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 […]

Translations of Numismatic Terms

Via Chuck Jones, I learned that the Parthia website has an interesting feature: a “Translations of Numismatic Terms” page. It has a complex search feature with results downloadable in Excel, Word, or PDF formats. This is a nice interactive web tool. Check it out, even if you’re not into Parthian coins.

Researcher-Managed Collections Working Group

An increasing number of institutions and large projects are sharing their collections online (as demonstrated by the continuing series of project reviews on this blog). These entities tend to find enough (but often not much) funding, time and technical expertise to share at least a portion of their digital content. Large institutions like museums and […]

Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication

A new and important study has just been published on the eScholarship (University of California) website: Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines by Diane Harley et al. “Since 2005, the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has […]

New Technology for Digitization of Ancient Objects and Documents

Announcement New Technology for Digitization of Ancient Objects and Documents; Joint project of the Archaeological Computing Research Group (ACRG) and the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), Southampton and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD), Oxford, the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI), Los Angeles-Philadelphia-Oxford-Berlin, and the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature […]

Verily VERA

This looks interesting: “The Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology (VERA) project aims to produce a fully-fledged virtual research environment for the archaeological community. It will address user needs, enhancing the means of efficiently documenting archaeological excavation and its associated finds, and create a suitable Web portal that provides enhanced tools for the user community. VERA aims to develop […]

The dangers of citing the CDLI

Today, I’m happy to give you a “guest post” by Robert K. Englund, director of the excellent UCLA-Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Cuneiform Digital Library (CDLI) project which I reviewed earlier. In a highly interesting article by Azhideh Moqaddam describing the recent Jiroft discoveries (“Ancient geometry and “*Proto-Iranian” scripts, South Konar Sandal […]