[Humanist] 24.425 survey on infrastructure

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Oct 23 17:25:51 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 425.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:09:47 -0400
        From: Gregory Crane <gregory.crane at tufts.edu>
        Subject: CLIR/Tufts Survey of Digital Classics available for comment

Infrastructure for Humanities Scholarship


CLIR and Tufts University are engaging scholars and academic librarians 
in examining the services and digital objects classicists have 
developed, the future needs of the discipline, and the roles of 
libraries and other curatorial institutions in fostering the 
infrastructure on which the core intellectual activities of classics and 
many other disciplines depend. We envision a set of shared services 
layered over a distributed storage architecture that is seamless to end 
users, allows multiple contributors, and leverages institutional 
resources and facilities. Much of this architecture exists at individual 
projects and institutions; the challenge is to identify the suite of 
shared services to be developed.

Prior research supported by public and private agencies has created 
digital resources in classics, which are arguably the most developed and 
interconnected set of collections and associated services in any 
discipline outside of the sciences. Questions now posed test the limits 
of project-based services. The findings of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on 
Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, the Library of Congress 
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program 
(NDIIPP), and two symposia hosted by CLIR (the second with 
co-sponsorship by NEH) demonstrate that managing digital information 
requires libraries to play an active role in the research process to 
ensure appropriate curation and preservation of digital resources. This 
project will help library professionals understand the challenges of 
supporting new kinds of publications (e.g., treebanks, or syntactic 
databases for texts) and services (e.g., named entity identification 
services optimized for domains such as classical studies) and engage 
them in designing solutions. The project will also be relevant to areas 
such as medieval studies, archaeology, and ancient and near eastern 

CLIR is seeking public comment on a literature review that identifies 
existing services, resources, and needs in the field of classics. The 
report, /*Rome Wasn't Digitized in a Day: Building a Cyberinfrastructure 
for Digital Classicists*/ 
 http://www.clir.org/pubs/archives/Babeu2010.pdf , was produced by 
Alison Babeu of the Perseus Project at Tufts University. It is intended 
to inform planning for the next phase of work: description of an 
infrastructure to support digital classics and related fields of 
research. (The report is a 1.8 MB .pdf file, please allow time for it to 

Comments on the draft report should be submitted to *Kathlin Smith* 
(ksmith*at*clir*dot*org) by December 1, 2010. We especially encourage 
the identification of topics or projects that are missing in the report, 
or that might be represented more fully.

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