Reviews

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 […]

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 […]

Website Review: CDLI (Addendum)

A little over a month ago, I reviewed the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative. I’d like to add that the CDLI is part of a larger digital project, The Cuneiform Digital Library. Free Online Resources About the Ancient Near East From the Dawn of Writing to the End of Cuneiform. “The CDL is a collaborative network of […]

The Virtual Museum of Iraq

Jack Cheng recently wrote “Web Site Review: The Virtual Museum of Iraq” in the September 2009 CSA Newsletter. “Overall, I found the site both educational and entertaining, although I’m saving the fatal flaw for the end of this review.” … “Truly, I thought, the Virtual Museum of Iraq is a triumphant outreach program of the […]

Website Review: Ashes2Art

Full Name: Ashes2Art. Virtual Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments URL: (1) http://www.coastal.edu/ashes2art/ and (2) http://www.digitaldelphi.org/ Content: early stages of a collection of 3D computer reconstructions of ancient Old World buildings and monuments (Greek, Roman, later also Mesopotamian, Egyptian, …) made using open-source software; 10 buildings/monuments so far from 1 archaeological site (varying states of completion) www.coastal.edu/ashes2art […]

Website Review: CDLI

Full Name: Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative URL: http://cdli.ucla.edu and http://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/ Content: cuneiform texts with line drawings, accurate photos, transliterations and/or translations entry page Authorship: “CDLI staff” (differs for different collections); primary-publication authors if applicable Host/Maintenance: UCLA, Los Angeles, and Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin (Germany); UCLA; continuously updated (assumed but not explicit on website, e.g., the […]

Website Review: ORSA

Full Name: Open Research Scan Archive (formerly Penn Cranial CT Database) URL: http://plum.museum.upenn.edu/~orsa/ Content: High-resolution (sub-millimeter) CT scans of human and non-human crania from the Penn University Museum and other institutions How Many Items/Sites/Projects/Images: about 2900 entries in varying states of completion (October 2009) Principal People Involved: P. Thomas Schoenemann (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; […]

Website Review: NADL

Full Name: Nautical Archaeology Digital Library URL: http://nadl.tamu.edu Content: Digital library of artifacts from underwater shipwrecks excavated in Portugal and/or by the Nautical Archaeology Program (NAP) of Texas A&M University; in development; content to date: 12 ancient seafaring/shipbuilding treatises and a shipwreck timeline (475 entries) entry page Authorship: NAP; Richard Furuta (Center for the Study […]

Website Review: FAMSI

Full Name: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. URL: http://www.famsi.org Content: Research materials on the study of ancient Mesoamerica, previously published or not, supported financially or not (“The Foundation is pleased to post the research of scholarship not funded by FAMSI but that contributes to the advancement of Mesoamerican studies.”); ranging from papers […]

Website Review: DAACS

Full Name: Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery URL: http://www.daacs.org Content: 100,000s of artifacts as well as excavated contexts from about 20 archaeological sites in the Chesapeake region, South Carolina and Jamaica, dating back to the 17th-19th century Authorship: Department of Archaeology, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA Host/Maintenance: Robert H. […]