Reviews

Celebrating a Year of Open Data

2013 has been a really big year for open data. In February, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced a new mandate for open access to peer-reviewed outcomes of federally-funded research, including publications and data. The various agencies have been exploring how they will enact this new policy, and have welcomed input […]

Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World

The Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World (EHW) “is an original electronic project aiming at collecting, recording, documenting, presenting and promoting the historical data that testify to the presence of Hellenic [from ancient Greek till the Ottoman period] culture throughout time and space.” There are three main areas: Asia Minor, Black Sea and Constantinople. EHW’s ultimate […]

FARLI Ancient Pottery Database

The Foundation for Archaeological Research in the Land of Israel (FARLI) “announce[d] the launch of its newest Project: The FARLI Ancient Pottery Database. In the spirit of FARLI’s goals to promote the archaeological research of the land of Israel and the southern Levant, and to develop new technological tools in the service of archaeology, … […]

Digital Type Collection of Historic Ceramics

The Florida Museum of Natural History has a nice online type collections of historic period archaeological ceramics (1492-1850), complete with detailed search features. With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we are able to offer it on-line as a service to archaeologists, museum curators, material culture specialists, and anyone interested in historic […]

Musée achéménide

An international collective of scholars led by Pierre Briant (Collège de France, Paris) have established an online “Achaemenid museum.” This elegant musée achéménide website utilizes Flash to provide access to a fine collection of artifacts and historical information regarding the classic Persian civilization known as the Achaemenid empire, the most famous leader of which was […]

Ancient World Image Bank

The ever-productive people at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU) are continuing to add on to their Ancient World Image Bank. So far the collection contains photos from archaeological sites in Turkey, the Levant, Egypt, Greece and Italy. They chose to use Flickr instead of setting up their own database system. Maybe […]

Papyri.info

I’m always interested in how online databases of all types of cultural heritage are structured. What is their interface, how does the search function work, how user-friendly is the browsing experience, is it easy for scholars to contribute, etc.? Another fine example has come to my attention: Papyri.info, an initiative of New York University. … […]

Nestor’s widget

Nestor, the Bibliography of Aegean and Related Areas, was started in 1957 as a traditional paper publication of the University of Wisconsin, later the University of Cincinnati. Nowadays, it’s also available on the internet with a search function included. What makes this bibliography database stand out though is that they offer an interesting way to […]

Smithsonian Anthropology Collections Database

The Jeffersonian—oops! no, Dr. “Bones” Brennan doesn’t work here—Smithsonian Institution has a nice, online Anthropology Collections Database. It “includes 97% of the cataloged specimens that are currently in the Ethnology and Archaeology collections. New records are added as specimens are cataloged. The online records include the fields of information most commonly requested by researchers, including digital […]