The programme for the Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013 is now published (the abstracts will be added very soon). Please circulate this via your networks. We have, for several years, been recording these seminars and making the audio files available on our seminar webpage. This year we will be recording video and so presentation slides, audio and video files will be available after each seminar.
The programme flyer can be downloaded as a PDF.
All seminars are on Fridays at 16:30 at Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU.
- June 7: Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton) Exploring visibility networks in Iron Age and Roman Southern Spain with Exponential Random Graph Models
- June 14: Valeria Vitale (King’s College London) An Ontology for 3D Visualization in Cultural Heritage
- June 21: Tom Cheesman (University of Swansea) Putting Translations To Work: TransVis
- June 28: Adrian Ryan (University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa) Quantifying stylistic distance between Athenian vase-paintings/li>
- July 5: Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania) The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance: a federated platform for discovery and research
- July 12: Greta Franzini (University College London) A catalogue of digital editions: Towards an edition of Augustine’s City of God
- July 19: Federico Boschetti ( ILC-CNR, Pisa) & Bruce Robertson (Mount Allison, Canada) An Integrated System For Generating And Correcting Polytonic Greek OCR
- July 26: Marie-Claire Beaulieu (Tufts University) Teaching with the Perseids Platform: Tools and methods
- August 2: Neel Smith (College of the Holy Cross) Scholarly reasoning and writing in an automatically assembled and tested digital library
- August 9: Agnes Thomas, Francesco Mambrini & Matteo Romanello (DAI, Berlin) Insights in the World of Thucydides: The Hellespont Project as a research environment for Digital History
Copied from the Digital Classicist list on behalf of the organisers:
CALL FOR PAPERS
HESTIA2: Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources
University of Southampton 18th July 2013
Organisers: Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Leif Isaksen and Tom Brughmans, in collaboration with The Connected Past
A free one-day seminar on spatial network analysis in archaeology, history, classics, teaching and commercial archaeology.
Spatial relationships are everywhere in our sources about the past: from the ancient roads that connect cities, or ancient authors mentioning political alliances between places, to the stratigraphic contexts archaeologists deal with in their fieldwork. However, as datasets about the past become increasingly large, these spatial networks become ever more difficult to disentangle. Network techniques allow us to address such spatial relationships explicitly and directly through network visualisation and analysis. This seminar aims to explore the potential of such innovative techniques for research, public engagement and commercial purposes.
The seminar is part of Hestia2, a public engagement project aimed at introducing a series of conceptual and practical innovations to the spatial reading and visualisation of texts. Following on from the AHRC-funded “Network, Relation, Flow: Imaginations of Space in Herodotus’s Histories” (Hestia: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/hestia/ ), Hestia2 represents a deliberate shift from experimenting with geospatial analysis of a single text to making Hestia’s outcomes available to new audiences and widely applicable to other texts through a seminar series, online platform, blog and learning materials with the purpose of fostering knowledge exchange between researchers and non-academics, and generating public interest and engagement in this field.
For this first Hestia2 workshop we welcome contributions addressing any of (but not restricted to) the following themes:
Spatial network analysis techniques
Spatial networks in archaeology, history and classics
Techniques for the discovery and analysis of networks from textual sources
Exploring spatial relationships in classical and archaeological sources
The use of network visualisations and linked datasets for archaeologists active in the commercial sector and teachers
Applications of network analysis in archaeology, history and classics
Please email proposed titles and abstracts (max. 250 words) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by May 13th 2013.
I picked up this announcement from the Perseus Digital Library
Possible Jobs in Digital Humanities at Leipzig
The Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities and Department of Computer Science at the University of Leipzig is looking for candidates for two possible collaborating research groups, one focused on reinventing scholarly communication for Greek and Latin, as a case study for historical languages in general, with the other helping the University Library develop methods to manage and visualize billion of words and associated annotations of many kinds. Details of the funding are being finalized but positions will ideally start in May 2013 and with an initial one year contract that could be extended to a second year that could include one semester residence at a US university.
Candidates must have received their most recent degree after January 4, 2011. Current degree candidates may also be considered. We are building a team includes varied backgrounds, with team members having expertise in Greek and Latin, in software analysis and development, and in working with metadata models that are relatively well established (TEI XML, Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, CIDOC CRM) and that are just beginning to be exploited (e.g., the full potential of the Europeana Data Model). Project members should be prepared to participate in all forms of intellectual life, including research, both within the humanities and the information sciences, and software development, supervising student researchers, delivering presentations before specialist and general audiences, writing, and participation in teaching activities.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, briefly describing how they could contribute to one of these teams, a CV, and the names of three references to email@example.com.
