The UCL Laptop Orchestra (UCLOrk)

By Nicolas E Gold, on 17 November 2014

UCLOrk Speaker Array

At the UCL DigiFest 2014 (ucldigifest.org), the Music Systems Engineering Research Team led by Dr Nicolas Gold (UCL Computer Science/UCLDH) ran a 1.5hr session for people interested in digital music.  Participants learned about building digital instruments using the Pure Data programming language, explored the sonic possibilities of synthesised sounds, and then came together as a laptop orchestra to perform a new work composed by one of the team.

Laptop orchestras are an emerging type of ensemble (beginning about ten years ago with Princeton’s PLOrk) characterised by novel musical controllers, custom-built digital instruments, and hemispherical speakers that give each instrumentalist a strong sense of their own instrument and how it fits within the orchestra.  In keeping with this tradition, the UCL Laptop Orchestra (UCLOrk) uses custom-built hemispheres that were constructed by the Computer Science Department’s Technical Support Group.

We are hoping to make the ensemble a more permanent group as a platform for artistic work and performance research.  More information can be found at bit.ly/UCL-UCLOrk and anyone interested in future participation is warmly invited to contact Nicolas Gold (n.gold@ucl.ac.uk) for more information.

Digital Classicist seminar

By Simon Mahony, on 11 August 2014

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For our final seminar of this series we have four students from King’s and UCL presenting their current research (including one from the current UCLDH cohort).

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Friday August 15th in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Wilma Stefani (Masters, King’s College London)
‘Online narratives and public engagement: opportunities and challenges for Public Archaeology.’

Aikaterini Plati (Masters, King’s College London)
‘The Acropolis Museum and its digital engagement.’

Stavrini Ioannidou (Masters, University College London)
‘Lessons to be learned from the Classicists: Instilling a Digital-Humanities mentality among the members of the Modern Greek Studies community.’

Elisa Nury (PhD, King’s College London)
‘Automated collation – is it for Classicists?’

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

ALL WELCOME

The full 2014 programme

By Simon Mahony, on 29 July 2014

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Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford) & Gabriel Bodard (King’s College London)
Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies: Data and Relations in Greco-Roman Names (SNAP:DRGN)

Friday August 1st in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

SNAP:DRGN (snapdrgn.net) is an AHRC-funded exploratory project which aims to address the problem of linking together large prosopographies (datsets containing information about persons, names and person-like entities) managed in heterogeneous systems and formats. This paper will explore the background to and results of the work, describe the problems, the data and the tools we can produce to illustrate of the value of the data, and demonstrate research methods for working with the new material and information produced.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme

Seminar: Papyrology and Linguistic Annotation: How can we make TEI EpiDoc XML corpus and Treebanking work together?

By Simon Mahony, on 21 July 2014

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Details of this week’s Digital Classicist seminar follow:

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Marja Vierros (Helsinki)
‘Papyrology and Linguistic Annotation: How can we make TEI EpiDoc XML corpus and Treebanking work together?’

Friday July 25 at 16:30 in room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Greek documentary papyri provide a rich source for linguists who wish to study Ancient Greek as it was written in everyday texts, preserved directly from antiquity. The corpus is already in digital form, but it does not contain linguistic annotation that would help linguists find interesting structures and forms. This paper presents a preliminary phase of a project focused on annotating the fragmentary and manifold papyrus material using a Dependency Treebank model.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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ICANN London

By Chris J Dillon, on 16 July 2014

Iimg: ICANN London meeting logoI attended ICANN‘s 50th meeting which was held in London recently and brought together 3,400 international stakeholders from government, business, civil society, technical organizations and research institutions to discuss the development of the Internet’s addressing system. It was ICANN’S largest ever meeting by far.

Over 300 of the new generic Top Level Domains for which UCL did the linguistic checking have now been delegated.

img: C. Dillon on card40% of the world’s population is now connected to the Internet. In 1999, in the early days of ICANN, only 4% were connected and half of those were in North America. It is expected that 60% of the world’s population will be connected by 2020 and many, in China, India and elsewhere, do not use the Roman alphabet. Facilitating this internationalization of the Internet is the great long-term opportunity for UCL as the world’s leading centre of linguistic expertise.

One development that came to light is that Google is making good progress with internationalized email addresses. I want one! – something like 克里斯@谷歌.在线 perhaps. In Chinese, Google is written with characters meaning “valley song”.

I have a nice souvenir – I made the meeting’s deck of playing cards.

Seminar: Clotho – Network Analysis and Distant Reading on the Perseus Latin Corpus

By Simon Mahony, on 15 July 2014

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Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Thibault Clérice (King’s College London)
‘Clotho: Network Analysis and Distant Reading on the Perseus Latin Corpus’

Friday July 18 at 16:30 in room G34, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

How do we handle Latin texts with digital tools? How do we apply to Latin sources technologies and algorithms which have been developed for the linguistic study of modern languages? Clotho is a resource which aims to address these questions in an Open-Source format, providing network analysis, data extraction mechanisms, and document statistics. Using these tools, Lasciva Roma, a project of cultural network analysis around the lexical field of terms related to sexuality, was launched in 2014. This seminar will explore and review this project, focusing on how the community can use these tools, and how to ensure the tools and the data will not be lost.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme

Digital Classicist seminar: Retracing Theban Witness Networks in Demotic Contracts

By Simon Mahony, on 7 July 2014

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Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014
Silke Vanbeselaere (Leuven)
‘Retracing Theban Witness Networks in Demotic Contracts’

Friday July 11 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This paper focuses on the presence of witnesses in Demotic contracts from Ptolemaic Thebes. It investigates the interpersonal links between the three main actor groups of these contracts. The scribes and parties have always received a lot of attention from papyrologists, but the witnesses have more or less been neglected so far. We will try to provide an answer to the crucial question of how these witnesses were chosen with the help of social network analysis.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme

Seminar: The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE) and Linked Open Data

By Simon Mahony, on 30 June 2014

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This week’s Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar:Pietro Liuzzo (Heidelberg)

‘The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy (EAGLE) and Linked Open Data’.

Friday July 4th at 16:30 in room 102 (Athlone), Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

The Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy aims to provide historians and the general public with a curated online multi-text edition which has high quality contents and related contents as well as high quality data in multiple interoperable formats. Linked Open Data principles aim at bringing things together so we have tried to follow those guidelines. EAGLE considered two standards: TEI – EpiDoc and CIDOC CRM and we work towards tools to facilitate wilful alignment as well as coordinated linking via third parties annotations or through the alignment to common vocabularies (of contents), gazetteers and bibliographies.

Full abstract is available.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

ALL WELCOME

The full 2014 programme is at the Digital Classicist.

Seminar: The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series and Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum Projects

By Simon Mahony, on 23 June 2014

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Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Monica Berti, Greta Franzini & Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig)
‘The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series and Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum Projects’

Friday June 27 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS) is a new collaborative project that seeks to create open electronic editions of ancient works that survive only through quotations and text re-uses in later texts. The large diversity and dispersion of these materials entreats a dynamic infrastructure which fully supports and represents the relationships between sources, citations and annotations. LOFTS links fragments to the source text from which they are drawn, and aligns them to multiple editions and translations, thus providing an enhanced understanding of the fragmentary textual heritage it showcases.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme is available on the Digital Classicist website.

Seminar: Public Archaeology in a Digital Age

By Simon Mahony, on 16 June 2014

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This week’s Digital Classicist seminar is given by UCLDH research student Lorna Richardson.

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014

Lorna Richardson (University College London)
‘Public Archaeology in a Digital Age’
 
Friday June 20 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

This paper will discuss the need for diverse archaeological communities to widen participation and engage new audiences on a more collaborative platform. The paper will discuss the results of my doctoral research, which has provided data that can be used to improve user experience, engagement and participation with archaeology and other heritage subjects via Internet technologies, and embed usability and sustainability within digital archaeological projects. Understanding the impact of participatory media will aid archaeologists and those in the heritage fields to promote the advantages of digital engagement and public collaboration, in terms of economic benefit, social justice, learning outcomes, diversifying audiences and the promotion of social inclusion.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

ALL WELCOME

The full 2014 programme is on the Digital Classicist website.