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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Website Review: FAMSI

Full Name: Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. URL: http://www.famsi.org Content: Research materials on the study of ancient Mesoamerica, previously published or not, supported financially or not (“The Foundation is pleased to post the research of scholarship not funded by FAMSI but that contributes to the advancement of Mesoamerican studies.”); ranging from papers […]

Website Review: DAACS

Full Name: Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery URL: http://www.daacs.org Content: 100,000s of artifacts as well as excavated contexts from about 20 archaeological sites in the Chesapeake region, South Carolina and Jamaica, dating back to the 17th-19th century Authorship: Department of Archaeology, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Charlottesville, VA Host/Maintenance: Robert H. […]