The work will have several complementary tracks:
1. Open Greek and Latin: Classicists need comprehensive, open collections of Greek and Latin that anyone can download, modify, and then republish. The long term goal of the Open Greek and Latin Project is to represent the full surviving corpus of Greek and Latin sources, including transcriptions from every print source, this will include not only print books but also manuscripts, inscriptions, ostraca, papyri, vases, etc. and will cover the full range of Greek and Latin sources, from the Homeric Epics through post-classical Greek and Latin to the present. In the short run, we focus on providing comprehensive coverage for the c. 100 million words of Greek and Latin that survive through c. 600 CE and opportunistic coverage for the billions of words of surviving post-classical Greek and Latin. The Open Greek and Latin Project integrates the growing body of Greek and Latin available under a Creative Commons license while drawing upon vast collections of scanned editions and new Canadian-Italian research on generating and correcting Greek and Latin. Coverage will include TEI XML transcriptions of editions that are in the public domain and machine actionable RDF equivalents for traditional indices of places where a new edition differs from its most significant predecessor. The whole collection — including textual transcriptions, structural metadata, as well as linguistic and other machine actionable data — will be available in an RDF format developed to interoperate as closely as possible with the Europeana Data Model.
2. Decentralized editing and annotation: The Open Greek and Latin corpora represent a foundation and starting point for further work. We need methods by which to support annotations of every kind, including not only corrections of OCR errors but also new translations (which are a kind of annotation), data driven studies of textual transmission, textual reuse and the general circulation of ideas across time, space, language and culture, prosopography, and morphological, syntactic, semantic and lexical analyses. We need to support a growing range of machine actionable annotations, each of which represents a nano-publication that may be accompanied by expository prose argumentation and/or additional machine actionable annotations. As students of Greek and Latin begin to confront the opportunities and challenges presented by global access to collections measured in billions — rather than millions — of words, we need to be able to manage contributions from student researchers and citizen scholars as well as from faculty and library professionals.
3. Transnational systems for Greek, Latin, and other historical languages: Greek and Latin are fundamentally transnational languages — no nation has a unique claim to the intellectual and linguistic heritage of these languages, which together provide a major cultural foundation for what is now the European community. More than 20 organizations representing communities speaking Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish have representatives in the General Assembly of Euroclassica, a European federation of associations of teachers of classical languages and civilisation, while a European Curriculum Framework for Classical Languages (ECFRCL) is already under active development. Language learning based upon interacting with, and then contributing to, richly annotated corpora can provide rapid and plentiful feedback, allowing learners to engage immediately with primary sources while also enabling them to begin making substantive contributions to the field early and often. At the same time, many scholarly arguments include statements that can be represented in a machine actionable format that can be made available to many different language communities. In some cases (as in publications about prosopography or textual criticism) the conclusions of the argument can be represented as machine actionable annotations. Greek and Latin studies provide a particularly interesting space within which to develop methods by which speakers of many languages can collaborate in learning and research because these classical languages are not (unlike English or French) associated with modern hegemonic nations.
This call for papers was picked up from the Digital Classicist mailing list.
Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World
An interdisciplinary conference organized by the Digital Classics Association
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY 14261, USA
April 5 – 6, 2013
Archaeological GIS, digital historical mapping, literary text mining, and other computational techniques are increasingly shaping how we understand classical antiquity. Digital methods are breaking down sub-disciplinary barriers, allowing literary scholars to more easily explore epigraphical inscriptions, archaeologists to place their findings on digital historical maps, and philosophers to explore style and argument with sophisticated search techniques. Digital tools also offer new ways to explain aspects of classical antiquity in the classroom and to the public at large.
The aim of the inaugural Digital Classics Association (DCA) conference is to provide a survey of current approaches to digital methods of research, teaching, and outreach across classical sub-disciplines, with the goals of further opening inter-disciplinary perspectives and establishing common objectives for digital research and education.
Abstracts are invited from professional and independent scholars, graduate students, educators, and digital developers who engage with emerging digital methods in any area of classical antiquity. Abstract submitters should indicate whether they wish to present a poster or deliver a paper on a panel. Poster sessions can be on any digital classics topic. Abstracts for panels should indicate which of the following topics they will address:
- Historical mapping
- Literary and linguistic text mining
- Literary criticism and digital methods
- Textual corpora and conventions
- Visualizing the built environment and lived space (including GIS applications)
Authors of abstracts should show innovation in one or more of the following areas: digital methods bearing on new or existing research questions, digital theory, or education / outreach.
Abstracts are also invited for 1-hour hands-on workshops on any topic. Possibilities include, but are not limited to: GIS methods, linguistic graphing with R, linked data, literary topic modeling, and spatial visualization. Presenters can give a workshop in addition to a paper or poster, in which case two abstracts should be submitted.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words via the conference website http://classics.buffalo.edu/events/dcaconference/, which also contains further information about the conference.
The abstract receipt deadline is December 14, 2012. The deadline for conference registration is February 15, 2013.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Monica Berti (Tufts University, University of Rome Tor Vergata)
- Marco Büchler (University of Leipzig; eTRACES)
- Neil Coffee (University at Buffalo, SUNY; Tesserae Project)
- Gregory Crane (Tufts University; Perseus)
- Tom Elliott (New York University; Epidoc, Pleiades Project)
- Matthew L. Jockers (University of Nebraska Lincoln; Stanford Literary Lab)
- Walter Scheidel (Stanford University; Orbis)
- Rebecca Schindler (DePauw University; Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology)