Electra Atlantis: Digital Approaches to Antiquity

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May 22, 2015

Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

Michael C. Astour: A Biographical Essay

Michael C. Astour: A Biographical Essay
James J. Weingartner, Southern Illinois University EdwardsvilleFollow

Abstract

Michael Astour's scholarly productivity was prodigious and was recognized and respected by the international community of historians of the ancient Near East. His accomplishments would have been impressive in anyone, but were especially so given the tumultuous and tragic events of his personal life, which were part and parcel of the tragic and tumultuous century in which he lived. The Festschrift that grew out of a celebratory conference in his honor begins with a paraphrase of an ancient Sumerian proverb: “A scribe who does not know Sumerian, what kind of a scribe is he?” It reads, “Scholars of Mediterranean, Biblical and Near Eastern Studies who do not know the work of Michael Astour, what kind of scholars are they?”[1] Obviously, that’s a rhetorical and somewhat hyperbolic question, and I lack the knowledge to pass judgment with any confidence on his work. Ignorance is easily impressed. Nevertheless, the story of Michael Astour’s life deserves to be told, if only by someone who is definitely not a scholar of the ancient Near East, but who knew him as a colleague. Many of his friends and colleagues urged him over the years to write a memoir, something he adamantly refused to do. This may have been due in part to the pain that such an effort would have caused him, although he argued that others had told similar stories better than he could. But, finally, he may have regarded such an undertaking simply as an unwelcome distraction from the scholarship that he loved and that he pursued almost to his dying day.[2]
This essay is based largely on Astour’s voluminous correspondence spanning a half- century. He meticulously saved letters he received, as well as copies of those he sent. His papers fill dozens of boxes in SIUE’s archives. Many of his letters are multi-paged and are uniformly thoughtful and frequently witty. They stand in stark contrast to the brief and often superficial electronic communications that pass for inter-personal correspondence today which is, in most cases and, perhaps appropriately, transitory. They exemplify a category of historical source material that, sadly, is no longer being generated.
[1] Gordon Young, Mark Chavalas, Richard Averbeck, eds., Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons: Studies in Honor of Michael C. Astour on His 80th Birthday [Bethesda, MD., 1997], xi.
[2] Astour to Chavalas, March 2, 1992, Box 25.

Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

[The version history of this list is at: Updates on the list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies]
This list includes 1510 titles

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                  Open Access Journal: Revista de Estudios de Egiptologia (REE)

                  Revista de Estudios de Egiptologia (REE)
                  ISSN: 0327-3822
                  Vol. 1 (1990) VER EDICION ONLINE
                  J. KOGAN, La personalidad de Abraham Rosenvasser (1896-1983); Abraham Rosenvasser visto por Manuel Mujica Lainez;
                  E. HUBER, “En verdad” por A. Rosenvasser;
                  P. FUSCALDO, Bibliografía de Abraham Rosenvasser, Ashka (Serra West): El templo de Ramsés II, La lista topográfica del atrio;
                  A. DANERI DE RODRIGO, La inscripción enigmática del atrio;
                  V. PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, La realeza egipcia. Su origen y fundamentación temprana;
                  J.E. BURUCUA, La cultura de Sebastián Serlio: El Egipto antiguo y la tradición hermética.


                  Vol. 2 (1991)
                  VER EDICION ONLINE
                  P. FUSCALDO, Las inscripciones en las puertas de los depósitos del templo; Aksha (Serra West): Fragmentos con escenas e inscripciones en el Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata;
                  A. DANERI DE RODRIGO, Aspectos políticos de la deificación de Ramsés II en Aksha (Nubia);
                  S. LUPO DE FERRIO, V. PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, Los s3sw y los md3yw en sus relaciones con el estado egipcio;
                  G. GESTOSO, El culto a Aton en el Egipto de la dinastía XVIII. Sus antecedentes;
                  C. BARGUES CRIADO, La dinastía XXV en Egipto. La legitimación de su poder.


                  Vol. 3 (1992)
                  VER EDICION ONLINE
                  P. FUSCALDO, Aksha (Serra West): la datación del sitio;
                  ALICIA DANERI DE RODRIGO, Historia e historiografía: el Primer Período Intermedio en Egipto;
                  VIOLETA PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, Los maryannu: su inserción socio-política en los estados de Siria y Palestina durante el Período del Bronce Reciente;
                  GRACIELA NOEMI GESTOSO, Los mensajeros en la época de El Amarna;
                  JOACHIM SLIWA, A group of Egyptian signet-rings from the former Czartoryski/Dziabynski Collection a Goluchów; ALAN SCHULMAN, The Reshep bronces and other loose ends.


                  Vol. 4 (1993)
                  VER EDICION ONLINE
                  ALICIA DANERI DE RODRIGO, Aksha (Serra West): las escenas de coronación de Ramsés II; VIOLETA PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, Los maryannu: su inserción socio-política en los estados de Siria y Palestina durante el Período del Bronce Reciente. II;
                  SILVIA LUPO DE FERRIOL, Snefrw en la tradición egipcia;
                  Graciela N. GESTOSO, La administración egipcia en Asia según la documentación de la época de El Amarna; ALEJANDRO BOTTA, Matrimonio y divorcio en los “Papiros arameos de Elefantina”; SILVANA FANTECHI, Los ‘3mw en los documentos egipcios del Reino Medio; ALICIA DANERI DE RODRIGO, Informe sobre la participación en las excavaciones del Proyecto conjunto de las Universidades de Toronto, Illinois y Washington en Tell er Rub’a (Mendes), República Arabe de Egipto (15/VI al 31/VII/92); EDUARDO A. CRIVELLI MONTERO, Informe sobre la participación en las excavaciones de la Misión Italiana en Arslantepe (Alto Eufrates), Septiembre-Octubre de 1992; JORGE A. TRENCH, Sobre la geometría exterior e interior de las pequeñas pirámides de Giza.


                  Vol. 5 (1994)
                  VER EDICION ONLINE
                  PERLA FUSCALDO, Some more on Aksha; ALICIA DANERI DE RODRIGO, Aksha (Serra West). El templo de Ramsés II: las inscripciones de los pilares del patio; M. VIOLETA PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, A mention of Beth Shean in a Literary Text of the New Kingdom; SILVIA LUPO DE FERRIOL, Amenemhat III en el Fayum: algunos aspectos de su deificación; ANDREA PAULA ZINGARELLI, La política religiosa de Cambises en Egipto; M. REMA VAN VOSS, Zum Titel von Totenbuch 64; ROLF GUNDLACH, Die Titulaturen der Triade von Amarna (Zur Königsideologie Der ausgehenden 18. Dynastie).


                  Vol. 6/7 (1996-1999) (CD ROM)
                  The Preliminary Report of the Three Campaigns of the Argentine Archaeological Mission at Tell El-Ghaba, North Sinai, Egypt, 1995-1997 (Excavation and Study Seasons); PERLA FUSCALDO, EDUARDO CRIVELLIi, VIOLETA PEREYRA DE FIDANZA, ANDREA ZINGARELLI, Las Cartas Arameas de Hermópolis y el formulario epistolar en el Cercano Oriente Antiguo; ALEJANDRO FELIX BOTTA, La ciudad de guarnición de Beth Shean y su relación con la organización de la corvea agrícola durante la dinastía XVIII egipcia; GRACIELA NOEMI GESTOSO, The h[3tyw-(from Byblos in the Early Second Millennium B.C.; ROXANA FLAMMINI, Tehenw, temehw y el Estado Egipcio; SILVANA FANTECHI, Magia y racionalidad en la antigua medicina egipcia y griega ANA MARIA ROSSO DE LORENZUTTI, Los canales artificiales y el Nilo en la frontera oriental del Egipto antiguo: estado de la Cuestión; ANDREA ZINGARELLI, El valle y el delta del Nilo entre 20.000 y 4.000 años a.p.: cambios hidrológicos y climáticos.

                  Die ägyptische und orientalische „Rubensohn-Bibliothek“ von Elephantine

                  Die ägyptische und orientalische „Rubensohn-Bibliothek“ von Elephantine
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                  Hauptsächlich während des 5. Jahrhunderts, als Ägypten unter persischer Oberherrschaft stand, war auf der Nilinsel Elephantine, gegenüber der Stadt Syene, dem heutigen Assuan, eine aramäo-jüdische Gemeinde angesiedelt. Von der Existenz dieser jüdischen Diaspora in Ägypten berichten bereits die alttestamentlichen Quellen, Jeremia 41 oder 2 Kön 25 und ein sensationeller aramäischer Papyrusfund zeitgenössischer, aber außerbiblischer Texte, der aus Elephantine selbst stammt, bestätigt diese Angaben. Durch den Handel kamen schon recht früh aramäische Papyri von der Nilinsel Elephantine auf den europäischen Antikenmarkt, so nahm beispielsweise Richard Lepsius bereits in seinen Denkmälern aus Ägypten und Nubien einen aramäischen Papyrus auf. Es handelt sich um einen aramäischen Text aus der Sammlung d’Athanasi, die vom Museum in Berlin 1842 angekauft worden war. In der Elephantine gegenüberliegenden Stadt Syene wurde ein größerer Fund sehr gut erhaltener Papyri 1904 von Robert Mond erworben, weitere ebenso von Lady William Cecil. Diese wurden 1906 von Sayce und Cowley veröffentlicht. In der Folge entstand entsprechend der Wunsch, durch systematische Ausgrabungen das neue Material zu ergänzen und vor der Zerstörung zu retten. Im Auftrag der königlichen Museen zu Berlin wurden schließlich drei Grabungs-Kampagnen auf der Nilinsel Elephantine zwischen 1906 und 1908 durch den deutschen Archäologen Otto Rubensohn und den Papyrologen Friedrich Zucker durchgeführt. Darüber schreibt Adolf Erman, der damalige Direktor des Ägyptischen Museums, in seinen Erinnerungen:
                  „Viel weniger Mühen und Kosten als [diese] großen Ausgrabungen haben uns die kleinen verursacht, die wir an verschiedenen Stellen Ägyptens in den Stadtruinen versucht haben, um Papyrus zu gewinnen. Und doch hat wenigstens eine von ihnen Ergebnisse gebracht, die wissenschaftlich von der höchsten Bedeutung sind. Daß die Fellachen in der alten Stadt der Insel Elephantine Papyrus fanden, war bekannt, und 1904 trat dort ein großer Fund zutage, der aramäische Urkunden jüdischer Soldaten enthielt; zur Perserzeit hatte in dieser Grenzfestung eine Garnison aus Fremden aller Art gelegen. Diese Spur weiter zu verfolgen, ging Otto Rubensohn 1906 nach Elephantine, und gleichzeitig gingen auch französische Gelehrte mit dem gleichen Ziele dorthin. Der Generaldirektor Maspero teilte das Grabungsgebiet zwischen beiden Parteien, aber wir waren es, die diesmal das große Los zogen, denn auf unserem Gebiete, dicht an der Grenze des französischen, stieß Rubensohn auf ein einfaches Haus, und das enthielt wirklich die Akten der jüdischen Gemeinde.“
                  Auch Rubensohn begann seinen zusammenfassenden Grabungsbericht mit dem Hinweis auf die aramäischen Texte, es heißt hier:
                  „Die Ausgrabungen auf Elephantine sind eine Folge der Aufdeckung jener aramäischen Papyri, die als „Aramaic Papyri discovered at Assouan“ von Sayce und Cowley publiziert worden sind. Ein Besuch in Assuan noch im Jahre der Aufdeckung 1904 verschaffte mir die Bekanntschaft und das Vertrauen der in Betracht kommenden Händler und Sebbachgräber. Sie führten mich auf mein Verlangen an die Fundstätte der Papyri. Die Stelle, die sie mir wiesen, lag aber nicht in Assuan, sondern am Westrande des Koms von Elephantine. Es war ein Punkt etwa 1m nördlich von dem Platz, an dem wir später den großen Fund an aramäischen Papyri gemacht haben. Auf meinen Antrag beschloß die Generalverwaltung der Königlichen Museen zu Berlin die Inangriffnahme der Arbeit, und mit gewohnter Liebenswürdigkeit erteilte Hr. Maspero im Namen des Service des Antiquités die erbetene Erlaubnis, auf der westlichen Hälfte des Koms von Elephantine Grabungen nach Papyri zu veranstalten.“
                  Die Grabungsgenehmigung wurde auf „Monsineur le Docteur Rubensohn, au nom de la Direction des Musées Royaux de Berlin“ am 5. Dezember 1904 für ein Jahr ausgestellt, am 8. November 1905 und am 10. Dezember 1906 jeweils für ein Jahr verlängert und zuletzt auf Friedrich Zucker übertragen. […]
                  Der größte Teil der bei der Fundteilung am 24. Dezember 1907 den Berliner Museen zugesprochenen Papyri sowie Ostraka und Siegelabdrücke befindet sich heute in der Papyrussammlung bzw. im Ägyptischen Museum der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin.

                  Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative

                  Summer Project

                  For the past year I have been working as a CHI Fellow learning about different online tools to build various kinds of digital cultural interfaces. Through my work over the past nine months I developed my project Fieldwork Narratives, a pictorial journal of my fieldwork experiences with the Chenchu community of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, India. Using Story Maps, an online tool that facilitates storytelling, I have designed a simple narrative of several aspects of my fieldwork experiences keeping in mind young groups of people (13-20 years of age) as my target audience.

                  While this is an on-going project that I will continue building on as my work with the Chenchu progresses, I want to redo the look and structure of the current project to make it more scholarly. While my attempt to reach out to younger groups of people stays, I also want to give it a more academic touch to serve a number of purposes. One, being an academic, I think I will not be doing justice without incorporating this dimension into the project. Two, even though this is not the same as a publication, this is a sort of academic dissemination that warrants a more formal structuring that allows me to share my project with a more scholarly audience. Three, linked to the first two goals, this then adds more weight on my resume in terms of a scholarly endeavor.

                  My objective this summer is to make the current project look more like a journal publication, albeit with more pictures and less text.

