Call for Posters, Linked Pasts 6 (London, Dec 2–16, 2020)

We would love to hear from anyone in the Digital Classics, History or Cultural Heritage worlds who have a LOD/LAWD project or method to share, and would like to do so in a digital poster. The online poster session will also be our conference social event, to we’d love to hear from as many people as possible! Happy to chat with anyone who isn’t sure if their idea is a fit.


Call for posters, Linked Pasts Symposium, December 2–16, 2020, London (remote).

The annual Linked Pasts symposium, which has previously been held at KCL, Madrid, Stanford, Mainz and Bordeaux, brings together scholars, heritage professionals and other practitioners with an interest in Linked Open Data as applied to the study of the ancient and historical worlds. Panels and working groups at Linked Pasts are more goal-oriented than a conventional academic conference, and activities and agendas are often proposed, developed and revised by all participants at the event itself. In the absence of individual presentations and lectures, posters are a great way to share a project, dataset, method or activity related to the LOD and historical or heritage research, and discuss your work in a less formal setting with other interested attendees.

To propose a poster, please send an abstract of 100–150 words to valeria.vitale@bl.uk by the end of Monday, November 9, 2020.

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Text-based Extraction, Analysis, and Annotation of Ancient Greek References to Authors and Works

Monica Berti has been recently awarded a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) grant for a project on Named Entity Recognition (NER) and Annotation of ancient Greek.

The goal of the project is to extract, analyse, annotate and comment the language of ancient Greek references to authors and works. This project will produce a structured knowledge resource with ancient Greek word forms, corresponding lemmata, contextual annotations, coreferences and relations. The project will provide a full database of lemmatized and annotated Named Entities pertaining to words and expressions of bibliographic citations in ancient sources (author names, work titles, work descriptions and editions).

Digital Athenaeus

Entities will be semi-automatically extracted and annotated in the text of the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus of Naucratis as part of the Digital Athenaeus project. Preliminary annotations will be also performed on the Lexicon of the ten orators of Valerius Harpocration and on the Suda (Α-Γ entries). NLP methods and computational linguistics tools like INCEpTION and ANNIS will be used to produce and visualise annotations.

The final goal is to produce a text-based catalog of ancient Greek literature with a structured knowledge base that can be reused to annotate and analyse other texts. Annotations will be the result of a deep analysis of the original language and the project will produce a commentary of ancient practices of source references.

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Sunoikisis Digital Classics, Fall 2020

The Sunoikisis Digital Classics programme (SunoikisisDC), a collaborative endeavor involving faculty from six continents, produces reusable materials that many participants use in some way in their own teaching. It was founded in 2015 by Monica Berti in Leipzig, as an offshoot of the Sunoikisis programme hosted by the Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies. It is now co-chaired by Monica Berti in Leipzig and Gabriel Bodard in London, with co-organizers all around the world.

The core of the syllabus is the online session, delivered by one or more presenters via live YouTube video, with slides, demos, discussion panels and the potential for student interaction via chat. Sessions are accompanied by (open access) reading lists, resources and exercises for students to gain hands-on experience in tools, methods and skills discussed. Many faculty who use SunoikisisDC in their teaching have students follow the online sessions and attempt practical exercises, and then attend a seminar or tutorial in person, which allows collaboration, discussion, technical support and feedback on both formative and assessed work. This year, of course, some of this in-person engagement is likely to be moved online as well.

SunoikisisDC 2020-2021 Wiki

There are currently three semesters of SunoikisisDC sessions, organised more or less independently, and with a greater or lesser degree of overlap with each other (and indeed with sessions from previous years), depending on the organizers. There are also individual sessions and mini-semesters, held at irregular times and hosted on the same YouTube channel. In fall of 2020 the syllabus is Digital Classics (in parallel with the ICS02 master module in London), chaired by Gabriel Bodard, with co-chairs Monica Berti, Irene Vagionakis (Bologna) and Polina Yordanova (Helsinki) each responsible for a portion of the programme, on the themes of collaboration, text encoding, and computational linguistics, respectively. The spring 2021 syllabus will focus on Digital Approaches to Cultural Heritage (alongside London module ICS03), and is led again by Bodard with co-chairs Valeria Vitale (British Library), Andrea Wallace (Exeter) and Alicia Walsh (Recollection Heritage). The summer 2021 programme, Digital Classics (as part of the MSc of Digital Humanities in Leipzig), is led by Monica Berti.

The full programme of the fall Digital Classics semester is at the SunoikisisDC GitHub Wiki, including session pages, YouTube links, reading lists, exercises, and summaries of all sessions. The calendar is as follows (sessions are on Thursdays at 17:00–18:15 German time  unless indicated otherwise):

  1. Thu, Oct 8, 2020: Open Source software, commandline and Git (Monica Berti, Gabriel Bodard & Irene Vagionakis) [session page] [YouTube]
  2. Thu, Oct 15, 2020: Introduction to Markup (Jonathan Blaney, Charlotte Tupman, Irene Vagionakis) [session page] [YouTube]
  3. Monday, Oct 19, 2020: EpiDoc XML (Gabriel Bodard, Alessio Sopracasa, Irene Vagionakis) [session page] [YouTube]
  4. Thu, Oct 29, 2020: Introduction to Computational Linguistics (Alek Keersmaekers, Marton Ribary, Thea Sommerschield) [session page] [YouTube]
  5. Thu, Nov 5, 2020: Web Annotation (Monica Berti, Valeria Vitale) [session page] [YouTube]
  6. Thu, Nov 12, 2020: Research with Wikimedia Commons (Monica Berti, Gabriel Bodard, Richard Nevell) [session page] [YouTube]
  7. Thu, Nov 19, 2020, 16:30–17:45: Using Treebanks (Francesca Dell’Oro, Vanessa Gorman, Marja Vierros, Polina Yordanova) [session page] [YouTube]
  8. Thu, Nov 26, 2020: Translation Technologies (Franziska Naether, Chiara Palladino) [session page] [YouTube]
  9. Thu, Dec 3, 2020: Visualisation (Aurélien Berra, Gabriel Bodard, Naomi Wells) [session page] [YouTube]

All sessions are freely available online, and everyone, student or not, is welcome to watch, leave comments in the live chat if you are with us live, and attempt the exercises. Contents of the SunoikisisDC Programme remain available on GitHub and YouTube indefinitely, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. If you are interested in using any of the SunoikisisDC materials in your own teaching and would like to discuss any aspect of the programme, please do get in touch with any of us.

Monica Berti, Gabriel Bodard, and Valeria Vitale

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Digital Classicist London online seminars report

The Digital Classicist London seminar, one of the many research seminar series hosted by the Institute of Classical Studies, has been videoed and posted to our YouTube channel since 2013, and livecast directly since 2016. Both of these developments were by popular demand, since there was an international audience with an appetite for the content of these presentations of computational or quantitative approaches to the study of antiquity. We have always known that more people watched the videos online than attended the seminars in Senate House. The archived versions of the live webcasts also tended to double in views within a week of the seminar, suggesting a roughly equal number of people who watched live and who caught up shortly after the event.

Due to the global pandemic making in-person events impossible for the whole of summer 2020, this year’s seminar was run entirely online, with speakers, chairs, and sometimes a small “studio audience” of two or three guests participating via the streaming service Streamyard. In place of open discussion in the room at the end of the seminar (which was often not very well captured in the streamed version in previous years, since audio pick-up was via the laptop’s built-in microphone), we took brief questions from the in-call audience, and activated YouTube’s “live chat” feature for comments from those watching remotely in real time.

Screengrab from Thea Sommerschield's Digital Classicist seminar, in Streamyard

It was of course gratifying that these online-only seminars reached a very much increased and diversified audience, including people who for a range of geographical, professional and social reasons could not attend a seminar in London on a Friday afternoon. Even more striking, however, was the engaged and lively participation from the remote audience. Seminars live-streamed to Youtube have always had the option for the remote audience to ask questions that would be relayed to the speaker, either via comments or a Twitter hashtag, but this was almost never taken advantage of in previous years. After each seminar in the 2020 season there was vigorous discussion, not only among those of us in the call, but also between and among the remote participants via the YouTube “live chat” feature.

I think a combination of actively addressing and engaging with the live audience before and during the seminar itself, and the fact that there was no in-room audience to make remote viewers feel like outsiders or interlopers, led to this burst of enthusiasm for online discussion. It was very nice to see a mix of familiar names and new colleagues among those participating in the live chat, and a range of questions and comments that showed real engagement with the projects and topics under discussion. I hope that we can maintain this lively discussion in the digital forum even when seminars are being held in a room in meatspace again.

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Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints

The Institute of Classical Studies now hosts the Digital Classicist Wiki, a community-edited database of information, questions and commentary on projects, tools, methods and other resources relating to the digital or quantitative study of the ancient world. The site includes nearly 3000 pages edited by 250 registered users, and receives irregular but frequent contributions as well as an organized monthly editing sprint, when editors gather to improve the coverage of specific themes. Since the site moved to its new home at the ICS in 2020, a larger editorial board has been convened, with a brief to manage engagement and strategy for the Wiki.

Digital Classicist Wiki front page

On the first Tuesday of every month (probably the second in January), the editors and various other volunteers meet in an IRC chatroom for two hours of editing, during which people can discuss changes and issues, ask questions, request an editing account from one of the administrators, reserve pages, and otherwise feel involved and engaged while conducting what is otherwise solitary work editing a wiki page. Participants are invited to take part in each month’s theme, which helps to bring in new communities and collaborators, but may also work on any area of the site that is of interest to them (or even just press Random Page and see what can be improved). For instance, currently Hannah Hungerford, a masters student at KCL, is undertaking a summer placement funded by the Roman Society, to work on improving the connections between the DC Wiki and library catalogues and review venues, helping to set up links in both directions.

In the next few months, sprints are planned on the following themes:

  • October 6, 2020: Prosopography and onomastics, person and name catalogues
  • November 3, 2020: EpiDoc and digital epigraphy and papyrology
  • December 1, 2020: Clean-up: look at old and flagged pages
  • I would like to propose a sprint on Hittite and Cuneiform projects at some point in the new year, to be announced

We welcome new volunteers, whether you plan to attend a sprint or just add pages for your favourite projects from time to time. We are also very happy to receive suggestions for pages to be added or improved, even if you don’t want to edit them yourself, and we welcome suggested themes for future sprints from the digital classicist community. Contact any of the Administrators to discuss anything you have in mind, or make suggestions on the Digital Classicist discussion list where they may be taken up by others.

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Linked Pasts 6 (London, Dec 2020) call for activities

Linked Pasts 6
December 2–16, 2020
University of London and British Library

The annual Linked Pasts conference, which has previously been held at KCL, Madrid, Stanford, Mainz and Bordeaux, brings together scholars, heritage professionals and other practitioners with an interest in Linked Open Data as applied to the study of the ancient and historical worlds. Panels and working groups at Linked Pasts are more goal-oriented than a conventional academic conference, and activities and agendas are often proposed, developed and revised by all participants at the event itself.

The sixth installment of Linked Pasts, hosted by the University of London and British Library in December 2020, will be a fully remote and online event, with events taking place over two weeks rather than an intense three days of in-person sessions. Other than welcome, keynotes and wrap-up at the beginning and end of the conference, most activities will be asynchronous, with work or discussion taking place in whatever medium is most appropriate to the activity and community in question. Participation in the conference is free, but advance registration is required.

Call for activities

There will be space for suggestion and selection of activities at the conference, but we also welcome proposals for research activities, which may include (but are not restricted to): development of standards, ontologies and research applications; discovery and integration of datasets; enrichment and annotation of textual collections; collaboration, pedagogy and community expansion; other relevant undertakings with a focus on Linked Open Data and the historical world. To propose a stream or working group for the conference programme, please fill in the form at (https://forms.gle/7hNm6dS7X36ded3b7) with a max. 200-word abstract outlining your suggestion, type of activity and the medium in which it will be run, and some indication of the likely participants (e.g. names, community or expected stakeholders) by end of Sunday November 1, 2020 (extended).

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Digital Classicist London 2020 seminars

This year the Digital Classicist London seminars will all be streamed online only; the audience will watch on YouTube (either live or any time after the event) rather than attend in Senate House in person.

All seminars will be at 17:30 on Friday afternoons (except June 19, at 16:30).

Fri, Jun 5 Thea Sommerschield (Oxford), PYTHIA: a deep neural network model for the automatic restoration of ancient Greek inscriptions (YouTube)
Fri, Jun 12 William Garrood (KCL), Late antique prosopography and Socrates Scholasticus’ Ecclesiastical history (YouTube)
Fri, Jun 19, 16:30 Marton Ribary (Surrey) and Barbara McGillivray (Alan Turing Institute & Cambridge), “The thing is mine”: Extracting the terminology of the Roman law of “ownership” from Justinian’s Digest (YouTube)
Fri, Jun 26 John Bradley (KCL), Digital Prosopography of the Roman Republic as Linked Open Data (YouTube)
Fri, Jul 10 Harry Tanner (Galway), A Digital ‘Metal Detector’ for Classical Philology (YouTube)
Fri, Jul 24 Claire Holleran (Exeter), Mapping Migration in Roman Iberia (YouTube)
Fri, Aug 7 Charlotte Tupman (Exeter), Reconsidering the Roman workshop: Applying machine learning to the study of inscribing texts (YouTube)
Date TBC Andrew Roberts (English Heritage), My Roman Pantheon: experiential digital interpretation at Chesters Roman Fort (YouTube)

ALL WELCOME

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Write an Open Data Paper: an invitation to JOHD

Write an Open Data Paper!
Gabriel Bodard and Barbara McGillivray

Digital Humanities scholars have long recognised that digital research data is both most useful, and most likely to be disseminated and therefore sustainable in the long term, if it is freely available and openly licensed for creative and transformative reuse [e.g. Cayless 2010]. To this we would add that the potential for reuse and preservation is much higher if people know about your data.

Many high profile datasets coming out of Digital Classics projects are licensed for reuse precisely because their value lies at least as much (if not more) in the potential for others to exploit and build on them, as in their status as a fixed output of a single research process. Just to give a couple of illustrative examples:

  1. The Diorisis Ancient Greek Corpus is a digital collection of ancient Greek texts compiled for linguistic analysis, with the purpose of developing a computational model of semantic change in Ancient Greek [McGillivray/Vatri 2018]. This corpus (itself built on several open data resources) will enable others to address a variety of research questions about the Ancient Greek language, for example on the evolution of Ancient Greek terms in specific areas such as religion, and is already being used by Ancient Greek linguistics scholars.
  2. Vanessa Gorman has morpho-syntactically annotated half a million words of Ancient Greek literature, and made the resulting treebanks freely available through the Perseus Ancient Greek Dependency Treebank and her own Github repository [Gorman 2019]. These trees, alone or alongside the rest of the Perseus AGDT corpus, may be queried or processed for linguistic and stylistic information, can help answer questions about Greek morphology and syntax or authorship attribution, and can also be used in pedagogical contexts.
  3. In 2017, the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg (EDH), a project of more than 30 years standing to publish in digital form the inscriptions of the Roman Empire, now in danger of losing its funding, released all of its contents as open-licensed, open data in standard formats (EpiDoc XML; GeoJSON; CSV; RDF, including Lawd, Pelagios, Cidoc, Snap) [EDH Open Data Repository]. This was conceived by the EDH’s Frank Grieshaber to protect against the loss of data if the database were taken offline, but it was also picked up by many scholars in digital classics as a call to arms: the Open Epigraphic Data Unconference, held in London and (remotely) worldwide kicked off at least half a dozen mini-projects reusing and building on EDH data, and in turn made a compelling argument for the importance of the project (which subsequently had their funding renewed for three years, and a commitment to keep the database online and stable thereafter).

