine, in the light of Scarabs and Similar Seal-amulets
                                                                                    Book or monograph P R S Moorey, Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Lawrence Stager, Ashkelon, Seaport of the Canaanites and the Philistines.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Dennis G Pardee, Ugaritic and the Beginnings of the West-Semitic Literary Tradition.
                                                                                    Book or monograph Graham Davies, Archaeology and the Bible: A Broken Link?
                                                                                    Book or monograph Fergus Millar, Religion and Community in the Roman Near East: Constantine to Mahomet.
                                                                                    Book or monograph André Lemaire, Levantine Epigraphy and History in the Achaemenid Period.

                                                                                    Roger Pearse (Thoughts on Antiquity, Patristics, putting things online, and more)

                                                                                    A forgotten scholar: the grammarian Peter Egenolff (1851-1901)

                                                                                    Bibliography is a perilous trade.  Let a man once follow a footnote, and he may find his hours and days consumed in searching for he knows not what – and wishes he did!

                                                                                    Today I made the acquaintance of a scholar who, as far as I can tell, is scarcely remembered.  I first encountered him in a terse 19th century footnote.

                                                                                    The occasion was that I started to read about Byzantine Zoology – the study of animals in that period.  The first author is a certain Timotheus of Gaza, who lived in the late 5th century, in the reign of the emperor Anastasius. The bibliographical source is Herbert Hunger’s Die hochsprachliche profane Literatur der Byzantiner, vol. 2, p.265.  But I quickly discovered material online telling me that Timotheus was a pupil of the Egyptian philosopher, Horapollo.  Unfortunately the ancient source was not specified.

                                                                                    However I was fortunate enough to come upon a preview of the Brill Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship vol. 2, p.249, a volume hitherto unknown to me, giving a reference:

                                                                                    329. See Seitz [1892] 30 with n.3; cf. also Reitzenstein [1897] 312.

                                                                                    A bit of searching in the preview revealed that “Seitz” was Die Schule von Gaza, which was online here.  This in turn had a nice note on p.30 which referred to Dr Egenolff, in gnomic terms:

                                                                                    The statement is plain enough; the claim is made in a manuscript, the “Codex Vallicellianus E 11”.  Which is … what?  Well, I thought that I would look up “Egenolff, Progr. Heidelberg, 1888.”

                                                                                    This apparently simple task has consumed much of the afternoon.

                                                                                    “Egenolff” is in fact Dr. Peter Egenolff, born in Limburg-Offheim in 1851, and who died young in Heidelberg in 1901.  He seems to have spent his life in Heidelberg.  There is an online entry for him at the German national library here, which points to a book entry, online in bitmap here, with a couple of pages on his life.  Unfortunately the text was printed in Fraktur; and as neither German language nor Fraktur typeface is something I read with ease, the result is that I learned no more.

                                                                                    Somewhere there is Fraktur OCR, developed by Abbyy; but it was funded by public money in such a way that it was not made available to anyone.  So … unless some German gentleman cares to transcribe it, the entry will remain unreadable.

                                                                                    Searching for Egenolff’s work produces a series of pamphlets online, all rather obscure.  He seems to have specialised in philology, and in Greek grammatical and accentuation studies.  For instance he published two volumes of Anonymi Grammaticae Epitoma, in different places: volume 1 appeared in 1878; volume 2 in 1889.  These are extracts from manuscripts, with Latin preface and no translation.  For a while I thought that our snippet must be in these; and I wished that I had more time to devote to reading them.  He also published a Prolegomena in anonymi grammaticae epitomam; but this was in 1876 (online here).

                                                                                    Eventually I struck lucky: the volume is in fact Die Orthographischen Stücke der byzantinischen Litteratur / von P. Egenolff. … zu dem Programm des Gr. Gymnasiums Heidelberg für das Schuljahr 1887/88. (Online here). I think that Seitz could perhaps have picked a better abbreviation than “Progr.”.  And on the last page of the booklet – all these items are less than 50 pages – we find the material that I was looking for.  But that’s another story.

                                                                                    And I have still to look at “Reitzenstein”!

                                                                                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                                                                                    Open Access Journal: The Medieval Review

                                                                                    The Medieval Review
                                                                                    ISSN: 1096-746X
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                                                                                    Since 1993, The Medieval Review (TMR; formerly the Bryn Mawr Medieval Review) has been publishing reviews of current work in all areas of Medieval Studies, a field it interprets as broadly as possible. The electronic medium allows for very rapid publication of reviews, and provides a computer searchable archive of past reviews, both of which are of great utility to scholars and students around the world.

                                                                                    1993 Reviews

                                                                                    Perseus Digital Library Updates

                                                                                    Unleash Open Greek and Latin! January 3, 2018

                                                                                    “Deconstructing the Open Greek and Latin Project: The First Thousand Years of Greek”

                                                                                    An AIA-SCS Pre-Meeting Workshop, presented in coordination with the SCS 

                                                                                    January 3, 2018, 9:00 to 5:00, Tufts University, Medford, MA

                                                                                    Interested in open access, the digital humanities, or conducting digital scholarship in your research and/or teaching?  Aren’t sure what these topics have to do with classics or archaeology, or even how to get started?  Then, please consider joining us next January 3 at the AIA-SCS pre-meeting workshop “Deconstructing the Open Greek and Latin Project”!

                                                                                    In this workshop, partners from the Perseus Digital Library, the Harvard Library and Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the University of Leipzig, Mount Allison University, and the University of Virginia Library will come together to demonstrate research tools, explain how to involve students in digital scholarship, provide open data for hands-on exploration from the Open Greek and Latin Project, as well as create a growing and supportive open access community.

                                                                                    Tools and technologies we’ll work with include GitHub, Oxygen, TEI-XML and EpiDoc

Registration is offered on a “first-come first-served” basis and the workshop is offered free-of-charge with a registration deadline of Friday, November, 3, 2017.

                                                                                    To register, please complete our registration form!

                                                                                    For more information please visit the workshop website at http://sites.tufts.edu/oglworkshop or contact us at ogl.workshop@tufts.edu

                                                                                    Presented by the Forum for Classics, Libraries and Scholarly Communication of the Society for Classical Studies. Sponsored by the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University. Co-sponsored by the The Center for Hellenic StudiesHarvard Library; and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with the Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of LeipzigMount Allison University; and the University of Virginia Library.

                                                                                    The Signal: Digital Preservation

                                                                                    Library Launches labs.loc.gov

                                                                                    Today the Library of Congress has launched labs.loc.gov as a new online space designed to empower exploration and discovery in digital collections. Library of Congress Labs will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate what exciting discoveries are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from innovators-in-residence and challenge winners, blog posts, and video presentations from leaders in the field.

                                                                                    Labs will enable users at every level of technical knowledge to engage with the Library’s digital collections. Visitors will have the opportunity to try experimental applications; crowdsourcing programs will allow the public to add their knowledge to the Library’s collections; and tutorials will provide a stepping stone for new computational discovery.

                                                                                    Screenshot of labs.loc.gov homepage

                                                                                    Library of Congress Labs homepage at http://labs.loc.gov

                                                                                    “We’re excited to see what happens when you bring together the largest collection of human knowledge ever assembled with the power of 21st century technology,” said Kate Zwaard, the chief of the Library’s National Digital Initiatives office, which manages the new website. “Every day, students, researchers, journalists, and artists are using code and computation to derive new knowledge from library collections. With Labs, we hope to create a community dedicated to using technology to expand what’s possible with the world’s creative and intellectual treasures.”

                                                                                    Currently featured on labs.loc.gov are the following:

                                                                                    • LC for Robots – a collection of machine-readable data sources and APIs for Library of Congress collections.
                                                                                    • Visual experiments with collections data
                                                                                    • A new open source crowdsourcing app called Beyond Words that features World War I-era newspapers
                                                                                    • Presentations, papers, videos, and other releases about what the National Digital Initiatives group is doing
                                                                                    • Upcoming and past events

                                                                                    LC for Robots: Library of Congress API

                                                                                    To maximize the potential for creative use of its digital collections, the Library has leveraged industry standards to create application programming interfaces (APIs) to various digital collections. These windows to the Library will make our collections and data more accessible to automated access, via scripting and software, and will empower developers to explore new ways to use the Library’s collections. Information about each API are available on a section of labs.loc.gov called LC for Robots dedicated to helping people explore the Library’s APIs and data sets.