                  Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)

                  This week at Forbes: Beheadings and cannibalism, origins of obesity, Roman dentistry, historic cemetery clean-up, and endangered Native American sites

                  Here's what I wrote over at Forbes the week of May 17-23:
                  • New St. Louis Rams stadium may be built on ancient Native American city.  For whatever reason, I missed this news back in April with St. Louis's NPR station covered it... which was odd, since I was in St. Louis in April for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists conference, staying not too far from the proposed location of a new NFL stadium.  This short piece summarizes the battle so far, but I suspect there will be more to come.
                  • How devastating floods created opportunities for Tennessee archaeology.  Another good friend, Tanya Peres, was telling me how it's the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic 1,000-year flood that inundated Nashville.  So I wrote up a summary of her work in mitigating damage to archaeological sites caused by the flooding.  Whole lot of shellfish eating going on!
                  • Industrial Revolution caused rise in cancer, obesity, and arthritis, archaeologists suggest.  Several weeks ago, I read a brief press release about a new study at the Museum of London to address the origins of modern diseases that may have increased with the Industrial Revolution.  The coverage was uneven and didn't explain what information was being collected, so I reached out to the study leader, Jelena Bekvalac, to learn more about this fascinating research.
                  • Roman Forum yields stash of teeth extracted by ancient dentist. I talked with bioarchaeologist Marshall Becker about his recent publication of 86 teeth from a drain in the Temple of Castor and Pollux.  He argues that they were extractions done by a very skilled dentist. These also seem to be the first direct evidence for dental extractions in ancient Rome.
                  • Clean up a cemetery this Memorial Day.  Wondering what to do with the kids for the long weekend?  Why not visit a local cemetery to learn about your community's history and clean it up a bit while you're at it? In this piece, I talk with Sarah Miller, an old friend from grad school, about her state-wide Cemetery Resource Protection Training program.  I just like that CRPT is like crypt.
                  I'm gonna try to dial it back next week, since I have a deadline for a contributed chapter based on my actual research I need to write.  But it's hard, because blogging is way more fun.

                  Scott Moore (Ancient History Ramblings)

                  Finishing Up at Polis

                  IMG_0063 - CopyI realized today that I have not posted anything in a few days. This is due to a few factors – less than reliable internet at the hotel and long days trying to finish up our work here at Polis. Anyway, not much to report. We finished looking at the pottery from the levels we had targeted from EF2 (Late roman Basilica).  The final result is that we analyzed about 5,000 pottery sherds. We even finished in time to clean up the apotheke and put everything back in place with time to spare. Usually, we are so pushed for time that we are frantically putting things up at the absolute moment. It was nice to be on schedule for a change and not have to worry about whether we were working fast enough.

                  IMG_0062 - CopyI also had the opportunity to try out Lays Mediterranean Herbs and Cheese chips. It looks like, based on the ingredient list and picture, that herbs equals parsley. They tasted a lot like the Greek Salad IMG_0071 - Copychips, but a bit saltier, I would have to give them a ***(3) out of 10. I also picked up a can of spicy ginger ale to go with them – I am a big fan of ginger ale and was looking forward to finding out what spicy ginger ale is. I was a bit disappointed in that evidently spicy does not mean what I expected. It tasted like regular ginger ale to me.

                  IMG_0066 - CopyLast night we took one of our colleagues to Limassol to catch the bus to the airport, which gave us the opportunity to visit the Syrian Friendship Club there. We usually visit the one in Nicosia, but were happy to seize the opportunity to visit this one. I was especially happy since I did not get the opportunity to visit this restaurant either of the last two years – a real failure on my part. The only trick is finding the restaurant. Limassol is a city that I do not visit often IMG_0069and even more rarely at night. Fortunately, a smart phone app helped us navigate right to the correct address. As usual, we ordered the meze and as usual it was fantastic. As you can see from the image above, it was a lot of food – and this isn’t even all – the meat course had not arrived yet. The dips were so good. I try very hard to recreate these back in Indiana, and even though my versions are good, they are never quite right. Even though this meal resulted in a one and half hour drive that got us back after midnight – it was well worth it. Now, maybe I need to visit the Nicosia location and compare the two, or is that overkill?

                  IMG_0064 - CopyRSM


                  ASOR Blog (American Schools of Oriental Research)

                  From the Nile to the Desert and Back

                  Writing a New History of Egyptian Monastic Site Formation

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                  At the 2014 ASOR Annual Meeting, Darlene Brookes Hedstrom, of Wittenberg … Read more

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                  Source: Journalism Code, Context & Community

                  Beyond "Be Like Facebook"

                  By David Sleight

                  Beyond

                  It does have such clean lines. (startrekvoyager.eu)

                  In the first article of a series on evolving understandings of news design, ProPublica's David Sleight considers a controversial award and its implications.

                  Industry awards set benchmarks. Done well, they reflect the priorities of a field and give us a snapshot of its prevailing ambitions. They highlight role models to follow, achievements to emulate, and competitors we can sharpen our skills against. They’re clear about priorities, and they set agendas we can reasonably aspire to.

                  At this year’s annual workshop in Washington, DC, the Society for News Design broke with tradition and handed out just one of its trademark “World’s Best Designed” awards in the digital category. And instead of using it to recognize the work of a “traditional” news shop, they gave the nod to Facebook. Judging by the lukewarm applause during the announcement, some folks were less than thrilled.

                  It took a while, but we now know the judges were trying to make a point: a provocation meant to get us thinking about our newsroom priorities, and an acknowledgement of a juggernaut in our midst. According to a recent statement from the judges, “By naming Facebook the world’s best designed news site, we feel we are making a statement that is both controversial and obvious.” In their own words:

                  Facebook has accomplished what most news organizations cannot, to be a worldwide news site. It has managed, through bleeding edge design, to function and be a dependable source of “high news” and personal news, and we fundamentally believe that news organizations should be interested in establishing the same kinds of relationships with their audiences. It could not accomplish this without world-class design. It’s [sic] size, and scope, and our increasing dependence on it to reach audiences are testament to its place in our news ecosystem.

                  Right away, there’s a problem. The judges assert Facebook couldn’t have become a worldwide source of news without world-class design, but they never say how that design was put together. What did Facebook do that other offerings didn’t? What techniques have relevance to our newsrooms? Without that foundation, the judges’ explanation rests on an incomplete syllogism. We see outcomes, but not causes.

                  It’s also unclear what kinds of relationships the judges think Facebook has established with its audience, even less clear how newsrooms might adopt them. That’s important. The fundamental “connective tissue” of the service is formed by relationships between audience members, not, as the judges imply, between Facebook and its audience. It feels like they looked at Facebook’s effects and said, “do that”—and that’s not helpful. Any meaningful critique of design needs to account for intent. Are we talking about the result of rigorous craft or happy accidents? Be specific. Show your work.

                  They continue, pressing the case that news organizations should be more like “platforms,” ticking down a list of by-products but again never articulating how those things are put together:

                  We think most news organizations could learn a lot by understanding what Facebook is doing, and applying those lessons to their digital presence. Other platforms are doing so, whether they are geographically or subject related.

                  They even work in a couple potshots at Snowfall. Point noted that we should be smart about allocating resources for complicated custom work, and that we should seriously consider the plusses and minuses of work that might only reside within the borders of our own walled gardens. But experiments in elevating our storytelling can co-exist just fine with experiments in disseminating and showcasing our work, whether that means participating in outside platforms and services or being more “platform-like” ourselves.

                  Put it all together, and the resulting tone of the award felt more scolding than progressive. It borders on goading to ask, “Platforms are of the web, are you?” That question is only provocative if the answer, by and large, is “no.” But from what I saw at this year’s gathering, the answer for the majority of SND’s membership is an increasingly emphatic “yes.”

                  Walking around the event, I was heartened to see no one had to get up and make a big point about using Facebook or Snapchat or Periscope because we all expect experimentation to be part of our culture now—on these services and even further out on the fringes. That includes participating in platform ecosystems as well as taking on some of their attributes ourselves. This is what folks like Zach Seward are doing when they refer to their newsrooms as an API.

                  The judges seem intent on preempting objections by chalking them up to denial, dismissing valid concerns in the process. It’s evocative of a mindset John Herrman just outlined in the Awl, talking about Facebook’s Instant Article announcement:

                  There is [a] toxic mindset that permeates discussions not just about Facebook but about most accelerating, inevitable-seeming tech companies. It conflates criticism with denial and nostalgia. Why do people complain about Uber so much? Is it loyalty to yellow cabs and their corrupt nonsense industry? Or is it a recognition that, as soon as a company reaches its level of importance and future inevitability, it should be treated as important. A word of caution about Facebook is not a wish to return to some non-existent ideal time. Print media was broken, TV was broken, commercial and public radio were broken, local media was broken, web media was very broken. Understanding this—or even just assuming it to be true!—is understanding that it is imperative to seek out the manner in which your media is broken, and the pressures that keep it that way.

                  To assert that the old news paradigms don’t work is absolutely true. That’s old information. We get it, really. But even as we acknowledge the past way of doing things was and is fundamentally busted, we can still recognize that Facebook as a designed news experience has issues that rightly give us pause.

                  Facebook is an incredibly important part of our ecosystem that nevertheless stumbles when it comes to relating context and maximizing audience understanding. Its leadership still publicly talks about the News Feed algorithm as if it doesn’t have editorial intent (it absolutely does, even if they aren’t conscious of it) and it has knowingly manipulated users without informed consent. Those are legitimate points of concern. Moreover, they are absolutely fundamental design concerns. Not addressing them leaves us wanting.

                  To be truly useful, and provide the kind of motivating push the judges were hoping for, industry recognitions should open the door to critical discussion and an examination of what’s possible. That requires a more robust accounting. We can infer causes, speculate on intent, and make educated guesses about the motivations behind projects. But we should also highlight and explain how designs are defined and executed. Awards are a unique opportunity to complete that picture. This is news design after all. We need to remember those Five Ws.

                  The Signal: Digital Preservation

                  A New Interface and New Web Archive Content at Loc.gov

                  The following is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Lead Information Technology Specialist on the Web Archiving Team, Library of Congress.

                  Archived version of a Member of Congress Official Web Site - Barack Obama

                  Archived version of a Member of Congress Official Web Site – Barack Obama

                  Recently the Library of Congress launched a significant amount of new Web Archive content on the Library’s Web site, as a part of a continued effort to integrate the Library’s Web Archives into the rest of the loc.gov web presence.

                  This is our first big release since we launched the first iteration of collections into this new interface, back in June 2013. The earlier approach to presenting archived web sites turned out to be a challenge to allow us to increase the amount of content available, so in a “one step back, two steps forward” move, the interface has been simplified, and should be more familiar to those working with Web Archives at other institutions – item records point to archived web sites displaying in an open-source version of the Wayback Machine. This simplification allowed the Library to increase the number of sites available in this interface from just under 1,000 to over 5,800. The most recent harvested sites now publicly available were harvested in March-April 2012. The simplified approach should also allow catching up with moving more current content into the online collections.

                  There are now 21 named collections available in the new interface; some had been available in our old interface but are newly migrated; other content is entirely new. With this launch, we are particularly excited about the addition of the United States Congressional Web Archives, which for the first time allows researchers to access content collected since December 2002 up thru April 2012. Each record covers those sessions where a particular member of Congress was serving, such as for Barack Obama as senator during two sessions, or the example of Kirsten E. Gillibrand serving in the House and Senate, represented on one record despite a URL change.

                  Other newly available collections include the Burma/Myanmar General Election 2010 Web Archive, Egypt 2008 Web Archive, Laotian General Election 2011 Web Archive, Thai General Election 2011 Web Archive, Vietnamese General Election 2011 Web Archive and the Winter Olympic Games 2002 Web Archive.

                  We still have some work to do to move the U.S. Election Web Archives from our old interface, so for the time being researchers interested in those collections will need to refer back to the old site. Eventually we will be combining the separate Election collections into one U.S. Election Archive that will allow better searchability and access, and migrating them over (and then “turning off” the old interface).

                  We hope researchers will enjoy access to these new web archive collections.

                  Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

                  Adventures in Podcasting in Absentia! Richard Rothaus and Tom Isern talk Heritage Renewal

                  Summer is upon us.  Bill is in Cyprus and Greece doing real archaeology, and Richard is set upon by various lesser North American archaeological endeavors, so get ready for some innovative summer podcast programming,

                  In this episode, Richard discusses the Heritage Preservation Renewal with Distinguished Professor Tom Isern, of North Dakota State University’s Center for Heritage Renewal.  We recorded this episode in our luxurious hotel suite in Stanley, North Dakota, prior to a session of the Man Camp Dialogues at the wonderful Sibyl Center.  North Dakotans will recognize the mellifluous voice of Isern from his Plains Folk radio show.  Richard really sounds like a mouse with a cold when mismatched such.

                  During the episode, Tom talks about why Renewal, not Preservation, is a worthy and appropriate goal.  Richard bemoans the state of “historic preservation” as a profession.  We both agrees that we are not sentimental about historic preservation as a cause, but we are committed to life and communities on the Great Plains.  We discuss how the once traditional adversarial relationship with the environment of the Northern Plains has changed with the latest settlers and generations.  We discuss how the study of history has developed in North Dakota and the Northern Plains, and note what some of us see as the unusually damaging interpretation of North Dakota’s grandfather of history, Elwyn Robinson.

                  Apparently the State really is so small that one historian’s “too much of the too much mistake” can have a lasting impact. The short version –  there is strong strain of belief in the Northern Plains that residents are victims, not agents.  Richard and Tom think that’s really detrimental, and let’s opportunities slip by.  Tom exercises his rights as a tenured professor, and makes a strong interpretation of the behavior of the North Dakota legislature. Tom asks, in a cross-partisan way: “how much can we tighten our belts before we strangle ourselves?” and wonders why we tolerate an attitude of “don’t get your hopes up.”

                  Want to know how embedded this sentiment into Northern Plains culture?  Enjoy this sign from an official employee bulletin border in the State Capitol.

                  low expectations

                  But, we end on very positive notes about how there is a generation that very much wants to bring renewal to the Northern Plains and North Dakota. When people want to stay, and there are no jobs, they will create them.  We also discuss Tom’s work in building German-Russian heritage tourism, and Richard opines that it is an idea that is just the right amount of crazy.  We actually have a really vigorous discussion of this topic about 40 minutes in, to make up for the egg-headed beginning of our discussion.

                  dinosaurs

                  During editing Richard noted he really, really needs to work harder at creating context.

                  There’s an easter egg at the end of the podcast.

                  Some links:

                  IMG 1524And for those who are wondering, the Mighty Milo is doing just fine this summer… except that he decided to eat a bunch of pebbles which gave him a wicked tummy ache!


