Archive for November, 2006

Open Access Pantheon

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

From Neel Smith comes word of The Pantheon Project – The Pilot Project of the Karman Center. Definitely worth a look, with very nice OA policies covering the core project data:

… many questions remain concerning the design, construction, statics, building logistics and the original purpose of this unique monument. The Karman Center’s Pantheon Project aims to resolve these questions with up-to-date technical means, new digital measurings of the entire building and new forms of web-based scientific collaboration … One of the new means of the Pantheon Project for scientific work is a 3D digital data model based on 540,000,000 points (= >9 gigabytes of numerical data) from a laser scanning operation executed in Rome during December 2005. The model not only contains the coordinates of all the points but also the colour value of the surface … The Pantheon Project, as all other future Karman Center projects, focuses on Open Access Scholarship, that is, not only the research results from the Pantheon Project and the Karman Center, but also all the basic data and discussion concerning them will be made freely accessible to all interested scholars for their own use. We also hope to convince archives and other institutions owning historical sources, such as drawings, photographs, prints, rare books, maps, etc., to help us make them available online for research. This would not only help to intensify scholarly work but would at the same time help to preserve the often very delicate or easily damaged originals.

UK is on board — how about your institution?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

from Open Access News:

Another provost for FRPAA

Kumble Subbaswamy, Provost of the University of Kentucky, has added his signature to the SPARC list of U.S. university presidents and provosts endorsing open access to publicly-funded research and the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 ( FRPAA). The tally is now up to 131.

A Directory of Academic Blogs, Wiki Style

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006
from the CHE:
How many academic blogs are there? Too many for any one person to keep track of. The popular academic blog Crooked Timber has long maintained a lengthy list of academic blogs. The list had been maintained in part by Henry Farrell, an assistant professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, but the task was starting to seem overwhelming. “I’d come to the conclusion that one person just couldn’t keep track of this anymore,” he said in an interview this week. So why not open up the list and let anyone add to it? That’s just what the gang at Crooked Timber decided to do, using the same wiki software behind Wikipedia. The result is, which went online in September. Mr. Farrell said he doesn’t know how many blogs are now listed in the ever-growing collection because he hasn’t had time to count. We started to attempt a count ourselves, but we only made it through the first category: humanities. There are about 470 of those. The list is in no way a seal of approval, Mr. Farrell said, adding that he personally disagrees with many of the views expressed in blogs on the list. “The only policing is to make sure that anybody who’s there is an academic,” he said. There are other directories of academic blogs, such as BlogScholar. Do others out there know of other guides to the academic blogosphere worth checking out?–Jeffrey R. Young

2007 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Scholarly Information Resources for Humanists

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Description: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the 2007 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Scholarly Information Resources for Humanists. Now in its fourth year, the fellowship provides new scholars in the humanities a unique opportunity to develop expertise in the new forms of scholarly research and the information resources that support them, both traditional and digital, that are challenging research institutions. The program offers fellowships to individuals who believe that there are opportunities to develop meaningful linkages between disciplinary scholarship, libraries, archives, and evolving digital tools.

About eight fellowships will be awarded, with fellowships beginning in Summer 2007 and ranging from one to two years in length. The fellowships will pay a salary ($35,000-$50,000) plus benefits at one of the collaborating academic libraries, each of which will serve as a fellowship sponsor. Applicants must have earned their Ph.D.s in disciplines in the humanities within the past five years, or earn them before starting the program. Fellows must be in residence at a sponsoring institution for the duration of the fellowship, and must be able to attend a mandatory two-week seminar at Bryn Mawr College from July 22-August 2, 2007.

Sponsoring institutions for 2007-2008 include: Appalachian College Association Georgia Institute of Technology Lehigh University The Ohio State University Pepperdine University The Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center University of California, Los Angeles University of Virginia Applications must be postmarked by February 16, 2007. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 30, 2007.

For further information, or to download an application, please visit our website. Please direct any questions to Amy Harbur, Program Officer Contact Info: Amy Harbur, Program Officer Council on Library and Information Resources 1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036 Expire Date: February 16, 2007

Pot, meet kettle

Monday, November 20th, 2006

This one is pretty rich fare! How many times have we all read ludicrously over-reaching claims of copyright protection for books and electronic resources? And these people want to point fingers at the faculty for not understanding the law?
For more on this general topic see Jason Mazzone, “Copyfraud,” Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 40, August 21, 2005.

ePhilology: when the books talk to their readers

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Curious about where classics might go in a digital world? See the preprint of a new article about ePhilology (by Gregory Crane, David Bamman, and Alison Babeu of the Perseus Project at Tufts University) that will appear in The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies.

From the introduction: “The term ePhilology implicitly states that, while our strategic goal may remain the scientia totius antiquitatis, the practices whereby we pursue this strategic goal must evolve into something qualitatively different from the practices of the past.”


Classics in the Million Book Library

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

After the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, a group met at the University of Chicago as a part of a Mellon-funded project, centered at Tufts University, to explore the question, “What do you do with a million books?”

Today this working group issued a statement, now available in pdf and doc formats.

This position paper is intended as a starting point for an open public discussion that attracts multiple voices and perspectives. It will be particularly helpful if such discussion takes place on the Digital Classicist list, to which anyone interested my subscribe.

A call for scholarly papers on this topic due December 15 is available here. A final workshop will take place at Tufts University, May 22-24, 2007.

Classics in the Million Book Library

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

A Mellon-funded working group that met immediately after the recent Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science ( has now issued a position paper, Classics in the Million Book Library.

The goal is to consider how the future of publication in Classics may relate to the massive book digitization projects now being undertaken by Google, the Open Content Alliance, and others.

For anyone interested, our position paper is available in pdf and doc formats from the link under “Pages” at the upper right corner of this blog.

Teaching and learning scenarios for Google Earth

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

EduCause has a two-pager, and Google has its own page for educators.

Open source withstands antitrust scrutiny

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Seen in Slashdot today:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion in which Judge Easterbrook declares, “[t]he GPL and open-source have nothing to fear from the antitrust laws.” The case is called Wallace v. IBM., No. 06-2454. [Download a copy of the opinion.] Internet Cases covered the lower court’s decision from last December here.

Plaintiff Wallace filed an antitrust suit against IBM, Red Hat and Novell, arguing that those companies had conspired to eliminate competition in the operating system market by making Linux available at an “unbeatable” price (free) under the General Public License (“GPL”). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana dismissed the case, finding the plaintiff had suffered no antitrust injury. The Seventh Circuit affirmed.

Full article at

CHE on historical visualizations

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

With Digital Maps, Historians Chart a New Way Into the Past: A push to make historical data more visual could yield a better understanding of events

OED changes with the times

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Worthwhile piece in the NYT on the OED today. An excerpt:

The job of a new-words editor felt very different precyberspace, Paton says: “New words weren’t proliferating at quite the rate they have done in the last 10 years. Not just the Internet, but text messaging and so on has created lots and lots of new vocabulary.” Much of the new vocabulary appears online long before it will make it into books. Take geek. It was not till 2003 that O.E.D.3 caught up with the main modern sense: “a person who is extremely devoted to and knowledgeable about computers or related technology.” Internet chitchat provides the earliest known reference, a posting to a Usenet newsgroup, net.jokes, on Feb. 20, 1984.

The scouring of the Internet for evidence — the use of cyberspace as a language lab — is being systematized in a program called the Oxford English Corpus. This is a giant body of text that begins in 2000 and now contains more than 1.5 billion words, from published material but also from Web sites, Weblogs, chat rooms, fanzines, corporate home pages and radio transcripts. The corpus sends its home-built Web crawler out in search of text, raw material to show how the language is really used.

Carthage in Wikipedia

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Amusing blog entry involving Carthage at Infocult, Wikipedia delenda est.

Firefox extension for humanities scholars

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.

Has anyone tried using this? Is it actually useful?

Audio Files: History and Archaeology Expert Seminar

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Audio files from the Methods Network Expert Seminar ‘Virtual History and Archaeology’, held at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 19-21 April 2006, are now available.

The following audio files are currently available.

  • ‘Using GIS to Study Long-Term Population Change’, Ian Gregory, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. (mp3)
  • ‘Spatial Technologies in Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century’, Paul Cripps, University of Southampton, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Imaging of Historical Documents’, Andrew Prescott, University of Sheffield, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Finding Needles in Haystacks: Data-mining in distributed historical data-sets’, Mark Greengrass and Fabio Ciravegna, University of Sheffield, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Digital Searching and the Problem of the Ventriloquist’s Dummy’, Tim Hitchcock, University of Hertfordshire, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Historical Research: Some methodological issues from the experience of the ‘Health of the Cecils’ Project’, Caroline Bowden, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Crossing an “Information Divide”: The OASIS project and its use of XML schema’, Catherine Hardman, University of York, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘”Oh, to make boards to speak! There is a task!” Towards a Poetics of Paradata’, Richard Beacham, King’s College, London, UK. (mp3)
  • ‘Constructing a Corpus of Material Objects: The case of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland’, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.(mp3)
  • ‘Virtual Restoration and Manuscript Archaeology: A case study’, Meg Twycross, University of Lancaster, UK. (mp3)

More audio files and podcasts to come from MethNet.