As can be seen in these examples, publication of open, transparent and licensed data can have positive impacts on reach, dissemination, sustainability, research value, standards development, student engagement, and development of new projects. Most of these projects and datasets are neither the start- nor end-point of the data reuse process; they are both enabled by existing open-licensed resources, and in turn pay it forward by enabling future work, whether it involves the original authors in any capacity or not.

As mentioned, beyond making data available, licensing it appropriately to liberate it for free reuse, and attaching robust metadata, there is the important question of documenting and disseminating the processes behind the creation of the data itself. One way to publish this invaluable information and further increase the visibility of your work is to write a data paper, a publication which describes a dataset or resource which is openly available in a repository and which has potential for reuse.

The Journal of Open Humanities Data (JOHD) is a growing open-access peer-reviewed academic journal specifically dedicated to data papers for Humanities research. JOHD publishes two types of papers: short data papers, 1000-word descriptions of a dataset or resource, and full-length research papers, articles between 3000 and 5000 words discussing methods and challenges in the creation or analysis of datasets in Humanities research. The web page has more information on submission guidelines and publication fees. JOHD has recently published its first article dedicated to a Digital Classics resource, Dependency Treebanks of Ancient Greek prose by Vanessa Gorman, which received 70 views and 8 downloads in just a week. Given their potential to shape new ways of doing research in Digital Classics, publishing data papers in Digital Classics is a strategically important focus area for JOHD.

The reuse of open data has a positive impact on the authors of the original research, giving further recognition of their work, both through citation (required by almost all open data licenses) and measurable metrics of impact. As well as increasing the visibility of your dataset, a data article is a publication that can be consulted and of course cited by those building on and transforming your digital resources. In this world where more and more academic work is in digital form or computationally enabled, the transparency of reuse and data documentation is an essential part of the scientific process of research, argumentation, publication and citation [Bodard/Garcés 2008].

We invite you to join the open data community by submitting a paper to JOHD describing any open datasets that you have created and made available in public repositories, and that you think can be of interest and value to others.

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Call for proposals: Digital Classicist London seminar 2020

Digital Classicist London invites proposals for the summer 2020 seminar, which will run on Friday afternoons through June and July at the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House.

To submit a paper, please email an abstract of up to 300 words as an attachment to gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk by Sunday, March 29, 2020. (Include the words “Digital Classicist seminar” in the subject line to be sure of not being missed!)

Proposals from researchers of all levels, including students, practitioners and academics, are equally welcome. 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), from classics, ancient history, cultural heritage, reception, or other perspectives. As with previous years, presentations will be live-cast and archived on Youtube. There is a small budget to assist with travel to London (usually from within the UK, but partial reimbursement for longer trips may be possible).

Organizers:

Gabriel Bodard (Institute of Classical Studies)
Paula Granados García (Open University)
Eleanor Robson (University College London)
Simona Stoyanova (University of Nottingham)
Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies)

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EpiDoc Training Workshop, London, April 20-24, 2020

EpiDoc Workshop:
Training in digital epigraphy and papyrology and electronic publication

Date: April 20–24, 2020 (starting 11:00 Monday; finishing 16:00 Friday)
Venue: Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
Cost: £100 for one week (£50 if unwaged and no source of funding*)
Tutors: Gabriel Bodard & Laura Löser; with support from Christopher Ohge, Charlotte Tupman and Scott Vanderbilt

We invite applications for a five-day training workshop in the use of EpiDoc (http://epidoc.sf.net/), the de facto standard for encoding ancient epigraphic and papyrological editions in TEI XML for online publication and interchange. The workshop will cover the encoding of ancient texts in XML, sources of information and support on EpiDoc, and publication of editions through the EFES platform (http://github.com/EpiDoc/EFES). No technical knowledge is required, but participants are expected to be familiar with the transcription conventions for inscriptions and papyri (“Leiden”), and either Greek, Latin or other ancient languages of their epigraphic tradition.

To apply for a place on this workshop, please send a brief explanation of your motivation for seeking EpiDoc training (including any projects you will work on) to <gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk> by February 23rd, 2020.

*If you would like to request the unwaged rate, please confirm that you have sought funding from your institution to cover the fees and that none is available.

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Digital Scholarly Editing course at London Rare Books School

Posted for Christopher Ohge:

For the third year in a row, the London Rare Books School <https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/study-training/study-weeks/london-rare-books-school> is offering modules in Digital Scholarly Editing. Taught by several scholars with years of practical editing experience, the two modules feature a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on training in the fundamentals of editing with digital technologies. Students will also be able to handle rare books and manuscripts, in addition to being in close proximity to a wealth of archives in London.

Registration is open, and there is still time to apply for bursaries. The deadline to apply for bursaries is 13 March 2020. LRBS Students can also opt to receive MA-level postgraduate credit at the Institute of English Studies, which is part of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

The introductory editing module (15–19 June 2020) surveys the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, complemented with hands-on workshops on the fundamentals of creating digital editions, including a rigorous overview of the Text Encoding Initiative. For more information, including registration, see <https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/study-training/study-weeks/london-rare-books-school/digital-scholarly-editing>.

The advanced editing module (22–26 June 2020) takes your digital editing further, showing through several hands-on workshops how to implement advanced TEI encoding, XPath and XSLT, as well as text analyses of edition data. For more information, including registration, see <https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/study-training/study-weeks/london-rare-books-school/digital-scholarly-editing-advanced-methods>.

Courses fees are £650 (standard) and £520 (student), with discounts for multiple course bookings. Fees include documentary material, sandwich lunches and coffee and tea. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until a course is full.

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Sunoikisis Digital Cultural Heritage 2019 programme

The fall 2019 programme of Sunoikisis Digital Classics, which focusses on Digital Cultural heritage, has now begun. The nine common sessions, which are broadcast live (and then archived indefinitely) on YouTube, cover three broad strands: imaging technologies, geographic methods and ethical issues. This collaboratively taught semester includes contributions from 20 scholars from at least 10 countries. The online sessions are followed by students as part of MA programmes in classics, digital humanities or informatics, and may also be followed by any student or interested colleague or member of the public anywhere in the world for their own purposes.

  1. Thurs Oct 3: Digital Images and Photography (Rossitza Atanassova, Eugenio Falcioni)
  2. *Thurs Oct 10: 3D Imaging and Photogrammetry (Gabriel Bodard, Emma Payne, Valeria Vitale)
  3. Thurs Oct 17: Decolonization of Cultural Heritage (Usama Gad, Zena Kamash, Patricia Murrieta Flores)
  4. Thurs Oct 24: 3D Modelling for Cultural Heritage (Chiara Piccoli, Martina Polig, Valeria Vitale)
  5. Thurs Oct 31: Digital Gazetteers (Johan Åhlfeldt, Tom Elliott, Valeria Vitale)
  6. Thurs Nov 7: Linked Open Data (Gabriel Bodard, Paula Granados García, Matteo Romanello)
  7. Thurs Nov 14: Legal and Ethical Considerations (Gabriel Bodard, Richard Nevell, Andrea Wallace)
  8. Thurs Nov 21: GIS and Geovisualization (Chiara Palladino, Rebecca Seifried)
  9. *Thurs Nov 28: Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage (John Pearce, Mia Ridge)

The full programme, along with readings and exercises, can be found at the SunoikisisDC 2019 Github page. The Fall 2019 programme is convened by Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies) with Gabriel Bodard, and Sunoikisis Digital Classics is directed by Monica Berti (Leipzig).

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Programme: Destruction/(Re-)Construction, Sep 30–Oct 2, 2019, Beirut

Announcement from Konstantin Klein:

Destruction/(Re-)Construction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict

Beirut/Lebanon, 30 September–2 October 2019
International Conference of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA).
Organized by Julia Hauser (Kassel), Konstantin Klein (Bamberg), Lena-Maria Möller (Hamburg), and Mohammed Alwahaib (Kuwait).
In collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB).

