Open access also means open for challenges

A recent report—thanks to Clifford Lynch via Melinda Burns—by Kathy English, The Longtail of News: To Unpublish or Not to Unpublish, draws attention to an old issue that is gaining new prominence: published content can be challenged but open-access and Google-indexed content brings even passages of material that was “obscure in practice” out into the […]

No, not Madonna the singer

An article in the Art Newspaper caught my attention with a “case study” in user experience. A lack of familiarity with the cultural context necessitated a much more vigorous and extensive investigation of museum visitors’ response to a planned exhibit than was assumed needed. Was this an exhibit, say, on the textiles of ancient Mali? […]

CNI Fall Meeting (Dec. 14-15)

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) holds its Fall 2009 Membership Meeting this coming December 14-15, in Washington, DC. As usual, the papers presented are worth checking out and will be available eventually online in some form. J. Shulman et al.’s “ARTstor Shared Shelf Initiative” looks promising: “The project intends to make it practical for […]

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 West Bank and East Jerusalem Searchable Map

I’m happy to announce this year’s Open Archaeology Prize winner. This prize is annually awarded by a jury (in name of the Alexandria Archive Institute) to the best open-access, open-licensed, digital contribution to Near Eastern archaeology by an ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) member. The winning project, The West Bank and East Jerusalem Searchable Map, “includes […]

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 […]

Guide to researching audiences

The Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) is a British initiative aimed “to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from the investment that has been made by reducing the barriers that currently inhibit access, use and re-use of online content.” They do a lot of interesting research but […]

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; […]