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Technology Collaboration Awards

An announcement from Mellow (via the CHE): Five universities were among the 10 winners of the Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration, announced this week. They will share $650,000 in prize money for “leadership in the collaborative development of open-source software … Continue reading

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Tinctoris Updates

Ron Woodley of the Birmingham Conservatoire at Birmingham City University has updated his site on the Renaissance music theorist Tinctoris published here on the Stoa: Two new treatise texts by Tinctoris are added, relating to technical aspects of late medieval … Continue reading

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Just awful.  More here: …the bottom line is that Facebook is materially misrepresenting the privacy impact of their Beacon program, and presenting users with the appearance of control over their information when in fact they have almost none.

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Can Amazon succeed where others have found little traction so far?  I already spend so much time reading freely available materials (journal articles, blogs, magazines, reviews) with my trusty Macbook Pro that I feel no need at all for a … Continue reading

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Perseus code goes Open Source!

From Greg Crane comes the much-anticipated word that all of the hopper code and much of the content in Perseus is now officially open sourced: November 9, 2007: o *Install Perseus 4.0 on your computer*: All of the source code … Continue reading

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“loathed by every professor I know”

You got that right, brother.  Amen!

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Aristotle and the internet

From Tim Madigan, “Aristotle’s Email – Or, Friendship In The Cyber Age” (Philosophy Now): Often discussions of personal relationships in the Cyber Age dwell upon the negative ­– the superficial connections, the dangers of identity theft, and information overload. Aristotle … Continue reading

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Open Library

Adding this grandiose Open Library system to the Internet Archive strikes me as simply brilliant. In this case “fully open” is defined as “a product of the people: letting them create and curate its catalog, contribute to its content, participate … Continue reading

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Slowly, slowly

It’s a shame the JPEG 2000 bandwagon has been creeping along at such a slow pace, but this seems like good news from the LOC.

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Via DigitalKoans, a report on new open source OCR software.  Now — someone get busy and train it to read polytonic ancient Greek texts accurately …

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I hadn’t seen that word before, but these are videos associated with the Roman art exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, with an RSS feed for keeping up with the newest ones.

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67 percent

This topic has come up before and I imagine the trend will continue: Colleges Leave E-Mail to Google and Microsoft Seattle–“Should our university even be in the e-mail business?” Wendy Woodward King found herself asking last year. Her answer, the … Continue reading

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SSRN does Classics: old wine in new wineskins?

I always find myself wanting humanists to think about using the net for more than “let’s just do what we’ve always done, only on line now” (the BMCR syndrome, if you will). But still this expansion of SSRN into Classics … Continue reading

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In-house machine translation at Google

from Google Blogoscoped: Google switched to a new translation system for the remaining language pairs on the Google Translator which were so far provided by Systran. The translator help files don’t mention this yet, but it might be possible that … Continue reading

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No more old wine in new wineskins

Tom Elliott has put out a new call for papers that looks good, “The Publication and Study of Inscriptions in the Age of the Computer.”

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