                                                                                    Newly available is a JSON API for loc.gov, which is released as a work in progress that is subject to change as the Library of Congress learns more about the needs of its scholarly and technical user communities. The Library is releasing the API as a minimum viable product so that feedback from early adopters can help drive design and development for further enhancements.

                                                                                    The public can anticipate more opportunities to explore Library collections in the coming months. As Kate Zwaard explains, “We don’t think of labs as a product, we think of it as a promise. We’re excited about the projects that we’re launching with, but the purpose is to create a space that encourages creative work with the digital collections.” We invite you to make, discover, and tell us your experience on Twitter @LC_labs using the hashtag #BuiltwithLC and at ndi@loc.gov.

                                                                                    See the Library of Congress press release about the launch. 

                                                                                    ASOR Blog (American Schools of Oriental Research)

                                                                                    The Grammar of Messianism

                                                                                    Messianism is one of those classic topics in Jewish studies that suffers not for lack of attention but rather for confusion [...]

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                                                                                    Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

                                                                                    DocNow and Rhizome receive IMLS National Forum grant!

                                                                                    We are thrilled to announce that Documenting the Now, MITH’s Mellon-funded collaborative social media preservation initiative with Washington University and the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded a National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), as part of a new collaboration with arts organization Rhizome. For full details about this exciting opportunity, read the text from yesterday’s announcement from Rhizome below.

                                                                                    Rhizome to Host National Forum on Ethics and Archiving the Web

                                                                                    March 22-24, 2018
                                                                                    By Michael Connor

                                                                                    Rhizome, in collaboration with the University of California at Riverside Library (UCR), the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), and the Documenting the Now project, was awarded $100,000 by IMLS to host a national forum to address ethical issues facing the web archiving field. The forum will is hosted place March 22-24, 2018 at our longtime affiliate and host, the New Museum in New York City.

                                                                                    This National Forum will convene archives professionals, artists, activists, net culture critics, journalists, and designers/developers to explore how to build social media archives that protect the rights of users and communities while chronicling contemporary cultures and social movements. An open call for participants and attendees will be announced in October.

                                                                                    In 2015, Rhizome launched the Webrecorder initiative, a flagship project of its digital preservation program, to develop a new platform to easily archive and immediately reconstruct fully interactive copies of almost any modern webpage. Webrecorder is a powerful web archiving system, offered directly, for free to users of all kinds. Through Webrecorder, Rhizome aims to support decentralized, specialized born-digital archives that center the interests of the users and communities they serve.

                                                                                    Archiving social media has been a key concern of the Webrecorder initiative, and the National Forum builds on a successful series of ‘Digital Social Memory’ events which addressed the topic. Both iterations of DSM have brought together artists, activists, and archivists to talk about social media as cultural practice, and how it is and will be remembered. The conversations supported by this program directly inform ongoing product development.

                                                                                    Our partner, Documenting the Now, is a project of University of Maryland, University of California at Riverside, and Washington University in St. Louis.They have created a tool and community supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content. Formed in response to the emergence of Twitter as a central communication channel during the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo., DocNow seeks to protect the rights of content creators while chronicling historically significant events.

                                                                                    The National Forum is organized by Michael Connor, Rhizome’s artistic director, Aria Dean, Rhizome’s assistant curator for net art and digital culture, Bergis Jules, University & Political Papers Archivist at UC Riverside and Community Lead, DocNow, and Ed Summers, Lead Developer at Maryland Institute for Technology and Technical Lead of DocNow.

                                                                                    The National Forum on Ethics and Archiving the Web was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

                                                                                    The post DocNow and Rhizome receive IMLS National Forum grant! appeared first on Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

                                                                                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                                                                                    Open Access Journal: Museum Anthropology Review

                                                                                    Museum Anthropology Review
                                                                                    ISSN: 1938-5145
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                                                                                    Museum Anthropology Review (MAR) is an open access journal whose purpose is the wide dissemination of articles, reviews, essays, and other content advancing the field of material culture and museum studies, broadly conceived.


                                                                                    Vol 7, No 1-2 (2013): After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge

                                                                                    This double issue of Museum Anthropology Review collects papers originally presented at a January 2012 workshop titled “After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge.” Hosted by the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and funded by the (U.S.) National Science Foundation and the Understanding the American Experience and World Cultures Consortia of the Smithsonian Institution, the workshop was organized by Kimberly Christen (Washington State University), Joshua Bell (Smithsonian Institution), and Mark Turin (Yale University). The workshop brought together scholars from diverse anthropological fields, indigenous communities, and collecting institutions to document best practices and case studies of digital repatriation in order to theorize the broad impacts of such processes in relation to: linguistic revitalization of endangered languages, cultural revitalization of traditional practices, and the creation of new knowledge stemming from the return of digitized material culture. Like the workshop itself, the peer-reviewed and revised papers collected here ask how, and if, marginalized communities can reinvigorate their local knowledge practices, languages, and cultural products through the reuse of digitally repatriated materials and distributed technologies. The authors of the collected papers all have expertise in applied digital repatriation projects and share theoretical concerns that locate knowledge creation within both culturally specific dynamics and technological applications.


                                                                                    New Open Access Journal: Epoiesen – A journal for creative engagement in history and archaeology

                                                                                    Epoiesen – A journal for creative engagement in history and archaeology



                                                                                    ἐποίησεν (epoiesen)- made - is a journal for exploring creative engagement with the past, especially through digital means. It publishes primarily what might be thought of as ‘paradata’ or artist’s statements that accompany playful and unfamiliar forms of singing the past into existence. These could be visualizations, art works, games, pop-up installations, poetry, hypertext fiction, procedurally generated works, or other forms yet to be devised. We seek to document and valorize the scholarly creativity that underpins our representations of the past. Epoiesen is therefore a kind of witness to the implied knowledge of archaeologists, historians, and other professionals, academics and artists as it intersects with the sources about the past. It encourages engagement with the past that reaches beyond our traditional audience (ourselves). We situate Epoiesen in dialogue with approaches to computational creativity or generative art:
                                                                                    I think that generative art should ideally retain two disparate levels of perception: the material and visual qualities of a piece of art, and then a creation story or script and the intellectual journey that led to the end result. It possibly should bear marks of that intense interaction with the spatial environment that the visible work manifests.


                                                                                    Epoiesen accepts code artefacts, written submissions in text files (.md) written with the Markdown syntax, videos, 3d .obj files, html, or other formats (contact us if you are unsure: we encourage experimentation). Digital artefacts should be accompanied by the descriptive paradata or artist’s statement.
                                                                                    Submissions will be reviewed, and the reviews will be published at the same time as a Response, under the reviewers’ own names. Submissions and Responses will each have their own Digital Object Identifiers. Epoiesen is indexed in XXXXXX and supported by Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library. Submissions are accepted at any time, and published as they become ready. Each year’s submissions will be organized retroactively into ‘annuals’. The entire journal will be archived and deposited in a dataverse-powered repository at Carleton University.
                                                                                    There are no article processing fees. We are generously supported by MacOdrum Library at Carleton University for at least five years.
                                                                                    This website is generated from a series of markdown formatted text files, which are run through a series of templates to create the flat-file html architecture. There is no underlying database. For an introduction on how to do this for your own website, and why you might want to, please see Amanda Visconti’s tutorial in The Programming Historian, ‘Building a Static Website with Jekyll and Github Pages’. Epoiesen uses Hexo as its site generator.


                                                                                    Michael Gove, the Conservative British politician, said in the run-up to the United Kingdom’s 2016 referendum on European Union membership, “people in this country have had enough of experts”(1). And perhaps, he was right. There is a perception that archaeology is for the archaeologists, history for the historians. On our side, there is perhaps a perception that speaking to non-expert audiences is a lesser calling, that people who write/create things that do not look like what we have always done, are not really ‘serious’. In these vacuums of perception, we fail at communicating the complexities of the past, allowing the past to be used, abused, or ignored, especially for populist political ends. The ‘know-nothings‘ are on the march. We must not stand by.
                                                                                    In such a vacuum, there is a need for critical creative engagement with the past2. In Succinct Research, Bill White reminds us why society allows archaeologists to exist in the first place: ‘it is to amplify the whispers of the past in our own unique way so they can still be heard today‘(3). We have been failing in this by limiting the ways we might accomplish that task.
                                                                                    Epoiesen is a place to amplify whispers, a place to shout. Remix the experience of the past. Do not be silent!


                                                                                    Shawn Graham, Carleton University
                                                                                    Editorial Board
                                                                                    Sara Perry, University of York
                                                                                    Megan Smith, University of Regina
                                                                                    Eric Kansa, The Alexandria Archive Institute
                                                                                    Katrina Foxton, University of York
                                                                                    Sarah May, University College London
                                                                                    Sarah E. Bond University of Iowa
                                                                                    Gianpiero di Maida, Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel
                                                                                    Gisli Palsson, University of Umea

                                                                                    arranged by title

                                                                                      Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

                                                                                      Uberfication, Branding, and Competition

                                                                                      For this week’s reading in my graduate seminar on the history of higher education, I asked the students to read Gary Hall’s new book, The Uberfication of the University (2016). It’s sort and it’s thought provoking especially if read alongside work’s like Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas (2010) or Christopher Newfield’s The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them (2017). I’ll admit that the latter has informed my reading of Hall’s work, but even without it, The Uberfication of the University represents a subtle and intriguing take on the role of neoliberal ideas in influencing how universities function.

                                                                                      For Hall, the ride-sharing company Uber is emblematic of late capitalism, and his book looks at the impact of certain trends on the way in which the university functions both now and might function, in the future. Uberfication does not just refer to the hiring of low-cost, temporary, adjunct faculty and practices that allow universities to scale up or ramp down faculty across campus to serve student demands while keeping costs low. Uberficiation describes a larger trend in capitalism that promotes the creation of free-lance, microentreprenuers for whom the surveillance society of late capitalism has enforced a kind of the self-subjectification. This is largely done through the ubiquitous collection of data which has shaped our behaviors through the reinforcement of certain economically productive forms of self-discipline. As Hall notes, building on Foucault, the practices associated with surveillance society are normalized through eduction with has become designed to produce data that allows third parties (university administrators, for example) to assess learning as well as monitor student engagement, faculty performance, and educational efficiency. These practices tend to locate the educational process not at the level of the university, department, or curriculum, but at the level of individual performance. Smart faculty (like smart students) learn to “game” the system in various ways which are largely the intended consequences of the system from the start. The concept of uberfication, then, is as much about the use of data to shape individual behavior as it is the development of a permanently contingent workforce (although this is certainly parti of Hall’s critique).  

                                                                                      As a very simple local example from my institutions, we were recently threatened that instructors whose classes did not make enrollments consistently would be reviewed poorly in their annual reviews exposing them to the possibility of termination. While this outcome seems rather unlikely, the threat itself demonstrates the kind of shift that Hall identified. The use of data – in this case the rather coarse measure of enrollment numbers – to shape individual behaviors. It is difficult to blame individuals in this situation from shaping their courses to fit whatever expectations students (and administrators) have.

                                                                                      Hall’s book speaks to three regular themes in my musings on higher education: the development of personal (or institutional) billboards and brands, the use of data, and competition.

                                                                                      One of the key things that Hall connects to uberfication is the development of personal faculty brands (and I’d suggest, by extension, collective and university branding). Of course, I am familiar with the self branding and self promotion. My blog represents a particular crass example of this and the concept of branding extends to include The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and my brief foray into podcasts, for example. While one could argue (and I have) that these are as much about promoting what I do as promoting myself, it is hard to escape the reality that data – page views, download numbers, even citations – represent a crucial measure for assessing the popularity of my particular view of the world and its wider relevance. I’m beyond checking my stats daily and fussing about why one post or another is more popular, but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t generally aware of my own performance as a blogger and the performance of my press, for example. (As I was writing this, I posted to a Facebook page a link to my blog. Always. Be. Closing.)

                                                                                      In some ways, this desire to promote one’s own work extends to the level of the university as well. Recently, on our campus, there has been a spate of “billboard building” which doesn’t really involve the construction of literal billboards, but the desire to aggregate, name, and promote certain features of campus life allows for more granular and targeted monitoring of performance and message. It tends to be superficial, of course, just as personal brands tend to be, and have little to do with the creation of actual value or scholarship or even work at the university. It has everything to do with the promoting the institution as a brand.  

                                                                                      The second key feature of uberfication that I’ve been interested in is the use of data. Years ago, a buddy of mine, Mick Beltz wrote a short piece on the way in which online teaching (and I’d extend this to any number of active teaching classroom environments) promotes a vision of teaching consistent with the Foucauldian panopticon. I then riffed a bit on this in an article that was rejected everywhere I sent it. Our ability to monitor students while they work and learn has created a new level of data that allows a conscientious teacher to evaluate and shape learning as a process.

