Archive for January, 2008

CFP: Open Scholarship: Authority, Community and Sustainability in the Age of Web 2.0

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

By way of JISC-Repositories:

The 12th International Conference on Electronic Publishing (25 to 27 June 2008, Toronto, Canada) has just extended its call for papers to 31 January 2008. Full details below …


CFP: Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Gabriel Bodard just posted a call for papers for a “virtual worlds” conference, to be held in Second Life on 8 March 2008. You can read the full CFP in the Digital Classicist Archive. I find it unfortunate that the conference organizers (Bodard is not one) have chosen to organize and publicize the conference via a facebook group that requires interested parties to log in just to read about the event.

Humanities GRID Workshop (30-31 Jan; Imperial College London)

Monday, January 21st, 2008

By way of the Digital Classicists List:

Epistemic Networks and GRID + Web 2.0 for Arts and Humanities
30-31 January 2008
Imperial College Internet Centre, Imperial College London

Data driven Science has emerged as a new model which enables researchers to move from experimental, theoretical and computational distributed networks to a new paradigm for scientific discovery based on large scale GRID networks (NSF/JISC Digital Repositories Workshop, AZ 2007). Hundreds of thousands of new digital objects are placed in digital repositories and on the web everyday, supporting and enabling research processes not only in science, but in medicine, education, culture and government.  It is therefore important to build interoperable infra-structures and web-services that will allow for the exploration, data-mining, semantic integration and experimentation of arts and humanities resources on a large scale.  There is a growing consensus that GRID solutions alone are too heavy, and that coupling it with Web 2.0 allows for the development of a more light-weight service oriented architecture (SOA) that can adapt readily to user needs by using on demand utility computing, such as morphological tools, mash-ups, surf clouds, annotation and automated workflows for composing multiple services.  The goal is not just to have fast access to digital resources in the arts and humanities, but to have the capacity to create new digital resources, interrogate data and form hypotheses about its meaning and wider context.  Clearly what needs to emerge is a mixed-model of GRID + Web 2.0 solutions for the arts and humanities which creates an epistemic network that supports a four step iterative process: (i) retrieval, (ii) contextualisation, (iii) narrative and hypothesis building, and (iv) creating contextualised digital resources in semantically integrated knowledge networks.  What is key here is not just managing new data, but the capacity to share, order, and create knowledge networks from existing resources in a semantically accessible form.

To create epistemic networks in the arts and humanities there are core technologies that must be developed.  The aim of this expert METHNET Workshop is to focus on developing a strategy for the implementation of these core technologies on an inter-national scale by bringing together GRID computing specialists with researchers from Classics, Literature and History who have been involved in the creation and use of electronic resources.  The core technologies we will focus on in this two day work-shop are: (i) infrastructure, (ii) named entity, identity and co-reference services, (iii) morphological services and parallel texts, (iv) epistemic networks and virtual research environments.  The idea is to bring together expertise from the UK, US, and European funded projects to agree upon a common strategy for the development of core infra-structure and web-services for the arts and humanities that will enable the use of GRID technologies for advanced research.

DAY ONE- 10:00 – 6:00

SESSION I: GRID + Web 2.0 Infrastructure

SESSION II: Computational and Semantic Services: Named Entity, Identity and Co-reference

  • Paul Watry: Named Entity and Identity Services for the National Archives
  • Greg Crane –  Co-Reference (Perseus)
  • Hamish Cunningham/Kalina Bontcheva: AKT and GATE: GRID-WEB Services AKT/GATE
  • Martin Doerr – Co-Reference and Semantic Services for Grid + Web 2.0 (FORTH)

DAY TWO: 10:00 – 6:00

SESSION I:  Morphological, Parallel Texts and Citation Services

  • Greg Crane – “Latin Depedency Treebank”, Perseus Project
  • Marco Passarotti – “Index Thomisticus” Treebank
  • Notis Toufexis – ‘Neither Ancient, nor Modern:  Challenges for the creation of a Digital Infrastructure for Medieval Greek’
  • Rob Iliffe – Intelligent Tools for Humanities Researchers, The Newton Project

SESSION II: Epistemic Networks and Virtual Research Environments

Registration fee is £60 and places are limited.

Please contact Dolores Iorizzo ( to secure a place or for further information.  Please send registration to Glynn Cunin (

The Imperial College Internet Centre would like to acknowledge generous support from the AHRC METHNET for co-hosting this conference.

CFP: International aerial archaeology conference

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Another interesting call for papers via Jack Sasson’s Agade list:


International aerial archaeology conference (AARG 2008)
Ljubljana, 9 – 11 September 2008

Hosted by the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Proposals for sessions, papers and posters are invited

The following sessions have been proposed, for which offers of papers are welcome:

  • Aerial Archaeology in the Mediterranean; New Projects; Postgraduate research;
  • Airborne Thematic Mapping/Airborne Laser Scanning;
  • An archaeology of natural places … from the air;
  • Aerial photography in context – recording landscape and urban areas

11 September Conference Day 3

Field Trip

Note: session titles are provisional and all papers and session proposals are welcome.

Oral papers should usually be 20 minutes duration, and equal weighting is given to poster presentations.

Closing date for abstracts is 31st May 2008.

Address for conference correspondence:

Dave Cowley
16 Bernard Terrace
Edinburgh, EH8 9NX

Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future (report)

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

The British Library and JISC commissioned the Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research (CIBER) at UCL to produce a report on Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future. It’s well worth reading the full reportin PDF (which I haven’t finished yet) but among the conclusions listed by the BL press release on this are:

  • All age groups revealed to share so-called ‘Google Generation’ traits
  • New study argues that libraries will have to adapt to the digital mindset
  • Young people seemingly lacking in information skills; strong message to the government and society at large

A new study overturns the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation’ – youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most web-literate. The first ever virtual longitudinal study carried out by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.

This is a very interesting combination of conclusions–although many of us have been observing for years that while our youngest students may think they know everything about computers they often don’t actually know the first thing about using the Internet for research (nor, needless to say, about opening up a computer–either physically or metaphorically–and playing with its innards). That the GoogleGen traits such as short attention span, impatience with anything not in the first page of search results, and readiness to flit from topic to topic in the wikiblogoatomosphere are not restricted to teenagers is not news to we “gray ADDers” either.

The suggestion that libraries, the ultimate custodians of both raw data and interpreted information (and, I would argue, especially schools and universities), need to be functioning in the spirit of this new digital world and serving the needs of our plugged-in and distracted community. Not by making information available in bite-sized, easily identified and digested pieces–that would be pandering, not serving–but by providing educational resources alongside the traditional preserved texts/media. And microformatting it (because our target-audience don’t necessarily know they’re our audience). And future-proofing it.

International School in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Friday, January 18th, 2008

By way of Jack Sasson’s Agade list:

We would like to bring your attention to the International School in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage that we’re organizing in May 2008, in Ascona, Switzerland.

It’s a jointly organization between:

The School will face the problem of the modern technologies in the heritage field, giving participants the opportunity to obtain a detailed overview of the main methods and applications to archaeological and conservation research and practice. Furthermore, our School will give the chance to participants to enter in a very short time the kernel of the scientific discussion on 3D technologies — surveying methods, documentation, data management and data interpretation — in the archaeological research and practice.

The School will be open to ca 60 participants at graduate level, to those carrying out doctoral or specialist research, to established research workers, to members of State Archaeology Services and to professionals specializing in the study and documentation, modeling and conservation of the archaeological heritage.

The deadline for the registration is 31st March, 2008.

Grants provided by UNESCO and ISPRS will be available for students with limited budgets and travel possibilities. The deadline for the grant application is 15st February, 2008.

The grant application and registration form are available online [pdf].

The School is to be held in the congress centre Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The centre is an ETH-affiliated seminar complex located in a superb botanical park on the historic and cultural Monte Verità area, which will also be the residence of the participants with its integrated hotel and restaurant.

We would be grateful if you could also circulate this announcement to all the possible participants.

Don’t hesitate to contact by email the organization if you should have any question.

Thank you and best regards,

Prof. Armin Gruen

Dr. Stefano Campana

Dr. Fabio Remondino

Prof. Maurizio Forte

THATCamp: May 31 – June 1, 2008

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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a BarCamp-style, user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities … organized and hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Digital Campus, and THATPodcast

NEH/IMLS Advancing Knowledge Grant Program Announced

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

From Brett Bobley:

This is a reminder that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invite applications to a digital humanities grant competition sponsored by the two federal agencies. The grant program, “Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership,” seeks applications for projects that would explore new ways to share, examine, and interpret humanities collections in a digital environment and develop new uses and audiences for existing digital resources.   Grants are intended to spur innovation and new collaborations; advance the role of cultural repositories in online teaching, learning, and research; and develop collaborative approaches involving the scholarly community and cultural repositories for the creation, management, preservation, and presentation of reusable digital collections and products.

Projects must be collaborative with at least one museum, library, or archive as an integral member of the project team. Awards normally are for two years and typically range from $50,000 to a maximum of $350,000. Nonprofit institutions interested in applying can find guidelines onlineThe deadline for applications is March 18, 2008.  Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers who can offer advice about preparing the proposal and review draft proposals. Draft proposals should be submitted six weeks before the deadline. Questions and drafts may be submitted by e-mail to

NEH/JISC joint event at King’s College, London

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Monday, 21 January 2008 in room 2B08, Strand Campus, King’s College London:

Digital Humanities Tool Survey

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

In Brett Bobley’s recent email, he alerted us to Susan Schreibman’s survey:


Over the past few years, the idea of tool development as a scholarly activity in the digital humanities has been gaining ground. It has been the subject of numerous articles and conference presentations. There has not been, however, a concerted effort to gather information about the perceived value of tool development, not only as a scholarly activity, but in relation to the tenure and promotion process, as well as for the advancement of the field itself.

Ann Hanlon and myself have compiled such a survey and would be grateful if those of you who are or have been engaged in tool development for the digital humanities would take the time to complete an online Digital Humanities Tool Developers’ Survey.

You will need to fill up a consent form before you begin, and there is an opportunity to provide us with feedback on more than one tool (you simply take the survey again). The survey should not take more than 10-15 minutes. It is our intention to present the results of our survey at Digital Humanities 2008.

With all best wishes,

Susan Schreibman
Assistant Dean
Head of Digital Collections and Research McKeldin Library University of
Maryland College Park

CFP: 3D Colour Laser Scanning

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Noted by way of the DigitalClassicist List:

Reminder – Second Call for Papers

Dear colleague,

A conference on 3D Colour Laser Scanning will be held at UCL on the 27th and 28th of March 2008.

Proposals are invited for contributions to the conference. The proposals, in the form of extended abstracts, should focus on one of the following main themes:

  1. 3D scanning in Education and Interpretation
  2. 3D scanning in Display and Exhibition
  3. 3D scanning in Conservation.

More general papers related to the applications of 3D scanning technologies in the museum and  heritage sector are also welcome.

Abstracts should be 800-1000 words, and in English. Author(s) should select 5 to 8 keywords and should indicate clearly on the Abstract Submission Form to which theme the paper is intended. The presenting author (corresponding author) must also be clearly indicated.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to the 8th of February 2008.

Authors will be informed whether their papers have been submitted no later than 15th February 2008. Selected abstracts will be incorporated in an edited cd-rom publication.

Please see below the proposed outline of the abstract submission form.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically or by post to:

Kalliopi Vacharopoulou,
Chorley Institute, Pearson Building, UCL
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Telephone: +44 (0)207 679 2074

The conference is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is organised by UCL Museums and Collections and UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with further enquiries or for an electronic version of the abstract submission form.

I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,

Kalliopi Vacharopoulou

3D Colour Laser Scanning Project Assistant
UCL Museums and Collections

Title of the Paper:
Theme [1]:
Author(s) [2]:
Corresponding Author [3]
Keywords (5-8):
ABSTRACT (800-1000 words) [4]

[1]  Authors must indicate clearly to which theme the paper is intended. The main themes are: Display and exhibition; Education and Interpretation; Conservation; General applications of 3d scanning in the museum sector.

[2]  Should include the author(s) name(s), affiliation, mailing address, e-mail.

[3]  Should indicate who the corresponding author is (i.e. the person who will be presenting the paper, in case of multiple authors)

[4]  An abstract should be 800-1000 words, and in English. It should include all main points of the paper that will be presented.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants Guidelines Posted

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Brett Bobley wrote to alert subscribers to the publication of updated Guidelines for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants. The major change since last year: level I applications (basic research) are a maximum 5 page narrative; maximum page count for larger level II applications is 12 pages!

Tutorial: The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Noted by way of JISC-REPOSITORIES:

DCC Tutorial: The CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model – A New Standard for Knowledge Sharing
January 29 2008
University of Glasgow

The DCC and FORTH are delighted to announce that they will be delivering a joint one-day tutorial on the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model.

This tutorial will introduce the audience to the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model, a core ontology and ISO standard (ISO 21127) for the semantic integration of cultural information with library, archive and other information. The CIDOC CRM concentrates on the definition of relationships, rather than terminology, in order to mediate between heterogeneous database schemata and metadata structures. This led to a compact model of 80 classes and 130 relationships, easy to comprehend and suitable to serve as a basis for mediation of cultural and library information and thereby provide the semantic ‘glue’ needed to transform today’s disparate, localised information sources into a coherent and valuable global resource. It comprises the concepts characteristic for data structures employed by most museum, archive and library documentation. Its central idea is the explicit modelling of events, both for the representation of metadata, such as creation, publication, and use, as well as for content summarization and the creation of integrated knowledge bases. It is not prescriptive, but provides a framework to describe common high-level semantics that allow for information integration at the schema level for a wide area of domains.

The CIDOC CRM, as an effort of the museums community, is paralleled by the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) by IFLA for the librarians community. Both Working Groups have come together since 2003 and started to develop a common harmonized model. The first draft version is now available as a compatible extension of the CRM, the ooFRBR, covering equally libraries and museums.

The tutorial aims at rendering the necessary knowledge to understand the potential of applying the CRM – where it can be useful and what the major technical issues of an application are. It will present an overview of the concepts and relationships covered by the CRM. As an example of a simple application, it will present the CRM Core Metadata Element Set, a minimal metadata schema of about 20 elements, still compatible with the CRM, and demonstrate how even this simple schema can be used to create large networks of integrated knowledge about physical and digital objects, persons, places and events. As an example of a simple compatible extension, it will present the core model of digitization processes used in the CASPAR project to describe digital provenance.

In part two, the tutorial will present in detail the draft ooFRBR Model. This model describes in detail the intellectual creation process from the first conception to the publishing in industrial form such as books or electronically. It should be considered equally interesting for the digital libraries community, and it is a fine example of the extensibility of the CRM for dedicated domains.
There will be enough time for questions and discussion.

Martin Doerr, Information Systems Lab, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Vassilika Vouton.

Target audience: Ontology experts, digital library designers, data warehouse designers, system integrators, portal designers that work in the wider area of cultural and library information, but also IT-Staff of libraries, museums and archives, vendors of cultural and other information systems. Basic knowledge of object-oriented data models is required.

Duration: Part one: 3 hours
Part two: 1.5 hours
Cost: £50 for DCC Associate Network members and £75 for non members.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Please feel free to forward this message on to any interested parties.

CFP “Podcasting and the Classics” APA 2009 Philadelphia

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Noted on Classics-l:

Call for Papers: APA 2009, Philadelphia
Outreach Committee

“Podcasting and the Classics”
Co-organizers Chris Ann Matteo and Ed DeHoratius

In the field of classical humanities, professors and K -12 teachers alike are witnessing the democratizing power of the “podcast” word: audio players and iPods are intimate hardware for both our students and the public we want to reach, and have proven a particularly powerful tool to restore oral and aural practice in our classrooms.

In the past few years, a number of highly successful podcasts — audio media that are free to download — have received attention from National Public Radio and other news sources. A few examples of these are WordNerds out of Reston, Virginia, The Adventures of Indigo Jones, Classical Archaeologist! sponsored by the Teagle Foundation, and Twelve Byzantine Rulers from Stony Brook School teacher Lars Brownworth.

This panel will explore the various kinds of podcasts that are available and in development, and will explore uses of this new technology to enhance our pedagogy.

The kinds of questions the panelists might address could include:

  • What are some of the ways we might use this in our classrooms, in both K-12 and college-level education?
  • How and why did a given podcast originate?
  • How does one actually get “podcasted” (what are the “bottom-line” practicalities: how much does it cost in terms of money, time, equipment)?
  • Should we regard the podcast as an oral performance text?
  • What does it mean to have a “timely” podcast in our subject matter (i.e., they are “live” and yet time can lapse, and I can elect when I want to listen)?
  • What role do we see podcasts playing in our culture (educational, entertainment, and research)?
  • What are the political or ideological dimensions of conveying the classics in this new medium?
  • How does it affect what might be perceived as a “divide” separating the classics secondary school teacher and the professoriate?
  • Can podcasts be used in our scholarship and, if so, how?
  • What kinds of collaboration between academic and media interests have been productive in this area?
  • What other uses can we imagine for them?

Submit abstracts electronically to Chris Ann Matteo by Friday, 1 February 2008. The abstract proper should follow the APA guidelines (one full page in 11 pt type; title in upper right-hand corner in 12 pt type) and be anonymous: it should contain a clear statement of purpose, a summary of the argumentation, some examples to be used in the argumentation, and, if appropriate, a brief explanation of the abstract?s relationship to previous literature on the topic. Papers will normally be no longer than 20 minutes long. Please include requests for audio-visual equipment and allow time for listening to excerpts in your estimate of time needed.

Open Knowledge 2008 (London, 15 March)

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Noted by way of JISC-REPOSITORIES:

Please circulate as appropriate…

Following on from the success of our inaugural conference last year, we’re pleased to announce that the second Open Knowledge conference (OKCon) will take place on Saturday 15th March 2008.

The event will bring together individuals and groups from across the open knowledge spectrum for a day of seminars and workshops around the theme of ‘Applications, Tools and Services’. Three main sessions will focus on ‘Transport and Environment’, ‘Visualization and Analysis’ and ‘Education and Academia’. In addition there will be an ‘Open Space’ suitable for presentations and demos of general open knowledge related work.

The event is open to all but we encourage you to register because space is limited. A small entrance fee is planned to help pay for costs but concessions are available.

More Information

‘Open Knowledge’ is material that others are free to access, reuse or re-distribute and may be anything from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata. In recent years we’ve seen the growth of successful open knowledge projects – from peer reviewed journals to community edited encyclopaedias – but what impact can open licensing have in education, research and commerce? Is sharing the key to scaling? What kinds of business models are available to open knowledge distributors and how is open knowledge applied in different institutional and professional contexts?

There now exists a vast amount of open content and data but what kinds of tools are available to analyse and represent this wealth of material? How can we sort, search, store it to maximise its visibility and reusability?

We’ve also witnessed the rise of web-based services — from social networking sites to online spreadsheet packages. While we have definitions for open software and open knowledge, what is an open service and what kinds of new services can be built using open knowledge?

Want to give a presentation or demo? Want to help out?

If you have a presentation, demo or workshop you’d like to give, or would like to help out with OKCon 2008 please either post on the wiki (link above) or let us know by email on info [at] okfn [dot] org.

Senior Research Programmer – Humanities

Friday, January 11th, 2008

The following by way of TEI-L:

The Scholarly Technology Group at Brown is looking for the right person to complete our team.

We’re looking for a creative, technically sophisticated individual who will use computer methods and structured data to augment the resarch process for humanities scholars. We’re not an acronym-based technical services shop; we are part of the university research environment, with a license to explore content and technology, and push the boundaries of practice where possible. If you’re not interested in digitality or the humanities, you’re probably not a good fit.

As a senior technical member of the team, you will have the opportunity to explore and to lead, in a unique academic environment.

An increased, university-wide, focus on the digital humanities and digital libraries make this an especially exciting moment to join STG. The Senior Research Programmer will be a technical contributor and a partner in defining and implementing technology in humanities research agendas at Brown.

While this is not an academic position, STG has close relationships with the academic part of the university, and can arrange departmental affiliations for an appropriate candidate.

This position requires breadth of vision and experience across significant and disparate fields. No candidate can be equally deep in all areas, so we are not limited by formal credentials in any specific area; we are looking for a candidate who can excel in an interdisciplinary environment. You will thrive here if you can communicate and think across the gap between Snow’s “two cultures.” We will also consider interested applicants without a formal humanities background. Applicants with a degree in Library Science, Information Science, or Computer Science and an interest in the kinds of problems involved in digital humanities projects and data are encouraged to apply.

Senior Research Programmer – Humanities
Scholarly Technology Group
Brown University

The Scholarly Technology Group (STG) at Brown University is seeking a senior staff member who will provide technical leadership and innovation as part of STG’s involvement in, and engagement with, faculty research projects in the digital humanities. STG projects range from document databases based on XML and XML tools, to experiments in collaboration, classification, mapping and visualization. STG projects are founded in high-level information design, and require current knowledge of web standards and interaction design. The Senior Research Programmer is encouraged to have a relevant research agenda of their own, or to participate in the group’s ongoing research into digital humanities topics.

STG staff provide faculty projects with expertise in text encoding and metadata standards, accessibility, database design, web programming, digital project design, information design, and grant-writing. We combine a strong background in the humanities and social sciences with a deep interest in the meaning of digital technologies for scholarly communication.

The Senior Research Programmer works closely with faculty, STG staff and students to carry out digital humanities projects by performing project analysis, providing technical leadership, system architecture and programming and software development. Since STG is a small group, this person can contribute at all levels: to recruit, plan, manage projects, write grant proposals, stay abreast of new methods and technologies and disseminate STG’s work at conferences.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree in the humanities desirable. Formal CS coursework or equivalent.
  • Experience in digital humanities, digital libraries or comparable area.
  • Strong technical background in relevant areas, ideally: XML, web technologies, metadata standards, text retrieval, software development
  • Interest in digital communications and collaboration, new media.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; can formulate options, develop and recommend solutions, especially in a constantly changing work environment.
  • Ability to communicate STG ideas and results within the group and externally.

STG is part of Computing and Information Services and provides advanced technology consulting to Brown humanities faculty primarily through large and small projects in support of scholarly work in the digital medium. We explore, extend anc contribute to the critical new technologies that are transforming scholarly work and helping to maintain its longevity: data and metadata standards, XML publication tools, text encoding methods, database design, and accessibility standards. We have a strong relationship with the Brown University Library’s Center for Digital Initiatives, and often work on joint projects. STG consists of three staff members: the Director, a Senior Research Programmer, and a Research Programmer. STG also employs several student programmers and designers and works with graduate students who provide content expertise.

For more information: or

To apply:, go to job B00938

1st Annual Antiquist Workshop

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Noted by way of Antiquist:

1st Annual Antiquist Workshop

21-23 April 2008
Department of Archaeology
Southampton University


The 1st Annual Antiquist Workshop will be hosted at Southampton University Archaeology Department in April 2008. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide postgraduate students in Archaeological Informatics and associated disciplines with the opportunity to:

  • Broaden their skill base with a short series of practical seminars focusing on real-world applications of IT in archaeology
  • Get career guidance from professionals working in the field
  • Network with peers from other institutions
  • Become involved with the Antiquist online community for IT & Cultural Heritage

Seminars will be based on topics requested by participants but are likely to include GIS, web-based mapping, 3D visualisation & reconstruction, data structuring and scripting. Workshop attendance is free but participants will need to pay for food and accommodation where required. The organisers will be happy to reserve accommodation at a local hostel or hotel on request. Places on the workshop are limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Topics requested by early registrants may also be given priority. The final deadline for registration is 10 February 2008.

In order to register please send an email to stating your name, institution and course, two specific topics which would be of interest to you, and whether accommodation arrangements should be made.

Please feel free to forward this to any person or list likely to be interested.

Best wishes

The AAW team

Archaeoinformatics Survey: Current Conditions and Needs in the Field

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Noticed by way of Antiquist:

As part of its initiative to develop a cyberinfrastructure, is interested in obtaining input on the current conditions and needs in the field. To that end the consortium, working with the SAA Digital Archaeology Interest Group and others, has developed an online survey. We invite you to participate in this important study. As a small token of our appreciation we will offer 10 individuals who complete the survey a Starbucks gift certificate.

Web-based Research Tools for Mediterranean Archaeology

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Workshop at the 2008 annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in Chicago

Sunday, 6 January 2008, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Water Tower, Bronze Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Hotel

Moderators: Rebecca K. Schindler and Pedar Foss, DePauw University

In recent years several powerful web-based research tools for Mediterranean archaeology have emerged; this workshop brings together researchers who are building and/or maintaining them. Having examined each other’s projects beforehand, presenters demonstrate their own projects, assess their functionality and usefulness, and discuss future needs and possibilities.

The projects range from macro-scale (country- or Mediterranean-wide metadata) to micro-scale (specific sites and artifact types). Two initiatives are on-line databases for archaeological fieldwork: Foss and Schindler demonstrate MAGIS, and inventory of survey projects across Europe and the Mediterranean; Fentress demonstrates the Fasti OnLine, which records excavations in Italy and several neighboring countries. Both projects employ web-based GIS to allow spatial and database searches. With the release of Google Earth and Google Maps, GIS functionality for tracking landscapes has become widely available to mainstream, not just specialist, users. Savage offers the Jordan Archaeological Database and Information System (JADIS) as a case-study of how Google-GIS functionality may be employed in archaeological research.

Numerous archaeological projects use the web to present and collect data (to varying degrees of detail). Watkinson and Hartzler demonstrate the Agora Excavations on-line, an example of how the web can clearly present a complex, long-excavated site through its organization of artifacts, documentary materials, and visual interfaces. Heath then gives a close-up look at the on-line study collection of ceramics from Ilion; what is the potential for Web-based reference collections to enhance the study of ceramic production and distribution?

ArchAtlas, presented by Harlan and Wilkinson, and the Pleiades Project, presented by Elliott, both seek to link geo-spatial and archaeological data through on-line collaborations. These projects raise issues of interoperability and shared datasets. ArchAtlas aims to be a hub for interpretive cartographic visualization of archaeological problems and data; Pleiades is developing an atlas of ancient sites. Finally, Chavez from the Perseus Project considers the challenges of accessibility, sustainability, and viability in the ever-changing world of technology — how do we ensure that these projects are still usable 20 years from now, and what new resources can we imagine developing?

These projects are representative of the types of on-line initiatives for Mediterranean archaeology in current development. Their tools enable the compilation and dissemination of large amounts of information that can lead to interesting new questions about the Mediterranean world. This is a critical time to step back, assess the resources, and consider future needs and desires.


  • Pedar Foss (DePauw University)
  • Elizabeth Fentress (International Association for Classical Archaeology)
  • Stephen Savage (Arizona State University)
  • Bruce Hartzler and Charles Watkinson (American School of Classical Studies at Athens)
  • Sebastian Heath (American Numismatic Society)
  • Tom Elliott (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Debi Harlan (Oxford University)
  • Toby Wilkinson (British Institute at Ankara)
  • Robert Chavez (Tufts University)

Seminar: Critical Editions in the 21st Century

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Friday, 4 January 2008, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., Burnham, Hyatt Regency, Chicago

Cynthia Damon, organizer

advanced registration required

Greek and Latin texts in editions that harness technological advances for scholarly desiderata will serve us well in our work and in our endeavor to make classical antiquity accessible beyond our ranks. This seminar will consider what such editions might look like in a variety of textual traditions: verse vs. prose, literary vs. technical, individual vs. collective authorship, unique vs. multiple transmission, etc. Pragmatic considerations such as collaboration, funding, intellectual property rights, and the degree to which the academy values such infrastructure-building ventures will also be addressed, and projects already under way will be scrutinized as potential models.

Digital Demosthenes: Using New Technology for Teaching and Learning Latin and Greek

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Saturday, January 5th, noon – 1:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom B, Hyatt Regency, Chicago (APA Annual Meeting 2008)

Roundtable discussion group; joint APA/AIA session
Moderators: Andrew Reinhard (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, Inc.) and Jennifer Sheridan Moss (Wayne State University)

The Future is Now? Digital Library Projects and Scholarship and Teaching in the Classics

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Saturday, January 5th, 8:30-11:00 a.m., Crystal Ballroom C, Hyatt Regency, Chicago (APA Annual Meeting 2008)

Sponsored by the APA Committee on Publications

Donald Mastronarde, Chair

Thanks to digitization projects by both the commercial and the open-access sectors, the long-predicted transition from books and paper to digital formats for resources and information used in research and teaching may at last be occurring. This panel brings together speakers who represent classics and classical archaeology, libraries, and open-content organizations to address issues of coverage, quality, and accessibility of digital materials, to assess the trends indicated by current and planned projects, and to identify the tools needed to take advantage of the new digital riches and to allow new scholarly questions to be asked and effectively pursued.