By Chris J Dillon, on 3 March 2015

Much interest in Universal Acceptance at ICANN‘s recent meeting in Singapore.
Universal Acceptance means getting all domain names to work, however long they are and whatever script they’re in.
Traditionally most Top Level Domains have been ASCII three digit if generic names (e.g. .com) and two digit if country codes (e.g. .uk). Now more or less anything goes and there will be extensions such as .versicherung and .삼성 (Samsung). And so the title of this article could be an email address: Chris.Dillon@handphone.Samsung. “Handphone” is Konglish (Korean English) for “mobile phone”.
Incidentally, if your browser does not display the hangul in this article correctly, you have a Universal Acceptance issue.

UCLDH5: The First Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities

By Sarah Davenport, on 25 February 2015

susan-hockey-lecture-darkpurpleThe UCL Centre for Digital Humanities was founded in 2010, and to celebrate the achievements of the centre over the last five years we are launching a named lecture series, The Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities. We are especially pleased to announce that Professor Susan Hockey will be giving the inaugural lecture.

Digital Humanities: Perspectives on Past, Present and Future

Wednesday 27 May, 6pm

Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theare, Roberts Building, UCL

In our first installment of the series, Professor Susan Hockey discusses the trajectory of digital humanities from its many years on the fringes to its current position at the centre of the humanities scholarly arena, and its future challenges. Today, conferences, courses and publications in digital humanities abound, and jobs are advertised almost every week. The advent of the World Wide Web shifted emphasis from analytical software to communication and publication tools bringing humanities resources to a much wider audience in classrooms and in the home. The groundwork for many of these new ways of working is in place now. Some time in the future, humanities information sources will be mainly digital. What are the implications of a much broader user community for these resources, and for libraries and archives, the traditional custodians of humanities information sources? How can research in digital humanities contribute to future developments? And what should our students learn in order to build successfully on what has already been achieved?

All welcome, the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Roberts Foyer.  Please note that registration is required.


Upcoming talks in the UCLDH Seminar Series

By Sarah Davenport, on 23 January 2015

We have some great talks coming up this term as part of our seminar series.  Please do join us, all welcome!

Registration is required.

Wednesday 28th January 2015
5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

Professor Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research: Big data for humanities research: from digging into the parliamentary record to exploring the UK Web Archive

Wednesday 11th March 2015
5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

Lindsay MacDonald, 3DIMPact Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, UCL: Image Sets under Directional Lighting: A Richer Representation of Cultural Heritage Objects

Wednesday 25th March 2015
5.30pm, G31 Foster Court

Dr Tony Freeth, Honorary Senior Research Associate UCL, Antikythera Mechanism Research Project: The Antikythera Mechanism: A Personal Journey of Discovery


Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information initial report open to public comment

By Chris J Dillon, on 17 December 2014

For the last year I’ve been co-chairing an ICANN working group on Translation and Transliteration of Contact Information,
an issue which will arise once the current ASCII-based Whois directory of domain name contacts is replaced by a system
allowing domain name holders to input data in their own languages and scripts.

Yesterday was the big day, as the WG’s initial report was opened to
public comment and will stay open till February 1.

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


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?’

Full abstracts

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.


The full 2014 programme

By Simon Mahony, on 29 July 2014

digiclasDetails of this week’s Digital Classicist seminar:

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.


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


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




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

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