                                                                                      The same kinds of data, of course, can also shape how we as faculty teach and how our programs are funded on campus. For example, at my university, we are contractually obligated to use a piece of student retention called “Starfish” which allows the university to track students carefully through their careers, but also requires faculty to generate data about students (and in turn condition faculty to see engaging with students as a data producing endeavor). In other words, software like Starfish uses and generates data that supports student retention by mimicking, in some way, the rather more data resistant experience of faculty actually engaging with their students in a genuine and unstructured way.

                                                                                      (Part of this is a long tail, I’d argue, of professionalization that encourages faculty to see what we do as contractual structured engagements with particular kinds of work. As a result, unstructured work like a hallway conversation with a student or reading and thinking about a book fits awkwardly into standards articulated within in contracts.

                                                                                      On the one hand, there is no doubt that professionalization has been a boon to academia by creating a level playing field of expectations for job-applicants, faculty, and students. On the other hand, as we continue to seek fairness in consistently structured data points, we are also moving away from the personal connections that make education (and I’d argue academia) a rewarding place.)    

                                                                                      Hall does not shy away from observing that the core feature of uberfication is the role that competition plays in the the monetization of self. I’ve thought a good bit about how the “marketplace of idea” between and within college campuses has led to increasingly extravagant billboards and increasingly impoverished factories. Uber, itself, is largely a billboard (at best) that collects data (and monetizes it) to position itself more prominently (to collect more data and money). Uber has very little investment in the actual rides that are “shared.”

                                                                                      As competition becomes more and more of hallmark of higher education, Hall argues that the quest for data, assessment, billboard making, has fundamentally undermined the viability of higher education. Through time, higher education has changed from a densely integrated and personal experience where students and faculty work closely together to create education to an assembly line of requirements and, now, to a uberfied service that compiles and responds to data in an effort to promote the efficiency of their product. I share Hall’s fear that the uberfication of higher education cares too little of the wellbeing of its students and its workers and too much for demonstrable efficiencies that easily promote its mission to stakeholders and funders. 

                                                                                      Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

                                                                                      Inside the Tudor court

                                                                                      The House of Tudor reigned over England for almost a century and a quarter, and is renowned for its displays of indulgence. King Henry VIII (1509–1547) is especially associated with having led a luxurious and decadent lifestyle: he is thought to have squandered a large part of the treasure amassed...

                                                                                      Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

                                                                                      Presentato a Treia lo "Studio di fattibilità per l'investigazione mediante tecniche neutroniche della Sacra Sindone”


                                                                                      Da secoli, e ancora oggi, ci si pone la domanda: cos’è questo misterioso lenzuolo? Un oggetto da molti considerato una reliquia - anzi, la più significativa delle reliquie - e da altri un richiamo innegabile alla Passione di Cristo; o ancora, valutato da alcuni come falso più o meno antico, tuttavia meritevole d'interesse. Tutto ciò ne fa una realtà unica dal punto di vista religioso, ma anche capace di suscitare l'attenzione degli studiosi di tante discipline.

                                                                                      Le Giornate europee del patrimonio 2017 anche alla Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma


                                                                                      La Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma aderisce alle Giornate europee del patrimonio 2017 con una visita guidata alla mostra Tra Africa e Oriente: le collezioni dell’IsIAO alla Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Roma.

                                                                                      In scadenza il Master di I Livello dedicato alla computer vision e agli allestimenti multimediali


                                                                                      Il Master intende formare figure adatte all’ideazione e alla realizzazione delle diverse forme di comunicazione e rappresentazione digitale con una focalizzazione sull’uso delle videoproiezioni e dell’interattività.

                                                                                      TecnArt per la terza volta in Myanmar: formazione dei ricercatori del MoC (Ministry of Culture) e prime datazioni a Bagan mediante la tecnica della termoluminescenza


                                                                                      Nel mese di Agosto, TecnArt - spin off accademico dell’Università degli Studi di Torino - ha tenuto il primo corso sulla tecnica della termoluminescenza a 12 ricercatori del MoC, durante il quale si sono effettuate le prime analisi su alcuni campioni di laterizio prelevati nell’antica città di Bagan. 

