The dangers of citing the CDLI

Today, I’m happy to give you a “guest post” by Robert K. Englund, director of the excellent UCLA-Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Cuneiform Digital Library (CDLI) project which I reviewed earlier. In a highly interesting article by Azhideh Moqaddam describing the recent Jiroft discoveries (“Ancient geometry and “*Proto-Iranian” scripts, South Konar Sandal […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Website Review: ABMAP

Full Name: Animal Bone Metrical Archive Project URL: http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/resources.html?abmap Content: measurements of 24,000+ bones of domestic animals from 100+ archaeological assemblages from excavations in southern Britain, from all periods from the Neolithic to the eighteenth century AD, with most from later periods Authorship: Centre for Applied Archaeological Analysis (formerly Centre for Human Ecology), University of […]

Website Review: Perseus 4.0

Full Name: Perseus Digital Library (Perseus Hopper) URL: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/ Content: Originally a repository of Greco-Roman texts, art and archaeology but now as much other material, i.e., 19th-century American sources, issues of the Richmond Times Dispatch, Renaissance materials, even some Arabic and ancient Germanic texts; current research centers on personalization: organizing what you see to meet […]