Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

Google maps for timelines

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

From Semantic Humanities:

Simile at MIT have recently come up with a timeline widget api – google maps for timelines. It lets you plot events and time ranges (taken from either XML or JSON) onto timelines, and it’s all pretty darn good.

browser sync

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Been waiting for this tool for years.

New AJAX development tools

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

from the Google blog:

AJAX has the power to make your site more compelling and more dynamic, but AJAX development is often complicated, with much of the development time spent working around browser quirks and the fragility of AJAX components. Trust us, we know–the development of our own AJAX apps, like Google Maps and Google Calendar, caused us no small amount of AJAX-induced frustration.

That’s why we’re bringing you Google Web Toolkit. GWT is a new publicly available software development tool that makes creating AJAX applications much easier. With GWT, you can develop and debug your own AJAX applications in Java code using the Java development tools of your choice. When you deploy your application to production, the GWT compiler simply translates your Java application to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

Check it out over on Google Code.

SketchUp plus GoogleEarth for modeling of buildings from Olynthus, Pompeii, the Acropolis…

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Idea for a new collaborative project: we need to be able to zoom in with GoogleEarth to various archaeological sites and see a collection of 3D study models sitting in place there.

Here’s a short video showing Google SketchUp, the 3D Warehouse and Google Earth in action.
From the WaPo:

SketchUp is linked with Google Earth, the satellite mapping tool that allows a user to surf and zoom into locations around the globe. Using the two tools in tandem, a user can, for example, create a rendition of major landmarks such as the leaning tower of Pisa and share that image with anyone who might be interested in checking out models other users have created for that location.

Etymologies on iPod (CHE)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

A company called iPREPpress that has already created a line of iPod-ready crib notes for great literary works now hopes to turn students’ MP3 players into veritable reference shelves. The company has joined forces with Merriam-Webster Inc. to release a series of lexicographical volumes for the iPod. Merriam-Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, which goes on sale today, is the logical first choice, but iPREPpress has other titles on the way, including a thesaurus, an atlas, and a rhyming dictionary “for song and hip-hop writers. A dictionary, it turns out, is worth about 15 pop songs: after offering a short-term discount, the company intends to sell the high-tech reference book for $14.95.

More here (though the slant in the CHE article seems oddly negative and out of it).

Student-Generated Timelines

Monday, March 27th, 2006

from Academic Commons

Student-Generated Timelines

In Teaching and Technology

Malcolm Brown from Darmouth’s Academic Computing Services polled a list I am on, looking for software to allow students to generate timelines. Owen Ellard from Mt. Holyoke pointed him to the timeline creator, a nifty piece of software developed by the Center for Educational Resources at Johns Hopkins. At Wesleyan, we’ve created some nice timelines using fancy software (see South Asian Diaspora ) but haven’t yet thought through how to go about taking this tool and allowing non-designers use it to make their own timelines. The folks at Berkeley’s Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative point to TimeMap, a more sophisticated (and therefore presumably harder to imagine students using) tool for displaying data with a spatial and temporal component.

Getting Data into Google Earth using Arc2Earth

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Brian Flood has a post on the apparently straightforward task of presenting GIS data through Google Earth.

“the look, feel, and functionality of Microsoft Word, in a completely web-based AJAX platform”

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Michael Robertson intends to offer six new Ajax applications, one each week, via his site.  He’s begun with a new word processor, ajaxWrite.

Virtual Humanities Lab

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

Geoff Rockwell notes the arrival of Vika Zafrin’s NEH-funded Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown, an interface for the display, annotation, and discussion of semantically encoded texts.

iRex unveils its iLiad eBook reader

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Lots to like, including the name.

False multiples in the TLG Canon

Friday, March 10th, 2006

The TLG Canon assigns two work numbers to the Lexicon of Hesychius, since it took the first half (4085.002) from Latte’s edition, the second half (4085.003) from that of Schmidt.  Same thing happens with the Geographia of Ptolemy (0363.009, 0363.014).  I wonder how often a single work gets represented as if it were two or more different things in the TLG scheme?

Another tool for collaboration

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

Google buys Writely, a browser-based word processor.

Update: Ars Technica and The Register have more on this.


On sending OA spatial data to Google Earth

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Declan Butler, Virtual globes: The web-wide world, Nature, February 15, 2006. Google Earth is becoming a platform for OA geospatial data. Butler explores how scientists are using GE and how –because GE is free, fun, and spectacular– this science is reaching the public.

(Thanks to Peter Suber)

Guide to Podcast Directories

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

MediaShift offers a guided tour through the various major podcast directories.

Getting going with Fedora

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Writing to the JISC-Repositories list, Richard Green (manager of the RepoMMan Project at the University of Hull) announces “an early draft of a project deliverable that describes [their] work getting going with Fedora”: D-D4 Iterative Development of Fedora materials. Sorry, I can’t give you a direct link because they use some kind of indirection from the document title link to the current version … you’ll have to hunt it on their documents page yourself if you want the most recent version.

Useful review of OS software today

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Open-Source Users Break Free From Commercial Software


Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Patacriticism has just released Juxta 1.0:

Juxta is an open-source cross-platform tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. The software allows users to set any of the witnesses as the base text, to add or remove witness texts, to switch the base text at will, and to annotate Juxta-revealed comparisons and save the results.

Juxta comes with several kinds of analytic visualizations. The primary collation gives a split frame comparison of a base text with a witness text, along with a display of the digital images from which the base text is derived. Juxta displays a heat map of all textual variants and allows the user to locate — at the level of any textual unit — all witness variations from the base text. A histogram of Juxta collations is particularly useful for long documents. This visualization displays the density of all variation from the base text and serves as a useful finding aid for specific variants. Juxta can also output a lemmatized schedule (in HTML format) of the textual variants in any set of comparisons.

… The document comparison algorithm implemented in Juxta is a modified version of the Java port of Diff by Ian F. Darwin.

(Hat tip Geoff Rockwell)

Thesaurus Linguae Latinae CD Rom reviewed

Monday, February 6th, 2006

A review at Bryn Mawr Classical Review of the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Third electronic edition, published by K. G. Saur.

Peter Heslin at Durham has some interesting things to say about the value of this work and of such Greek and Latin textual search tools in general. There are points that would be well raised in discussion either here or in the Digitalclassicist list if people want to share thoughts…

Fellowship for digital art students

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Linden Lab Fellowship in the Visual and Performing Arts For Creative Innovation in the Online World of Second Life

This fellowship is made possible by Linden Lab®, the creators of Second Life®, to provide a young artist with a chance to be free for a semester or summer to explore the use of the digital world of Second Life as an artistic medium. In doing so, we hope that we will see Second Life used to even greater potential in the expressive arts to the benefit of both the Second Life culture and the broader world of art.

The fellowship will be made available to an undergraduate or graduate student in the visual and performing arts (including music, film, video, new media arts, and architecture) who has shown through his or her work a commitment and talent in innovating using digital media. The fellowship is not intended to support study, but to allow a student the free time to fully explore the potential of Second Life as a creative medium.

All projects must be completed within a semester and/or summer, make use of Second Life tools and capabilities, and be available for view or exhibit within Second Life.

Details and application form at

Gentium Unicode font featured on newsforge

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

My post this morning to classics-l about Bruce Byfield’s newsforge article (Gentium: An award-winning font joins the free software world ) has sparked an interesting and informative discussion.

Gist@newsforge: Gentium’s creator, Victor Gaultney, has re-released the useful and attractive font through his employer SIL International under an open license to encourage redistribution and collaborative improvement.

Gist@classics-l: He’s going to get that collaborative help from some very talented people. Oh, and they like the font alot (it’s got Greek, among other things).

English-Greek Dictionary online at Chicago

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Rogueclassicism notes that the University of Chicago Library have put online a searchable version of Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary. At first glance, it looks as though this–although it has a bit of a clunky search engine–will be a nice complement to the English-Greek feature of the Perseus dictionaries.

English-Greek Dictionary
A Vocabulary of the Attic Language
Late Scholar of Christ Church, Oxford
George Routledge & Sons, Limited

Broadway House, Ludgate Hill, E.C.

It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

This blog has now been upgraded to the WordPress 2.0 “Duke” release, named in honor of jazz pianist and composer Duke Ellington. No big changes on the surface, but nicer to work with behind the scenes.

Abzu expanding

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

I have begun to expand the scope of Abzu to include Classics and Mediterranean Archaeology in addition to the ancient Near East.

Abzu is an index to open access material served from stable platforms. It covers material realting to the Ancient Near East, Classics and Mediteranean Archaeology.

To find material newly added to Abzu, you can follow
the View items recently added to Abzu link. Entries stay there for a month from the date they are entered.

Alternatively you can make use of the RSS feed from the same page, or you can read the blog constructed from the RSS feed:
What’s New in Abzu blog.

If you have anything you’d like to have included, please let me know either directly, or by means of the “Suggest a Resource for Abzu” at the bottom of the page

Gentium released under the SIL Open Font License

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Gentium has now been re-released under a license that permits modification and redistribution – the SIL Open Font License. This is an exciting new development that will give great freedom to people who find Gentium useful, and the freedom to extend the font if needed.

Update: a reader emails to say that the Greek Font Society has released an interesting font, GFS Didot, with the following statement regarding licensing: “You may use these fonts for personal and commercial use. These fonts may be freely redistributed, provided that you do not alter them in any way and that you credit GFS for this.”

PHI Online

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

We have just spotted the Packard Humanities Institute Greek Inscriptions database online version.

I have been unable to learn if this is (a) a permanent fixture, or in particular (b) a permanent URL.

The site has a good index of inscriptions by region, moving down to individual inscriptions, and a fairly effective search tool attached. But it has no documentation, introduction, or special features. It is not even clear if we are supposed to know about it yet. Does anyone know any more? Please comment here.

Excellent news though.