                                                                                      Master Universitario di II livello in Geotecnologie per l’Archeologia (GTARC)


                                                                                      Il Master Universitario di II livello in Geotecnologie per l’Archeologia (GTARC) è rivolto a neo-laureati e ai professionisti del settore archeologico, che vogliano completare e consolidare le proprie competenze attraverso tematiche multidisciplinari che integrano la tecnologia e l’archeologia, attraverso un percorso formativo specifico altamente tecnico e applicativo.

                                                                                      September 18, 2017

                                                                                      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                                                                                      Open Access Monograph Series: Bogazkoy

                                                                                      [First posted in AWOL 2 March 2012, updated 18 September 2017]

                                                                                      Bogazkoy in AMAR

                                                                                      One of a series of AWOL pages seeking to pull together publication series digitized and served through AMAR: Archive of Mesopotamian Archaeological Site Reports

                                                                                      See more Series in AMAR

                                                                                      Open Access Journal: Waly Center Journal

                                                                                      [First posted in AWOL 6 April 2014, updated 18 September 2017 (new URLs)]

                                                                                      Waly Center Journal
                                                                                      The Waly Center Journal is a themed on-line publication that comes out three times a year. Each issue presents a different theme related to the built environment and usually reflecting a topic we are working on. The center produces the WCJ in-house and is open to outside contributions depending on the theme.


                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 00
                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 01
                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 02
                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 03
                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 04
                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 05
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                                                                                       coverهل هي عشوائية
                                                                                       journal cover heritage

                                                                                      ico_14_pdf  Issue No. 07
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                                                                                      Issue No. 09 
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                                                                                        Issue No. 12 



                                                                                      Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

                                                                                      Advocacy By Design: Moving Between Theory and Practice, part 1

                                                                                      I’m posting a short series of a lightly edited posts from of my keynote for the University of Maryland Library Research and Innovative Practice Forum. Slides and talk are available through DRUM. Below is Part One, with more posts to follow. — Purdom

                                                                                      I have been sitting with a sentence written by the editors of the journal Salvage, “The infrastructures against social misery have yet to be built.”

                                                                                      In 2014, the disappearance and murder of University of Virginia (UVA) undergraduate Hannah Graham, the Rolling Stone ‘After a Rape’ article, and the assault of UVA African American student leader, Martese Johnson, by two Alcoholic Beverage Control agents led to the development of Advocacy by Design. The cries of ‘how could this happen here?’ and ‘we had no idea!’ were discordant with the long history of sexual and racial violence at UVa.

                                                                                      Together with Professor Lisa Goff, the Scholars’ Lab team organized a digital archive to document this history at the university. Jeremy Boggs and I felt the archive must be feminist at the core, that feminist principles must be present at each stage-from collecting materials, to describing and organizing metadata, to the interface, to the ways in which the archive was shared. While we continued to work on Take Back the Archive, we felt this feminist mode of working could be extend to other projects.

                                                                                      Advocacy by Design articulates a shared understanding and practice that fronts questions of how people are represented in, or are subjects of, academic work; questions of who reads and uses our work as well as those who collaborate and contribute to our work. We articulate this advocacy through particular stances on a number of interrelated concepts, we call principles. Some principles are borrowed from Shaowen Bardzell’s Feminist HCI: Taking Stock and Outlining an Agenda for Design, while others grew out of our experiences with Take Back the Archive.

                                                                                      These principles include within them components and elements, such metadata, project management, and licenses, to better apply principles throughout a research inquiry. Advocacy is active–an attention-based practice of asking what are we doing to foster diverse voices? What do these practices look like face-to-face? What do they look like in the things we design, build, share?

                                                                                      Advocacy by Design begins with defining, seeking ‘the why’ and using that why as a guide through the research area. Defining the why enables us to identify which hows are critical. In the beginning stages of a research project or formation of a library committee, task force, or service, the hows should be platform agnostic. For example, centering the why opens up not just what the goals of a particular service or committee will be, but why those goals are important? In turn, the why drives ‘how’ that service or committee will work, how it will be legible to patrons or library colleagues.

