Archive for January, 2005

new features for AJA on line

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

The AIA, with open access to the full text of current issues of the AJA, a coveted slot in the DOAJ, and now two more interesting features, is moving far, far ahead of the APA, which is still all about narrow-band publication.

AJA Online Forum
The American Journal of Archaeology is pleased to open the AJA Online Forum ( The Online Forum complements Forum articles published in the AJA that discuss controversial, popular, or neglected topics in archaeology. The Online Forum is the place to continue the scholarly dialogue and the exchange of ideas. Online Forum contributions may take a variety of forms: short comments on specific points in the published articles, introduction of new material to the discussion, longer more formal presentation of views, or informal discussion. Naomi Norman, AJA Editor-in-Chief, encourages everyone to participate in the AJA Online Forum and, indeed, consider submitting Forum articles for publication in the Journal.

Museum Reviews Online
In 2004, Elizabeth Bartman was appointed Museum Exhibition Editor of the AJA. In addition to commissioning reviews of important exhibitions for the print edition of the Journal, additional reviews will be posted on the AJA website ( The first of these is now available. Victor Cunrui Xiong has reviewed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “China: Dawn of a Golden Age? exhibit. Please visit the AJA website and click on the Museum Reviews link to read the entire article.

Fan mail

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

We love to get fan mail:

My talk about went very well last night in Dr. Suzie Allard’s Digital Libraries class. Everyone was properly impressed by what you have done and just loved learning about the Classics and Humanities. I stressed the freedom of publication and desire to reach wide audiences aspects, and they were well received.

Thanks for your support and encouraging such scholarly endeavors. Folks really enjoyed the image gallery and I loved the Pompeii project. The City of Athens project was also impressive.

Etruscan News

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Kudos to the American Section of the Institute for Etruscan and Italic studies for making their full-color newsletter freely available on line. It printed out beautifully on our office color printer, and I’d say it’s really quite substantive.

3rd International Conference on the Book

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Dear Colleague,

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is delighted to announce:

Oxford Brookes University, 11-13 September 2005

The conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the book – including the past, present and future of publishing, libraries, literacy and learning in the information society. Main speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authorship and information technologies, as well as numerous presentations by researchers and practitioners. Publishers, librarians, academics, teachers, authors and associated professionals are all welcome to attend. For further information, please visit the conference website, or reply to the above email address.

For those wishing to submit a proposal to the conference call-for-papers, 30 minute paper, 60 minute workshop and 90 minute colloquium sessions are available. The deadline for the first round call for papers is 17 February 2005. Visit the conference website for the closing dates of subsequent rounds.

Those choosing to submit a paper will be included in the fully peer-refereed International Journal of the Book, published in print and electronic formats. For those unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are available. These provide access to the online edition of the conference proceedings. Virtual participants can also submit papers for refereeing and publication in the International Journal of the Book.

Full details of the conference, including an online call for papers form, are to be found at the conference website.

We do hope you will be able to join us in Oxford in September 2005.

Yours Sincerely,

Angus Phillips
Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, United Kingdom
On behalf of the Book Conference Advisory Board

new images in the Gallery

Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Stoa of Attalos
Troels Myrup Kristensen has been adding to the Stoa image gallery lately. He has most recently posted some particularly nice shots of Greek sculpture, and other goodies from museums in Athens. I like his shot of the Stoa of Attalos.


Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

Zack Hubert is doing interesting work with interfaces to a morphologically parsed text of the Greek New Testament, and also exposing that text as XML. Mark Goodacre’s NT Gateway Weblog repeats a summary. As Neel Smith says in a comment he posted at Hubert’s blog, this work has strong potential to employ the Classical Text Services protocol being developed under the aegis of the Center for Hellenic Studies (and slated for public release real soon now, we hope). Eric Sowell at The Coding Humanist also offers musings on the encoding standards involved. One word: TEI.


Friday, January 21st, 2005

On the Humanist list, someone asked a couple of days ago what to do about a publisher who insisted on a clearly excessive surrendering of rights. Bob Kraft made a reply that I thought merits repeating, so with his permission I am doing so here:

I’ve found most publishers to be flexible, and willing to adapt to reasonable revisions requested by author or editor. My advice, in descending order of importance (sort of), is:

  1. Never give away your right to hold the copyright.
  2. Never give away your right to your electronic version and subsequent revisions (many publishers still don’t think of this sort of “publication”).
  3. If for some reason, you must give over print copyright, specify conditions under which you automatically recover it — e.g. if the book goes out of print for three years or more, or if the publisher acts contrary to the contract.
  4. If for some reason you must give over electronic rights, specify for how long (e.g. 3 years), and what sort of uses are permissible (e.g. CD-ROM, internet).
  5. Specify that if the publisher creates or authorizes a situation in which additional profit is realized by the republication, translation, reuse, etc., of your work, you receive an appropriate percentage of that profit.

