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Ancient Wisdom online: towards a Digital Library of Ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions ...

Ancient Wisdom online: towards a Digital Library of Ancient Greek and Roman inscriptions

Dr. Sorin Hermon, the Cyprus Institute

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EVA/Minerva Jerusalem International Conference on Digitisation of Culture,
Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, 12-13 November 2013
http://www.digital-heritage.org.il
Presentations available at: http://2013.minervaisrael.org.il

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    I1 sorin hermon_ancient_wisdom I1 sorin hermon_ancient_wisdom Presentation Transcript

    • Add text ––front page Add text front FRONT COVER page Ancient Wisdom Online: Towards a digital library of Ancient Greek and Roman Inscriptions in Cyprus The Cyprus Institute – STARC
    • Topic overview and research aim What are the inscriptions? • A direct evidence of past activities, ideas, events as narrated for posterity by past people. • A valuable link between history and archaeology, archaeology and social sciences, history and geology, gender studies and sociology, philosophy of religion or history of sciences. • Can be investigated by complementary disciplines: Geology Conservation Archaeology Philology Musealization
    • Topic overview and research aim History of research on inscriptions in digital era • Enhancement of the access to information and development in creating online accessible repositories regarding ancient inscriptions • Several projects on digital epigraphy • TEI for Epigraphy (EpiDoc) has been the major starting point towards the standardization of electronic publication of Greek and Latin inscriptions (applied by various digital epigraphy projects). • Development of various tools to advance the study and research of inscriptions online: terminologies, vocabulary and thesauri, ontologies
    • Topic overview and research aim The research aim • An on-going research on the development of a crossdisciplinary metadata for Ancient Inscriptions integrating information regarding the objects themselves and their digital “representations” (3D models, photographic documentation, digital texts, transliterations, etc.) • Development of the research within the framework of EAGLE
    • Archaeia Kypriaki Gramateia The Ancient Cypriot Secretariat Corpus Initiative Epigram from Salamina, Museum of Famagusta, Cyprus Epigram from Kition, Museum Pieridi, Larnaka, Cyprus Epigram from Palaipafos, Kouklia, Cyprus Epigram from Marion, Museum of Polis Chrysochous, Paphos, Cyprus
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions State of the art and assessment • A first assessment of what is available in the field of digital epigraphy and in the community of Digital Humanities • Survey and analysis of the formal descriptions of inscriptions used in various digital epigraphy repositories: • Few digital archives use standardized domain related metadata schema (e.g. TEI EpiDoc) • Some describe their data using simplified and generic cross-domain standardized metadata (e.g. Dublin Core) • Very few use CIDOC-CRM (or any other reference model) • The majority publish their data online through proprietary schemas that are only constituted of limited fields
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions State of the art and assessment • Comparisons of the different schemas or structures used by different institutions • A first mapping of the metadata fields to identify the common ones within the various digital inscription initiatives As a general rule, in all examined cases the description of the corresponding digital surrogates (of the original inscriptions) is missing.
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions • Based on previous research in STARC, our metadata takes into consideration LIDO and CARARE metadata schemas and have at its base CIDOC-CRM as a reference model (it keeps into consideration EpiDoc since it is the most used by the epigraphy community) • The metadata schema for ancient Cypriot Inscriptions has various goals and aims: • to describe in detail the “digital surrogate”, its provenance and its relations with the original • to provide related information about the context (ancient and modern) of the inscription • to enable a harvesting to larger initiatives, such as Europeana, or future research infrastructures (e.g. ARIADNE, DARIAH)
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions • The Metadata schema derives its concepts from a multidisciplinary environment and reflects related research in each. • It is organized in: • groups corresponding to various research domains tangent to the topic • wrappers • sub-wrappers • flags
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions Funerary inscription from Politiko. AKG, vol. 2, E21 Metadata sub-set describing the support of the inscription
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions Metadata sub-set about the text of the inscription Funerary inscription from Politiko. AKG, vol. 2, E21
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions IMAGE Epigram from Salamina, Museum of Famagusta, Cyprus 3D Epigraph by Decius Marius Venantius Basilius, Colosseum, Rome
    • A cross-disciplinary metadata for Cypriot Inscriptions The metadata for Cypriot inscriptions
    • Implications for research infrastructures • A multi-disciplinary metadata descriptive content, coupled with data organised according to a conceptual reference model (e.g. CIDOC-CRM) has several benefits: • it better and more accurately reflects the nature of past artefacts and better represents their multi-layered nature • it helps gaining new insights embedded in such objects and enhances the transparency of their interpretation • It enhances the integration of the repository into a wider perspective and enables its incorporation in global research infrastructures to be developed in the future (for example ARIADNE, a new EU funded project aimed at developing a digital infrastructure for archaeological research)
    • Implications for Europeana • Implications for Europeana: • CyI, providing Europeana with the metadata of the Cypriot Inscription corpus, will enable a wider visibility and awareness to the AKGDC Project. • The publication into Europeana will present to the general public a type of subject usually addressed to small communities. • Europeana will be enriched with a critical mass of quality-oriented content.
    • Add text ––front page Add text front FRONT COVER page Thank you for your attention! v.vassallo@cyi.ac.cy e.christophorou@cyi.ac.cy s.hermon@cyi.ac.cy f.niccolucci@cyi.ac.cy raffaella.santucci@uniroma1.it