                                                                                      As Frank Chimero points out, it is easier to ask “How do I paint this tree?” (or in our case “how do we organize a new committee?”) than to articulate why this tree or committee needs to be.  Defining the why clarifies the objectives of our work, something we can return to when the tasks pile up. For Advocacy by Design, the ‘why’ frames which principles should be fronted and how those principles can be enacted.

                                                                                      I lean on Bess Sadler and Chris Bourg’s Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery:

                                                                                      “Research libraries in particular have always reflected the inequalities, biases, ethnocentrism, and power imbalances that exist throughout the academic enterprise through collection policies and hiring practices that reflect the biases of those in power at a given institution.”

                                                                                      My ‘why’ is grounded in identifying and revealing practices that reinforce patterns of exclusion and inequality, the “how” flows from this beginning.

                                                                                      Advocacy by Design is not proscriptive, not a checklist, rather a way of practicing that invites return and reflection upon the why and how along with attention to the questions of who is represented in-and are subjects of-archives and academic work; questions of who reads and uses our work as well as those who collaborate and contribute to our work.

                                                                                      Principles for Advocacy by Design include transparency, openness, stewardship, temporality, an ethic of care, accessibility and usability, poly-vocalism, sustainability, interoperability, and collaboration. Today I would like to focus on Transparency, Poly-vocalism, and Collaboration ending with some reflection on the Ethic of Care. As you will see, the principles are interconnected and elements move across them. It is not meant to draw strict boundaries, rather to develop a vocabulary to frame our discussion. Elements are ways to make visible the principles of Advocacy by Design within our workflows, interactions, and research products. What follows are example projects to tease out how different elements could work to enact specific principles.

                                                                                      The interface for Take Back the Archive which aims for transparency and temporality:

                                                                                      The timeline is one way of showing stories persist over time. We are working to improve the timeline, but for now, the lines above the dots (which are sized according to how many materials are in the collection) indicate how these stories reappear over time. We want to visualize how these stories drop out of conversations or how often they are referenced.

                                                                                      This interface experiments with  Rich Prospect Browsing as outlined in Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage. We used Rich Prospect Browsing as an element of transparency and poly-vocalism to show the extent of the collected materials for the archive, as well as a quick way of identifying the type of content. In this case, materials were designated as advocacy materials, policy reports, and journalistic accounts. Rich Prospect Browsing offers options for representing the full scope of materials with the goal of empowering users to understand the varied paths through the archival materials, that there is not one story, but many represented within. A major challenge to transparency is the ability to visualize absence–we know that many people do not report, particularly men and people from the LGBT community, so their stories do not appear in the archive. Can we better represent absence of materials to signal that this archive is incomplete or not fully representational?


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                                                                                      Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                                                                                      The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

                                                                                      The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

                                                                                      Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) was born into a wealthy family at Washington New Hall. Initially home-schooled, she then attended school in London and graduated with a first-class degree in Modern History from Oxford University. Thereafter she travelled in Europe and also spent several months in Bucharest and in Tehran. Her travels continued with two round-the-world trips: one in 1897-1898 and one in 1902-1903.
                                                                                      From the turn of the century, Gertrude developed a love of the Arab peoples - she learned their languages, investigated their archaeological sites and travelled deep into the desert. This intimate knowledge of the country and its tribes made her a target of British Intelligence recruitment during the First World War. At the end of the war, Gertrude focussed on the future of Mesopotamia and was to become a powerful force in Iraqi politics, becoming a kingmaker when her preferred choice, Faisal was crowned King of the state of Iraq in 1921.
                                                                                      Gertrude's first love remained archaeology and, as Honorary Director of Antiquities in Iraq, she established the Iraq Museum in Baghdad. Her 1905 expedition through the Syrian Desert to Asia Minor was published as The Desert and the Sown and her study, in 1907, of Binbirkilise on the Kara Dag mountain was published as The Thousand and One Churches and remains the standard work on early Byzantine architecture in Anatolia.
                                                                                      Gertrude Bell's achievements were considerable at a time when a woman's role was deemed to be limited to the home and the family. Yet, it might seem contradictory that in spite of her exceptional education and career she campaigned against votes for women and was a founder member of the Northern branch of the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League.


                                                                                      NEW The Extraordinary Gertrude Bell exhibition catalogue

                                                                                      Gertrude Bell Writings

                                                                                      Organizations with related Gertrude Bell interests