[Humanist] 29.801 events: cataloguing, photographing, editing, analysing cuneiform texts

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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
        In-Reply-To: <VI1PR01MB17754BAA157C448F2646838FD78F0 at VI1PR01MB1775.eurprd01.prod.exchangelabs.com>

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: 

Simon Mahony
Senior Teaching Fellow
Programme Director MA/MSc Digital Humanities[1]
Department of Information Studies
University College London
  Staff page: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/simonmahony
[1] www.ucl.ac.uk/dh/courses/mamsc

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