Archive for April, 2006

Google Maps in Europe

Friday, April 28th, 2006

From the Google blog:

We’re excited to announce that we have just launched beta versions of Google Maps for France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. These sites include the full suite of interactive street maps, driving directions, and integrated local business search. This has been a global effort with Google teams in Paris, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, New York, Mountain View, Kirkland, Sydney, London, Dublin, and Zurich working together for much of the past year to build a truly “local” product.

Accompanying this release, we have greatly improved high resolution imagery coverage for Europe in both Google Maps and Google Earth. Check out the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Olympiastadion in Berlin, and the Grand Canal in Venice.

To give you a preview of what’s to come, we’ve also rendered street maps for many other countries in Europe. Developers, you can incorporate these maps and imagery into your own websites using the free Google Maps API Version 2.

“The original of this replica is now in the Berlin Museum.”

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Large 3D printer required.

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.

EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML

Monday, April 24th, 2006

There’s a new home on SourceForge for Epidoc, and the Epidoc guidelines themselves are available here on the Stoa server.


Five important principles have governed the elaboration of EpiDoc techniques and tools from the beginning:

  • EpiDoc and its tools should be open and available to the widest possible range of individuals and groups; therefore, all documents and software produced by the EpiDoc Community are released under the GNU Public License
  • Insofar as possible, EpiDoc should be compliant or compatible with other published standards: we should strive to avoid re-inventing wheels or creating data silos
  • Insofar as possible, EpiDoc projects should work collaboratively and supportively with other digital epigraphy initiatives, especially those sanctioned by the Association Internationale d’ Épigraphie Grecque et Latine
  • In the arena of transcription, EpiDoc must facilitate the encoding of all editorial observations and distinctions signaled in traditional print editions through the use of sigla and typographic indicia
  • We avoid encoding the appearance of these sigla and indicia; rather, we encode the character (or semantics) of the distinction or observation the human editor is making. The rendering of typographic representations of these distinctions are accomplished using XSLTs or other methods.

The very last thing we need?

Monday, April 24th, 2006


The Geography of Artemidoros

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Dorothy King has a blog entry on the rediscovery of this Geography on papyrus, otherwise known from quotations in Strabo.

Related podcasts:  New Technology Unlocks Ancient Texts, and The Greatest Hits of Ancient Garbage.

Rome Total War

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Patrick Porter of Oxblog likes it:

Desperate to invade Egypt, my faction of the Brutii kept getting its navy sunk. I couldn’t transport my battle-hungry legions from Crete to North Africa. So I had to build a bigger navy. Which I couldn’t do as quickly as the seaborne predators of Pontus, Thrace and indeed Egypt. So I had to get the Pontic and Thracian folk to make peace. But they refused, underestimating the demonic will to power of my faction. So I had to batter the Pontic and Thracian powers into accepting a ceasefire, so I could build a navy, so I could invade Egypt. Then a freak storm sunk half my navy including a senior faction heavy. Peace in the Mediterranean lake was never guaranteed then, of course.

Meanwhile, a whole province went into chaos when my client king was assassinated by a Thracian agent. All of this is designed to culminate in a civil war at the end of the game, between the different Roman factions. As in life, several interlocking random and/or systemic developments can ruin your whole day.

Gospel of Judas Megapost

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Mark Goodacre has a Gospel of Judas megapost that ought to offer enough for even the most avid followers of this topic.

Creative Commons in Second Life

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

As seen in the CC-blog:

Mia Garlick, Creative Commons’ General Counsel, goes in-world in Second Life to discuss copyright issues and the “Some Rights Reserved” licensing perspective this Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 6 PM PST. The event takes place at the new Creative Commons land on Kula Island.

As previously noted here and by previous CC Salon presenter Wagner James Au’sCreating the Commons” post, Creative Commons now has a presence in Second Life.

Teleport to our new land, come for Mia’s presentation and keep tabs on this growing virtual presence by joining our Second Life community.


Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Rants and raves on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology. An intrepid cast of experts from the Museum Computer Network and AAM’s Media & Technology Committee share their insights, observations and tricks of the trade.

Pre-1975 European scholarship = fair game?

Monday, April 17th, 2006

The 1993 EU Copyright law is here.

Article 5 appears to be crucial:

Critical and scientific publications
Member States may protect critical and scientific publications of works which have come into the public domain. The maximum term of protection of such rights shall be 30 years from the time when the publication was first lawfully published.

Also of interest: “How long does copyright last?” in the document entitled Ownership and duration of copyright published by the UK Patent Office:

… published editions are protected for 25 years.


European Journal of Archaeology blog

Monday, April 17th, 2006

The European Journal of Archaeology (an official publication of the European Association of Archaeologists) has recently acquired its own weblog available at

The blog offers among other things new book reviews available in the EJA, news and call for papers related to the Annual Meetings of the EAA and so forth.

The Wealth of Networks

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Lawrence Lessig:

You are not serious about these issues — on either side of these debates — unless you have read this book.

The Access Principle

Friday, April 14th, 2006

from the BOAI list:

John Willinsky’s (2005) excellent book on Open Access is now available Open Access:

Willinsky, J. (2005) The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship MIT Press

AHRC ICT Methods Network Call for proposals

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Call for Proposals

The Methods Network invites member of the arts and humanities Higher Education community in the U.K. to submit proposals for Methods Network activities. Activities may include workshops, seminars, postgraduate training events, publications, and other activities.


Workshops are envisaged as training sessions for community members within academic institutions. They are directed at community members who will then themselves train others. Workshops are intended to provide training in advanced methods and will also engage with issues such as formal methods in analysis of source data and the creation of technical models, working with multiple technologies, and other matters of vital practical interest to the community. Funds available up to £5000.


Seminars are envisaged as discussion sessions. They may concentrate on highly-defined topics of interest to the community or may have a more general focus. Identifying problem areas in the advanced uses of ICT in the arts and humanities is also encouraged.

The Methods Network is keen to support both single and cross-disciplinary proposals and those which encourage new collaborative frameworks between technical specialists and arts and humanities scholars. The primary emphasis is on the use and reuse of digital resources. Potential themes could include ways in which collaborative practice might advance scholarly achievement, or issues around employing multiple technologies and approaches to their application. Funds available up to £2000.

Other activities

If you have a proposal for an alternative activity or for a publication that could be supported as a Methods Network Activity, we would be pleased to consider this.

Support Materials and Other Documentation

Support materials will be provided as required by the Methods Network. Service Level Agreements will be negotiated between the Methods Network and successful applicants and will incorporate agreed deadlines, deliverables and budgets. Evaluation plans or peer review guidelines for the activity will be agreed as required between the applicant and the Methods Network.

Any activity undertaken on behalf of the Methods Network will be subject to the conditions outlined in these documents. For further information please contact Hazel Gardiner.

11th International Congress “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies” – call for papers

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies
(Workshop 11 „Archäologie und Computer“)
Oktober 18th– 20th, 2006
City Hall of Vienna, Austria– Wappensaalgruppe

Why document and analyse Cultural Heritage with modern technologies?

with Symposia:

“Cultural Heritage- Funding and New Technologies” (in cooperation with ARGE Donauländer Niederösterreich)

“Bedeutung, Gefährdung und Schutz von kirchlichen Kulturgütern” (in Kooperation mit der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Kulturgüterschutz, sowie kirchlichen Institutionen)

Call for papers
Submission Of Abstracts
Participants intending to present a talk are requested to submit an abstract electronically by using of by May 22, 2006 (Deadline)

The abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific committee!
Notification of Speakers: June 5, 2006

Dear colleagues,

for some of you the Easter holidays will start soon, a couple of you will celebrate Eastern one week later, some of you will have in the next days Passah or a couple of you will have some other holidays. I am very sorry that I am not able to listen all the holidays, which will be in the next days.