                  Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

                  Inquadra: un approccio multimediale per la Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

                  Lo scorso 19 dicembre fu presentato al pubblico e alla stampa il progetto INQUADRA che prevedeva una nuova visione di fruizione delle opere presenti nel museo. Partendo dalla nuova attribuzione iconografica della sala 18 della Galleria, che per anni fu la sala che raccontava le gesta del condottiero perugino per antonomasia “Braccio Da Montone” e che, dopo una attenta rilettura del ciclo, ha visto nei “Farnese” gli interpreti delle sontuose decorazioni, si è preso spunto per la creazione di un innovativo approccio multimediale applicato ad uno dei gioielli della Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria.

                  I giovani ed il restauro: un convegno internazionale a Roma

                  I GIOVANI E IL RESTAURO. L’ARTE NEL TEMPO: SIGNIFICATO, TRASFORMAZIONE E CONSERVAZIONE” è un convegno nazionale ed internazionale per i giovani laureati nelle discipline inerenti la conservazione ed il restauro, in modo particolare per le figure professionali del restauratore e dell’esperto scientifico. L’oggetto del convegno concerne la presentazione delle migliori tesi di laurea afferenti al campo della Conservazione e del Restauro dei Beni Culturali.

                  Corso sul Rilievo fotogrammetrico 3D e gestione delle mesh a fine giugno a Roma

                  A seguito del successo delle ultime edizioni, Terrelogiche presenta una sessione straordinaria del corso “Rilievo Fotogrammetrico 3D e gestione delle mesh” per soddisfare le richieste di iscrizione. Si tratta di un corso di base della durata di tre giorni che si svolgerà dal 24, 25 e 26 giugno 2015 a Roma.

                  Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                  Open Access Journal: The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES)

                   [First posted in AWOL 12 October 2011, updated (full text of vol. 3) 21 May 2015]

                  The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES)
                  http://egyptology-bg.org/wp-content/themes/egypt/images/logo.png


                  The Journal of Egyptological Studies (JES) is published by the Bulgarian Institute of Egyptology. It is issued on an annual basis since September 2004. The JES is a result of the development and expansion of Egyptology in Bulgaria. It gives Egyptologists an opportunity to publish new original ideas, new approaches and data in connection with the language, literature, religion, archeology and history of the “place where our hearts live”.

                  The Journal of Egyptological Studies is open to the international Egyptolgical society, but also aims to establish a bridge between Western schools of Egyptology and their colleagues from Eastern Europe. As a result of World War II and the political changes, which took place afterwards, part of the connections between scholars from different countries in Europe has been interrupted. Nowadays, for example, few Egyptologists abroad know about fundamental achievements of Russian scholars in the field of socio-economic, political and cultural history of Ancient Egypt. We want to cooperate in filling this gap, encouraging young scholars to contribute to the process of exchange of ideas and experience in our field.
                  See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies

                  May 21, 2015

                  Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                  A Catalog of Digital Scholarly Editions

                  v 3.0, snapshot 2008ff

                  compiled by Patrick Sahle, last change 2015/02/03
                  by title
                  by general subject area
                  literature (153), history (176), philosophy (21), music (5)
                  by material
                  by language of material
                  latin (67), english (154), french (27), german (70), italian (13), other (30)
                  by epoch
                  antiquity (10), early (23) / high (32) / late (58) middle ages, early modern (64), modern (169)
                  recommended

                  Tom Elliott (Horothesia)

                  nose.tools


                  >>> import nose.tools
                  >>> import pprint
                  >>> tools = [n for n in dir(nose.tools) if n[0] != '_']
                  >>> pprint.pprint(tools)
                  ['TimeExpired',
                   'assert_almost_equal',
                   'assert_almost_equals',
                   'assert_dict_contains_subset',
                   'assert_dict_equal',
                   'assert_equal',
                   'assert_equals',
                   'assert_false',
                   'assert_greater',
                   'assert_greater_equal',
                   'assert_in',
                   'assert_is',
                   'assert_is_instance',
                   'assert_is_none',
                   'assert_is_not',
                   'assert_is_not_none',
                   'assert_items_equal',
                   'assert_less',
                   'assert_less_equal',
                   'assert_list_equal',
                   'assert_multi_line_equal',
                   'assert_not_almost_equal',
                   'assert_not_almost_equals',
                   'assert_not_equal',
                   'assert_not_equals',
                   'assert_not_in',
                   'assert_not_is_instance',
                   'assert_not_regexp_matches',
                   'assert_raises',
                   'assert_raises_regexp',
                   'assert_regexp_matches',
                   'assert_sequence_equal',
                   'assert_set_equal',
                   'assert_true',
                   'assert_tuple_equal',
                   'eq_',
                   'istest',
                   'make_decorator',
                   'nontrivial',
                   'nontrivial_all',
                   'nottest',
                   'ok_',
                   'raises',
                   'set_trace',
                   'timed',
                   'trivial',
                   'trivial_all',
                   'with_setup']

                  Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                  New in ARTA: A New Inscription of Xerxes? One More Forgery

                  Schmitt, Rüdiger, with contributions of Hamid Rezai Sadr. “A New Inscription of Xerxes? One More Forgery.” ARTA: Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology 2015, no. 003 (2015): 1–8. http://www.achemenet.com/document/ARTA_2015.003-Schmitt.pdf

                  CDLI News: Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

                  Detroit Institute of Arts—Cuneiform too!
                  The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported research project “Creating a Sustainable Digital Cuneiform Library (CSDCL),” are delighted to announce the addition of new resources to the web in support of online research and of the digital preservation of shared world cultural heritage. Under the general direction of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), an international research project based at the University of California, Los Angeles, an initial agreement of cooperation was reached in December of 2013 between Prof. Robert K. Englund, CDLI Principal Investigator, and Lina Meerchyad, DIA Collection Research Associate, who managed communication, catalogued objects, compiled and shared photographs, and translated texts of DIA cuneiform objects. With the generous support of the Department of Collections Management and the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World at the DIA, the collection was scanned in May of 2014 by CDLI member and UCLA graduate student Michael Heinle, working closely with Lina Meerchyad in Detroit. The results of that collaboration have now been added to the CDLI website, viewable here; they can also be viewed via the project’s search page (type DIA in “Collection number”). 
                   
                  The DIA is one of the top art museums in the United States. In addition to having great collections of famous artworks, the Museum also possesses discoveries from ancient Middle East, Africa, Egypt, Europe, Greece, America, etc. The art of Ancient Middle East collection consists of significant archaeological artifacts from the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Arabia. Within the collection is a group of 34 administrative cuneiform clay tablets, cones, and bullae that were formerly in the collection of Prof. Albert T. Clay, Yale University, donated to the museum by Henry Glover Stevens in 1919. The objects date back to the Sumerian kings of the Third Dynasty of Ur, Shulgi, Amar-Sin, Shu-Sin, and Ibbi-Sin, and were mostly found at Puzrish-Dagan, Umma, and Girsu (ca. 2112-2004 BC). Among them are documents from the time of Sin-kashid of the Early Old Babylonian (ca.1790 BC), as well as from the Old, Middle, and neo-Babylonian periods, dated from the 19th-6th centuries BC. Other inscribed objects are neo-Assyrian reliefs of Assurnasirpal II (883-859 BC), a brick of Shalmaneser III (858-824 BC), a relief from the Palace of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC), all from Nimrud, and a statue of Gudea, the governor of Lagash (ca. 2150-2125 BC). Three publications in the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts on the latter objects can be viewed here.
                   
                  With the goals of ensuring the long-term digital preservation of ancient inscriptions on cuneiform text artifacts, of furthering Humanities research, and of providing free international access to all objects data, we hope that the DIA-CDLI collaboration will be welcomed by Assyriologists, scholars of related fields, and all those generally interested in the history of the ancient Near East. We look forward to their investigation of the DIA digital content, and are grateful for their corrections and interest in our catalogue and in publishing unedited texts in the collection. For publication purposes, any inquiries about the cuneiform collection should be directed to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
                   
                  For the Detroit Institute of Arts:
                  Lina H. M. Meerchyad, Collection Research Associate, Collections Management, DIA
                   
                  For the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative:
                  Robert K. Englund, Director, CDLI, and Professor of Assyriology, UCLA

                  Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

                  Something for Everyone

                  Additional MS 36684 is a Book of Hours, about the size of a small paperback, made in Northern France in the area of Saint-Omer, near where our large set of Arthurian volumes (recently immortalised in cake) were made and decorated, also in the 2nd decade of the 14th century. Though...

                  Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

                  Recap Part I: Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing across the Disciplines Workshop (CrowdCon)

                  From May 6-8, 2015, MITH teamed up with Dartmouth College and the iSchool at University of Maryland to host a workshop entitled Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing across the Disciplines (CrowdCon).  The goal of the workshop was to expand the ongoing conversations about best practices for engaging the public across both the humanities and the sciences, in order to build a networking bridge for crowdsourced research projects and to build a consortium to support such work.

                  Much attention has recently been given to ​“crowdsourced,” or “citizen science/citizen humanists” projects, which have developed across numerous fields, including the sciences, government, and education, both for knowledge generation and for increasing the level of engagement between online resources and the public. Crowdsourced projects now increasingly draw the attention of funders who recognize the value of these methodologies for public engagement and the generation of new knowledge.

                  Over three days, CrowdCon discussed standards for evaluating and incorporating user-generated contributions and directions for the implementation of crowdsourcing efforts; established a national consortium among groups involved with these projects; and provided a means for funders to understand the opportunities and challenges for crowdsourcing.

                  This event was organized by Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College), Neil Fraistat (MITH, University of Maryland), and Andrea Wiggins (iSchool, University of Maryland). CrowdCon was sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Sloan Foundation..

                  MITH Winnemore Fellow Amanda Visconti provided thorough social media coverage of the event using the hashtag #CrowdCon via Twitter. See below for a collection of Storified tweets of the event along with select videos from various sessions. This is the first of a two-part series of posts documenting the event. Stay tuned for more videos and Stories next week!

                  1. Keynote by Mary Flanagan (Wednesday May 6, 2015)
                  2. “Signals” for current & future research crowdsourcing concerns
                  3. “Dispatches from the Field” panel (Thursday May 7, 2015)
                  4. Funding, Example Projects, & Resources/Reading
                  5. Photos of Research Crowdsourcing Brainstorming and Presentations

                  Tom Elliott (Horothesia)

                  New in Maia: Kristina Killgrove

                  I have just added the following two blogs to the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator:

                  title = Kristina Killgrove (Forbes)
                  url = http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/
                  creators = Kristina Killgrove
                  description = Kristina Killgrove's stories.
                  feed = http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/feed/

                  title = Powered By Osteons
                  url = http://www.poweredbyosteons.org/
                  creators = Kristina Killgrove
                  feed = http://www.poweredbyosteons.org/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

                  I'm embarrassed to admit that Powered By Osteons is only now getting into Maia. I've been impressed with and reading it for a long time; I don't know how I failed to include it previously. My apologies to the author!

                  The Signal: Digital Preservation

                  The K-12 Web Archiving Program: Preserving the Web from a Youthful Point of View

                  This article is being co-published on the Teaching With the Library of Congress blog and was written by Butch Lazorchak and Cheryl Lederle.

                  If you believe the Web (and who doesn’t believe everything they read on the Web?), it boastfully celebrated its 25th birthday last year. Twenty-five years is long enough for the first “children of the Web” to be fully-grown adults, just now coming of age to recognize that the Web that grew up around them has irrevocably changed.

                  In this particular instance, change is good. It’s only by becoming aware of what we’re losing (or have already lost) that we’ll be spurred to action to preserve it. We’ve been aware of the value of the historic web for a number of years here at the Library of Congress, and we’ve worked hard to understand how to capture the Web through the Library’s Web Archiving program and the work we’ve done with partners at the Memento project and through the International Internet Preservation Consortium.

                  K-12 Web Archiving Program.

                  K-12 Web Archiving Program.

                  But let’s go back to those “children of the Web.” Nostalgia is a powerful driver for preservation, but most preservation efforts are driven by full-grown adults. If they’re able to bring a child’s perspective to their work it’s only through the prism of their own memory, and in any event, the nostalgic items they may wish to capture may not be around anymore by the time they get to them. What’s needed is not just a nostalgic memory of the web, but efforts to curate and capture the web with a perspective that includes the interests of the young. And who better to represent the interests of the young than children and teenagers themselves! Luckily the Library of Congress has such a program: the K-12 web archiving program.

                  The K-12 Web Archiving program has been operating since 2008, engaging dozens of schools and hundreds of students from schools, large and small, from across the U.S. in understanding what the Web means to them, and why it’s important to capture it. In partnership with the Internet Archive, the program enables schools to set up their own web capture tools and choose sets of web resources to collect; resources that represent the full range of youthful experience, including popular culture, commerce, news, entertainment and more.

                  Cheryl Lederle, an Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress, notes that the program builds student awareness of the internet as a primary source as well as how quickly it can change. The program might best be understood through the reflections of participating teachers:

                  • “The students gained an understanding of how history is understood through the primary sources that are preserved and therefore the importance of the selection process for what we are digitally preserving. But, I think the biggest gain was their personal investment in preserving their own history for future generations. The students were excited and fully engaged by being a part of the K-12 archiving program and that their choices were being preserved for their own children someday to view.” – MaryJane Cochrane, Paul VI Catholic High School
                  • “The project introduced my students to historical thinking; awareness of digital data as a primary source and documentation of current events and popular culture; and helped foster an appreciation and awareness of libraries and historical archives.” – Patricia Carlton, Mount Dora High School

                  And participating students:

                  • “Before this project, I was under the impression that whatever was posted on the Internet was permanent. But now, I realize that information posted on the Internet is always changing and evolving.”
                  • “I find it very interesting that you can look back on old websites and see how technology has progressed. I want to look back on the sites we posted in the future to see how things have changed.”
                  • “I was surprised by the fact that people from the next generation will also share the information that I have collected.”
                  • “They’re really going to listen to us and let us choose sites to save? We’re eight!”

                  Collections from 2008-2014 are available for study on the K-12 Web Archiving site, and the current school year will be added soon. Students examining these collections might:

                  • Compare one school’s collections from different years.
                  • Compare collections preserved by students of different grade levels in the same year.
                  • Compare collections by students of the same grade level, but from different locations.
                  • Create a list of Web sites they think should be preserved and organize them into two or three collections.

                  What did your students discover about the value of preserving Web sites?

                  DigPal Blog

                  Manusciences '15 Summer School

                  A very interesting summer programme is being run jointly by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole pratique des hautes études to work on computational methods as applied to manuscript studies. The programme looks very interesting indeed, and many of the lecturers I know and I can attest that they are among the top in the field, so I strongly recommend looking into this if you are interested at all.

