Archive for February, 2005

International Architecture Database

Friday, February 25th, 2005

The Scout Report today includes a description of the International Architecture Database, which includes textual and visual information concerning a few ancient temples. But what I like about the project is its built-in feedback mechanism, called the Pinboard, that apears at the bottom of each entry in the database (“Please use the pinboard only for error reports, corrections and information supply about this entry!”). Surely ALL projects should be doing something similar.

Drawing on the contributions from persons across much of Europe, the International Architecture Database website has served as a valuable clearinghouse for thousands of architectural projects (both built and unrealized) since 1996. Currently, the database contains information on more than 13,000 projects, most from the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors can begin by browsing the database by name, location, or keyword. Looking at a single record, visitors will be presented with a host of information, such as building type, primary architect, location, years of construction, and in certain cases with external links, photographs, and plans. Looking through the lists of keywords can actually be quite useful, as each keyword is linked to examples that are demonstrative of the idea suggested by the keyword, such as early Gothic or elementary school. Overall, this is a fine resource for those persons who wish to learn a bit more about architecture or for those looking for information on different architectural projects. [KMG]


Friday, February 25th, 2005

We are slowly making progress on a “tagger” that uses methods from computational linguistics to identify and tag named entities in arbitrary ancient texts. One can imagine various efforts at text visualization resulting from that initial stage of disambiguation.

From the Humanist list comes word of 10×10, a visualization service evaluating and displaying images of top news stories by the hour, month, and year. How it works:

Every hour, 10×10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour’s most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10×10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

Currently, 10×10 gathers its data from the following news sources:
* Reuters World News
* BBC World Edition
* New York Times International News

Google toolbar

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

I find this rant fascinating and I wonder if there’s some way to turn this new feature to advantage…

a message from Celia Luschnig

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Deborah Mitchell, a software engineer and language enthusiast, has generously and expertly put the materials in support of my Introduction to Ancient Greek (as well as follow-up study guides) on the web, primarily for a study group but also to share with others. She is also putting up the tapes to go with the material. I’m sending this to any of you who are using the book with students or are students using the book or have otherwise expressed interest in putting this kind of study help on the web.

BTW, if your copy of the intro is in the process of falling apart, or has already done so, the U of Idaho students came up with the practical solution of drilling three holes and putting the pages into a binder. A drill is quickest and most practical, but otherwise a three hole punch can be used chapter by chapter.

The textbook (An Introduction to Ancient Greek) plus these ancillary materials ought to be an excellent candidate for the Lulu treatment.

Asinology CFP

Monday, February 21st, 2005

This looks quite wonderful.

DOAR – the Directory of Open Access Repositories

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

from the BOAI list:

A new service is starting development to support the rapidly emerging movement towards Open Access to research information. The new service, called DOAR – the Directory of Open Access Repositories – will categorise and list the wide variety of Open Access research archives that have grown up around the world. Such repositories have mushroomed over the last 2 years in response to calls by scholars and researchers worldwide to provide open access to research information.

DOAR will provide a comprehensive and authoritative list of institutional and subject-based repositories, as well as archives set up by funding agencies – like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. Users of the service will be able to analyse repositories by location, type, the material they hold and other measures. This will be of use both to users wishing to find original research papers in specific repositories and for third-party “service providers”, like search engines or alert services, which need easy to use tools for developing tailored search services to suit specific user communities.

The project is a joint collaboration between the University of Nottingham in the UK and the University of Lund in Sweden. Both institutions are active in supporting Open Access development. Lund operates the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which is known throughout the world. Nottingham leads SHERPA, an institutional repository project that has helped establish Open Access archives in 20 of the leading UK research universities. Nottingham also runs the SHERPA/RoMEO database, which is used worldwide as a reference for publisher’s copyright policies.

The importance and widespread support for the project can be seen in its funders, led by the Open Society Institute (OSI), along with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL) and SPARCEurope.

More information on the project is available on the project website –

Kill as the Romans Kill

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Care to experience life as a Roman gladiator? Show any mercy and you will earn nothing but jeers from the bloodthirsty crowd, but dismember your opponents without batting an eye and you’ll be a legend right up until your own grisly death.

Capcom’s Shadow of Rome for the PlayStation 2 is an action-adventure game that puts you smack into the Colosseum for gory, visceral fights, then takes you out into a realistically depicted Rome for puzzle-oriented stealth sequences. Though the quality isn’t consistent throughout the game, Shadow of Rome’s intense arena fights and impressive cinematics make it worth a play-through.


Fedora Release 2.0

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

As noted at Open Access News, Fedora Release 2 is now available.

Fedora is a general purpose repository service developed jointly by The University of Virginia Library and Cornell University. The Fedora project is devoted to the goal of providing open-source repository software that can serve as the foundation for many types of information management systems.

The software demonstrates how distributed digital information management can be deployed using web-based technologies, including XML and web services.