CNI Fall Meeting: Frischer video online

I’d like to follow up on the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) Fall Meeting post of December 9. Bernard Frischer (Director, Virtual World Heritage Laboratory, University of Virginia) gave a plenary presentation about “Beyond Illustration: New Dimensions of 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites and Monuments.” It is now available online. More presentations from the meeting […]

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 […]