                  The announcement I have received is as follows:

                  We call for applications to the manusciences '15 summer university organized by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole pratique des hautes études on the beautiful island of Frauenchiemsee near Munich between September 6 and September 12, 2015. In presentations and practical exercises we will present the possibilities and limits in the application of CSI-style techniques from material sciences, imaging computational and digital humanities to manuscripts. MA students, PhD candidats, postdocs and colleagues from all countries dealing with any of the concerned disciplines or manuscript cultures may apply. We have numerous scholarships to cover the hotel and meal expenses. 
                  Many further details can be found here: http://humanum.ephe.fr/en/manusciences-15
                  Deadline: May 26, 2015 (soon!).

                  The Stoa Consortium

                  Linked Data for the Humanities Workshop in Oxford

                  Via Terhi Nurmikko:

                  Linked Data for the Humanities Workshop: A semantic web of scholarly data
                  Part of the Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School, held 20th – 24th July 2015.
                  Book your place via http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/linkeddata.html

                  Come and learn from experts and engage with participants from around the world, from every field and career stage. Develop your knowledge and acquire new skills to support your interest in Linked Data for the Humanities. Immerse yourself in this specialist topic for a week, and widen your horizons through the keynote and additional sessions.

                  The Linked Data in the Humanities workshop introduces the concepts and technologies behind Linked Data and the Semantic Web and teaches attendees how they can publish their research so that it is available in these forms for reuse by other humanities scholars, and how to access and manipulate Linked Data resources provided by others. The Semantic Web tools and methods described over the week use distinct but interwoven models to represent services, data collections, workflows, and the domain of an application. Topics covered will include: the RDF format; modelling your data and publishing to the web; Linked Data; querying RDF data using SPARQL; and choosing and designing vocabularies and ontologies.

                  The workshop comprises a series of lectures and hands-on tutorials. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts in the context of Semantic Web systems deployed in and around the humanities, many of which are introduced by their creators. Each lecture is paired with a practical session in which attendees are guided through their own exploration of the topics covered.

                  Book your place via http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/linkeddata.html

                  For more information about the Digital Humanities Oxford Summmer School, see http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/ .

                  Cooper-Hewitt Labs

                  Happy Staff = Happy Visitors: Improving Back-of-House Interfaces

                  “You have to make the back of the fence that people won’t see look just as beautiful as the front, just like a great carpenter would make the back of a chest of drawers … Even though others won’t see it, you will know it’s there, and that will make you more proud of your design.”

                  —Steve Jobs

                  In my last post I talked about improvements to online ticketing based on observations made in the first weeks after launching the Pen.

                  Today’s post is about an important internal tool: the registration station whose job is to pair a new ticket with a new pen. Though visitors will never see this interface, it’s really important that it be simple, easy, clear, and fast. It is also critical that staff are able to understand the feedback from this app because if a pen is incorrectly paired with a ticket then the visitor’s data (collections and creations) will be lost.

                  Like a Steve-Jobs-approved iPod or a Van Cleef & Arpels ruby brooch, the “inside” of our system should be as carefully and thoughtfully designed as the outside.

                  the view from behind a desk with screens and wires everywhere. a tablet positioned upright with some tiny text and bars of color.

                  Version 1 of the app was functional but cluttered, with too much text, and no clear point of focus for the eye.

                  Because the first version of the app was built to be procedurally functional, its visual design was given little consideration. However, the application as a whole was designed so that the user interface – running in a web browser – was completely separate from the underlying pen pairing functionality, which makes updating the front-end a relatively straightforward task.

                  Also, we were getting a few complaints from visitors who returned home eager to see their visit diary, and were disappointed to see that their custom URL contained no data. We suspected this could have been a result of the poor UI at ticketing.

                  With this in mind, I sat behind the desk to observe our staff in action with real customers. I did about three sessions, for about ten minutes each, sometimes during heavy visitor traffic and sometimes during light traffic. Here’s what I kept an eye on while observing:

                  • How many actions are required per transaction? Is there any way to minimize the number of “clicks” (in this case, “taps”) required from staff?
                  • Is the visual feedback clear enough to be understood with only partial attention? Or do  typography, colors, and composition require an operator’s full attention to understand what’s going on?
                  • What extraneous information can we minimize or omit?
                  • What’s the critical information we should enlarge or emphasize?

                  After observing, I tried my hand at the app myself. This was actually more edifying than doing observations. Kathleen, our head of Visitor Services, had a batch of about 30 Pens to pair for a group, and I offered to help. I was very slow with the app, so I wasn’t really of much help, moving through my batch of pens at about half the speed of Kathleen’s staff.

                  Some readers may be thinking that since the desk staff had adjusted to a less-than-excellent visual design and were already moving pretty fast with it, this could be a reason not to improve it. As designers, we should always be helping and improving. Nobody should have to live with a crappy interface, even if they’ve adjusted to it! And, there will be new staff, and they will get to skip the adjustment process and start on the right foot with a better-designed tool.

                  My struggle to use the app was fuel for its redesign, which you can see germinating in my drawings below.

                  some marker sketches of a tablet interface with lots of scribbled notes

                  After several rounds of paper sketches like these, the desk reps and I decided on this sequence as the starting point for version two of the app.

                  These were the last in a series of drawings that I worked through with the desk staff. So our first few “iterative prototypes” were created and improved upon in a matter of minutes, since they were simply scribbled on paper. We arrived at the above stopping point, which Sam turned into working code.

                  Here’s what’s new in version 2:

                  • The most important information—the alphanumeric shortcode— is emphasized. The font is about 6 or 7 times bigger, with exaggerated spacing and lots of padding (white space) on all sides for increased legibility. Or as I like to call it, “glanceability.” This helps make sure that the front of house staff pair the correct pen with the correct ticket.
                  • Fewer words. For example, “Check Out Pen With This Shortcode” changed to “GO”, “Pen has been successfully checked out and written with shortcode ABCD” changed to “Success,” etc. This makes it easier for staff to know, quickly, that the process has worked and they can move on to the next ticket/pen/customer.

                  “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
                  Mark Twain

                  • More accurate words. Our team uses a different vernacular from the people working at the desk. This is normal, since we don’t work together often, and like any neighboring tribes, we’ve developed subtly different words for different things. Since this app is used by desk staff, I wanted it to reflect their language, not ours. For example, “Pair” is what they call “check-out” and “Return” is what they call “check-in.”
                  • Better visual hierarchy: The original app had many competing horizontal bands of content, with no clear visual clue as to which band needed the operator’s attention at any given time. We used white space, color (green/yellow/red for go/wait/stop), and re-arranging of elements (less-used features to the bottom, more-used features to the top) to better direct the eye and make it clear to the user what she ought to be looking at.
                  • Simple animations to help the user understand when the app is “working” and they should just wait.

                  Still to come are added features (bulk pairing, maintenance mode) and any ideas the desk reps might develop after a couple of weeks of using the new version.

                  Imagine how difficult this process would have been if the museum had outsourced all of its design and programming work, or if it were all encased in a proprietary system.

                  Katy Meyers (Bones Don't Lie)

                  Don’t Believe the Morbid Hype: Nigerian Restaurant (NOT) Selling Human Meat

                  Every once in a while, I’ll get sent an article that is something so fantastical and bizarre that I’m not so sure I even believe it. This is a very […]

                  Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

                  I calchi di Pompei restaurati ed in 3D

                  La Soprintendenza Speciale per Pompei, Ercolano e Stabia ha comunicato che sono state avviate le attività di restauro di ben 86 calchi selezionati per un importante intervento di restauro, previsto nell’ambito del Grande Progetto Pompei. I manufatti provengono da differenti edifici dell’area archeologica e dai depositi della Soprintendenza.

                  Professioni per le Residenze: incontro sulla tema della digitalizzazione nei musei.

                  Il 25 maggio presso l'Aula Magna del Centro di Conservazione e Restauro "La Venaria Reale" si svolgerà il quarto incontro del ciclo di otto seminari incentrati sulla Museografia e Conservazione preventiva "Professioni per le Residenze" organizzati dall'Università di Torino in collaborazione con il CCR.

                  Documentare le opere d'arte. Il caso del Crocifisso di Donatello

                  All'interno del ciclo di conferenze dedicate ad approfondire le attività di diagnostica e di restauro sul Crocifisso di Donatello della Chiesa dei Servi di Padova, il 21 maggio alle ore 17.00 al Museo Diocesano di Padova si terrà l'incontro Documentare le opere d’arte: dalla ricerca scientifica alle applicazioni multimediali. Il caso del Crocifisso di Donatello della Chiesa dei Servi di Padova, a cui interverranno Stefania De Blasi, storico dell’arte, responsabile del Centro di Documentazione e Marco Nervo, fisico, responsabile dei Laboratori Scientifici, CCR La Venaria Reale.

                  Scuola Estiva di Rilievo e Modellazione 3D a Sepino, edizione 2015

                  Dal 20 al 24 luglio 2015 il Laboratorio di fotogrammetria dell'Università IUAV di Venezia organizza presso l'area archeologica di Sepino una scuola estiva sul rilievo al modellazione 3D. Il programma sarà incentrato sulle tematiche del rilievo topografico (terrestre e satellitare), laser scanning, fotogrammetrico e sulla modellazione tridimensionale. 

                  L’Archivio Chini: testimonianze di una vita al servizio dell’arte. La presentazione dell'Inventario

                   Il 29 maggio 2015, alle ore 15.00, si svolgerà a Villa Argentina, Viareggio, la presentazione dell’inventario dell’Archivio Chini di Lido di Camaiore, realizzato nell’ambito del progetto di digitalizzazione e valorizzazione avviato nel 2012 da Promo PA Fondazione e sostenuto dalla Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca.

                  Accessibilità al patrimonio storico architettonico costiero

                  L'incontro, dedicato all'accessibilità ed alla valorizzazione del patrimonio storico - architettonico costiero, sarà la sede di presentazione dei risultati scaturiti dalle attività del progetto Transfrontaliero I Perla in Sardegna.
                  L’obiettivo del dibattito é stimolare tra cittadinanza, enti locali e partner di I Perla una riflessione sulle criticità e potenzialità del progetto stesso, anche in vista dei nuovi bandi 2014-2020. L'evento si svolgerà il 4 Giugno 2015 dalle ore 9.00 presso l'Ex Convento dei Cappuccini in  via Brigata Sassari n.3 a Quartu Sant’Elena, Cagliari.

                  Shawn Graham (Electric Archaeology)

                  Low Friction Augmented Reality

                  But my arms get tired.

                  Maybe you’ve thought, ‘Augmented reality – meh’. I’ve thought that too. Peeping through my tablet or phone’s screen at a 3d model displayed on top of the viewfinder… it can be neat, but as Stu wrote years ago,

                  [with regard to ‘Streetmuseum’, a lauded AR app overlaying historic London on modern London] …it is really the equivalent of using your GPS to query a database and get back a picture of where you are. Or indeed going to the local postcard kiosk buying an old paper postcard of, say, St. Paul’s Cathedral and then holding it up as you walk around the cathedral grounds.

                  I’ve said before that, as historians and archaeologists, we’re maybe missing a trick by messing around with visual augmented reality. The past is aural. (If you want an example of how affecting an aural experience can be, try Blindside).

                  Maybe you’ve seen ‘Ghosts in the Garden‘. This is a good model. But what if you’re just one person at your organization? It’s hard to put together a website, let alone voice actors, custom cases and devices, and so on. I’ve been experimenting these last few days with trying to use the Twine interactive fiction platform as a low-friction AR environment. Normally, one uses Twine to create choose-your-own-adventure texts. A chunk of text, a few choices, those choices lead to new texts… and so on. Twine uses an editor that is rather like having little index cards that you move around, automatically creating new cards as you create new choices. When you’re finished, Twine exports everything you’ve done into a single html file that can live online somewhere.

                  That doesn’t begin to even touch the clever things that folks can do with Twine. Twine is indeed quite complex. For one thing, as we’ll see below, it’s possible to arrange things so that passages of text are triggered not by clicking, but by your position in geographical space.

                  You can augment reality with Twine. You don’t need to buy the fancy software package, or the monthly SDK license. You can do it yourself, and keep control over your materials, working with this fantastic open-source platform.

                  When the idea occurred to me, I had no idea how to make it happen. I posed the question on the Twine forums, and several folks chimed in with suggestions about how to make this work. I now have a platform for delivering an augmented reality experience. When you pass through an area where I’ve put a geotrigger, right now, it plays various audio files (I’m going for a horror-schlock vibe. Lots of backwards talking. Very Twin Peaks). What I have in mind is that you would have to listen carefully to figure out where other geotriggers might be (or it could be straight-up tour-guide type audio or video). I’ve also played with embedding 3d models (both with and without Oculus Rift enabled), another approach which is also full of potential – perhaps the player/reader has to carefully examine the annotations on the 3d model to figure out what happens next.

                  Getting it to work on my device was a bit awkward, as I had to turn on geolocation for apps, for Google, for everything that wanted it (I’ve since turned geolocation off again).

                  If you’re on Carleton’s campus, you can play the proof-of-concept now: http://philome.la/electricarchaeo/test-of-geolocation-triggers/play  But if you’re not on Carleton’s campus, well, that’s not all that useful.

                  To get this working for you, you need to start a new project in Twine 2. Under story format (click the up arrow beside your story title, bottom left of the editor), make sure you’ve selected Sugarcube (this is important; the different formats have different abilities, and we’re using a lot of javascript here). Then, in the same place, find ‘edit story javascript’ because you need to add a whole bunch of javascript:

                  (function () {
                  if ("geolocation" in navigator && typeof navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition === "function") {
                  // setup the success and error callbacks as well as the options object
                  var positionSuccess = function (position) {
                  // you could simply assign the `coords` object to `$Location`,
                  // however, this assigns only the latitude and longitude since
                  // that seems to have been what you were attempting to do before
                  state.active.variables["Location"] = {
                  latitude : position.coords.latitude,
                  longitude : position.coords.longitude
                  };
                  // access would be like: $Location.latitude and $Location.longitude
                  },
                  positionError = function (error) {
                  /* currently a no-op; code that handles errors */
                  },
                  positionOptions = {
                  timeout: 31000,
                  enableHighAccuracy: true,
                  maximumAge : 120000 // (in ms) cached results may not be older than 1 minute
                  // this can probably be tweaked upwards a bit
                  };
                  
                  // since the API is asynchronous, we give `$Location` an initial value, so
                  // trying to access it immediately causes no issues if the first callback
                  // takes a while
                  state.active.variables["Location"] = { latitude : 0, longitude : 0 };
                  
                  // make an initial call for a position while the system is still starting
                  // up, so we can get real data ASAP (probably not strictly necessary as the
                  // first call via the `predisplay` task [below] should happen soon enough)
                  navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(
                  positionSuccess,
                  positionError,
                  positionOptions
                  );
                  
                  // register a `predisplay` task which attempts to update the `$Location`
                  // variable whenever passage navigation occurs
                  predisplay["geoGetCurrentPosition"] = function () {
                  navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(
                  positionSuccess,
                  positionError,
                  positionOptions
                  );
                  };
                  } else {
                  /* currently a no-op; code that handles a missing/disabled geolocation API */
                  }
                  }());
                  
                  (function () {
                  window.approxEqual = function (a, b, allowedDiff) { // allowedDiff must always be > 0
                  if (a === b) { // handles various "exact" edge cases
                  return true;
                  }
                  allowedDiff = allowedDiff || 0.0005;
                  return Math.abs(a - b) < allowedDiff;
                  };
                  }());
                  
                  

                  The first function enables your Twine story to get geocoordinates. The second function enables us to put a buffer around the points of interest. Then, in our story, you have to call that code and compare the result against your points of interest so that Twine knows which passage to display. So in a new passage – call it ‘Search for Geotriggers’- you have this:

                  <<if approxEqual($Location.latitude, $Torontolat) and approxEqual($Location.longitude, $Torontolong)>>
                  <<display “Downtown Toronto”>>
                  <<else>>
                  <<display “I don’t know anything about where you are”>>
                  <</if>>

                  So that bit above says, if the location is more or less equal to the POI called Torontolat,Torontolong, then display the passage called “Downtown Toronto”. If you’re not within the buffer around the Toronto point, display the passage called “I don’t know anything about where you are”.

                  Back at the beginning of your story, you have an initialization passage (where your story starts) and you set some of those variables:

                  <<set $Torontolat = 43.653226>>
                  <<set $Torontolong = -79.3831843>>

                  [[Search for Geotriggers]]

                  And that’s the basics of building a DIY augmented reality. Augmented? Sure it’s augmented. You’re bringing digital ephemera into play (and I use the word play deliberately) in the real world. Whether you build a story around that, or go for more of the tour guide approach, or devise fiendish puzzles, is up to you.

                  I’m grateful to ‘Greyelf’ and ‘TheMadExile’ for their help and guidance as I futzed about doing this.

                  [update May 22: Here is the html for a game that takes place in and around downtown Ottawa Ontario. Download it somewhere handy, then open the Twine 2 editor. Open the game file in the editor via the Import button and you’ll see how I built it, organized the triggers and so on. Of course, it totally spoils any surprise or emergent experience once you can see all the working parts so if you’re in Ottawa, play it here on your device first before examining the plumbing!]


                  Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                  Open Access Monograph Series: ANCIENT NEAR EAST MONOGRAPHS / MONOGRAFIAS SOBRE EL ANTIGUO CERCANO ORIENTE

                  [First posted in AWOL 7 April 2012, updated 20 May 2015]

                  ANCIENT NEAR EAST MONOGRAPHS / MONOGRAFIAS SOBRE EL ANTIGUO CERCANO ORIENTE
                  The focus of this ambitious series is on the ancient Near East, including ancient Israel and its literature, from the early Neolithic to the early Hellenistic eras. Studies that are heavily philological or archaeological are both suited to this series, and can take full advantage of the hypertext capabilities of “born digital” publication. Multiple author and edited volumes as well as monographs are accepted. Proposals and manuscripts may be submitted in either English or Spanish. Manuscripts are peer reviewed by at least two scholars in the area before acceptance. Published volumes will be held to the high scholarly standards of the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente. The partnership between the SBL and the Centro de Estudios de Historia del Antiguo Oriente was initiated under the auspices of SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and represents the type of international scholarly exchange that is the goal of ICI. 

                  Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient Near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription
                  by Richard C. Steiner
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                  Historical Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew: Steps Toward an Integrated Approach  
                  by Robert Rezetko and Ian Young
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                  Israel and the Assyrians: Deuteronomy, the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and the Nature of Subversion  
                  by C. L. Crouch
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                  Divination, Politics, and Ancient Near Eastern Empires  
                  edited by Alan Lenzi and Jonathan Stökl
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                  Deuteronomy-Kings as Emerging Authoritative Books: A Conversation  
                  edited by Diana V. Edelman
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                  The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel 
                  by Israel Finkelstein
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                  Constructs of Prophecy in the Former and Latter Prophets and Other Texts 
                  edited by Lester L. Grabbe and Martti Nissinen
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                  Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction 
                  Alan Lenzi
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                  El Intercambio de Bienes entre Egipto y Asia Anterior: Desde el reinado de Tuthmosis III hasta el de Akhenaton 
                  Graciela Gestoso Singer
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                  Centro y periferia en el mundo antiguo: El Negev y sus interacciones con Egipto, Asiria, y el Levante en la Edad del Hierro (1200-586 a.C.)
                  Juan Manuel Tebes
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                  May 20, 2015

                  The Homer Multitext

                  Variations on Briseis: Special Homeric Poetics Edition

                  In June the Center for Hellenic Studies will once again host the Homer Multitext Summer Seminar. Each year the seminar introduces a new generation of student researchers to the principles that underly the Homer Multitext project via a particular book of the Iliad. By the end of the seminar the students will not only have created their own edition of the text and scholia for that book as represented in the Venetus A manuscript of the Iliad, they will also know a great deal about how the Iliad was composed and the poetics of a work that was composed in performance.

                  Attic  red-figure skyphos (Louvre G 146) showing
                  the taking of Briseis by Agamemnon
                  This year's book is Iliad 19, which happens to feature the only words spoken in the poem by Briseis, the woman whose seizure by Agamemnon in book 1 initiates the entire plot of the Iliad. In my 2002 book, Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis, I used the character of Briseis as an entry point for discussing the multiformity of the epic tradition and how that affects our understanding of the poetics of the Iliad. Because Briseis only speaks ten verses in the Iliad, one might be tempted to think that she is not a traditional character, or to put it another way, that she does not have her own story. Briseis’ role in the Iliad is indeed enormously compressed from the standpoint of both the Iliad as a whole and the entire tradition of the Epic Cycle. In the Iliad she does not even have a name—her name means simply “daughter of Brises.” Yet elsewhere there are hints that her name was Hippodameia, and that she was part of another story—or other stories.  She is named Hippodameia by the A scholia at 1.392 and in Dictys of Crete. Here is what the Venetus A scholia say about her:
                  κούρην Βρισῆος: ἐοικεν πατρωνυμικῶς τὰ ὀνόματα αὐτῶν σχηματίζειν ὁ ποιητὴς καὶ οὐ κυρίως ὡς γὰρ ἄλλοι ἀρχαῖοι ἱστοροῦσιν. ἡ μὲν Ἀστυνόμη ἐκαλεῖτο· ἡ δὲ Ἱπποδάμεια. ὁ δὲ τρόπος ἀντωνομασία 
                  It is likely that the poet forms their names patronymically and not precisely. For as the other arkhaioi [poets] tell it, the one [Chryseis] was called Astynome and the other [Briseis] was called Hippodameia. The trope is antonomasia [i.e., using one name for another]. 
                  While it is not certain which poets or song traditions are meant by arkhaioi here, the work of Albert Henrichs has shown that the term arkhaioi in the scholia generally refers to Homer and earlier poets in contrast with more recent poets (hoi neôteroi), who include Hesiod, the archaic poets, the tragedians, and Alexandrian poets like Callimachus. The comment suggests then that in some early epic narratives Briseis had a personal name, and by extension, a story to go with it.

                  It is important to understand that the Iliad is a narrative about the anger of Achilles in the tenth year of the Trojan War. Much earlier as well as much later events are woven into a story that takes place in only a few days’ time. Even though at over 15,000 verses it might take as many as three days to perform, the Iliad is nevertheless a compression of the potentially full extent of epic poetry about Troy—what we might call the ultimate expansion of the Iliad. I suggest that one result of this compression is that the Iliad only gives us a glimpse of the figure of Briseis, whose role in the larger epic tradition must have been much greater.

                  It seems likely that there were at least two variations on the story of Briseis in antiquity, because of the two-fold pattern she fulfills in the surviving ancient references. In at least one tradition she is very much a young (or at least unmarried) girl, the daughter of King Brises of Pedasos, whom Achilles receives as a prize along with Diomedeia, the daughter of King Phorbas of Lesbos (see Chapter 3 in Dué 2002). But according to Iliad 2.688-694, 19.295-296, and elsewhere she was captured by Achilles in the sack of Lyrnessos, and in her lament for Patroklos (Iliad 19.292-302) Briseis says that she was married, and that Achilles killed her husband, who may have been King Mynes. Our Iliad alludes to multiple variations on these two basic themes.

                  Briseis is featured in a number of ancient vase paintings, which are similarly multiform in their depiction of Briseis' story. (See Chapter 1 of Dué 2002.) The one included above shows her being taken by Agamemnon from the tent of Achilles (a variation on the Iliad, where two heralds come to take Briseis). This event is narrated in book 1 of the Iliad, where the text says, tantalizingly, that she went “unwillingly.” In Iliad 9 Achilles proclaims that he loves her as a man loves his wife, even though he won her in war (ἐκ θυμοῦ φίλεον δουρικτητήν περ ἐοῦσαν 9.343). In Briseis’ lament for Patroklos in Iliad 19 we learn of her hope to become Achilles’ wedded wife in Phthia. And so we see that compressed but not entirely hidden within the Iliad there is also a love story. (See also Fantuzzi 2012.)

                  A multitextual approach to the Iliad allows us to appreciate the long history and multiformity of the tradition from which poets and vase painters told their stories. As I write in my 2002 book, Archaic vase-paintings can even make it possible for us to reconstruct variant poetic traditions to which the Iliad alludes (see Muellner 2012 for another example). It is important, however, to make a distinction between the Iliad—the fixed text as we now know it—and Iliadic or Cyclic traditional narratives. n our Iliad Agamemnon sends two heralds to take Briseis, but, according to another way of telling the story, Agamemnon comes in person. The archaic artists knew both variants of the tale, and “told the story” both ways, choosing between them like an epic poet in performance.

                  Because of the nature of what survives, we have only a narrow window into the larger tradition from which painters and poets composed their narratives. Reconstruction of the larger tradition can be difficult and sometimes impossible, but an examination of the sources that do survive show us that the ancient Greek artistic and epic traditions were at one time very fluid. The Iliad is one way of telling the tale of Troy, but it is by no means the only way, as the example of Briseis makes clear.

                  Works Cited

                  Dué, C. 2002. Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis. Lanham, MD.

                  Fantuzzi, M. 2012. Achilles in Love. Oxford.

                  Henrichs, A. 1993. “Response.” In Images and Ideologies: Self-definition in the Hellenistic World, eds. A. W. Bulloch, E. S. Gruen, A.A. Long, and A. Stewart. Berkeley.

                  Muellner, L. 2012. "Grieving Achilles." In Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry, eds. F. Montanari, A. Rengakos, C. Tsagalis, pp.197-220. Berlin.


                  Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                  Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks

                  Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks 
                  Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing. Further information about these holdings may be found here.
                  The manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection available as digital facsimiles are listed below, along with links to high-resolution images provided by Harvard Page Delivery Service, the HOLLIS catalog records, and further information on the museum website.
                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 1, fol. 32r

                  Gospel Lectionary

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript One (Acc. No. BZ.1939.12)

                  Gospel lectionaries compiled episodes from the life of Christ, not in natural narrative order, but in the order they were read according to the liturgical calendar, beginning with Easter. One intriguing aspect of this manuscript is that there is a radical change between folios 41 and 42 from the more common columns to a text block in the shape of a cross, a form known only in a handful of surviving lectionary manuscripts.
                  Digital facsimile | Table of lections | High-resolution images | HOLLIS record | Further information

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 3, fol. 266v

                  Psalter and New Testament

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Three (Acc. No. BZ.1962.35)

                  Compact manuscripts such as this one were primarily produced in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, as expressions of personal piety. Dumbarton Oaks’ MS 3, combining the Psalter, Odes and New Testament in a single column, is a luxurious, generously illustrated book with much of the text written in gold. It includes a table with dates for Easter for the years 1084 to 1101, and so can be dated with confidence to 1084.
                  Digital facsimile | High-resolution images | HOLLIS record | Further information

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 4, fol. 151r

                  Gospels of Luke and John

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Four (Acc. No. BZ.1974.1)

                  This Gospel book contains only Luke and John, and so was perhaps part of a two-volume set. Scholars originally dated it to the latter twelfth century based on the style of the paintings. More recent paleographical study has indicated that the text is written in an archaizing script of a kind that was current in the latter half of the thirteenth century. This suggests that we may need to reevaluate the earlier date, given that the miniatures appear to be later additions.
                  Digital facsimile | High-resolution images | HOLLIS record | Further information

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript 5, fol. 2v

                  Gospel Book

                  Dumbarton Oaks Manuscript Five (Acc. No. BZ.2009.033)

                  This twelfth-century Greek manuscript is a fine example of a complete middle Byzantine Tetraevangelion. It contains a full set of elaborately decorated canon tables, Eusebios’ letter to Carpianus explaining the canon tables, chapter headings for each gospel, evangelist portraits, and the text of each gospel. Five folios have full page illuminations—Christ enthroned and the four Evangelist portraits—with figures painted against framed gold backgrounds.
                  Digital facsimile | High-resolution images | HOLLIS record | Further information
                   

                  Open Access Monograph Series: Mondes méditerranéens antiques

                  Mondes méditerranéens antiques

                  Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)

                  Bones - Season 10, Episode 19 (Review)

                  The Murder in the Middle East
                  Episode Summary
                  While Booth is on the phone placing a bet with a bookie on a baseball game, Vaziri is abducted in Iran while on the phone with Saroyan. The phone connection remains open long enough for Angela and Hodgins to help figure out where he is: in a defunct center for plastic surgery.

                  Vaziri quickly meets his captor: a member of the Iranian parliament named Magid Namazi.  Vaziri is asked to identify as much as possible from the decomposing body lying on the table in front of him, and he says that the victim is male, 25-30 based on cranial suture closure, with slightly worn dentition indicative of being raised in an urban environment. The body was scavenged by mid-size carnivores, but he sees evidence of macrognathia, a genetic condition that Namazi also exhibits. Vaziri reasons that the victim is Namazi's son. Darius Namazi was 25 years old, and his official cause of death, his father notes, was a broken neck from a fall down the stairs. He doesn't believe this, though, and has kidnapped Vaziri to help him work outside the law to find out what really happened.

                  Booth calls in a favor with a friend at the CIA and gets expedited visas for himself and Saroyan to head to Iran to help Vaziri.  They apparently go through some sort of time portal, because they arrive just as Vaziri is starting an autopsy. What Vaziri's been doing for the last, what?, 48 hours at least is anyone's guess. Booth and Saroyan offer to help solve the murder if they can get a satellite feed to the Jeffersonian, and Namazi agrees, reluctantly at first.

                  Based on lividity, Saroyan thinks that the body was in the house four or five days before being discovered. There are gnaw marks from rats and a second carnivore. Through the video feed, Brennan sees multiple impact wounds bilaterally to the radii and ulnae, as well as subperiosteal bone bruising consistent with a fall down the stairs. Saroyan's test of Darius' throat tissue confirms the government's report that he had been drinking alcohol, which is forbidden. Fracturing to the left temporal bone reveals blunt force trauma, but incisive edges along the fracture lines mean Darius may have been hit in the head before tumbling down the stairs.

                  Darius' cousin and Namazi's nephew, Officer Sanjar Zamani, helps out with the investigation. He provides Booth with photos of the scene, including a doorknob that led into Darius' home office.  It was curiously wiped clean, leading Booth to suspect the killer wanted something in the office. Booth and Namazi visit Darius' boss, Omid Turan, the head of a major bank, who says Darius was worried about a contractor whose loan he denied.  Booth and Zamani question the contractor, who says he heard Darius arguing and saw a woman with blonde hair leave in a rage. Traces of vaginal fluid on Darius' underwear and traces of blonde hair on his clothing lead Booth to believe the woman was Darius' girlfriend. Hodgins identifies the second set of gnaw marks as those of a weiner dog. Because dogs are considered unclean in Iran, they would have needed a passport if they came in with the foreign woman. This information lets Booth easily track her down: Oksana Kozlov, a Russian national and oil company executive who was in fact sleeping with Darius. She admits to fighting with Darius, but says she left him only to return on Monday and find him dead, with her dogs eating his remains. Namazi wants the investigation shut down because he's learned his son was drinking and was engaging in premarital sex, both of which bring shame to the family.  But Booth and the Jeffersonian team convince him to let them continue.

                  Someone manages to quickly 3D scan Darius' bones and send them to Angela, who has a magical printer that can spit out an entire, full-size human skeleton in an hour. Brennan notices that the blunt force trauma to Darius' skeleton includes half a dozen strikes over his whole body and looks like it was made by a V-shaped instrument, perhaps a metal 2x4 or some other uncommonly shaped item. Brennan then notices a key difference in the trauma: the fracture to the left proximal tibia was the result of a pulled ligament, not like the other mediolateral fractures caused by the stairs. She thinks the body was moved and that Darius' house was not the scene of the murder. The fractures may have been caused by falling against stairs with squared-off edges in a curved trajectory, which doesn't match with Darius' stairs. Rather, he fell on a grand staircase made out of marble or another material harder than wood.

                  Booth and Angela meanwhile find out that Zamani was the one who took Darius' laptop. He claims that he did not kill his cousin.  Rather, when he found out Darius was dead, he took the laptop so that Namazi did not find out that Darius was advocating for women's rights and democracy, both of which could get him locked up or killed. Angela searches through the laptop's uploaded contents and realizes that Darius had hard evidence that his boss was embezzling from the bank. Booth reasons that that is what Darius was afraid of, and he remembers the grand staircase at the bank.  Off-screen, I guess Turan the bank head is arrested for Darius' murder, even though there's only circumstantial evidence tying him to it. Meh, must move on to attempt to convince Namazi his religion is wrong and to show Vaziri's brother recovering and asking when he and Saroyan will get married.

                  Oh, right, and Brennan finds out about Booth's gambling because his bookie comes to the house.  When he gets back from Iran, she is passive aggressive and then catches him in a lie when she finally asks him directly.  She kicks him out when it's clear he was unapologetically lying about falling off the wagon and returning to gambling.

                  Comments
                  • Forensics
                    • Demographics: Vaziri doesn't say how he determines the victim was male, but I'm guessing it was based on, ahem, the flesh. He uses cranial suture closure to estimate age-at-death, which is unfortunate because it's a rather poor method and can't give as precise an estimate as he gets.  Also, Vaziri says he's using endocranial suture closure, which is silly since he can't see the inside of the skull.  He means ectocranial suture closure. I dunno how slightly worn dentition means living in an urban environment... I also don't see macrognathia in Namazi, but hey, it's just a TV show.
                  • Plot
                    • What was Vaziri doing while Saroyan and Booth headed to Iran?  Twiddling his thumbs?  Sleeping? Eating the ice cream he bought?
                    • How did Namazi get his son's body back from whoever did the initial investigation?  And why wasn't an autopsy already done?  (Or was it, and that's how Vaziri saw the endocranial sutures?)  Seriously, you can just steal a decomposing body in Iran if you want to?
                    • You cannot 3D print an entire skeleton in an hour, jeez.  Also, who 3D scanned the skeleton?  That would have taken a ridiculous amount of time as well, since I didn't see any equipment that could do a fancy CT scan in that abandoned surgery ward.
                    • I'm confused about the dogs.  Were they staying with Darius, and fed on him for a few days until his body was found... by Oksana?  Or did they only feed on him when Oksana brought them to look for Darius? If they were her dogs, why were they staying with Darius after their fight?
                    • Did they ever get a confession or any solid forensic evidence that showed Turan killed Darius?  Evidence of embezzling and a fall down the bank's staircase are pretty circumstantial.
                    • Why didn't Brennan just pay the bookie?  She has tons of money.  She could have paid him off and then sent Aubrey after him.
                  • Dialogue
                    • Brennan uses the Latin plural "radii" but the English plural "ulnas" in the same sentence, which is odd. She also says "radius bones" later in the episode, which seems redundant.
                    • Who here knows Farsi?  Because I would swear that at least one of those actors does not and memorized his dialogue phonetically. But I have no knowledge of the language, I was just noticing differences in pronunciation and affect. Most of them do seem to be Iranian or Iranian-American actors, though.
                    • Namazi and Zamani are anagrams. No idea if this was on purpose; just found it interesting.

                    Ratings
                    Forensic Mystery - B+.  A pretty solid mystery, but there was a lot of detail left out or glossed over that could have made it more compelling.

                    Forensic Solution - B. Most methods used were fine, if a little imprecise. It's a cool idea to have someone 3D scan an entire skeleton and print it elsewhere, and this is starting to be used in forensics. But in the end not too realistic.

                    Drama - A-. I didn't think they'd do anything bad to Vaziri, but considering the untimely ends of Nigel-Murray and Sweets, you never know...


                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                    Open Access Journal: Notae Numismaticae - Zapiski Numizmatyczne

                    Notae Numismaticae - Zapiski Numizmatyczne
                    ISSN:1426-5435
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                    Notae Numismaticae – Zapiski Numizmatyczne ist eine Jahresschrift, die seit 1996 vom Nationalmuseum Krakau und der Numismatik-Fachgruppe der Archäologischen Kommission der Zweigstelle der polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Krakau herausgegeben wird.
                    Sie ist in erster Linie der allgemeinen Numismatik gewidmet, enthält aber gelegentlich auch Texte zu anderen Themen, z. B. zur Glyptik. Veröffentlicht werden Artikel, Nachrichten und Rezensionen, wobei der Jahresbericht der Numismatischen Abteilung des Nationalmuseums Krakau und der Numismatik-Fachgruppe der Archäologischen Kommission wesentlicher Bestandteil ist. Texte zu international relevanten Themen werden auf Englisch, Französisch, Deutsch oder Italienisch publiziert, diejenigen zu spezifisch polnischen Themen auf Polnisch mit Zusammenfassungen in englischer Sprache.
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                    Bill Caraher (The New Archaeology of the Mediterranean World)

                    Summers are for Ideas

                    Summertime is a great time for ideas, problem solving, and field work, but it’s not a great time for blogging or any kind of long-form writing. I do keep a little notebook of ideas and keep notes in my phone using the irresistibly twee Vesper application for my iPhone. 

                    So, I have a few idea, most of which I (subjected?) shared with Scott Moore over the last few days.

                    1. Polis: City of Work. This summer we’ve been working to understand an industrial area of the site of Polis-Chrysochous. It was an area that probably did not enjoy as much attention as the monumental remains of the city in the recent Polis: City of Gold exhibition and catalogue. This was a shame, because we have a ton of evidence for production both in the area where we’re working – including a ceramic kiln and some evidence for possible glass production, metal working, terra-cotta sculpture, and probably other activities that are not associated with the glamorous life of monumental buildings, well-appointed sanctuaries, and other elite manifestations of ancient urbanism.

                    2. Wall and Holes. This year, the small team at Polis right now has focused on an area laced with walls and deep trenches. Unfortunately, it has been difficult to associate the trenches with walls and walls with floors and surfaces with fills. The big problem is that many of the excavators struggled to see foundation cuts in the difficult soil. Compounding this (and probably the major reason that foundation cuts went undetected) is the numerous “later” burials in the area and the constant rebuilding and adaptation of the area.

                    The end result is that we have walls, we have fills, and we have surfaces, and it is very difficult to link any of these together. So we have to find a way to publish the site that recognizes the challenges associated with the excavations and the limits to our knowledge as well as the potential the site and excavation have to contribute to archaeological knowledge on the island.

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                    4. Wall atop Walls. One of the coolest things about our corner of the Polis site is that it features walls atop wall over a span of nearly 1000 years. The basic grid plan of the area was probably established by the Hellenistic period and it persisted into Late Antiquity and probably beyond. As a result, the area of our current work has massive evidence for the reuse of architecture throughout. 

                    While the use of spolia is fairly well studied for monumental architecture like fortification walls and churches, it is not as considered in its most banal and practical form. Our area provides a window into the everyday life of an “ordinary” neighborhood at Polis on Cyprus. The reuse of blocks, the cuts, fills, and reconstructions, and the collapses and debris are all preserved as the fabric of the area’s history. 

                    3. Zombies and Ceramics. This summer, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working alongside an expert on Roman and Late Roman ceramics and zombies: R. Scott Moore. 

                    I’ve begun to prepare a treatment for a small-budget film that features Scott Moore as the only man who can save humanity from the onslaught of zombies propagated through contact with Late Roman ceramics. The first zombie, of course, was John Hayes whose work defined the field of ceramics in Late Antiquity. The disease soon spread to a group of scholars desperately trying to understand how to use his volume on the Roman ceramics from the site of Paphos. Others are stricken working their way through his volume on the Roman and Late Roman fine wares from the Agora or material from Saraçhane in Istanbul. Graduate students are particularly susceptible, but the cursed virus slowly begins to take down all the ceramicists in the Mediterranean, then excavators, then site directors, and finally tourists. 

                    Only Scott Moore remains immune. No one knows why or how, but what is more important is that he is the only person who can read Late Roman pottery without becoming a zombie.


                    Cooper-Hewitt Labs

                    Exporting your visits

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                    Starting today you can export the items you have collected or created during your visits to the museum. When you export a visit we will bundle up all the objects you’ve collected and all the items you’ve created in to a static website that is then compressed and made available for you to download directly.

                    A static website means that you can view all of your visit items in any old web browser, even when it’s not connected to the Internet. It means that if you have your own website you can copy your visit export over it and host it and share it and, well… do whatever you want with it.

                    Where “whatever you want” means “so long as you comply” with the Smithsonian Terms of Use or assert your rights under Fair Use if you are based in the US.

                    We think that this is of particular importance to educators who may not have unfiltered or functional internet connections in their classrooms.

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                    A visit export doesn’t have all the same bells and whistles that your visit on the Cooper Hewitt collections website does but everything you need to view an export (except a web browser obviously) is contained in the file you download. There is a landing page, and a paginated view of everything you’ve done and a page for every object collected and each one of your creations.

                    Visit exports also come with a friendly and detailed JSON file for every item you’ve collected or created. If you don’t know what that last sentence means, don’t worry about it. It just means that everything you’ve done during a visit also has a file containing structured metadata about that activity which your developer friends may get excited about.

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                    Visit exports use are very own js-cooperhewitt-images library to manage square-cropped thumbnails that reveal the complete thumbnail when you mouse over them, just like on the collections website.

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                    Images for loan objects are not included with your visit download. That’s because they’re loan objects and we only have permission to host those images from our own collections website. Instead of including the images locally in your visit download every time there is a loan object we link directly to the image hosted on our own website.

                    If you’re not online (or your web browser hasn’t already cached a copy of the image on your hard drive) then your visit pages are smart enough to load a placeholder image for that object. Like this:

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                    We do the same for individual item pages too:

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                    Visit exports are deliberately minimal, by design. They contain a small amount of HTML markup that’s been enhanced with a little bit of JavaScript and CSS to create a minimally elegant export that people can easily tailor to their own needs. Some people may quibble with the idea that including both the jQuery and Bootstrap libraries is not really a “little bit of JavaScript and CSS” but we hope that we have done things in such a way that it’s easy for people to change if they choose to.

                    Visit exports are currently only available for visits that have been “paired” with your Cooper Hewitt account. A visit that has been exported is cached on our servers but it can be regenerated when something about your visit changes – you delete an item, or add a note and so on – not more than once per day. Each one of your visits (remember: each one of your paired visits) has a handy export button at the bottom of each page and you can see a list of all your exported/exportable visits by going to: https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/you/visits/exports/

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                    The exports themselves are generated using our own API and the recently released cooperhewitt.visit and cooperhewitt.visit.items family of methods. There is a bunch of bespoke code that we’ve written to manage how exports are scheduled and stored but the part that actually builds your export is a plain-vanilla API application using the same public API methods that you might use to generate your own visit export.

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                    In time we may open source the API application we’ve written but for now we’re going to keep putting it through its paces to make sure that it works consistently, as expected, and to force ourselves to use the same tools we’re making available to people outside the “hula hoop“.

