We should like to announce the creation of a new project and community, hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (KCL), applying humanities computing to the study of the ancient world. The Digital Classicist has a pilot web site at http://www.digitalclassicist.org, which, as well as serving as a placeholder for further content, sets out our aims and objectives in a preliminary manner. As you will see, key sections of the website and summaries of articles will, where possible, be translated into the major languages of European scholarship: e.g. English, French, German, Italian, Spanish etc. The project also comprises a discussion list, a Wiki, and a Blog.
The project, which is committed to being ongoing and available in the long term, fills a gap in the current academic environment: there are countless important digital research projects in the classics, including many that offer advice and share tools; there are sites that discuss, host, or list such resources (the Stoa, the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents in Oxford, EAGLE in Rome, to name but a few); but there is no single platform for scholars and interested experts in the international and polyglot community to discuss problems, share experiences, post news and advice, and go to for help on all matters digital and classical. We shall of course work closely with other organisations and projects that are active in these areas (in particular the Stoa, and other subject communities such as the Digital Medievalist, including specialists in archaeological, historical, and geographical technologies), to avoid excessive overlap and maximise co-operation and collaboration.
At this point we especially need members of the international scholarly community to contribute to the project. If you feel you could get involved in an editorial capacity, or you could recommend somebody else to do so, please do get in touch. There is no obligation that editors give up many hours of their time, of course–editorial roles are discussed in a posting at http://tinyurl.com/cpdsu . In addition we should be very grateful if you could suggest other people–especially those in non-Anglophone Europe–who might be interested in participating in this project in any way.
And in any case, please spread the word, join the mailing list and get involved in the discussions as we establish this new project and community.