Archive for January, 2006

Brief report on the Digital Philology conference in Hamburg

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

The TEUCHOS centre – an institution that aims to provide digital research infrastructure in the fields of scholarly editing, paleography, manuscript research and history of philology and is located at the University of Hamburg – organized between 20 and 22 January a conference with the title “Digital Philology – Problems and Perspectives“. The presentations focused on tools, imaging, resources, cataloguing, and editing, and was preceded by a workshop on the digital edition of letter corpora. It did indeed provide a good overview over the state of digital editing and the tools and technologies necessary to produce these – both their achievements and problems. Some of the issues that came up during the conference were:

  • the legal situation created by current copyright laws
  • the relation of the digital research environment to traditional research discourses
  • the need for broader agreement on issues of standards and unique identifiers
  • the development of new protocols in referring to digital products
  • the availability of digital editions and the tools to produce them

Another aspect was the conversations and the networking facilitated between work in different projects, countries, and languages: not only between projects mostly in German, English, French, or Italian, but also several Russian projects.

The conference organizers will no doubt wish to share more information about both the conference and the TEUCHOS project as whole in time. It is very much hoped that the TEUCHOS centre succeed in obtaining the necessary funding to begin such important work in Germany in a truly international and collaborative spirit.

1-2 Posts in 3D Visualisation (London)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

(1) Network Development Officer

JISC 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network Part-time, 0.5FTE, 36 months
The Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College London wishes to employ, an outgoing, dynamic and organised person to initiate a programme of rapid community building under the direction of the King’s Visualisation Lab. The Network will provide support for 3D visualisation activities in Arts and Humanities disciplines in UK Higher Education institutions.The Network Development Officer will establish and develop communications with projects and groups in UK HE institutions that are engaged in applying 3D visualisation approaches within Arts and Humanities disciplines. She/he will help to establish a Network Steering Group, provide the “visualisation community” with networking assistance, establish structures to foster exchange of information and skills between institutions, disseminate the work of the Network, promote discussion of key issues identified by the community and monitor Network sustainability issues. The appointee will organise scheduled meetings and assist Network members in organising conference presentations and panels.

The successful applicant will have a good honours degree, experience of communications and publicity activities, excellent interpersonal, written, web-editing and administrative skills, with proven strengths in taking initiative and working independently within collaborative contexts. She/he will preferably have some knowledge and understanding of computer-aided visualisation activities in the academic, educational, cultural heritage and/or commercial sectors.

For further details and an application form please see related document below.

Closing date for applications: 13 February 2006

Reference: E2/AAV/133/05

(2) 3D Visualisation Research Fellow

JISC 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network, Part-time, 0.5FTE, 24 monthsThe Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College London wishes to employ a part-time Research Fellow to assist the newly-established King’s Visualisation Lab in developing a national 3D Visualisation Network in the Arts.

The 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network, part of the JISC Visualisation Support Network, will:

  • build a sustainable community supporting 3D Visualisation in the Arts
  • encourage and facilitate exchange of skills and knowledge
  • stimulate and coordinate community-wide debate on key issues
  • pro-actively interface with the JISC Visualisation Support Network
  • form strategic connections between domains through a range of related, external bodies
  • raise awareness and understanding of the Network in the JISC community and society

The Network’s 3D Visualisation Research Fellow will provide research-based support for the 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network through a number of activities, including writing, presenting and publishing periodic reports on the research activities of the Network. The appointee will also work closely with members of the AHDS to analyse and augment aspects of the Projects and Methods Database, with a view to assisting the visualisation community to gain maximum benefit from it.

A knowledge and understanding of computer-aided visualisation activities in the academic, educational, cultural heritage and/or commercial sectors is essential. In addition, the successful applicant will have a postgraduate degree, excellent research and written communication skills, extensive knowledge and experience of visualisation projects and proven strengths in working both independently and collaboratively.

For further details and an application form please see related document below.

Closing date for applications: 13 February 2006

Reference: W1/AAV/132/05

Please note: These two positions may be filled by the same or two different persons.

Attached files

Network Development Officer.pdf [ PDF | 285 KB ]

Research Fellow.pdf [ PDF | 293 KB ]

Google adopts a new motto

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Don’t Be More Evil Than Necessary

Google has published a defense.

Fair Use vs. Copyright Control

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

Seen in Academic Commons:

Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control

In Fair Use

Our new friends at the Institute for the Future of the Book gave me a nifty report called “Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control” that is well worth reading. The writing is crisp and the ideas are in this age of intellectual property retrenchment refreshingly provocative.

Published by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, and written by Marjorie Heins and Tricia Beckles, the report summarizes the results of research done by the Center that looked at a range of artists and academics who ran into trouble with fair use in the early part of the 21st century, either by being the recipients of DMCA cease and desist orders, or who were sued for copyright infringement. While the report paints a fairly dreary picture of our present culture (described derisively as the culture of clearance), the authors do make some concrete suggestions that could help turn the tide in favor of fair use.

Colloquia archive now available on an Open Access basis

Friday, January 20th, 2006

An archive of over 650 TEI-conformant neo-Latin colloquia is now available via the instance of the new Perseus hopper that’s now implemented on this server, which provides lemmatized searching, morphological parsing and dictionary lookups, and automatic concordances for each text. The archive is still growing but we judged it had reached a point where we should release the texts.

Continuing gratitude to Adrian Packel of Perseus for his support.

A tarball of the XML source files bearing a CC license is readily available. Oh, and here’s a timeline for these authors.

i2010 Digital Library questions

Friday, January 20th, 2006

(hat tip Peter Suber)

On December 5 – 6, 2005, the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries held a brainstorming meeting in Nice, France, to formulate responses to the i2010 Digital Library questions from the European Commission and to discuss the DELOS vision of the future of Digital Libraries. Participants came from within and without DELOS, from Europe and the United States, including librarians, researchers in the DL field, and representatives of the European Commission.

The final report of the meeting and related documents are now available.

reappearing as if by magic…

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Thanks to Adrian Packel of the Perseus Digital Library, who has installed the new Perseus hopper on the Stoa production server, the Lane Festschrift as well as materials related to Homer and to Olynthus that have been missing from this site for a few months are now available again. There are more to come, including the colloquia and some other texts. Thanks, Adrian!

Teuchos conference

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

The preliminary programme for the conference “Digital philology — problems and perspectives” (Hamburg, 20-22 January 2006) is now available at

The organisers of the Teuchos Centre have also created an automated mailing list to distribute future information regarding the “Teuchos” centre only to those who wish to have them. To continue to receive announcements etc., please send an email with the line (please insert your email address and name): subscribe teuchos-announce your_address@your_domain (Your full name) in the body to majordomo@lists.uni-hamburg.d e.

You will receive a confirmation after a few hours. All mails going through the list will have “[teuchos]” prepended to their subject line to facilitate automatic processing. Teuchos will send announcements outside of the mailing list only very sporadically in the future.

(Posted for Daniel Decker and Dieter Harlfinger.)

new list set up by JISC Digital Repositories Programme

Monday, January 9th, 2006

From the BOAI list:

Members of this list might be interested in a new JISCMAIL discussion
list, JISC-REPOSITORIES@JISCMAIL.AC.UK, set up by the JISC Digital
Repositories Programme support team
for the discussion of cross-domain and international repository technologies and activities, plus any other repository-related issues. For discussion and support relating to repository interoperability in e-learning, please use the CETIS Metadata & Digital Repositories SIG list.

Anyone working with repositories or interested in any aspect of international repository activity is encouraged to subscribe  by clicking on the following URL:

AWMC secures major NEH grant

Friday, January 6th, 2006

From Tom Elliott comes news of the success of the Pleiades proposal submitted by the Ancient World Mapping Center to the most recent NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development competition. Congratulations!

yet another initiative for reform

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

From Scott Jaschik, A Tenure Reform Plan With Legs, Inside Higher Ed, January 5, 2006:
A special panel of the MLA is finishing a report that will call for numerous, far-reaching changes in the way assistant professors are reviewed for tenure. Among the ideas that will be part of the plan are:

  • The creation of “multiple pathways” to demonstrating research excellence. The monograph is one way, but so would be journal articles, electronic projects, textbooks, jointly written books, and other approaches.
  • The drafting of “memorandums of understanding” between new hires and departments so that those new hires would have a clear sense of expectations in terms of how they would be evaluated for tenure.
  • A commitment to treating electronic work with the same respect accorded to work published in print.
  • The setting of limits on the number of outside reviews sought in tenure cases and on what those reviewers could be asked.

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.

CEDOPAL catalogue of literary papyri online

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Announced today via the PAPY list (and elsewhere):

Le CEDOPAL a le plaisir d’annoncer la mise en ligne de l’intégralité du “Catalogue des papyrus littéraires grecs et latins” (6.855 notices au 29.12.2005) et sa consultation au moyen d’un module de requêtes à l’adresse

(There is also an English version of the index.)

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

“Radical Change for Tenure”

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Peyer Suber reports on Scott Jaschik, Radical Change for Tenure, Inside Higher Ed, December 30, 2005. Jashik sumarizes discussion in a special panel of the MLA focussed on overhaul of tenure review procedures. Among other things, the panel wants departments to end a bias that favors print over online publications.