OIDOO

“Oidoo”? It sounds a bit like something Scooby-Doo would say… Just kidding. It actually is an acronym that stands for Oriental Institute Demotic Ostraca Online. Held in the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute Museum, it is “a large collection of nearly 900 Demotic ostraca, pottery sherds upon which ancient scribes recorded a wide variety of […]

Chogha Mish Fauna

We are proud to announce the arrival of a new, exciting project in the Open Context database, co-authored by Levent Atici (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Justin S.E. Lev-Tov (Statistical Research, Inc.) and our own Sarah Whitcher Kansa. Chogha Mish Fauna This project uses the publicly available dataset of over 30,000 animal bone specimens from excavations […]

WFU Museum of Anthropology Online Artifact Database

A nice article (also available as pdf) in the news section of the recently-revamped Archaeological Institute of America website introduces the Museum of Anthropology Online Artifact Database at Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). “The Museum of Anthropology’s collections of approximately 28,000 archaeological and ethnographic objects represent ancient and contemporary traditional non-Western cultures from around the […]

CSA Newsletter

I’d like to draw attention to a resource probably known to some of our readers but not all: the CSA Newsletter. According to the CSA website, “the Center for the Study of Architecture … is devoted to advancing the use of computers, computer technologies, and digital information technologies in the service of architectural history, archaeology, and related disciplines […]

Digitising Cultural Heritage at the BM

A study day at the British Museum Saturday 4 September, 09.55–16.30 Stevenson Lecture Theatre Free, booking advised As well as revolutionising modern work and social life, digital technology is also transforming cultural heritage management. The power to store, organise and distribute vast quantities of complex data makes it possible to do things that only 20 […]

AMNH Explorer

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City has just released an iPhone app to serve as a virtual guide to its collection. “Chart your own course at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City with AMNH Explorer—a new app that is part custom navigation system, part personal tour […]

One Week, One Tool

The Center for History and New Media (CHNM)  at George Mason University organized One Week, One Tool. A Digital Humanities Barn Raising during the last week of July. … a unique summer institute, one that aims to teach participants how to build an open source digital tool for humanities scholarship by actually building a tool, […]

Online archaeological-site catalogs

I’d like to point out two examples of what I would call online archaeological-site catalogs, i.e., databases that provide brief but to-the-point info on as many sites as possible of a specific region. The first example is the Delta Survey. An information centre for the archaeological sites of Lower Egypt, an initiative of the Egypt Exploration Society […]

Mobile learning/research user needs

Most readers of this blog are involved in some form or another in the design, editing or maintenance of web sites/pages/applications. We usually consider first of all regular users sitting behind a desktop or laptop. However, mobile devices are growing ever more capable of meaningful web surfing. The iPad is just the latest example. Mobile […]

The Global Egyptian Museum

The Comité International pour l’Égyptologie/International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG, a committee of ICOM) provided the impetus for the Global Egyptian Museum project (GEM). It is “an international electronic database of Egyptian objects as a tool for scholarly research” (14,975 entries) but also including a version geared toward the general public (1,340 entries). “The aim of the GEM […]