Digital Classics at FIEC/CA 2019

There will be three panels (two-hour sessions of varying structures) of interest to digital classicists running as part of the joint conference of the Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques and the Classical Association, next week. I’ll try to get participants to write fuller reports eventually, but in the meantime, here is a brief outline of the activities.

(Full FIEC/CA 2019 programme.)

Sunday July 7, 09:30–11:30 Linked Ancient World Data

Organized by Paula Granados García & Sarah Middle (Open University)

  • Sarah Middle (Open University), Using Linked Data for Ancient World Research
  • Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies), Standards for Networking Ancient People: decentralized interoperability for prosopographical and onomastic data
  • Frank Grieshaber (University of Heidelberg), “GODOT – Graph of Dated Objects and Texts”: Ancient Chronology and Linked Data
  • Andrew Meadows (University of Oxford), Linked Ancient Numismatic Data: Τhe nomisma.org project and beyond
  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Pelagios: Linked Open Geo-Data for the Ancient World
  • Ethan Gruber (American Numismatic Society), Kerameikos.org: A Linked Open Greek Pottery Project
  • Paula Granados García (Open University), Cultural Contact in Early Roman Baetica through Linked Open Data: a proof of concept

Sunday July 7, 15:00–17:00 Rethinking Classics in the 21 century: Technology, Pedagody, and Interdisciplinarity

Organized by Eleni Bozia (University of Florida)

  • Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham) and Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies), Teaching digital epigraphy in classroom, workshop, online tutorial, and Sunoikisis Digital Classics seminar
  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Students at the interface: annotating texts, co-creating context
  • Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki), Greek Documentary Papyri, Linguistics, and Digital Methods
  • Charlotte Roueché (King’s College London), Opening the doors? New resources for new audiences

Monday July 8, 09:30–11:30 Engagement, Materiality and Play: The Use of 3D Models of Antiquities in and out of the Classroom

Organized by Valeria Vitale & Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies)

  • Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies), Learning by Remaking
  • Claudina Romero Mayorga and Amy Smith (University of Reading), Object-based teaching through a new lens: 3D scanning and printing Cypriote figurines in the Ure Museum
  • Diana Burton (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Herakles vs Pokemon: integrating 3D printing with Greek vase-painting
  • Ellen Swift and Jo Stoner (University of Kent), 3D scanning and the creation of replica objects for museum education: the ‘Sounds of Roman Egypt’ exhibition at the UCL Petrie Museum
  • Will Wootton (King’s College London), Documenting, printing and interpreting: from photogrammetry to 3D printing in the understanding and teaching of ancient craft production
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Durham Digital Classics Training, June 10, 2019

The Department of Classics and Ancient History in Durham and the Institute of Classical Studies (London) are offering a one-day training workshop in digital approaches to classical and historical texts, to be held at Durham University. The workshop will include discussion of digital philology, linguistic annotation and translation, geographical annotation and visualization, and EpiDoc encoding for epigraphic and papyrological texts. There will be opportunity for hands-on practice of a few tools and methods on the day, and pointers to further information and sources of training in this area.

The workshop will take place in the Seminar Room of the Classics Department on Monday June 10, 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00.  There is no charge for the workshop but booking is essential. To reserve a place, send an email to g.e.curtis@durham.ac.uk.

For more information contact p.j.heslin@durham.ac.uk and gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk.

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Digital Papyrology Workshops 2019-2020, Parma

Posted for Nicola Reggiani:

two workshops on Digital Papyrology will be held at the University of Parma (Italy) with the purpose of providing advanced professional training in the digital edition of ancient documents, with a particular focus on literary and paraliterary papyri.

The workshops will be held in both English and Italian and are organized within the courses of Papyrology (Nicola Reggiani) and Greek Literature (Massimo Magnani), and will feature a roster of international expert instructors: Lajos Berkes (Humboldt University of Berlin), member of the Papyri.info editorial board; Andrea Bernini (University of Naples “Federico II”), ERC PLATINUM Project; Giuseppe Celano (University of Leipzig), Ancient Greek and Latin Dependency Treebank editor; Massimo Magnani (University of Parma), MIUR-DAAD “Ekdosis” Project, Parma Unit director; Nicola Reggiani (University of Parma), member of the DCLP editorial board; Fabian Reiter (University of Bologna), associate professor of Papyrology; Marja Vierros (University of Helsinki), SEMATIA Project director.

The first workshop (21-25 October 2019) will be focused on Leiden+ encoding of literary and paraliterary texts and will provide theoretical foundations and practical training in the digital encoding of literary and paraliterary papyri in Leiden+ markup language on the Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri platform (litpap.info). Specific issues such as the digital encoding of textual variants, the Catalogue of Paraliterary Papyri (CPP), and papyrological databanking will be addressed too.

The second workshop (3-7 February 2020) will be centered on Textual encoding and linguistic annotation of literary and paraliterary texts and will be made of theoretical classes and practical sessions about the digital annotation of linguistic metadata of literary and paraliterary papyri using the SEMATIA and Arethusa platforms. Specific issues such as the technical vocabulary of the papyri and linguistic databases will be addressed too.

Participation in both workshops is open to anyone interested. A fee of 90 € is required for each workshop. The fee includes registration, lunches, and attendant’s kit (backpack with teaching and stationery material, usb key, and discounts on the purchase of books related to the meeting’s topics). Some low-rated accommodation options will be available through the University. One can choose if attending one or both seminars: attendance to one is not mandatory to attend the other one. A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of each workshop.

The applicants must provide the organizers with (a) their curriculum and (b) a letter of intent where they state why they are interested in taking part in the workshop(s) and what results they expect from it. Both can be redacted either in Italian or in English, and are to be sent to papiro@unipr.it by and not after the following dates:
September 1, 2019 to attend the first workshop
December 1, 2019 to attend the second workshop

Admission to the workshop(s) will be notified within 15 days after receiving the application, along with further directions on the payment of the participation fee and the general organization of the seminars.

The e-mail address above is also available for any possible question.

Best regards,

Nicola Reggiani

University of Parma
nicola.reggiani@unipr.it

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Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints

The regular Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints that we used to run have stalled in the last year or so, but we will be restarting them as of next month.

For now, sprints will run on the first Tuesday of every month, at 16:00–18:00 UK time.

  • June 4, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • August 6, 2019

Information on what we get up to and what we would like to achieve can be found at the Wiki Editing page.

If you want to chat with other sprinters in real time, you may join the DigiClass IRC Channel.

If you don’t yet have an account on the Digital Classicist Wiki and would like one, please contact any of the administrators named at the Members page and we will create an account for you.

We would be happy to receive suggestions of themed sprints in the future. (In the past we have run sprints on geography, papyrology, language technologies, and other topics.) Maybe suggest them here on the Digiclass list, and see who else might be interested.

Other suggestions and ideas welcome!

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New mailing list: Greek and Latin Treebanking

A new mailing list intended for the discussion of Ancient Greek and Latin treebanking, GLTreebank, has been created.

We expect and welcome questions, announcements and colleagial conversation about all aspects of morphosyntactic annotation of the ancient languages, including but not restricted to: querying, visualising, and otherwise using treebanks; the development of treebanked corpora; use and citation of already existing corpora (e.g. AGLDT and PROIEL corpora, or Universal Dependencies); questions about the practicalities or grammatical features around annotating itself; and more theoretical discussion of the value of treebanking in research, pedagogy, and other scholarly practice. Users at all stages of scholarly advancement, including interested nonacademics, are welcome to join.

To subscribe, either go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/gltreebank while logged into your Google account, and select “Apply for membership” (you can change delivery options to a non-Gmail address once subscribed), or send a blank email to <gltreebank+subscribe@googlegroups.com> from the address you wish to use to send and receive email. Your membership will be approved as promptly as possible.

List managers:

  • Marja Vierros
  • Gabriel Bodard
  • Giuseppe Celano
  • Polina Yordanova
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Digital Classicist London 2019 programme

Digital Classicist London 2019

Institute of Classical Studies

Fridays at 16:30 in room G34*, Senate House south block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
(*except June 21 & July 12, room G11)

ALL WELCOME

Seminars will be screencast on the Digital Classicist London YouTube channel, for the benefit of those who are not able to make it in person.

Discuss the seminars on Twitter at #DigiClass.