Basically, don’t give up your rights to your work except possibly for a limited time and under strict controls. And be very aware of the actual and potential value of controlling electronic publication as well as print publication.

Experimental Interface at Perseus

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

A message from Lisa Cerrato, Managing Editor for the Perseus Project:

The Perseus team would like to invite you to preview our new experimental interface. At this writing, the system and design are basic. The entire text delivery system, thousands of lines of code, has been rewritten, and we now have the essentials of the new system ready for testing.

For a preview, please visit the test site here:

If you would like to report problems, make suggestions or comments, or provide any general feedback on the new design, please send e-mail to: beta-bugs{AT}

At this stage, we would appreciate assistance in finding bugs, so provide as much information as possible, including URLs, your system and browser configuration, error messages, and the steps you took prior to discovering the problem. As always, we welcome suggestions for future improvements. Our short term focus is testing what we now have; this is only a first step. We will rely upon the input of dedicated testers as we rebuild, refine, and improve the system.

For comments or problems with the main site, as always, please contact the Perseus webmaster: webmaster{AT}

Please check our home page for further announcements and links to publications. More news will be forthcoming over the weeks and months ahead.

My preliminary reaction: blindingly fast on lemmatized word searches, e.g. for φέ?ει.

Goodbye innovation; hello regulation.

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

California INDUCE bill bans the Internet.

SophoKeys Polytonic Greek

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

There’s a new freeware OS X Unicode keyboard layout for ancient Greek, via VersionTracker. I’ve not yet tried it, but it says you type in TLG Beta Code, and you get Unicode out. Sounds useful for those of us with Beta Code wired into our finger tips.

Update: I see there’s something along the same lines for Windows users: Greek Pad (hat tip to Mark Goodacre).

What is a Palimpsest?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Interesting Flash presentations at the PBS site:

Consequences for the Humanities

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Dr. Saul Fisher, who is Associate Program Officer for the Mellon Foundation’s program in Teaching and Technology, made a presentation at the recent MLA in Philadelphia entitled “The Open Source Movement and Higher Education: Consequences for the Humanities.” I found his paper direct and thought-provoking, so I asked Dr. Fisher for permission to post a draft here at the Stoa. He has consented, but asks that I emphasize the DRAFT status of this paper. Readers should also note that his views do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Mellon Foundation. I am sure he would welcome comments; you will find his email address on the paper itself.

By the way, the Association for Computers and the Humanities compiled a guide to the many talks on humanities computing and related subjects at the MLA. (Were there any at all at the APA?)

“what a total (intellectual) disappointment this man is”

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Culture-hero Lawrence Lessig comments amusingly on the neo-red-baiting practiced by Bill Gates. The episode is giving rise to some terrific new graphics from the Copy Left crowd!

New flags for commie OA types! New flags for commie OA types!

“Perhaps there is a lesson here …”

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Richard K. Johnson, The Future of Scholarly Communication in the Humanities: Adaptation or Transformation? A presentation at the meeting of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, December 30, 2004. Excerpt:

The most compelling motivation for Congress and NIH to support open public access to NIH-funded research is to demonstrate to taxpayers the return on their investment in doubling the size of NIH is recent years. Perhaps there is a lesson here for the humanities. Expanded public exposure for scholarship in the humanities offers the potential for enhanced political and financial support. By reaching a broader audience beyond specialists in a single field, open global sharing of knowledge also will support interdisciplinary scholarly perspectives….What do these examples [of OA archiving and OA journals in the STM fields] have to do with the humanities? They simply suggest that powerful — if not unstoppable — forces are chipping away at the traditional journal. Will the outcome be adaptation or transformation? I think there will be both. There will be e-journals (and e-books) that look much like what is supplied in print today. But the foundation beneath these, the ways in which they are accessed and used, what they contain, and the profile of users is likely to be transformed. The toughest issues we face today revolve around business models – who pays the tab in a disaggregated environment? Perhaps toughest of all, how is the certification process supported? Publishers and libraries aren’t the only players asking themselves these questions. The costs associated with publishing are the least part of the overall research process. Since academic institutions, funders, and the public are key beneficiaries of research, I think we can expect them to play new, active roles in reshaping scholarly communication in the sciences, the social sciences, and, yes, the humanities.

(from Open Access News)

Classics irrelevant?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2005

Today’s trivia quiz: what is the search term in Google’s example of public-access texts in their $150M library scanning project? Answer available here.

Not such a bad thing if Google thinks this is what digital libraries are all about…

(Thanks to Neel Smith for pointing this out.)

more on what Google is up to

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

The January issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter contains the best summary I’ve seen yet concerning Google’s gigantic library project, with a useful comparative postscript on the one million book digitization effort by Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive.