Archive for January, 2009

Archaeological and Epigraphic interchange and e-Science

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Workshop at the e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, February 10-11, 2009 (see programme and registration):

Rationale: The meeting will bring technical and editorial researchers participating in, or otherwise engaged with, the IOSPE (Inscriptiones Orae Septentrionalis Ponti Euxini = Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea Coast.) project together with researchers in related fields, both historical and computational. Existing projects, such as the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica and Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, have explored the digitization of ancient inscriptions from their regions, and employed the EpiDoc schema as markup. IOSPE plans to expand this sphere of activity, in conjunction with an multi-volume publication of inscription data. This event is a joint workshop funded in part by a Small Research Grant from the British Academy, and in part by the eSI through the Arts and Humanities e-Science theme. The workshop will bring together domain experts in epigraphy, and specialists in digital humanities, and e-science researchers, which will provide a detailed scoping of the research questions, and the research methods needed to investigate them from an historical/epigraphic point of view.

The success of previous projects, and the opportunities identified by the IOSPE research team, raise questions of significant interest for the e-science community. Great interpretive value can be attached to datasets such as these if they are linked, both with each other, and with other relevant datasets. The LaQuaT project at King’s, part of ENGAGE, is addressing this. There is also an important adjunct research area in the field of digital geographic analysis of these datasets: again, this can only be achieved if disparate data collections can be meaningfully cross-walked.

Suda Online entry URLs and index

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Excellent news of upgrades to the SOL site in a recent report from Rapael Finkel:

At the request suggestion one of our translators, Nick Nicholas, I have added a link to the SOL front page called “Entire list of entries”. If you go there, you will find a list of the entire Suda entries, whether translated or not. Each is a link that gets you to the current translation; if there is none (as with phi,849 for instance), you get to the source text.

There are two things to note. First, the links are in the form, which is new. I have introduced a URL-rewrite rule in the web server that converts this sort of URL to the less memorable,6

You can use this new form of URL if you wish to embed pointers to the SOL in other web pages.

Second, the real purpose of this list of entries is so that web crawlers like Google will find it and index the contents of the entire SOL. Within a short time, we should be able to use a search engine with a search like “aaron biography omicron kurion” and find this same entry. We’ll see if that works.

Programming job: text mining in ancient texts

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Marco Büchler at the University of Leipzig just sent around this announcement:

The Natural Language Processing Division at the Computer Science Department of the  University of Leipzig, Germany, is the leading partner in the E-Humanties project eAQUA –  a project financed by the German Ministry of Research and Technology for applying  advanced text mining technology to digital ancient texts (

For this project we are searching for computer scientist with demonstrated research expertise  in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience in Text Mining and Natural Language Processing,
  • Programming skills in Java with applications in the E-Humanties,
  • Processing of large digital text resources.

Prior experience in participating in large European or other transnational initiatives is highly  desirable.

The starting date for this full-time position is February 1, 2009. The initial period of  appointment is for two years, with the possibility of renewal subject to follow-up funding.
The position is at the rank of “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter” (M.A. or equivalent required).  The salary is determined by the German civil servants standard (Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) and  amounts to 42000-52000 Euro per year. The exact salary depends on the successful  applicant’s experience.

Applications should include CV, an outline of research experience, as well as names and  addresses of references. Applications should be sent by mail or by email to the address below.

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer
Automatische Sprachverarbeitung
Institut für Informatik
Universität Leipzig
Postfach 10
D – 04009 Leipzig

Applications received by January 31, 2009 will receive full consideration, although interviews  may start at any time and will continue until the position has been filled.

Disabled applicants will be preferred if they have the same qualifications as non-disabled  applicants. The University of Leipzig strives to increase the proportion of women in research  and teaching, and therefore encourages qualified female scientists to apply.