Archive for May, 2006

TEI by Example

Monday, May 8th, 2006

From the TEI list, announcement by Edward Vanhoutte of a new project to teach TEI markup:

At the Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (Belgium) we’re currently working on a set of on-line TEI tutorials, branded ‘TEI by Example’ which will become available in Fall 2006. The work is sponsored by King’s College London and the project is managed by Melissa Terras (SLAIS-UCL) and myself. Project officer is Ron Van den Branden. I copy from the project description:

The aims of the project are:

* the creation and on-line delivery of a TEI by example course for
teaching TEI in higher education and workshops.
* the creation and on-line delivery of a software toolkit for teaching text encoding
* the documentation of the methodology, workflow and findings of the project in a project report

The deliverables of the project are:

* on-line tutorials TEI by example
* a printable PDF version of the tutorials TEI by example
* an on-line software toolkit for text encoding
* a downloadable CD-ROM image for burning off-line toolkits for use by course participants
* a project report which could be published in the project reports section of LLC or DHQ, and on the ALLC website

The deliverables will be published and hosted by CCH (King’s College London) under endorsement by the ALLC.

Please consult for the latest on the project.

Semantic Humanities

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Whose blog is this?

More SketchUp: Pharos lighthouse and Roman Curia

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Here and here, respectively (neither model is geo-located in Google Earth yet).

Lessig speech: Who Owns Culture?

Friday, May 5th, 2006

from the CHE:

Who Owns Culture?

Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor and cyberspace theorist, is well-known for challenging traditional notions of copyright. A 20-minute video of a recent speech given by Mr. Lessig is making the rounds on some popular blogs. The speech, “Who Owns Culture?,” provides a brief look at how new technologies, starting with the player piano, have challenged traditional models of how copyrighted materials are distributed and how artists are paid. Mr. Lessig says that we’re now in a “remix culture” where people find creative ways to meld existing creative works to make something completely new. He argues that copyright laws need to be reformed to allow such digital creativity to thrive.

Open Source Myths

Friday, May 5th, 2006

An interesting discussion on Open Source Myth Busting is developing on Sean Gillies’ import cartography blog.

Launch of CIRCE Manual

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Report from Steve Kimberley, Cambridge:

Report of the launch of the CIRCE manual – 21 April 2006; IBM, London.

On 21 April, I attended the launch of the CIRCE manual at IBM’s South Bank premises, a corporate facility of the kind one might expect of a company of IBM’s status. There were perhaps 50-60 attendees, most being staff from UK educational institutions. The CIRCE project is an EC-funded initiative to provide a Classics & ICT resource to support the teaching of Classics in secondary schools in Europe, although much of the material is likely to be of interest to anyone concerned with teaching or learning Classics subjects at any level.

The event was welcomed by a member of IBM management and introduced by Boris Johnson MP in his own inimitable style. Julian Morgan then took the first spot, attempting to show the CIRCE website[1] but he was let down by technology as Internet Explorer’s well-known message “The page cannot be displayed” evoked responses ranging from surprise to amusement. Veerle de Troyer, a Belgian academic who is the project co-ordinator, introduced herself and her colleagues, giving a clear and impressive picture of the Europe-wide nature of the CIRCE project, its roots and its future direction. This was followed by a second presentation by Julian Morgan, this time with full technological system support, expanding on de Troyer’s outline of the CIRCE project across Europe. Continuing the theme of Classics in schools, Will Griffiths, Director of the Cambridge Schools Classics Project[2], gave a polished presentation of the CD-ROM materials that they produce, with examples of the interactive tutorials. A brief chat from Michael Fallon MP of the all-party Classics group closed the morning and we went off to enjoy an excellent buffet lunch.

The afternoon opened with a talk from Hannah Sisk from the British Council about the help that the Council can offer to educational initiatives[3], although some of what she said related to work beyond the borders of Europe. Steffan Griffiths then introduced Tony Smith, a well-known and widely-respected expert in the field of Classics ICT. He has developed a range of web-based software for Eton College for testing Greek vocabulary[4, search for “Greek project”] and he demonstrated its design and its features. Next, Julian Morgan spoke engagingly about his work supporting Latin GCSE teaching in schools, giving statistics of the excellent results obtained. Arran Johnston, a postgraduate student at Edinburgh, waxed lyrical and enthusiastic about Perseus[5], explaining how it eliminated the need to keep several books open at once and provided search facilities that could not be implemented without computer technology. Julian Morgan and Tony Smith then presented some of the dictionary and text tools that are the basis of the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary and other similar programs before Julian Morgan wrapped up the proceedings.

Goody bags containing a copy of the CIRCE manual, various flyers and brochures as well as free copies of the Pocket Oxford Latin Dictionary and Julian Morgan’s interactive guide to Pompeii CD-ROM were given out to attendees. Further copies of the CIRCE manual are available on request; the full text of the manual is available on the CIRCE website. The first CIRCE project trans-national training course is to be held in Oxford, July 31st to August 6th, 2006.

Luminous Lint

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Luminous Lint hopes “to create the world‘s leading collaborative knowledge-base for the history of photography showing significant vintage and contemporary photography.”

 They already have a developing theme on Early landscape photography of the Classical World, and on photographers such as Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Robert Macpherson, Philippos Margaritis, Giorgio Sommer, and William J. Stillman.

The site also has quite a lot of material on Early landscape photography of the Middle East, including some of the same photographers.


OpenDocument Format accepted as ISO standard

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

from Peter Suber:

The OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF) has been approved as ISO/IEC 26300. ODF is an XML-based, Open Source file specification for the storage of files produced by office productivity applications (word processor documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, etc.). ODF is already fully supported by the productivity suite, an Open Source software bundle issued under the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL). editions are available in 65 languages and may be run on Windows (98/ME/NT/2000/XP), Mac OS, Linux, and Solaris, among other operating systems, even Windows 95. software can read and write to the proprietary document storage formats employed in the Microsoft Office suite.

Perseus Job Opportunities

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Please apply through the Tufts Human Resources WWW site:

Perseus/Classics Tracking Code M06-552

Job Description There are 3 positions available. These are grant-funded, limited appointment positions with an end date of 6/30/2007. (more…)

SketchUp’ed Acropolis in Google Earth

Monday, May 1st, 2006

A couple of days ago I blogged that it would be useful to recreate ancient sites with SketchUp and make the results available within Google Earth.

Actually it turns out that the Athenian Acropolis (sans Erechtheion) is already available among the downloadable projects: Acropolis.kmz

But there are still plenty of other sites out there that need the treatment, and this one might be redone a bit differently…

For most informative effect one wants to see the models in Google Earth associated with richer textual documentation via the pop-up windows that allow text plus links to the web.