[Humanist] 29.801 events: cataloguing, photographing, editing, analysing cuneiform texts
Humanist Discussion Group
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Tue Mar 22 07:18:49 CET 2016
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 801.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:48:16 +0000
From: Simon Mahony <s.mahony at UCL.AC.UK>
Subject: Seminar: RITS and Oracc: new tools for editing the world’s oldest texts
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The ancient cultures of Sumer, Assyria and Babylonia have left a rich
written legacy, in the form of many hundreds of thousands of clay
tablets, inscribed in the complex, wedge-shaped cuneiform script. Over
the past two centuries these artefacts, dating from c.3000 BC to c.100
AD, have been excavated from archaeological sites across the Middle
East, particularly Iraq and Syria, and are now housed in many different
museums around the world.
For several decades now there has been a concerted effort to catalogue,
photograph, edit and analyse these most precious witnesses of the first
half of history. The editorial and analytical effort has been
spearheaded by Oracc.org http://oracc.org/ , the Open Richly Annotated
Cuneiform Corpus, co-directed by Professor Eleanor Robson
here at UCL, along with international colleagues.
On Wednesday 27^th April 2016, Eleanor Robson, along with Raquel Alegre
<https://www.ucl.ac.uk/research-it-services/people/raquel> of RITS, will
give a seminar presenting a new editorial interface they have been
working on for Oracc, that will hopefully enable a significant number of
less technophile colleagues to contribute to the project. They will
explain what Oracc does and why it matters, why new software was needed,
and how it improves the editorial experience.
All welcome and there will be drinks and discussion after the talk.
Please note that registration is required:
Senior Teaching Fellow
Programme Director MA/MSc Digital Humanities
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Staff page: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/simonmahony
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