Archive for November, 2009

BSR Digital Collections online

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Alessandra Giovenco writes to announce the following:

The British School at Rome Library & Archive is pleased to announce the launch of a new website:

In July 2007, the Getty Foundation awarded a second generous grant to the British School at Rome Archive (BSR) to support the arrangement and description of part of the John Bryan Ward-Perkins photographic collection. As a result of this 2-year project, a website of the BSR digital collections was created to present not only the photographic material (Photographs) but also other types of resources which fall into different categories: Maps, Prints, Documents, Postcards, Drawings, Paintings and Manuscripts.

The majority of the digital images displayed on this website are represented by the photographs catalogued during the second Getty Foundation funded project.

(Note: I should also add that the BSR’s Ward-Perkins collection provided most of the photographs for the recently published Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania.)

Job: Research Associate, Digital Sanskrit Library (Brown)

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The following notice comes by way of Elli Mylonas at Brown University:

The digital Sanskrit library in the Department of Classics at Brown University seeks a post-doctoral research associate for one year to assist in an NEH-funded project entitled, “Enhancing Access to Primary Cultural Heritage Materials of India.”  The position carries a stipend of $25,000 for one year.

The Sanskrit Library is a collaborative project to make the heritage texts of India accessible on the web.  The project is building a digital Sanskrit library by integrating texts, linguistic software, and digital Sanskrit lexical sources.  This year the project is making digital images of manuscripts of the Mahābhārata and Bhāgavatapurāṇa housed at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, cataloguing them, and linking them with the corresponding machine-readable texts.  Extending the scope of linguistic software to these digital images serves as a pilot project to demonstrate the feasibility of doing so with manuscript images generally.

The research associate will work with the project director, software engineer, and student assistants on the following tasks:

–to mark manuscript page boundaries in machine-readable texts
–to develop word-spotting and automated text-image alignment techniques
–to develop conduits for simultaneous print, PDF, and html publication of the catalogue and other documents.

The position requires advanced training in Sanskrit, academic research skills, and expertise in XML.  Desirable additionally are some or all of the following: competence in the text-encoding initiative (TEI) standards, XSLT, HTML, CSS, TeX, Java, user-interface design, Perl, PhP, and server administration.  The applicant is expected to be creative and to able to work individually as well as to collaborate with technical personnel.

Brown University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  Apply by sending a resumé, a description of your relevant experience with links to products produced, a clear indication of your role and responsibility in their production (whether you are exclusively responsible or the manner and extent of your responsibility), and the names and contact information of three references to the project director (Peter Scharf) via email ( with the subject heading, “Sanskrit Library Assistant,” by 1 December 2009.

History in 3D

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Scientists in the European joint project 3D-COFORM are creating three-dimensional digital models of artifacts such as statues and vases.  Besides making for an exciting viewing experience, the 3D models constitute comprehensive documentation of objects that is useful to conservators.  The longer-term goal of correlating 3D data between different objects is still a long way off.  Read about it here.

Jobs in UCL Centre for Digital Humanities

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

UCL are pleased to announce vacancies for three posts in the new Centre for Digital Humanities. We are looking for a centre co-ordinator, teaching fellow, and postdoc researcher.

These are all part time but we are happy to consider applications to combine two of them into one full time post. Please see for details.

Please note that ideally we would like people to start in January, but are willing to be flexible for the right candidate/s if necessary. If you’d like any more information about any of these, please do contact

Pre-conference workshops at DH2010

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

As in previous years, the days 3-6 July, before the DH2010 conference (7-11 July at King’s College London <>) have been set aside for community-run workshops. One can reach a diverse and committed body of participants in the Digital Humanities at DH2010. Do you or your project have a workshop up your sleeve that would interest this Digital Humanities community?

Half- or one-day slots are available for workshops, which need to be self-organized and self-funding. KCL can provide space for the workshop at no or low cost, so it is likely that the costs per participant would be low.

We would like to receive proposals for such workshops.

In your full proposal (total 500-800 words), please include:

(1) a brief description of the workshop programme, the project or community out of which it arises, the trainers who will run the workshop, and its proposed length;

(2) what is the demand for this workshop, and who do you expect the audience to be? What minimum number of attendees would be needed for you to do the workshop?

(3) what funding is available or will you seek to help to support the costs of this workshop (for instance, travel for trainers, lunch or refreshments for participants, as applicable)?

A few groups have already expressed interest in running workshops, and we have been talking informally with them. If you have ideas that is not yet fully formed, we would be delighted to e-speak to you about them before you submit a proposal.

The closing date for full proposals will be 31 December 2009. Please send them via email to both John Bradley ( and Gabriel Bodard (

Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Forwarded on behalf of Peter Stokes. Note that the following is for students who are registered for PhDs in the United Kingdom.

Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: 17-22 May 2010

The Institute of English Studies (London) is pleased to announce the second year of this AHRC-funded course in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Warburg Institute, and King’s College London.

The course is open to arts and humanities doctoral students registered at UK institutions. It involves six days of intensive training on the alysis, description and editing of medieval manuscripts in the digital age to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. Participants will receive a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats.

The first half of the course involves morning classes and then visits to libraries in Cambridge and London in the afternoons. Participants will view original manuscripts and gain practical experience in applying the morning’s themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include supervised work on computers.

The course is aimed principally at those writing dissertations which relate to medieval manuscripts, especially those on literature, art and history. There are no fees, but priority will be given to PhD students funded by the AHRC. Class sizes are limited to twenty and places are ‘first-come-first-served’ so early registration is strongly recommended.

For further details see or contact
Dr Peter Stokes at

Practical Epigraphy Workshop

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Forwarded for Charlotte Tupman.

Practical Epigraphy Workshop

22-24 June 2010, Great North Museum, Newcastle

A Practical Epigraphy Workshop is taking place for those who are interested in developing hands-on skills in working with epigraphic material. The workshop is aimed at graduate students, but other interested parties are welcome to apply, whether or not they have previous experience. With expert tuition, participants will learn the practical aspects of how to record and study inscriptions. The programme will include the making of squeezes; photographing and measuring inscribed stones; and the production of transcriptions, translations and commentaries. Participants may choose to work on Latin or Greek texts.

The course fee is £100 but we hope to be able to provide bursaries to participants to assist with the cost. Accommodation will be extra, but we are arranging B&B nearby for around £30-40.

Places on the workshop are limited and applications will be accepted until 31st March. For further details please contact Dr. Charlotte Tupman:

The Practical Epigraphy Workshop is sponsored by The British Epigraphy Society, an independent ‘chapter’ of the Association Internationale d’Épigraphie Grecque et Latine: