Archive for April, 2007


Friday, April 27th, 2007

An interesting new project at Heidelberg:

Propylaeum-DOK, der Volltextserver der Virtuellen Fachbibliothek Altertumswissenschaft, Propylaeum wird von der Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg bereitgestellt. Die Publikationsplattform bietet Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern weltweit die Möglichkeit, ihre Veröffentlichungen aus allen Fachbereichen der Altertumswissenschaften kostenlos und in elektronischer Form nach den Grundsätzen des Open Access im WWW verfügbar zu machen. Die Arbeiten werden mit standardisierten Adressen (URN) und Metadaten (OAIPMH) dauerhaft zitierfähig archiviert. Sie sind damit in verschiedenen Bibliothekskatalogen und Suchmaschinen weltweit recherchierbar.”

Analytical Bibliography in WorldCat

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Lorcan Dempsey has noticed that OCLC has started surfacing article-level references from various FirstSearch databases in response to WorldCat queries that would only have returned book-level results in the past.

International Network of Digital Humanities Centers

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Making the rounds on various lists this morning is a call for participation in “an international network of digital humanities centers.” Julia Flanders et al. write:

If you represent something that you would consider a digital humanities center, anywhere in the world, we are interested in including you in a developing network of such centers.  The purpose of this network is cooperative and collaborative action that will benefit digital humanities and allied fields in general, and centers as humanities cyberinfrastructure in particular.  It comes out of a meeting hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13, 2007 in Washington, D.C., responding in part to the report of the American Council of Learned Societies report on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, published in 2006.

The rest of the message, including contact information for response, follows here …


Announcing TAPoR version 1.0

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Seen on Humanist:

Announcing TAPoR version 1.0

We have just updated the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) to
version 1.0 and invite you to try it out.

The new version will not appear that different from previous
versions. The main difference is that we are now tracking data about
tool usage and have a survey that you can complete after trying the
portal in order to learn more about text analysis in humanities

You can get a free account from the home page of the portal. If you
want an introduction you can look at the following pages:

Streaming video tutorials are at

Text analysis recipes to help you do things are at:

Starting points can be found at

The survey is at

A tour, tutorial, and useful links are available on the home page,

Please try the new version and give us feedback.


Geoffrey Rockwell

Digital preservation of Pompeii

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

From the ANCIEN-L list (via Thoughts on Antiquity):

Friends and colleagues: The ruins of Pompeii are crumbling, but the digital imaging project known as CyArk is generating a three-dimensional record of the site that will be available for future generations. This part of the ambitious CyArk Project is described in Pompeii: A CyArk Case Study, the latest video feature on our nonprofit streaming-media Web site, The Archaeology Channel (

Pompeii exemplifies CyArk, a project of the Kacyra Family Foundation that is preserving the world’s most valued cultural heritage sites in three-dimensional digital form. Buried in A.D. 79 beneath a thick mantle of volcanic deposits by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, much of Pompeii has been uncovered, only to decay steadily from natural and human causes. This video shows how CyArk is preserving the site in digital imagery through laser scanning technology and the most accurate 3D models possible today.

This and other programs are available on TAC for your use and enjoyment. We urge you to support this public service by participating in our Membership
( and Underwriting ( programs. Only with your help can we continue and enhance our nonprofit public-education and visitor-supported programming. We also welcome new content partners as we reach out to the world community.

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Richard M. Pettigrew, Ph.D., RPA

President and Executive Director
Archaeological Legacy Institute



New galleries at the Met

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Nice panoramic images of the new galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here.

Also of interest:

Metropolitan Museum and ARTstor Announce Pioneering Initiative to Provide Digital Images to Scholars at No Charge

Toward Open Access in Ancient Studies: The Princeton-Stanford Working Papers in Classics

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Noted by way of the Blegen Library News blog (but not seen yet) in the latest edition of Hesperia:

Note: I could not successfully resolve the DOI for this article at Note also that free access for the unsubscribed is not (yet?) available for this latest issue.

Digital Humanities Summit Wrap-up

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

Dan Cohen has posted an extensive summary of the recent summit of U.S.-based digital humanities centers and funding bodies organized by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Essential reading for those who want to stay current in this area.

Computers in Papyrology and Paleography

Friday, April 20th, 2007

A message from Professor Roger Boyle [], Head of the School of Computing, University of Leeds.

Dear all –

I have been asked by the British Machine Vision Association to consider running a day on “Computers in Papyrology and Paleography” – specifically the use of computer imaging and image processing. The definitions for the day can be interpreted very broadly.

Such a day would probably run in Leeds, probably in late 07/early 08.

This message goes to a provisional list of those who may be interested (full list follows this message). Can I ask

  1. Might you be interested?
  2. If so, might you be prepared to contribute a paper?
  3. Might you be able to nominate a keynote speaker [perhaps yourself :-)]?

I would be grateful if you could forward this message to anyone you feel might like to receive it, and to let me know of any gross omissions.

CFP: Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

from Martin Mueller:

The second Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science will be held on October 21-22, 2007 at Northwestern University. The event is jointly sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.

The theme for this colloquium will be “Exploring the scholarly query potential of high quality text and image archives in a collaborative environment.” This is a call for papers and poster sessions. The deadline for submissions will be July 31, 2007, and notifications will be made by September 3, 2007. Proposal abstracts (2 page maximum) should be submitted in either PDF or MS Word format to dhcs-

Further details will be available soon at the colloquium web site (, where right now you can see the program of last year’s very successful colloquium.

The sessions will be organized around the sub-themes of the query potential of high-quality image archives, the query potential of well- encoded archives, and the significance of collaborative or social computing environments for research in the humanities.

We look forward to receiving your proposals on these topics.

For further information contact

Martin Mueller
Department of English
Northwestern University
Evanston IL 60208

3D Visualisation in the Arts student award

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

From the ICT Methods Network blog:

The JISC 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network (3DVisA) invites submissions to the 3DViSA Student Award 2007. The award will be for an essay on an innovative application of 3D computer graphics to any area of study in the Arts and Humanities. The winning essay will be published by 3DVisA and the author will receive a bursary of up to £300, sponsored by the AHRC Methods Network, to attend a UK conference of his or her choice. The 3DVisA Student Award is also sponsored by Intellect. The winner will be able to choose an annual subscription to a journal published by Intellect.

Virtual Congress on Textual Editing

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Forwarded from Humanist:

The second virtual congress of [the Romance Literature Department, University of Lisbon] on Textual Editing, begins next Monday, 16th of April. Soon, you will be able to know the announced lectures and papers , as well as to participate in the discussion.

In the same day, it will be inaugurated the virtual exhibition Masterpieces of the World Literature. The Beginning . Be prepared for a travel by the intimacy of literature, from the 20th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D.; from Spain to Portugal, crossing Greece, Poland, Israel, China, Japan, Chile, Brazil etc.

The music by Mário Laginha and Maria João will keep you company while you’ll observe the writing in plank of clay of Gilgamesh or many versions of a poem of Eugénio de Andrade; the writing of the Confucius’s Analects or that of the Leopardi’s poems etc. It will also be a precious opportunity to observe the palimpsest involving the Confessions of St. Augustine and Pliny’s Natural History.

Ângela Correia & Cristina Sobral

Departamento de Literaturas Românicas
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

I may be missing something in the announcement, but it was not immediately obvious to me what technologies were being used to participate in this “Virtual Congress” (apart from email). An interesting event, in any case.

Pulitzer Prizes need updated categories

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Winners of the 2007 Pulitzer Prizes in various categories were announced yesterday.  Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a prize for a blogger.  If there had been, I can’t imagine a more deserving recipient than K.C. Johnson, for bravely staring down the Durham legal establishment, the frighteningly large swath of crazed and mendacious faculty at Duke, and a big chunk of the MSM as well, with his labor of love, the remarkable Durham-in-Wonderland blog.

First issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

The first issue of this new open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal is now out. Have a look.

The following text is copied from the Digital Classicist mailing list:

We are very pleased to announce the first issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly at DHQ is an open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities, published online by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.

DHQ Volume 1, Issue 1 (Spring 2007)

Interpretative Quests in Theory and Pedagogy Jeff Howard, University of Texas, Austin

Webs of Significance: The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, New Technology, and the Democratization of History Drew VandeCreek, Northern Illinois University

Encoding for Endangered Tibetan Texts Linda E. Patrik, Union College

Reading Potential: The Oulipo and the Meaning of Algorithms
Mark Wolff, Hartwick College

Tenure, Promotion and Digital Publication
Joseph Raben, Queens College, City University of New York

Philosophy and Digital Humanities: A review of Willard McCarty, Humanities Computing (London and NY: Palgrave, 2005) Johanna Drucker, University of Virginia

This first issue brings together a fascinating range of perspectives, and we expect this breadth to be even more visible as future issues accumulate. We look forward to showcasing the wide variety of materials that are being submitted, both from traditional digital humanities domains and from important related areas such as new media studies, digital libraries, and digital art. New pieces will be added in a preview section as soon as they are ready for publication, and a quarterly announcement will notify readers when each new issue is complete. Please bookmark the site for now; an RSS feed will be coming soon. During the course of the next year we will also be adding more features such as commenting, searching, and a variety of ways of interacting with the content.

DHQ is a community experiment in journal publication: developed and published in XML on an open-source platform, under a Creative Commons license. The journal publishes a wide range of peer-reviewed materials, including scholarly articles, editorials, opinion pieces, and reviews. We encourage submissions that exploit the expressive potential of the digital medium. Information about submissions, reviewing, and the journal’s mission are available at the DHQ web site at

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders: the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO, and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH,

Warm thanks and acknowledgements are also very much in order to the team that has been involved in developing the journal:

John A. Walsh, Technical Editor, Indiana University
Matthew Kirschenbaum, Articles Editor, University of Maryland
Adriaan van der Weel, Articles Editor, University of Leiden
Stéfan Sinclair, Blogs Editor, McMaster University
Geoffrey Rockwell, Associate Interactive Media Editor, McMaster University
Joseph Raben, Editor for Issues in Humanities Computing, Queens College, City University of New York
Richard Giordano, Reviews Editor, Birkbeck College, University of London
Elisabeth Burr, Internationalization Editor, University of Leipzig
John Unsworth, Utility Infielder, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Melanie Kohnen, Managing Editor, Brown University
Michelle Dalmau, Design, Usability & Technical Support, Indiana University
Amit Kumar, Technical Support, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Erik Resly, Graphic Design, Brown University

We look forward to many more issues and to your comments, suggestions, and contributions.

Julia Flanders, Editor in Chief, Brown University Wendell Piez, General Editor, Mulberry Technologies, Inc. Melissa Terras, General Editor and Associate Interactive Media Editor, University College London

Open Source OCR

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Seen in Slashdot and Google Code updates:

Google has just announced work on OCRopus, which it says it hopes will ‘advance the state of the art in optical character recognition and related technologies.’ OCRopus will be available under the Apache 2.0 License. Obviously, there may be search and image search implications from OCRopus. ‘The goal of the project is to advance the state of the art in optical character recognition and related technologies, and to deliver a high quality OCR system suitable for document conversions, electronic libraries, vision impaired users, historical document analysis, and general desktop use. In addition, we are structuring the system in such a way that it will be easy to reuse by other researchers in the field.’


The project is expected to run for three years and support three Ph.D. students or postdocs. We are announcing a technology preview release of the software under the Apache license (English-only, combining the Tesseract character recognizer with IUPR layout analysis and language modeling tools), with additional recognizers and functionality in future releases.

It would be interesting to learn how this application compares in accuracy and power with commercial OCR systems (which have apparently gotten much better since the days when I used to get very frustrated with Omnipage and the like).

Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo support GeoRSS

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Seen in Slashdot:

This week, Microsoft announced their new Live Maps, in addition to supporting Firefox on Windows for 3D, now supports the GeoRSS standard. They join Google which recently announced the support of GeoRSS and KML mapping in their Google Maps API. In short, GeoRSS is a standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium that incorporates geolocation in an interoperable manner to RSS feeds. The applications are numerous. With Yahoo!’s support of GeoRSS, all the major players are in and the future looks bright for this emerging standard. As for KML, Google Earth’s file format, this new Google Maps integration is not unrelated to the recent announcement of internet-wide KML search capabilities within Google Earth. From the GeoRSS website:

‘As RSS becomes more and more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds. To avoid the fragmentation of language that has occurred in RSS and other Web information encoding efforts, we have created this site to promote a relatively small number of encodings that meet the needs of a wide range of communities.’

CFP: Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts 2007

Thursday, April 5th, 2007


doing digital: using digital resources in the arts and humanities

DRHA07 : Dartington College of Art : 9-12 September 2007

Bringing together creators, practitioners, users, distributors, and custodians of Digital Resources in the Arts and Humanities

The Programme Committee for DRHA07 is now soliciting imaginative and provocative contributions for the conference addressing such topics as:

  • the benefits and the challenges of using digital resources in creative work, in teaching and learning, and in scholarship;
  • the challenges and opportunities associated with scale and sustainability in the digital arena;
  • new insights and new forms of expression arising from the integration of digital resources in the arts, humanities, and sciences;
  • social and political issues surrounding digital resource provision in the context of global ICT developments;
  • the implications of “born-digital” resources for curators, consumers, and performers;
  • training methods and best practice for digital arts and humanities practitioners.

Timetable: Proposals are now invited for academic papers, themed panel sessions and reports of work in progress.Your proposal should be no smaller than 500 words and no longer than 2000; closing date for proposals is May 2nd 2007. All proposals will be reviewed by an independent panel of reviewers, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 13th June 2007. All accepted proposals will be included in the Conference preprint volume, and will also be considered for a post-conference publication.

Further information: The conference web site at will be regularly updated, and includes full details of the procedure for submitting proposals, the programme, and registration information.

ImaNote – Image and Map Annotation Notebook

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

This looks a useful tool. Anyone tried it? Claims to allow annotation and links to be added to images with RSS to keep track of everything.

Following text copied from Humanist:

We are really happy to announce the release of ImaNote 1.0 version.

ImaNote – (Image and Map Annotation Notebook) is a web-based multi-user tool that allows you, and your friends, to display a high-resolution image or a collection of images online and add annotations and links to them. You simply mark an area on an image (e.g. a map) and write an annotation related to the point.

You can keep track of the annotations using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or link to them from your own blog/web site/email. The links lead right to the points in the image.

The user management features include resetting lost passwords and account email verification. Through the group management features you can create communities that share images and publish annotations.

ImaNote is Open Source and Free Software released under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).

ImaNote is a Zope product, written in Python, with a javascript-enhanced interface. Zope and ImaNote run on almost all Operating Systems (GNU/Linux, MacOS X, *BSD, etc.) and Microsoft Windows. It currently works with most modern browsers including Mozilla Firefox, IE7 and Opera.

Imanote was developed as a collaboration between the Systems of Representation and the Learning Environments research groups of the Media Lab at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland.

For more information go to