Conference Programme

Monday, 30 September 2019 – American University of Beirut, College Hall B1

8:30 am | Registration

9:20 am | Bilal ORFALI (American University of Beirut/Lebanon) | Welcome Address

9:30 am | Konstantin KLEIN (University of Bamberg/Germany) | Scales of Loss: Why Some Buildings (Seem to) Matter more than Others – Introduction to the Conference

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Digital Classical Philology. Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution

Digital Classical Philology. Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution
Ed. by Monica Berti
Series: Age of Access? Grundfragen der Informationsgesellschaft 10
De Gruyter 2019
Open Access – DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110599572

Thanks to the digital revolution, even a traditional discipline like philology has been enjoying a renaissance within academia and beyond. Decades of work have been producing groundbreaking results, raising new research questions and creating innovative educational resources. This book describes the rapidly developing state of the art of digital philology with a focus on Ancient Greek and Latin, the classical languages of Western culture. Contributions cover a wide range of topics about the accessibility and analysis of Greek and Latin sources. The discussion is organized in five sections concerning open data of Greek and Latin texts; catalogs and citations of authors and works; data entry, collection and analysis for classical philology; critical editions and annotations of sources; and finally linguistic annotations and lexical databases. As a whole, the volume provides a comprehensive outline of an emergent research field for a new generation of scholars and students, explaining what is reachable and analyzable that was not before in terms of technology and accessibility.

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Call for Participation: Linked Pasts 5: back to the (re)sources

From Vincent Razanajao:

Call for Participation: Linked Pasts 5: back to the (re)sources
University Bordeaux Montaigne, Institute Ausonius

Bordeaux, 11-13 December 2019

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to invite you to contribute to Linked Pasts 5 Conference, which will take place at the University Bordeaux Montaigne, from Wednesday 11 until Friday 13 December 2019.

Linked Pasts is an annual symposium dedicated to facilitating practical and pragmatic developments in Linked Open Data in History, Classics, Geography, and Archaeology. It brings together leading exponents of Linked Data from academia, the Cultural Heritage sector as well as providers of infrastructures and library services to address the obstacles to, and issues raised by, developing a digital ecosystem of projects dedicated to interlinking online resources about the past.

This year’s symposium aims to centre on the questions of sources, understood here both in terms of ancient/‘historical’ sources, and in terms of data (re)source used in digital, LOD-related projects. We would like to focus on how, and why it is important to link back to the sources, as those are where the historical objects we are dealing with originate from. In this perspective, one target identified for this year is the consolidation of data models related to place, people, and historical sources, especially on how to model relationships between instances from these three classes.

This will be addressed through one panel on Places (keynote: Carmen Brando Lebas) and another on People (keynote: Charlotte Roueché), each followed by a breakout session.

The second aim of Linked Pasts 5 is to debate on infrastructures and LOD implementation. This key question will be addressed through a keynote by Gautier Poupeau (Institut national de l’Audiovisuel [INA], France; @lespetitescases), and a round-table gathering actors from national and supra-national infrastructures (Archaeology Data Service, DARIAH, dataforhistory.org and Huma-Num). We hope this will be the opportunity to share the best practices and present to the conference attendees potential solutions for data storing and publication.

The conference will start with a session where you will be able to participate in a hackathon or attend tutorials on LOD theoretical approaches and tools. There also will be a ‘rolling’ hackathon (running in parallel to breakout sessions) named LinkedPipes, which will be dedicated to tools and workflows, with the aim of producing a set of resources for people who want to do LOD.

Last but not least, Linked Pasts 5 will also provide an extensive poster session, followed by a reception.

Website and Complete CfP: https://linkedpasts5.sciencesconf.org/
Where: University Bordeaux Montaigne, France
When: 11-13 December 2019
Organizers: Alberto Dalla Rosa & Vincent Razanajao (Project PATRIMONIUM ERC-StG 716375 – Institute Ausonius – University Bordeaux Montaigne)
Email: linkedpasts5@sciencesconf.org

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