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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme is on the Digital Classicist website.

 

Digital Classicist London Seminars

By Simon Mahony, on 9 June 2014

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This week’s seminar in the 2014 Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies series.

Victoria Moul & Charlotte Tupman (King’s College London)
‘Neo-Latin poetry in English manuscripts, 1550-1700′

Friday June 13 at 16:30 in room 103 (Holden), Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

This paper discusses a proposed project to examine the role and significance of the large quantities of neo-Latin poetry composed and circulated within the thriving manuscript culture of early modern England (c. 1550-1700). It will produce a searchable digital edition of representative examples of early modern Latin poetry in English manuscripts, and a body of print publications analysing this almost unstudied wealth of material. We address the typical genres and forms of neo-Latin poetry in manuscript and how they are used; the relationship between original Latin and English poetry in manuscript sources; and the political significance of such poetry.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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The full 2014 programme is on the Digital Classicist website.

UCLDH wins CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award

By Julianne Nyhan, on 4 June 2014

Julianne Nyhan and the other founding members (Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, Peter Organisciak, Megan Meredith-Lobay and Kamal Ranaweera) of A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) (2009-2012) have won the 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award.  The following description of the project and award is given on the CSDH/SCHN site:

Day of DH is an annual community documentation project that brings together digital humanists from around the world to document what they do on one day in the spring of each year. Its goal has been to have participants reflect on a fundamental question, “just what do computing humanists really do?” Participants document their day through photographs and commentary using one of the Day of DH blogs.
The Day of DH initiative has received significant attention far beyond its evolving community of participants. The team published an essay on the project in Digital Humanities Quarterly. The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a story on it. Definitions of the digital humanities from the project have been republished in collections such as Debates in the Digital Humanities and Defining Digital Humanities. It has directly inspired projects such as the Day of Archaeology. It has also inspired other communities within digital humanities. The first DíaHD (Día de Humanidades Digitales) was held on June 10, 2013 for those who speak and work in Spanish and Portuguese.
Day of DH has now become a centerNet initiative that moves from institution to institution. The successful transition to a sustainable international initiative is a sign of the impact of this initiative’s origins in Canada.
CSDH/SCHN is honoured to commemorate this founding Canadian group and its extraordinary contribution to the global digital humanities community.

Digital Classicist London Seminars

By Simon Mahony, on 2 June 2014

The first of this Summer’s Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies seminars is this Friday.

Ségolène Tarte (Oxford)
‘On Cognition and the Digital in the Study of Ancient Textual Artefacts’
 
Friday June 6 at 16:30 in room 103 (Holden), Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Scholars studying Ancient Textual Artefacts endeavour to create knowledge through the decipherment, transcription, transliteration, edition, commentary, and contextualization of textual artefacts, thereby transforming data and information into knowledge and meaning.  Their task is hence intrinsically interpretative, and relies heavily on the mobilization of both perceptual and conceptual cognitive processes. This talk will present a number of conceptual and perceptual processes that were identified through ethnographic studies of scholars at work and linked to the cognitive sciences literature. Some show embodied cognition at work, others show the role of unconscious knowledge in the act of interpretation of Ancient Textual Artefacts.

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The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

ALL WELCOME

The full 2014 programme is available on the Digital Classicist website