Virtual World Project

One of the better virtual-archaeological-sites websites I have come across is the Virtual World Project. It started with virtual-reality movies of excavations in Turkey and Greece but now focuses on Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The interface is smooth and navigation is easy and quick, at least with my broadband connection. Here’s an example: Lehun in […]

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum

The Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum (“extensive collection of ancient vases”) was originally a print series started in the 1950s, mainly focusing on ancient Greek vases. The 300+ fascicules document specific museum collections from all over the world. The whole series is now open access. In its online incarnation, you can browse by museum,vase type, etc. There is […]

Ubi Erat Lupa

VBI ERAT LVPA—in Latin, the letter “V” was used for both the “v” and the “u”—is an initiative of the Forschungsgesellschaft Wiener Stadtarchäologie (Austria) and is subtitled “Die Internet-Fährte der römischen Wölfin” or less mellifluous in English: “The Internet Tracks of the Roman She-Wolf.” “Ubi erat lupa” is of course Latin for “Where was the she-wolf”—this […]

Opendig

Chuck Jones alerted me to a new initiative: opendig. I like their slogan: “Free your notes!” The intro states: “At opendig.org we are endeavoring to offer a place for any archaeological excavation to host their dig notes online. Imagine a place where you can search not only your own site for information, but also sites in […]

CNI Spring 2010 meeting

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is currently holding its Spring Meeting in Baltimore. As usual, several of the speakers are of interest to us. When I was going through the schedule, these jumped out at me: M. Page (Emory University), “Mapping the Sanctuary of the Great Gods”: about an important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious […]

Ensuring long-term access to digital information

In the website reviews published in this blog, the  answer to the “Permanence/Archiving” question is very often unclear at best. That’s why the final report published by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, entitled Sustainable Economics for a Digital Planet. Ensuring Long-Term Access to Digital Information, is very timely. It is […]

DAI Archaeological Bibliography online users’ poll

“For many years the German Archaeological Institute [Deutsches Archäologisches Institut or DAI] has been compiling the Archaeological Bibliography which has established itself as an essential research tool in the area of ancient cultures of the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2002 it has been freely available on the internet and offers a thesaurus based systematical search in […]

JSTOR Auction Catalogs

JSTOR, the non-profit—but unfortunately not free for people not connected with a member university or institution—digital archive of journals and monographs from across the humanities, social sciences and sciences, has launched a new initiative: JSTOR Auction Catalogs. It is “a pilot project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to understand how auction catalogs can […]

Hedgehogs, magicians’

In October of last year, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) organized a forum entitled “An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age.” The proceedings are online. You can listen to the presentations or read the papers. A few speakers included actual physical artifacts in their […]

Website Review: BSR LADC

Full Name: The British School at Rome Library and Archive Digital Collections URL: http://www.bsrdigitalcollections.it/ Content: Photographic prints and negatives (120,000+) relating to the history of Italy and the Roman world Authorship: Project leaders Valerie Scott and Alessandra Giovenco (both BSR); individual database entries do not have authors entry page Host/Maintenance: BSR; BSR; the frequency of […]