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; […]

Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!

Do you prefer audio? or text? or pictures? No problem, the presentation I’d like to draw attention to has all three. Dorothea Salo (librarian, University of Wisconsin, Madison) spoke at the Canadian Access Conference in Sep. 30-Oct. 3, 2009, in Charlottetown, PEI, a.k.a. Access 2009. Her talk “Grab a Bucket! It’s Raining Data!” touches upon many […]

Failure to communicate

We all know how hard it is sometimes to communicate with colleagues and the public at large about our research… This, however, I hadn’t considered before: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xortch/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 No, that’s not my leg… Have a nice weekend!

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 […]

UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy

In March, the Information Services and Technology group at the University of California, Berkeley produced a report, “UC Berkeley Collaborative Tools Strategy.” It is available online together with many supporting materials. Or you can get everything all at once in pdf format. Worth a look!