Jun 7 Chelsea Gardner (Hawai’i) & Rebecca Seifried (IMS-FORTH) The CART-ography Project: Cataloguing Ancient Routes and Travels in the Mani Peninsula (abstract)
Jun 14 Martina Astrid Rodda & Barbara McGillivray (Alan Turing Institute) Exploring the productivity of Homeric formulae through Distributional Semantics (abstract)
*Jun 21 Jari Pakkanen (RHUL) Digital Tools for Classical Archaeology and Architecture: Combining Total Station Drawing and Photogrammetry in Fieldwork Documentation (abstract) G11
Jun 28 Juliana Bastos Marques (University of Rio de Janeiro) Methodologies for teaching Ancient History with Wikipedia (abstract)
Jul 5 Julian Bogdani (La Sapienza, Rome) PAThs: a digital archaeological atlas of Coptic literature for the study of Late Antique Egypt (abstract)
*Jul 12 Georgia Kolovou (Center for Hellenic Studies) Translating the Homeric Scholia in the manuscript Venetus A: from the text to hypertext (abstract) G11
Jul 19 Tea Ghigo et al. (La Sapienza, Rome) Archeometric analysis of inks from Coptic manuscripts (abstract)
Jul 26 Kelly McClinton (Bloomington IN) The Application of Photogrammetric 3D Modeling to Roman Domestic Space (abstract)

The Digital Classicist seminar series presents innovative and collaborative digital research, teaching and practice in all areas of antiquity, including cultures beyond the Mediterranean, from classics, ancient history, cultural heritage, reception, and other perspectives.

Digital Classicist London seminar is organized by Gabriel Bodard and Valeria Vitale (ICS), Eleanor Robson (UCL) and Simona Stoyanova (Nottingham).

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Digital Classicist London 2019, call for proposals

The Digital Classicist invites proposals for the summer 2019 seminar series, which will run on Friday afternoons in June and July at the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House, London.

We would like to see papers that address digital, innovative and collaborative research, teaching and practice in all areas of antiquity (including cultures beyond the Mediterranean), whether from classics, ancient history, cultural heritage, reception, or other perspectives. Proposals from researchers of all levels, including students and professional practitioners, are welcome. As with previous years, most presentations will be live-cast and archived on Youtube.

There is a budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within the UK, but we have occasionally been able to assist international presenters to attend). To submit a paper, please email an abstract of up to 300 words as an attachment to gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk by Monday, March 4, 2019.

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Digital Editions in Practice (Tufts, May 31–June 1, 2019)

Posted for Lisa M. Cerrato:

Call for applications: Digital Editions in Practice, A Two-Day Workshop

Hosted by: Perseus Digital Library
Where: Tufts University, Medford, MA
When: May 31 – June 1, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Contact: perseus_neh@tufts.edu
How to apply: complete online form (including statement of intent)

The Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University will host a two-day workshop that provides an overview of a sample, practical digital editions creation workflow. This will feature both an open-lecture component led by developers and expert users of advanced technologies and “hands-on” sessions for participants that offer in-depth demonstrations of select tools and technologies as well as discussions tailored to the attendees.

See the full announcement for more details.

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British Library PhD Research Placements (London, 2019)

Forwarded from Gethin Rees:

The British Library are advertising placements for PhD students, several of which might be of interest.

https://www.bl.uk/news/2019/january/phd-research-placements-2019

May I draw your attention to the placement titled ‘Identifying and using map images in born-digital collections’.

https://www.bl.uk/britishlibrary/~/media/research%20collaboration%20webspace/placements%202019/digital%20map%20images.pdf

The deadline for applications is 18 February 2019.

This is a great opportunity for a student with an interest in geography, maps and digital research to develop their skills and experience through working with the British Library’s diverse digital collections.

Editor’s note: there are also several other placements in this call for applications that may be of interest to digital classicts, including:

And potentially many others…

 

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EpiDoc and digital epigraphy workshop (London, April 29-May 4, 2019)

We invite applications for a six-day training workshop in digital and practical epigraphy at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, 29 April – 4 May 2019.

The workshop will be organised by Gabriel Bodard (ICS) and Katherine McDonald (Exeter), with additional training provided by Charlotte Tupman (Exeter), Charles Crowther (Oxford), Valeria Vitale (ICS) and Caroline Barron (Birkbeck). There will be no charge for the workshop. There will be a limited number of bursaries available to assist students and other unfunded scholars with the costs of travel and accommodation, provided by the AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellowship ‘Connectivity and Competition’ (PI Katherine McDonald).

The focus of the workshop will be on skills for Greek and Latin epigraphy, including squeeze-making, photogrammetry, reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), and EpiDoc. EpiDoc (epidoc.sf.net) is a community of practice, recommendations and tools for the digital editing and publication of ancient texts based on TEI XML. No expert computing skills are required, but a working knowledge of Greek/Latin or other ancient language, epigraphy, and the Leiden Conventions will be assumed. The workshop is open to participants of all levels, from graduate students to professors and professionals. Although the focus is on Greek and Latin epigraphy, we welcome applications from those in other adjacent fields.

To apply for a place on this workshop please email k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 15 February 2019, including the following information:

  • a brief description of your reason for interest
  • your relevant background and experience
  • if you would like to request a bursary, an estimate how much you would need.

If you have any questions before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact Katherine (k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk) or Gabby (gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk)

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“Ancient History in the Internet Age” (Manchester, Jan 30, 2019)

The Manchester and District Classical Association’s Fourth Annual Whitehead Lecture will be held in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitcan University, on Wednesday  30 January 2019, 17:30. The public lecture (open to schoolchildren and the public as well as academics at all levels) may be of interest to Digital Classicists…

Our speaker this year is Professor Helen King (The Open University), on the topic of:

‘Does the Evidence Really Say That? Doing Ancient History in the Internet Age’

Abstract

The internet has changed how we do history of any kind. Primary sources are readily available to anyone with an interest in finding them, and more secondary material is available every day. But how do we evaluate the reliability of the evidence we find, and – even more importantly – how can we ensure that those with a general interest in ancient history have access to good materials? I’ve recently finished writing a book on how the internet does the ancient world, with special reference to Hippocrates. As part of this, I’ve engaged with some entirely fictional claims about the ‘Father of Medicine’ which now circulate widely, including the claims that he was the first to describe hysteria, and that he was imprisoned for twenty years for challenging the establishment. I suggest that, in some ways, there’s nothing new here: people have always told the stories they like and have played fast and loose with the evidence. But, in other ways, things have changed: access to bad history is now more widespread than ever.

This event is free and everyone is welcome but please register.

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Post-doc position in Latin and Computational Linguistics (Lausanne)

Posted for Francesca Dell’Oro:

The Faculty of Arts of the University of Lausanne invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher SNSF in Computational Linguistics or Corpus Linguistics with a focus on Latin in the Language and Information Sciences Department.

Expected start date in position : 1st March 2019 (or to be agreed)
Contract length : 4 years
Activity rate : 75%
Workplace : Lausanne-Dorigny

The successful candidate will work on the project « A world of possibilities. Modal pathways on the extra-long period of time: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language » founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF n° PP00P1_176778).

The team will consist of the PI and of a PhD student in addition to the Post-doc.

The main tasks of the post-doc researcher will be:

– the development of suitable annotation schemes
– the creation and development of a database and of its interface
– the creation and maintenance of the website of the project
– the annotation of Latin texts
– the collaboration at various research activities connected with the project (publications and other ways of disseminating results)

Job specification and application information.

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Digital Humanities Winter School, Palermo 2019

Forwarded for Paolo Monella:

Applications are invited for the “Digital Humanities Winter School Palermo 2019” (#DHWSPA19) that will take place at the University of Palermo, Italy, from March 4-7 2019.

The winter school is sponsored by the Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e la Cultura Digitale, and by the Departments Scienze Umanistiche and Culture e Società and the Dottorato di ricerca internazionale in Studi Culturali Europei | Europäische Kulturstudien of the University of Palermo.

During the first day, talks by Fabio Ciotti, Vito Matranga, Raul Mordenti, Tito Orlandi, Elena Pierazzo, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco will provide an initial introduction to the digital humanities and Simona Stoyanova will lead a 2-hours workshop on TEI/EpiDoc markup.

In the following days, three 7-hours workshops will provide a hands-on introduction to:
1. TEI XML markup per scholarly digital editions (Luciano Longo);
2. Python programming for text and TEI XML analysis (Paolo Monella);
3. querying and visualization of a TEI XML edition (Tiziana Mancinelli).

A detailed program, the syllabi of the workshops and further information are available on the winter school website http://dhwspa19.unipa.it.

Participation is free of charge and open to students working on their BA or MA thesis, PhD students and scholars. No previous specific digital skills are required. Please apply by filling in the form in https://dhwspa19.unipa.it/call/ and uploading a CV (including an optional publication lists) by January 15, 2019. Priority will be given to PhD students and to those with research projects including digital humanities methods. Acceptance will be communicated by January 20.

The language of the winter school will be Italian, with the exception of the TEI/EpiDoc workshop held by Simona Stoyanova, which will be in English.

[Italian version in https://dhwspa19.unipa.it/call/]

All best,

Luciano Longo
Paolo Monella
Tiziana Mancinelli

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Extended deadline: Studia UBB Digitalia, Digital Classics edition

Reposting to note extended deadline, and interest in Digital Classics, of the forthcoming issue of Studia Digitalia:

    

Studia UBB Digitalia (ISSN 2559-6721) is the official journal of the Transylvania Digital Humanities Center – DigiHUBB. It is a peer-reviewed, open access scholarly publication, indexed in CEEOL and dealing with subjects of general interest in the field of digital humanities.

