Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New in EpiDig

Here's the latest regarding EpiDig, the free and open bibliography of digital resources for epigraphy.

Comprehensive updates have been made over the past couple of months. See my post yesterday at the ISAW News Blog.

And today, thanks to a note from Chuck Jones, I've added an entry for:

Vértes, Krisztián. Digital Epigraphy. Chicago: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014.


Jones, Chuck. “New Book from the Oriental Institute: Digital Epigraphy.” AWOL - The Ancient World Online, September 10, 2014.

New in Maia: Pompeian Connections

I've just added the following blog (another one I'm embarrassed not to have noticed sooner) to the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator:

title = Pompeian Connections
url =
creators = Virginia L. Campbell
description = An exploration of the prosopography and social networks of a Roman Town
feed =

Monday, September 28, 2015

Updated: Lightning talk on Pleiades at NEH

UPDATED 4 March 2016: Followers of the ISAW News Blog will have seen the recent piece on the award of an NEH grant for new work on the Pleiades gazetteer and the follow-up piece about my intended participation at a meeting of similarly funded project directors. NEH's Office of Digital Humanities intends to has posted video of all the talks online on YouTube. You can drop into my 3 minutes, starting at 16:01:10, but meantime Or, if you'd prefer to read rather than listen, here are words I read and the slides I showed during the 3 minutes allotted to my "lightning talk". 

Slides are at Slideshare.

I am here today as a representative of the Pleiades community, an international group of volunteers who build and maintain the most comprehensive geospatial dataset for antiquity available today. Like many people in this room, we believe that the study of the past is a fundamental aspect of the Humanities endeavor. It's essential to understanding what it means to be human today, and to envisioning how we might be better humans in the future. Our collective past is geographically entangled: "where" is the stage on which the human drama is played, and it's an important analytical variable in every field of the past-oriented Humanities: history, archaeology, linguistics, text analysis, and so on. We also believe that the places and spaces known to and inhabited by our ancestors are the precious and fragile property of every person alive today, no matter whether we can still see and touch that heritage, or only just imagine it. 
So, scholars, students, and the public need free and open data about their ancient geography. They need it in order to learn about the past, to advance research, and to inform conservation. They also need it to connect digital images, texts, and other information across the web, regardless of where that information is created or hosted. Unsurprisingly, these same individuals have the collective skill and energy necessary to create and improve geographic information, if only we can put good tools in their hands.
That's what Pleiades does. It combines web-enabled public participation with peer review and editorial oversight in order to identify and describe ancient places and spaces. It continuously enables and draws upon the work of individuals, groups, and their computational agents as a core component of a growing, public scholarly communications network. 
And now, thanks to the Endowment, its reviewers, and the National Humanities Council, we have the opportunity to supercharge that network. Responding to recent adjustments in the guidelines for the digital humanities implementation grants, we requested funds to retool Pleiades. A decade of growth and diversification has left our web application underpowered and unreliable even as more users and external projects look to Pleiades as a source of information and a venue for publication. We need more power to address the most urgent needs articulated by the community: accelerated content creation and review, faster dissemination and discovery, display support for phones and tablets, expanded spatial and temporal coverage, flexible modeling of spatial relationships, comprehensive and customized access and preservation. 
Thanks to NEH, we can continue going where no daughters of Atlas have gone before!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New on Planet Atlantides: BAM

I have just added the following blog to the Electra and Maia feed aggregators:

title = BAM
url =
creators = Paul Dilley, Sarah E. Bond, Ryan Horne
license = Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
description = The Big Ancient Mediterranean

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New in Maia: camwsgrads

I have just added the following blog to the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator:

title = camwsgrads
url =
description = The official blog of the Graduate Student Issues Committee for the Classical Association of the Middle West and South
feed =

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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>>> import pprint
>>> tools = [n for n in dir( if n[0] != '_']
>>> pprint.pprint(tools)

New in Maia: Kristina Killgrove

I have just added the following two blogs to the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator:

title = Kristina Killgrove (Forbes)
url =
creators = Kristina Killgrove
description = Kristina Killgrove's stories.
feed =

title = Powered By Osteons
url =
creators = Kristina Killgrove
feed =

I'm embarrassed to admit that Powered By Osteons is only now getting into Maia. I've been impressed with and reading it for a long time; I don't know how I failed to include it previously. My apologies to the author!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Worth remembering:

$ pdftotext -eol mac -nopgbrk foo.pdf 

$ find . -iname *.pdf -exec pdftotext -eol mac -nopgbrk {} \;

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New in Maia: ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative

title = ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative
url =
description = The ASOR Syrian Heritage Initiative implements cultural property protection by: (1) Documenting damage; (2) Promoting global awareness; (3) Planning emergency and post-war responses
feed =

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New in Maia and Electra: Digging in the Digital Age

I have just added Cale Staley's blog Digging in the Digital Age to the Maia and Electra Atlantides feed aggregators:

title = Digging in the Digital Age
url =
creators = Cale Staley
description = Analyzing the ancient world and its texts through technology
feed url =

Monday, February 16, 2015

New in Maia Atlantis: Taxidea taxus by Martin Reznick

I have just added the following blog to the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator:

title = Taxidea taxus
url =
creators = Martin Reznick
description = And now there are badgers here again.
feed =

Friday, February 13, 2015

Removed from Maia Atlantis: Res gerendae

At the request of one of its authors, I have removed the subscription to the Res gerendae blog from the Maia Atlantis feed aggregator. Users of Maia who are interested in content from Res gerendae will now have to follow the blog directly, as its content will no longer be syndicated in the aggregator.