Maybe you will find an hour or more in these days to think about the possibility of a lecture at the 11th International Congress “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies”. We are waiting for your abstract.

All the topics are online now

You are planing a project in the near future? You are searching for partners? For the first time we will organise a session called “Project-Exchange”. There you can present your project and find partners. If you are interested please send us a short statement about your project (200-300 words) and we will put it on our homepage immediatly – “autonomous” from the “Call for papers”.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Urban Archaeology of Vienna like to send you the best wishes and we hope that we can welcome the most of you – as speakers, with a poster, with a project, exhibitors or as participants.

Please forward this email also to interested colleagues.

See you in Vienna

Wolfgang Börner

Magistrat der Stadt Wien
Magistratsabteilung 7 – Kultur
Referat “Kulturelles Erbe” – Stadtarchäologie
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 5/1, A-1080 Wien
Tel. 0043 (0)1 4000 81176
Fax: 0043 (0)1 4000 99 81177

ETANA-DL project

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

Some of you may find this documentation on the ETANA-DL project (with which  I am marginally connected) interesting.  This DL part of this project is headed by Ed Fox at Virginia Tech.

“This research proposes to develop a digital library (DL) for ancient Near Eastern studies with two archaeological components: DigBase (DB) – a repository and an archive for archaeological data from the Near East and  beyond, and DigKit (DK) – a compatible field tool for collecting and recording archaeological data during archaeological surveys and excavations.  DB is a model-based, extensible, archaeological componentized DL that will  manage complex archaeological information sources based on the client-server  paradigm of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). DK is a compatible field tool for collecting, recording and exposing archaeological data in an OAI compliant manner during archaeological surveys and excavations.”

Links to the following articles are at:
and are indexed by me in Abzu


1.   E. A. Fox. Digital Libraries: Archaeology, Automation, and  Enhancements. Invited talk. The International Advanced Digital Library Conference (IADLC),  Nagoya University, Japan, August 25-26,

2.   R. Shen, M. A. Gonçalves, W. Fan, and E. A. Fox. Requirements  Gathering and Modeling of Domain-Specific Digital Libraries with the 5S Framework: An  Archaeological Case Study with ETANA. In Proceedings ECDL2005, Vienna, Sept. 18-23, 2005

3.   A. Raghavan, N. S. Vemuri, R. Shen, M. A. Gonçalves, W. Fan, and E. A. Fox. Incremental, Semi- automatic, Mapping-Based Integration of Heterogeneous Collections into Archaeological Digital Libraries: Megiddo Case Study. In Proceedings ECDL2005, Vienna, Sept. 18-23, 2005

4.   E. A. Fox, M. A. Gonçalves, and R. Shen. The Role of Digital Libraries  in Moving Toward Knowledge Environments. Invited chapter in “From Integrated Publication and Informations Systems to Virtual Information and Knowledge Environments”,  eds. Matthias Hemmje, Claudia Niederee, and Thomas Risse, Springer, 2005, pp. 96-106

5.   R. Shen, N. S. Vemuri, V. Vijayaraghavan, W. Fan, and E. A. Fox (2005) EtanaViz: A Visual User Interface to Archaeological Digital Libraries.  Technical Report TR-05-14, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

6.   R. Shen, N. S. Vemuri, A. Raghavan, M. A. Gonçalves, D. Rangarajan, W. Fan, and E. A. Fox (2005) Integration of Heterogeneous Digital Libraries  with Semi-automatic Mapping and Browsing: From Formalization to Specification to Visualization.  Technical Report TR-05-04, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

7.   D. Rangarajan (2005) SchemaMapper: A tool for visualization of schema mapping. Technical Report TR-05-09, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

8.   J. W. Flanagan, E. A. Fox, D. R. Clark, W. Fan, Ravindranathan, R.  Shen, M. A. Goncalves. Jordanian Archaeology and ETANA: Developing a Digital Library  for Near Eastern Archaeology. History and Archaeology of Jordan conference, Petra, Jordan,  May 23-27, 2004.

9.   U. Ravindranathan. Prototyping Digital Libraries Handling Heterogeneous Data Sources – An ETANA-DL Case Study. Masters Thesis. Department of  Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, April, 2004.  (also available thru the VT-Electronic Thesis and Dissertations system)

10.   U. Ravindranathan, R. Shen, M. A. Goncalves, W. Fan, E. A. Fox, and J. W. Flanagan. Prototyping Digital Libraries Handling Heterogeneous Data  Sources – The ETANA-DL Case Study. European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL 2004), Bath, UK,  September 12-17, 2004.

11.   U. Ravindranathan, R. Shen, M. A. Goncalves, W. Fan, E. A. Fox, and J. W. Flanagan. ETANA-DL: A Digital Library for Integrated Handling of  Heterogeneous Archaeological Data. ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004), Tucson, AZ, June 7-11, 2004.

12.      M. A. Goncalves, E. A. Fox, A. Krowne, P. Calado, A. H. F. Laender,  A. S. da Silva, and B. Ribeiro-Neto. The Effectiveness of Automatically  Structured Queries in Digital Libraries. ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL  2004), Tucson, AZ,  June 7-11, 2004.

13.      R. da S. Torres, C. B. Medeiros, M. A. Goncalves, and E. A. Fox. An OAI-based Digital Library Framework for Biodiversity Information Systems. Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Technical Report No. TR-04-01, 2004.

14.      R. da S. Torres, C. B. Medeiros, M. A. Goncalves, and E. A. Fox. An OAI Compliant Content- Based Image Search Component. Demo at ACM-IEEE Joint  Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004), Tucson, AZ,  June 7-11, 2004.

15.   R. da S. Torres, C. B. Medeiros, Renata Q. Dividino, Mauricio A. Figueiredo, M. A. Goncalves, E. A. Fox, and R. Richardson. Using Digital  Library Components for Biodiversity Systems. Poster at ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004), Tucson, AZ,  June 7-11, 2004.


1.  A. Raghavan, D. Rangarajan, R. Shen, M. A. Gonçalves, N. S. Vemuri, W.  Fan, and E. A. Fox. Schema Mapper: A Visualization Tool for DL Integration. In  Proceedings of the Fifth ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL2005), June 7-11,  2005, Denver, p. 414

2.  U. Ravindranathan, R. Shen, M. A. Goncalves, W. Fan, E. A. Fox, and J.  W. Flanagan. ETANA-DL: Managing Complex Information Applications â?” An  Archaeology Digital Library. Demo at ACM-IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2004), Tucson,  AZ, June 7-11, 2004.

Nexus network journal

Monday, April 10th, 2006

New in Humbul:

Nexus (ISSN 1522-4600) is an online journal on architecture and mathematics, which contains a number of research papers on ancient architecture. Architecture, mathematics, perspective, and landscape formation are the most frequently recurring topics. Among the papers of possible interest to archaeologists are: ‘Mathematics, Astronomy, and Sacred Landscape in the Inka Heartland’; ‘The Education of the Classical Architect from Plato to Vitruvius’; ‘The Indefinite Dyad and the Golden Section: Uncovering Plato’s Second Principle’; ‘Philosophy and Science of Music in Ancient Greece: The Predecessors of Pythagoras and their Contribution’; ‘The Arithmetic of Nicomachus of Gerasa and its Applications to Systems of Proportion’; ‘Euclidism and Theory of Architecture’; and ‘How Should We Measure an Ancient Structure?’ The published titles cover classical architecture and its reception during the Italian Renaissance and other modern periods, as well as ancient science and mathematics. There are general papers on architecture and applied optics that may be useful to archaeologists studying ancient art and architecture. The journal also publishes reviews, and a selection of the papers are reprinted in the paper edition of the journal.

Ancient history podcasts

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Numerous topics from the ancient world at Military History Podcasts: Alexander the Great, Roman tactics, Pharsalus, Roman defeats, conquests of Cyrus the Great, Persian Wars, Sargon, Hannibal, Valor…

Also: Lars Brownworth’s 12 Byzantine Rulers: The History of the Byzantine Empire.

What they listen to in hell on their ipods

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Tax Code Podcast

EpiDoc Development Sprint: more

Friday, April 7th, 2006

As a follow-up to my previous post detailing the achievements of the first half of an “EpiDoc Development Sprint” in London (20-24 March 2006), I would like to offer the following summary of achievements during the second (and final) two-day sprint (below). Participants are currently gathering up loose ends and completing finishing touches to portions of the work. Further updates, including announcement of the next major release of tools and guidelines, will be made via the Stoa-sponsored Markup List.


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).

JIIA Eprints Repository

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
Antonella D’Ascoli


dell’attivazione del JIIA Eprints Repository, Repository collegato al ‘Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology’, in data 2006-04-04 registrato presso le Autorità competenti, quindi presente nei seguenti elenchi:
Il precedente MyOPIA JIIA Repository (a seguito di alterne e malaugurate vicende) sarà a breve dismesso a tutto favore dell’installazione di Eprints, software molto più performante,  sviluppato e costantemente mantenuto dalla School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK.
I documenti precedentemente archiviati nel Myopia andranno a confluire nel nuovo Repository: JIIA Eprints Repository.
In JIIA Eprints Repository:
La Prefazione ed alcuni capitoli dal reprint del 2003 di :
D’Arms, John H., Romans on the bay of Naples and other essays on roman Campania. A Social and Cultural Study of the Villas and Their Owners from 150 B.C. to A.D. 400
Cap.1 The first coastal villas The second century B.C.
Cap.2 Coastal Campania during the period of Marius and Sulla
Cap.3 The last years of the Republic
Per gentile concessione di Edipuglia s.r.l
Cordiali saluti
Antonella D’Ascoli

They’re getting…

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006


Ray Cha concludes:

In the end, I agree with Ben’s previous post that the Nature article in question has a marginal relevance to the bigger picture. The main point is that Wikipedia works amazingly well and contains articles that Britannica never will. It is a revolutionary way to collaboratively share knowledge. That we should give consideration to the source of our information we encounter, be it the Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, Nature or the New York Time, is nothing new.

The Access Principle

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Thanks to Peter Suber for pointing to Kate Corby’s review of Willinsky, John. (2006). The access principle: The case for open access to research and scholarship. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

It is unfortunate that many academics feel that assuring access to research is not central to their work. They are engaged in attracting funding, completing research and publishing the results. Finding their publications to build further research proposals is the problem of subsequent researchers…

The almost unbelievably high figures on readership for open access journals attest to the demand for scholarly information, presumably stifled only by accessibility. Willinsky openly admits the utopian quality of the open access movement, but also points out that the current publishing model is unsustainable, both in this print to electronic transition period, and in the wholly electronic period that is surely right around the corner. He makes solid points about alternative models readily available, as for example the fact that book publishers have rarely demanded that authors sign over their copyright. He also ventures into a utopian future by discussing cooperative opportunities for institutions and professional organizations to spend the money they currently spend individually for library subscriptions or journal production in ways that guarantee access to all while maintaining financial viability for scholarly publications.
Perhaps the strongest point this book makes is that openly accessible scholarly information is more valuable that information published in journals with limited access. If citation counts and numbers of readers are indicators of the value of an item, then open access materials freely available on the web are the most valuable information we have. This is not the conventional wisdom of the day, which holds that peer reviewed materials in high prestige journals is our most valuable information. Willinsky does a good job of showing how this model is changing. It is important to appreciate that the internet is democratizing information in ways that have already begun forcing changes in how scholarly information is utilized.