Its following number (4/2018) will be dedicated to digital classics, ancient history & archaeology, with a special focus on projects and initiatives pertaining to these fields. The subjects can include, but are not limited to, digital approaches to geo-visualization, non-invasive archaeological prospections, markup, scholarly annotation, photogrammetry, databases, etc.

The call is open to all specialists of the field, but we strongly encourage submissions from early career researchers.

The deadline for submissions is January 15th and for the Authors Guidelines, please see the dedicated page on the journal’s website. The articles should be submitted to dr. Rada Varga (radavarga@gmail.com).

For additional questions on this number of Studia UBB Digitalia, please contact us at the same e-mail address.

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Workshop: Digital Approaches in Greek Palaeography, London, Dec 14, 2018

Call for Participation

Digital Approaches in Greek Palaeography
Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Room 234, Senate House, Malet Street WC1E 7HU
10:00-17:00 Friday, December 14, 2018

We invite interested scholars and colleagues to participate in a one-day discussion workshop exploring digital approaches, methods and tools to the study of Ancient Greek palaeography, script and scribal hands.

Palaeography as traditionally conceived has as its main goals handwriting decipherment and dating, next to the analysis of script styles and scribal hand identification. In recent years, digital palaeo¬graphy has been established as a new (sub)discipline, focusing specifically on the application of computational methods to palaeographical studies (see e.g. Ciula 2005; Rehbein et al. 2009). This has opened up new possibilities of research, such as the application of quantitative methods to palaeo-graphy.

Pioneering work in digital paleography has been done on languages such as Latin and English (see e.g. Terras 2006; Stokes 2009). There have also been several applications to Ancient Greek: Rodney Ast’s PapPal (http://www.pappal.info/contact) provides an online repository of images of dated docu¬mentay papyri, and several tools have been developed to align text and image (see e.g. Anagnosis at kallimachos.de/kallimachos/index.php/Anagnosis:Main). Several new projects have been an¬nounced, focusing in particular on non-literary sources, by scholars such as Klaas Bentein (Ghent), Isabelle Marthot (Basel), and Rodney Ast (Heidelberg).

In this one-day workshop, we want to address some key questions, including:

  1. What new research possibilities does digital palaeography offer?
  2. Can we arrive at a descriptive standard for (digital) palaeographical analysis?
  3. What role should the analysis of scribal hands and script types play in future investigations?
  4. Should new digital tools be developed, or can existing tools be modified and adapted to each researcher’s purpose? How much of the analysis can be done automatically with these tools?
  5. At what stages in research can digital tools assist the scholar—data gathering, categorization, synthesis, analysis, visualization, publication, etc.?
  6. What possibilities are there for interdisciplinary collaboration?

The main goal of the workshop is to bring together scholars with an interest in digital palaeography, focusing in particular on Ancient Greek. The workshop will be discussion focused, but will also involve a few short position papers or provocations to raise questions and structure the conversation.

We invite scholars to submit their interest in participating in these discussions. Although the focus is on Ancient Greek, contributions dealing with related topics in other ancient languages are welcome. We would like to see a mix of classicists working on palaeography who are interested in applying digital approaches to their material, and digital humanities or informatics scholars with an interest in working with ancient writing and scripts.
Please send an email outlining your interests in this area, and any prior work if applicable, to gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk and klaas.bentein@ugent.be by October 31. Notification of acceptance will be given by November 15.

We have a small amount of funding available to support attendees travel. Please let us know if you would like to apply for this support, and how much you would need.

Ciula, A. 2005 Digital paleography: using the digital representation of medieval script to support paleographic analysis. Digital Medievalist 1 (https://journal. digitalmedievalist.­org/­articles/10.16995/dm.4/print/)
Reggiani, N. 2017. Digital papyrology I: Methods, tools and trends. Berlin & New York. (OA)
Rehbein, M. et al. 2009. Codicology & palaeography in the digital age. Norderstedt.
Terras, M. 2006. Image to interpretation: an intelligent system to aid historians in reading the Vindolanda texts. Oxford.
Stokes, P. 2009. Computer-Aided Palaeography, Present and Future. In: M. Rehbein et al. 2009. Codicology & palaeography in the digital age, 309-338. Norderstedt.

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