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

By Simon Mahony, on 21 July 2014


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.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.


The full 2014 programme




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

By Simon Mahony, on 15 July 2014

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.

Full abstract

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.


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


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.


The full 2014 programme is at the Digital Classicist.

Seminar: Public Archaeology in a Digital Age

By Simon Mahony, on 16 June 2014


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.


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.

A visit to the archive of Fr Roberto Busa S.J. (1913-2011)

By Julianne Nyhan, on 29 April 2014

Last month Julianne Nyhan visited the recently accessioned archive of Fr Roberto Busa S.J. (one of the early pioneers of Digital Humanities) in the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy.  She has given an outline of what is contained in the portion of the archive that she saw on her blog. While there she and Marco Passarotti of CIRCSE also carried out a number of oral history interviews that have revealed much new information about the female punch card operators who worked for, and were trained by, Busa in the 1950s and 60s. Melissa Terras has discussed the punch card operators in a blog post here and another post on the new information gained via the oral history interviews will be posted later this week on Julianne’s blog.


AHRC Big Data Project – Digital Music Lab

By Nicolas E Gold, on 10 March 2014

We recently started a new project in the area of big music data.  Digital Music Lab – Analysing Big Music Data is an AHRC project funded under the Big Data call of the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. Our goal is to develop research methods and software infrastructure for exploring and analysing large-scale music collections, and to provide researchers and users with datasets and computational tools to analyse music audio, scores and metadata.

The project is being carried out collaboratively between City University London, Queen Mary University of London, University College London, and the British Library.

‘An urban contradiction – journey under the sun’, photography exhibition by a DH student

By Sarah Davenport, on 10 March 2014

Eirene Evripidou, one of our Digital Humanities students, has a photography exhibition and book launch coming up at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens.   ‘An Urban Contradiction – Journey under the Sun’ is Eirene’s first photographic exhibition and includes photographs taken in both London and Athens, focusing on the sometimes hidden parts of the urban landscape.

Further details:

An urban contradiction – Journey under the sun

Photography Exhibition by Eirene Evripidou

Official Opening: Tuesday 11 March 2014, at 20:00

Where: Michael Cacoyannis Foundation (Piraeus 206, Tavros) Exhibition Area – 2nd floor

FREE ENTRANCE tel. 0030 210 3418579

Join Historypin and UCLDH to geo-tag artworks from the Imperial War Museums’ First World War art collection.

By Simon Mahony, on 20 February 2014

Historypin is setting up shop in one of the UCL cluster rooms and asking anyone who is interested in crowdsourcing to help with geo-tag 100s of paintings around the globe.

17:30 Wednesday 26th February B29, Foster Court

We have been given access to the Imperial War Museums’ astounding First World War art collection. We need your help to geo-tag these artworks to the locations they depict. No prior knowledge of the First World War needed, just experience with online research and a desire to solve historical mysteries!

A Google, Twitter or Facebook account is all you will need.

This is unique opportunity to participate in an innovative crowd-sourcing and geo-referencing project.

More project details are on the Putting Art on the Map flyer.   

Registration is needed via Eventbrite.

MLA Convention 2014, Chicago

By Sarah Davenport, on 3 February 2014

by Kelli Massa

The MLA (Modern Language Association) Convention was held in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 8 January to 12 January 2014, just days after the first wave of the polar vortex struck North America freezing the shores of Lake Michigan.

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I attended the convention on behalf of UCLDH to present the Digital Humanities MA/MSc programme as part of the Praxis Network. This network represents six different university programmes that specialise in the digital humanities. Universities involved in the Praxis Network span three continents and four countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand.

On the Praxis Network Panel, a representative from each university spoke for five minutes about their respective programme and participated in a Q&A session at the end. Prior to the convention, the organiser, Katina Rogers, created a site for the panel where participants added their draft remarks so those attending could have a better understanding of the network and the various university programmes. These can still be found on the panel website. The presentations about various programmes revealed shared struggles with incorporating technology with humanities education and offered different approaches for success.

mla sign chicago








This is a blog entry that includes the twitter feed from the session. However, I must add that it appears this is incomplete as I posted a few tweets about the panel that are not included.

Kelli Massa is a 2013 MSc graduate of the Digital Humanities Programme at UCL. She can be followed on Twitter @kellimmassa.