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                    Finally, a little bit of administrivia: Your visit exports are made available under the Smithsonian Terms of Use agreement. You can read the entire document but the short (and relevant) bits are:

                    The Smithsonian Institution (the “Smithsonian”) provides the content on this website (www.si.edu), other Smithsonian websites, and third- party sites on which it maintains a presence (“SI Websites”) in support of its mission for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” The Smithsonian invites you to use its online content for personal, educational and other non-commercial purposes; this means that you are welcome you to make fair use of the Content as defined by copyright law. Information on United States copyright fair use law is available from the United States Copyright Office. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

                    In addition, the Smithsonian allows personal, educational, and other non-commercial uses of the Content on the following terms:

                    You must cite the author and source of the Content as you would material from any printed work.

                    You must also cite and link to, when possible, the SI Website as the source of the Content.

                    You may not remove any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary notices including attribution information, credits, and notices, that are placed in or near the text, images, or data.

                    In addition to copyright, you must comply with all other terms or restrictions (such as trademark, publicity and privacy rights, or contractual restrictions) as may be specified in the metadata or as may otherwise apply to the Content. Please note that you are responsible for making sure that your use does not violate or infringe upon the rights of anyone else.

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                    Enjoy!

                    Sean Gillies Blog

                    Crazy Legs Trail Run

                    Crazy Legs Trail Run

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                    Sunday morning Ruth and I got up again at dawn to race, this time at Larimer County’s Devil’s Backbone Open Space west of Loveland. This 10+ kilometer trail run, organized for the last 8 years by Paul Stoyko, reminded me very much of the ultimate (frisbee) tournaments I played in the olden days: low key, low tech, high enthusiasm. It was an out and back route (map below), taking the left hand side of the Wild, Hunter, and Laughing Horse loops along the way. The final loop (at the top of the hills in the photo above) was pretty tough: 500 feet above the start and lots of ups and downs over fractured slickrock ledges.

                    I finished 24th out of 96 with a time of 1:05:10. Ruth finished a few minutes after me in 31st place. Here we are holding the popsicle sticks we grabbed at the finish line. Old school!

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                    I’ve driven by Devil’s Backbone many times but had never been to the trailhead or up the trail before. It’s beautiful and wild(ish) and the trail network extends all the way to Horsetooth Mountain Park. Foothill wildflowers are starting to kick off right now and there were blue Penstemon (P. virens) and Britton’s Skullcap all along the trail.

                    Thanks for putting this race together, Paul. We’ll be back.

                    Kristina Killgrove (Powered by Osteons)

                    Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 26)

                    For their 206th episode, the Bones folks put out a video listing all of the bones in the human body.  Except that half a dozen are wrong and/or misspelled.  So, enjoy finding the errors!


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                    Previous Installments of Who needs an osteologist?

                    Ancient World Bloggers Group

                    Get Paid to Promote your Project, Dig or Heritage Site

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                    Past Preservers mission is to promote the preservation and understanding of our shared heritage via the media and we are pleased to announce that we have discovered a fast growing new augmented reality and social media platform that we want to share with you: GeoTourist, www.geotourist.com



                    What is GeoTourist?

                    GeoTourist is your own personal tour guide for the world’s most interesting attractions, landmarks and beyond. Based on your exact location, you can access guided audio tours in multiple languages on your smartphone.
                    You can create your own tours and post photos on the app and then share your experiences with friends, family and colleagues via social media. You can build your own journeys by creating an audio trail using the GeoTourist easy to use interface and inspire others to walk in your footsteps, around locations tagged by you in your journey. In addition,  your audio launches automatically giving people an immersive experience like never before.
                    The GeoTourist multimedia platform opens up storytelling to boundless creativity.

                    Create your own tours and get paid as well! 

                    All finished tours will be published on the GeoTourist site and app, the app allows you to do several things including
                            Promote a site or property  for sponsorship
                            Make a case for heritage preservation
                            Provide before/after images in an augmented reality environment
                            Create Podcasts for additional promotional use
                            Create Walking tours of a dig site, historical location or place of special interest
                            Create a Museum or gallery exhibit tour

                    The GeoTourist platform is an ideal tool for the heritage consultants, archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and those in the historical world. So what are you waiting for, get your thinking caps on and devise your ideal tour. Once completed, please register on the Geo Tourist site, www.geotourist.com and email a copy of your tour to info@pastpreservers.com

                    This invitation is valid for a limited time only and limited to the first 40 subscribers via Past Preservers. As a thank you for publishing your first tour and sharing it with others on social media – you will receive $25.


                    The Stoa Consortium

                    Summer School on 3D Data in Anthropology and Archaeology at Bologna

                    Noted on the web page of the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna: a summer short-course entitled “Acquiring and post-processing 3D data in Anthropology and Archaeology”. To be taught in English, the course is advertised run 1-10 July 2015 in Bologna. Registration and a deposit on the course fee must be made prior to 31 May; full payment of 2.100 € (lectures, network access, course materials, coffee, and lunches inclusive) is due by June 20th.

                    Further information is available via the Department’s online announcement.

                    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

                    Rischio sismico: un contributo italiano al Convegno internazionale nella Murcia

                    Sismologi, storici dell’arte, tecnici del restauro provenienti da tutto il mondo si sono dati appuntamento all’Università Cattolica di Murcia, in Spagna, per approfondire in merito alle emergenze dei terremoti de L’Aquila e dell’Emilia-Romagna. Il convegno, tenutosi il 13 ed il 14 maggio, ha approfondito gli aspetti legati al recupero dei beni architettonici danneggiati dagli eventi sismici.

                    Un sostegno italiano al Project Mosul

                    La giovane società veneta 3Dflow ha annunciato di essere recentemente diventata partner ufficiale di Project Mosul, un’iniziativa avviata da Matthew Vincent e Chance Coughenour, ricercatori del progetto ITN-DCH (Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage), e Marinos Ioannides, coordinatore del medesimo progetto.

                    The Signal: Digital Preservation

                    The NDSR Boston Residents Reflect on their “20% Projects”

                    The following is a guest post by the entire group of NDSR-Boston residents as listed below. For their final posting, the residents present an overview of their individual professional development projects.

                    Rebecca Fraimow (WGBH)

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                    Rebecca

                    One of the best things about this year’s NDSR in Boston  is the mandate to dedicate 20% of our time to projects outside of the specific bounds of our institution. Taking coursework, attending conferences, creating workshops — it’s all the kind of stuff that’s invaluable in the archival profession but is often hard to make time for on top of a full-time job, and I really appreciated that NDSR explicitly supported these efforts.

                    While I definitely took advantage of the time for my own personal professional development — investing time in Python and Ruby on Rails workshops and Harvard’s CopyrightX course, as well as presentations at AMIA, Code4Lib, Personal Digital Archives, NEA and NDSR-NE — the portion of my 20% that I’ve most appreciated is the opportunity to expand the impact of the program beyond the bounds of the immediate NDSR community. With the support of the rest of the Boston cohort, I partnered with my WGBH mentor, Casey Davis, to lead a series of workshops on handling audiovisual analog and digital material for students at the Simmons School of Library and Information Science. It was fantastic to get a chance to share the stuff I’ve learned with the next generation of archivists (and, who knows, maybe some of the next round of NDSR residents!).

                    As a cohort, we’ve also teamed up to design workflows and best practice documents for the History Project — a Boston-based, volunteer-run LGBT archive with a growing collection of digitized and born-digital items. This project is also, I think, a really great example of the ways that the program can make an impact outside of the relatively small number of institutions that host residents, and illustrates how valuable it is to keep expanding the circle of digital preservation knowledge.

                    Samantha Dewitt (Tufts University)

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                    Samantha

                    The NDSR residency has been a terrific experience for me, with the Tufts project proving to be a very good fit. Having been completely preoccupied with the subject of open science and Research Data Management in these past nine months, I am finding it hard to let go of the topic and I endeavor to continue working on this particular corner of the digital preservation puzzle. These days, data sharing and research data management frequently arise as topics of conversation in relation to research universities. Consequently, I had little trouble finding ways to add digital data preservation to my “20%” time. I looked forward to sharing the subject with my NDSR cohort whenever possible!

                    In November, our group attended a seminar on data curation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Several weeks later, I was able to meet with Dr. Micah Altman (MIT) to explore the subject of identifying and managing confidential information in research. Also in November, the Boston Library Consortium & Digital Science held a workshop at Tufts on Better Understanding the Research Information Management Landscape. Mark Hahnel, founder of Figshare, and Jonathan Breeze, CEO of Symplectic, spoke. This spring, Eleni Castro, research coordinator and data scientist at Harvard, met with our group to discuss the university’s new Dataverse 4.0 beta. Finally, in April, I was excited to be able to attend the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit in Minneapolis, MN. It has been a busy nine months!

                    Joey Heinen (Harvard Libraries)

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                    Joey

                    The “20%” component of the National Digital Stewardship Residency is a great way for us to expand our interests, learn more about emerging trends and practices in the field and also to stay connected to any interests that might not align with our projects. My 20% involved a mixture of continuing education opportunities, organizing talks and tours and contributing to group projects which serve specific institutions or the field at large. For continuing education I learned some of the basics of Python programming through the Data Scientist Training for Librarians at Harvard.

                    For talks and tours, I organized a visit to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (largely to learn about the IRENE Audio Preservation System ) and with the Harvard Art Museum’s Registration and Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies departments. I also co-organized an event entitled “Catching Waves: A Panel Discussion on Sustainable Digital Audio Delivery” (webex recording available soon on Harvard Library’s YouTube Channel). For developing resources I participated in the AMIA/DLF 2014 Hack Day in a group that developed a tool for comparing the output of three A/V characterization tools (see the related blog post) and also designed digital imaging and audio digitization workflows for the History Project.

                    Finally, I participated in NDSR-specific panels at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance – Northeast meeting (NDSA-NE) and the Spring New England Archivists conference as well as individually at the recent American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works conference. All in all I am pleased with the diversity of the projects and my level of engagement with both the local and national preservation communities. (As a project update, here is the most recent iteration of the Format Migration Framework (pdf)).

                    Tricia Patterson (MIT Libraries)

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                    Tricia

                    Two weeks left to go! And I ended up doing so much more than I initially anticipated during my residency. My project was largely focused on diagrammatically and textually documenting the low-level workflows of our digitization and managing digital preservation processes, some of the results of which can be seen on the Digital Preservation Management workshop site. But beyond the core of the project, so much else was accomplished. I helped organize both an MIT host event and a field trip to the JFK Library and Museum for my NDSR compadres. Joey Heinen and I co-organized a panel on sustainable digital audio delivery, replete with stellar panelists from both MIT and Harvard. I collaborated with my NDSR peers on a side assignment for the History Project. I also shared my work with colleagues at so many different venues, like presenting at the New England Music Library Association, giving a brown bag talk at MIT, writing on our group blog, being accepted to present with my MIT colleagues at the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual archives conference, and in the final days of my residency, presenting at the Association of Recorded Sound Collections conference.

                    All in all, a lot has been crammed into nine brief months: engaging in hands-on experience, enhancing my technological and organizational knowledge, forging connections in the digital preservation community and beyond. It really ended up being a vigorous and dynamic catapult into the professional arena of digital preservation. Pretty indispensable, I’d say!

                    Jen LaBarbera (Northeastern University)

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                    Jen

                    Though my project focused specifically on creating workflows and roadmaps for various kinds of digital materials, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the conceptual challenges of digital preservation for the digital humanities. Working on this project as part of a residency meant that I had some flexibility and was given the time and encouragement to pursue topics of interest, even if they were only indirectly related to my project at Northeastern University.

                    As a requirement of the residency, each resident had to plan and execute an event at their host institution, and we were given significant latitude to define that event. Instead of doing the standard tour and in-person demonstration of my work at Northeastern, Giordana Mecagni and I chose to reach out to some folks in our library-based Digital Scholarship Group to host a conversation exploring the intersections between digital preservation and digital humanities. The response from the Boston digital humanities and library community was fantastic; people were eager to dive into this conversation and talk about the challenges and opportunities presented in preserving the scholarly products of the still fairly new world of digital humanities. We had a stellar turnout from digital humanities scholars and librarians from all over the Boston area, from institutions within the NDSR Boston cohort and beyond. We didn’t settle on any concrete answers in our conversation, but we were able to highlight the importance of digital preservation within the digital humanities world.

                    My experience with NDSR Boston will continue to be informative and influential as I move on to the next step in my career, as the lead archivist at Lambda Archives of San Diego in sunny southern California. From the actual work on my project at Northeastern to the people we met through our “20%” activities – e.g. touring NEDCC, attending Rebecca’s AV archiving workshops at Simmons, working with the History Project to develop digital preservation plans and practices – I feel much more prepared to responsibly preserve and make available the variety of formats of digital material that will inevitably come my way in my new position at this LGBTQ community archive.

                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                    Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography

                    [First posted in AWOL 7 January 2010. Updated 20 May 2015 (A translation of the last of the Suda’s 31000+ entries was submitted to the database on July 21, 2014 and vetted the next day)]

                    Suda On Line: Byzantine Lexicography
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                    For Attic phrase in Plato let them seek,
                    I poach in Suidas for unlicens'd Greek.
                    ― Alexander Pope, The Dunciad 4.227-8
                    Pope’s ‘Suidas’ is not a man but a work, The Suda (or Stronghold): a massive 10th century Byzantine Greek historical encyclopedia of the ancient Mediterranean world, covering the whole of Greek and Roman antiquity and also including Biblical and Christian material.
                    Preserved in several medieval manuscripts, it has been edited and published several times since the end of the 14th century in traditional hard-copy scholarly editions, most recently that of Ada Adler (Teubner, 5 volumes: 1928-1938, reprinted 1971). The Suda On Line (SOL) project, begun in 1998 as part of the Stoa Consortium, opens up this stronghold of information by means of a freely accessible, keyword-searchable database, with English translations, notes, bibliography, and links to other electronic resources. With contributions (as Translators and/or Editors) from more than two hundred people worldwide, the SOL reached the landmark of all entries being translated and “vetted” (edited) to a usable standard on July 21, 2014. But more can, and will, be done.
                    A fuller history of the project may be found here .
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                    Archeomatica: Tecnologie per i Beni Culturali

                    Regium Lepidi, l’antica città Romana rivive digitalmente in un nuovo museo virtuale permanente

                    Il 30 Maggio 2015 alle 17:30 presso i Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia si inaugura il Museo Virtuale Regium@Lepidi 2200. Il Regium@Lepidi 2200 è un progetto internazionale sulla ricostruzione virtuale della città Romana di Regium Lepidi (Reggio Emilia), nato grazie alla collaborazione fra Duke University (USA, una delle migliori università al mondo), i Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia e il Lions Club Host Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia. Dopo oltre due anni di lavoro, parte a Reggio ma in gran parte presso i laboratory Dig@Lab a Durham, negli Stati Uniti, vede la luce il Museo Virtuale sulla città Romana che si inaugura il 30 maggio 2015 presso i Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia.

                    Juan Garcés (Digitised Manuscripts Blog)

                    Magna Carta, Super Charter!

                    What do the following people (and 200 others) have in common? Alan Rusbridger, Antony Gormley, Brian Eno, Caitlin Moran, Caroline Lucas, Clive Stafford Smith, Doreen Lawrence, Edward Snowden, Eliza Manningham-Buller, Gareth Peirce, Germaine Greer, Helena Kennedy, Igor Judge, Jarvis Cocker, Jeanette Winterson, Jimmy Wales, Jon Snow, Julian Assange, Kenneth Clarke,...

                    Stefano Costa (There's More Than Just Potsherds Out There)

                    Archeostorie a Genova

                    Il 7 maggio 2015 la tournée di Archeostorie ha fatto tappa a Genova. Grazie a Fabio Negrino, ci siamo trovati in una gremita aula universitaria in via Balbi 2. Per via dell’incendio che era scoppiato a Fiumicino nella notte, Cinzia Dal Maso è rimasta bloccata a Roma, e a rappresentare Archeostorie c’erano Francesco “Cioschi” Ripanti, Marina Lo Blundo e il sottoscritto.

                    Anche se è passato qualche giorno ho ancora addosso l’entusiasmo per la bella giornata e serata di giovedì scorso. Entusiasmo anzitutto per tutte le persone che sono venute ad ascoltare, e soprattutto a dire la loro.

                    Silvia Pallecchi ci ha regalato una emozionata orazione, ci ha spiegato meglio di come avremmo saputo fare noi che Archeostorie parla di due mondi fatti di mestieri codificati e mestieri non codificati, che devono parlare, che i mestieri non (ancora) codificati sono difficili ma necessari carburanti per il rinnovamento. Eleonora Torre ci ha parlato senza filtro di cos’è l’archeologia fuori dagli uffici, dalle aule, con i piedi nella terra e la testa salda sul collo ‒ Eleonora ci ha anche strappato un applauso spontaneo e perentorio quando ha ricordato ai più giovani l’importanza di avere dei maestri, come è stato per tanti di noi Tiziano Mannoni. Marta Conventi ci ha raccontato che l’idea di una archeologia che cerca il suo pubblico ha già messo radici solide anche in Soprintendenza. Vincenzo Tiné non ha fatto sconti nel descrivere tutte le difficoltà che, anche con le migliori intenzioni e capacità, gli archeologi dovranno affrontare nell’immediato futuro se vorranno trasformare la parola in azione, proprio a partire dalle Soprindentenze amputate della valorizzazione. Andrea De Pascale, che tante delle storie del libro le ha già messe in pratica al Museo Archeologico del Finale, ci ha confortato, ci ha detto che sì, questa è la strada giusta e i musei devono essere luoghi in cui sono prima di tutto le persone a parlare con il pubblico. Fabio Negrino ci ha guidato lungo questa lunga chiacchierata, raccontando il pubblico come questi 34 autori si siano trovati dietro la stessa copertina (per chi se lo fosse perso, è stato il Day of Archaeology 2014 a far scoccare la scintilla), e anche di come aver accettato a scatola chiusa di organizzare questo incontro si sia rivelato un buon investimento. Tanti altri sono intervenuti, chi per raccontare la sua (archeo)storia, chi per ricordarci di non perdere di vista la ricerca archeologica che è “l’arrosto” della situazione, chi per fare domande o semplicemente condividere un pensiero in libertà. Archeostorie ne è uscito non più come un libro, ma un invito a discutere, a confrontarsi e costruire qualcosa di nuovo. Un manuale di idee, di sopravvivenza. Un manuale per il futuro, su cui forse nei prossimi anni qualcuno potrà studiare, non per trovare regole e prescrizioni, ma idee… asce di guerra come mi piace dire.

                    A distanza di qualche giorno, credo che non potessimo sperare di meglio, tanto più che abbiamo venduto anche tantissime copie del libro. A occhio credo ci fossero 80 persone, dagli studenti liceali ai padri fondatori dell’archeologia medievale, dagli archeologi del  paleolitico a quelli dell’età contemporanea ‒ e questo secondo aspetto non è da poco visto che gli autori del libro, per quanto numerosi, non abbracciano certamente l’ampiezza di studi, tradizioni e passioni che c’è nell’archeologia italiana. Per chi ha la memoria lunga, questa presentazione è stata un ritorno su uno dei tanti possibili luoghi del delitto per la filogenesi di Archeostorie: a Genova, nel 2007, al grupporicerche, Matteo Sicios e Marina Lo Blundo iniziavano a parlare di “Comunicare l’archeologia”, di sdoganare l’archeologo-che-comunica come una figura legittima. Anche Matteo era lì nell’aula.

                    La registrazione video che ho fatto è finita su Youtube: anche se l’audio non è particolarmente buono mi sembrava importante che ci fosse una memoria di quello che ci siamo detti. Sono quasi tre ore ininterrotte di dialogo.

                    Mentre tornavamo in macchina a Torriglia con Francesco ho cercato di spiegargli quanto fosse particolare avere così tanti archeologi liguri, di tutte le età e formazioni, insieme per una volta non solo ad ascoltare ma a dialogare. Francesco mi ha detto che aveva capito che c’era stato qualcosa di speciale anche per noi genovesi nel ritrovarsi a parlare del futuro dell’archeologia. Sarà che nelle tappe precedenti non si erano visti gli studenti intervenire e dire la loro, sarà che alcune delle storie del libro hanno toccato delle corde importanti per tanti di noi. Per me era una giornata speciale, ho visto sedute nella stessa stanza tante persone con cui ho condiviso parti della mia vita e che mi hanno insegnato qualcosa, come archeologo e come persona, prima a Genova, dentro l’università e soprattutto fuori, poi a Siena e infine di nuovo a Genova. Alcuni di noi hanno proseguito l’incontro a cena, di nuovo senza distinzione di età né specialismi ‒ insomma, tira una bellissima aria a Genova e spero che non vada persa come a volte è successo in passato. Si è parlato molto di passione, e spero che il 7 maggio per qualcuno si sia (ri)accesa un po’ di passione per l’archeologia fatta non solo di esami, crediti formativi, riunioni di dipartimento, pubblicazioni specialistiche, atti amministrativi e bilanci striminziti.

                    Nel frattempo Archeostorie si è meritato uno spazio su Repubblica (e non so cosa dire sui quotidiani genovesi a cui ho mandato il comunicato stampa sulla presentazione, ma lasciamo perdere), e a breve inizierà a circolare la ristampa. Avanti così, che l’inse.

                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                    Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period: New Online Material

                    Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period: New Online Material
                    Grant Frame, 19 May 2015
                    1. As part of the RINAP Project's continued commitment to providing reliable, open access web content, I am pleased to announce that most of the content of the four published volumes (RINAP 1, RINAP 3/1, RINAP 3/2, and RINAP 4) is now freely available online, in searchable, web friendly versions.  The front matter, the detailed volume introductions, the individual text introductions, catalogues, commentaries, and bibliographies, as well as most of the back matter of RINAP's publications can be accessed from the following three links:

                    The Royal Inscriptions of Tiglath-pileser III (744-727 BC) and Shalmaneser V (726-722 BC), Kings of Assyria by HAYIM TADMOR and SHIGEO YAMADA
                     
                    The Royal Inscriptions of Sennacherib, King of Assyria (704-681 BC), Parts 1 and 2 by A. KIRK GRAYSON and JAMIE NOVOTNY


                    The Royal Inscriptions of Esarhaddon, King of Assyria (680-669BC) by ERLE LEICHT

                    * * * * *

                    2. I am pleased to announce the presence of two new RINAP sub-projects: RINAP Sources and RINAP Scores.

                    The former includes individual object transliterations of approximately 1,200 inscribed objects from the reigns of Tiglath-pileser III, Shalmaneser V, Sennacherib, and Esarhaddon. The latter contains one score of Tiglath-pileser III, twenty-nine scores of Sennacherib and twenty-five scores of Esarhaddon (including the newly added score of text no. 59, which was not previously published).

                    * * * * *

                    3. I am also pleased to announce that the RINAP Project will also expand its print and web content and will now include the inscriptions of Ashurbanipal and his successors.

                    * * * * *

                    The RINAP Project is under the direction of G. Frame (University of
                    Pennsylvania) and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Pennsylvania. The books are published by Eisenbrauns. The fully searchable and lemmatized online corpus is a sub-project of the Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus (Oracc).


                    Links:

                    Explore the newly expanded RINAP 1
                    sub-project
                    Explore the newly expanded RINAP 3 sub-project

                    Explore the newly expanded RINAP 4 sub-project


                    Explore the newly expanded RINAP Scores sub-project

                    Browse the numerous individual object transliterations
                     
                    RINAP homepage

                    List of Publications

                    Browse Online Corpus (RINAP 1, RINAP 3, RINAP 4)

                    Names Index (RIMA 1-3, RIMB 2, RIME
                    1-4): http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/rinap/namesindex/


                    Oracc
                    Eisenbrauns

                    May 19, 2015

                    Shawn Graham (Electric Archaeology)

                    archaeogaming unconference – logistics

                    Madness

                    Madness

                    The #archaeogaming unconference will take place here: https://unhangout.media.mit.edu/event/archaeogaming at 11 am, EST, June 1st; y’all are welcome to throw together other spaces (hangouts, skype, collaborative docs, etherpads, what have you) to extend or push the idea further. Ideas that have come in so far can be found/voted on here: http://www.allourideas.org/archaeogaming/.

                    In terms of how the day will unravel (unroll? play out?) I’m imagining say 3 sessions with 3 breakout rooms, at 45 minutes each, 10 minutes between for refreshment. Unlike in-person unconferences, I think trying to agree a schedule on the morning might be too difficult, so I’d take the top voted topics, slot them into a google spreadsheet-schedule template, say next monday – and then people can leave comments on the the desired layout. I’d leave that open for the week, then adjust/publish the schedule that weekend, according to what seems like the majority will.

                    Then, morning of, I’ll remind/repost the URL to the unhangout, and we’d be off to the races. The unhangout can be broadcast via Youtube too (though I’m not entirely sure how that happens or what the channel will be – guess I should go and see which of my many accounts is plumbed into what service).

                    Sound good?


                    Perseus Digital Library Updates

                    And the News for Greek and Latin in France is not good either

                    Gregory Crane
                    Comments to gcrane2008@gmail.com
                    May 2015

                    Just as I had finished off a blog about bad news on enrollments for Greek and Latin in the US (and Germany), I came saw a story on Al Jazeera about big cuts being planned for Latin and Ancient Greek in France. The BBC news reports that “the government wants to reduce teaching of Latin and ancient Greek, scrap an intensive language scheme and change the history curriculum.”

                    BBC reports that the plan to reduce the teaching of Ancient Greek and Latin in France have been among the most disputed proposals.

                    [Image drawn from the BBC story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32792564]

                    There does seem to have been some good news on this, with Greek and Latin reemerging in at least one proposal, but the fact that Greek and Latin are so vulnerable is the issue — if not now, when will they be hit?

                    I don’t know the details of what is happening in France (and I would welcome pointers to blog coverage) but, whatever the details, I don’t see how “business-as-usual” is going to help us. The time for change was ten years ago. Let’s not go down without a fight — but a fight must mean fighting to use the new tools at our disposal to reimagine and redesign what our students — and what society as a whole — can get from the study of Ancient Greek and Latin.

                    Tom Gewecke (Multilingual Mac)

                    Apple Watch: OS Update Adds 7 Languages

                    Watch OS 1.0.1 released 5/19/15 adds support for Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, Turkish. This brings the total to 21 (compared to 40 for the iPhone).

                    Perseus Digital Library Updates

                    Bad News for Latin in the US, worse for Greek

                    A note on Modern Language Association’s Enrollments in Languages Other than English in United States Institutions for Higher Education: Fall 2013 (released, February 2015)
                    Gregory Crane
                    Comments to gcrane2008@gmail.com
                    May 2015

                    Summary: According to statistics published by the Modern Language Association in February 2015, between fall 2009 and fall 2013, enrollments in Ancient Greek and Latin at US postsecondary institutions suffered their worst decline since 1968, the earliest year for which the MLA offers such statistics. The number of enrollments in Greek and Latin declined from 52,484 to 40,109, a drop of 24%. This precipitous and rapid decline may reflect the lingering aftershocks of the financial crisis of 2008, which certainly raised student anxiety levels and may have driven students away from intellectually idealistic activities such as the study of Ancient Greek and Latin. The study of Greek and Latin in the United States weathered a tremendous challenge between 1960 and 1976, when secondary school enrollments in Latin declined from a steady state of c. 7.5% of all secondary school students to c. 1 – 1.5%. The opening years of the twenty-first century saw an overall surge in Greek and Latin enrollments (from 42,000 in 1998 to 55,000 in 2006) but the current total of c. 40,000 is the lowest since the MLA began providing data in 1968. Even if enrollments prove to have recovered in 2014 and 2015, no supporter of these languages — whether we are professionalized faculty members or not — should assume that the downturn is temporary and that we have developed a model for survival in what has always been, and always will be, the Darwinian space of human intellectual life. If we weathered the challenges of the late 20th century, we now must face the challenges and seize the opportunities of the early twenty-first century.

                    The full text of the discussion is here.

                    The Modern Language Association’s report on “Enrollments in Languages Other Than English
                    in United States Institutions of Higher Education,
                    Fall 2013″ is here.

                    Charles Ellwood Jones (AWOL: The Ancient World Online)

                    Open Access Journal: Sino-Platonic Papers

                    [First posted 8/30/10. Most recently updated 19 May 2015]

                    Sino-Platonic Papers
                    ISSN: 2157-9679 (print)
                    ISSN: 2157-9687 (online)

                    Sino-Platonic Papers is an occasional series edited by Victor H. Mair of the University of Pennsylvania's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. The purpose of the series is to make available to specialists and the interested public the results of research that, because of its unconventional or controversial nature, might otherwise go unpublished.

                    Since issue no. 171 (June 2006), Sino-Platonic Papers has been published electronically on the Web at no cost to readers, with older back issues also being released periodically for free in e-editions. Paper copies of issues nos. 1–170 will continue to be available for purchase until our stock runs out, at which point those issues too will be available for free on the Web.

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