Fieldnotes: Digital Resources

A permanent list of digital resources in archaeology and related fields.

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Digital publication of inscriptions from Aphrodisias in SW Turkey. The aim of this project is to build on the experience gained on the EPAPP project. That project, funded by the Leverhulme trust, allowed us to develop a volume of some 250 inscriptions, using the Epidoc markup principles; the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias grant allowed us to further refine the volume and publish it as http://insaph.kcl.ac.uk/ala2004/. In the course of that process we learned a great deal about how to develop and apply the guidelines; we also established some very good relationships with other scholars in the field. Our intention now is to develop the use of Epidoc markup not only for the eventual publication of inscriptions, but also as a tool for editing them and preparing them for publication. We also intend to work closely at every stage with other colleagues and other projects, so that we can support one another in developing our approaches to electronic publication, and achieve a reasonable level of compatibility between projects. On this site we intend to publish more material from Aphrodisias, as it becomes ready for publication. At the same time, the editors of the inscriptions, Angelos Chaniotis (in Heidelberg) Joyce Reynolds (in Cambridge) and Charlotte Roueche (in London) together with the excavators, Christopher Ratte (in New York) and Bert Smith (in Oxford) intend to use the web as a work area for preparing increasing amounts of material for publication. We may well not be able to publish all the inscriptions of Aphrodisias in this way before the end of the project: but we should by then have established the guidelines and the protocols for doing so.
Useful links related to the archaeology of the Mediterranean basin.
Pleiades gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create and share historical geographic information about the Greek and Roman World in digital form. Pleiades is a joint project of the Ancient World Mapping Center, the Stoa Consortium and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. It is supported by its institutional partners, and by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities. Editorial Board: Senior Editors: Roger Bagnall and Richard Talbert Managing Editors: Tom Elliott and Brian Turner Associate Editor: Michael McCormick Chief Engineer: Sean Gillies
The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) is an international digital archive and repository that houses data about archaeological investigations, research, resources, and scholarship. tDAR provides researchers new avenues to discover and integrate information relevant to topics they are studying. Users can search tDAR for digital documents, data sets, images, GIS files, and other data resources from archaeological projects spanning the globe. For data sets, users also can use data integration tools in tDAR to simplify and illuminate comparative research. ACCESS is a core feature of tDAR. tDAR supports broadening the access to a wide variety of archaeological data. Browsing or searching the tDAR repository enables users to identify digital documents, data sets, images, and other kinds of archaeological data for research, learning, and teaching. tDAR enables users to download data files while maintaining the confidentiality of legally protected information and the privacy of digital resources on which a researcher is still working. PRESERVATION is the other key part of tDAR’s mission. tDAR and its parent organization, Digital Antiquity, are dedicated to ensuring the long-term preservation of digital archaeological data. These data document the archaeological record, the efforts of the archaeological and scientific community, and the material and social characteristics of the cultures studied. GROWTH and IMPROVEMENT are part of Digital Antiquity’s strategy for tDAR. Regular enhancements and improvements that incorporate advances in research methods, digital preservation, and technology are planned in cooperation with an advisory team that includes archaeologists, supporting agencies, preservation experts, and Digital Antiquity staff.
On-line textbook, database and bibliographic resource on Aegean Prehistory (Dartmouth College, Department of Classics).