The "Progetto Mummia" website publishes an illustrated E-book in Italian about facial reconstruction and a report on a project entitled "3D facial reconstruction and visualization of ancient Egyptian mummies using spiral CT data". Although in Italian, the eBook is lavishly illustrated and the simple texts should be easy to understand using a dictionary or translator. The report in English explores the attempt to reconstruct the face of a person living in Egypt more than two thousand years ago using the mummified remains of that person and modern computer technology. The mummified head in question is probably from the Ptolemaic era, around third to fourth century BC. The head has been scanned with Computer Tomography (CT) and the bone structure and what is left of the soft tissues have been reconstructed and modelled in the computer. Then a model for reconstructing the face has been applied that include mathematical modelling of soft tissues with some anthropological input. The information, the formulas and the images are very instructive and this is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Egyptology, archaeology and the application of computers in the humanities.
ACH (Association for Computers and the Humanities) Jobs is an online resource developed by the Association as a means to alert members of the humanities computing community to relevant job vacancies and to support members seeking a career in the field. The database, hosted at King's College London, permits the browsing of entries and provides a form for entering new posts. The Association's career support page provides the contact details of mentors within the ACH who are willing to provide advice to anyone seeking a position within humanities computing. The Jobs page also includes a report arising out of a panel discussion at the ACH/ALLC 2000 conference on the state of the job market for academic humanities computing.
This is the website of the Advanced Computing in the Humanities (ACO*HUM) project; it contains information on the EU-funded thematic network which operated from 1996 to 2000 and that aimed to investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on humanities teaching and learning within higher education. The website includes: the full text of the book Computing in Humanities Education: A European Perspective / Koenraad de Smedt, Hazel Gardiner, et al. (eds.); the project's final dissemination report (1999-2000); and other publications and studies associated with the project. This resource also includes a translation of the report to Spanish, however it is not complete.
Acquine (Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine) is an experimental online stylometrics service, which is the result of research by Dr. Ritendra Datta and assistants at Penn State University, partly funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. This free website offers an automatic algorithm-based assessment of the aesthetics of any natural colour photograph. Users can upload a photograph which is then evaluated via a score from 0 to 100. Dr. Ritendra Datta has since left Penn State University and is now working for Google. The website also has full details of the project, and links to three full-text academic papers detailing the patent-pending process behind the Acquine engine. This website will be of interest to those investigating computer-based aesthetic inference and ranking systems.
The AHDS Acronym Buster decodes the acronyms of the institutions, organisations, projects and services associated within humanities computing. Drawing on the expertise and knowledge of AHDS staff, the list is updated every three months, keeping up to date with changes and innovations within the field. The list does not pretend to be exhaustive, but it does aim to cover every major current acronym within humanities computing, as well as many acronyms specific to particular subject fields. While its focus is on the UK, acronyms from continental Europe and the rest of the world are included where the acronyms are of international importance. This resource is no longer being updated; it was last updated on March 2008.
AHDS Case Studies is an online collection of case studies which provide examples of good practice in various digitisation projects, each illustrating a particular concept or theme that plays a part in the: creation; management; use; dissemination; or preservation of digital resources. The resources investigated are drawn from projects with a wide range of aims: some projects are capturing digital images for reference purposes; some are developing databases for research purposes; whilst others are developing resources for learning and teaching. These projects have taken place not only in universities, but in: museums; local councils; and heritage organisations. Some of the particular topics covered include: how to trace copyright holders and develop the appropriate licences; writing successful AHRC technical appendices; capturing high-quality images with a portable scanner; developing a database; using XML in texts; and project management issues. There are also some general case studies which provide an overview of how certain digitisation projects proceeded. The full range of subjects within the arts and humanities are covered in the series, running from archaeology to linguistics to theology. This page has not been updated since March 31st, 2008.
AHDS Information for BA Applicants is an online source of help for those applying for grants to the British Academy in the context of creating or exploiting a digital resource. The webpages also provide help for those who are currently receiving funding from the BA. Those applying to the British Academy are obliged to contact the AHDS to discuss the intended standards and practices in their proposed projects, while all successful applicants who are developing a digital resource must offer a copy of their resource to the AHDS for long-term preservation. The Web pages provide background to the relationship between the AHDS and the BA, plus links to documents that those applying to the AHRB may well find helpful in terms of preparing their applications and planning the digital resource itself. This includes links to AHDS Case Studies, Guides to Good Practice as well as the related information for those applying to the Arts and Humanities Research Board. This page is no longer updated, and represents its state at 31st March 2008.
AHRC ICT Methods Network is the website of a "national forum for the exchange and dissemination of expertise in the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for Arts and Humanities research" across the whole range of subjects covered by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). It aims to: bring together a community of researchers interested in ICT for the arts and humanities; and to: promote; support; and develop the use of advanced ICT methods by means of: a programme of activities and publications; and by funding workshops, seminars and any other type of dissemination and training activity within the arts and humanities community which focus on ICT methods. Its website is detailed and informative, offering: information about past and forthcoming events and seminars of interest to anyone thinking about or already using advanced ICT methods in their research; working papers and case studies, together with project reports; and up-to-date news from the field. The site's Resources section is especially useful, featuring: podcasts and audio files from past expert seminars and workshops; a glossary of ICT terms relevant to the arts and humanities; and the ICT map, a guide to where to go, what to consult and what to use in order to achieve specific goals within Arts and Humanities ICT. The Methods Network is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ICT Programme and hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London. Information about student bursaries (for named conference attendance) and the funding available from the Network for ICT Arts and Humanities-related activities is available in full from this site. Funding for the Methods Network ceased on 31st March 2008, and so this website will not be updated after this date, although it will still be maintained.
AHRC ICT Methods Network : Expert Seminars is an online collection of information on a series of seminars held in 2005-6 to bring together specialists to share their knowledge and debate the advanced use of Information and Communication Technology in the arts and humanities. Seminars took place in the following subjects: Word Frequency and Keyword Extraction; Modern Methods for Musicology; Text Editing in a Digital Environment Expert Seminar; Virtual History and Archaeology. The website includes: each seminar's programme; paper abstracts; and a rapporteur's report.
ALLC, the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, aims to support the application of computing in the study of language and literature. Membership in the association is by subscription to its journal, Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC). An annual conference is held by ALLC in collaboration with The Association for Computers in the Humanities. The ALLC site is clearly structured and includes information about the association, its members, and minutes from previous meetings; conferences, projects, events, and bursaries; publications (LLC, Humanist, Computing in the Humanities Working Papers); and links to related organisations, institutions and projects.
American Museum of Natural History Research Library : Digital Collections is a collection of online resources digitised from the Museum's expedition collections and research projects. Included are: data and images; sound recordings; maps; and field notes. The first digital collection to be published is The American Museum Congo Expedition 1909-1915. Of great interest to the humanities computing community are the links to Internet resources on: digital imaging; metadata specifications; and best practice that are intended to help evaluate and assess how to proceed with a digital imaging project "and what steps to take to ensure its viability once it is created". The Library's own services and equipment are specified in detail, with photographs of some of the work of the team.
Arising from the AHRC-funded Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustrations (DMVI) project, this wiki describes a two-day workshop bringing together researchers of nineteenth century literature and illustration with computer scientists with an interest in Semantic Web and CBIR technologies to better understand how user communities interpret image content and the potential for these communities to add value, in particular to the DMVI. Additionally, the final report to is available to download.
This is the website of Apertium, a free software/open source machine translation platform. The website, available in more than ten different language versions provides general information about the Apertium platform and its developers; a test drive, where users are allowed to evaluate the software on line before installation; a list to related software (including links); it also promotes contact with developers and others users through a discussion forum; a mailing list and a RSS news feed. The software which has been developed with funding from the Spanish government and the government of Catalonia at the University of Alicante (Universitat d'Alacant) has been released under the terms of GNU General Public License.
This website describes the AHRC-funded Appia project, which used 3D visualisation technology to recreate the designs of scenographer Adolphe Appia. Appia was an important innovator in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century theatre, with his use of performance space, scenography and lighting to reflect and change the performance's mood. This has led to him being regarded as a "prophet of the modern theatre". The website details the research, explaining the steps taken to model not just Appia's set designs but his unique and intricate lighting, within a recreated Festspielhaus theatre at Hellerau (creater by the THEATRON Project) that was the setting for many of his key works, in particular the 1913 performance of Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice. The reconstructions were further tested with virtual performances, using ChromaKey and motion capture (made possible by additional grants from the HEFCE SRIF funding programme). Data from the project, including the visualisations themselves, has been deposited for preservation at AHDS Performing Arts, and, although the project's outputs (such as conferences and papers) are listed, the visualisations are not presently available from the website.
Araucaria is the website of a free software programme for analysing arguments. It is primarily intended to be used as an undergraduate teaching tool for students of philosophy and logic, although it may also be of use to researchers requiring analytical support for claims. The software assists the reconstruction of arguments and their presentation in diagrammatic form. It features customisable schemes and is written in Java, ensuring compatibility with most computer systems, including: Windows; Linux; Unix; and Mac operating systems. The software may be downloaded from the website. The website describes the software and allows access to the full user manual, either in Postscript or PDF format. The site also hosts a searchable database of arguments, in the "search corpus" section, constructed from various online sources. Scheme sets may be downloaded. It appears that the software itself is relatively simple to use, and should be of interest to students and tutors of logic.
This website describes an AHRC, ESPRC and JISC funded project which aims to utilise emerging information science technologies such as text mining and facetted classification to “discover, share and analyse datasets and legacy publications which have hitherto been very difficult to integrate into existing digital frameworks”. The project has three main strands: to create an intuitive ‘three dimensional’ index of the ADS database (over one million records describing sites and monuments); to use natural language processing (NLP), allowing automated tools to expand the classification schemes providing much deeper and richer access to unpublished archaeological literature; to apply these tools to back runs of archaeological journals (currently being digitised) which will include investigating whether NLP can recognise and harvest place names and match them to precise grid co-ordinates. The project aims not just to create an important and sustainable archaeology resource, but to “make recommendations for the future format and indexing of grey literature, and to draw lessons for the wider humanities e-Science community”. Project presentations and publications will be added to the website as they are released.
This is the website of Archeologia e Calcolatori, an international journal in the field of archaeology and information technology. In this website users can find general information in relation to the journal; author guidelines and special issues. The site provides a search facility; an index by year; open free access to more than 100 articles that can be downloaded as PDF and access to an image gallery containing all the colour plates published in the journal. Archeologia e Calcolatori identifying the positive introduction of computers in archaeology aims to publish the results of computer research carried out in the field of historical archaeology projects in Italy and abroad; the journal is published on the initiative of the Istituto per l'Archeologia Etrusco-Italica (now Istituto di Studi sulle civiltà italiche e del Mediterraneo antico) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), together with the Dipartimento di Archeologia e Storia delle Arti of the University of Siena.
Ariadne is a quarterly Web and print magazine focusing on Internet issues, published by UKOLN. It is targeted principally at information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors of academia, and will also be of interest for general readers and other professionals and academics. Ariadne offers a platform for the description and evaluation of sources and services available on the Internet and of potential use to librarians and information professionals. Coverage is given to nationally funded projects and services such as those supported by the JISC, keeping practitioners abreast of current relevant developments. Back issues from 1996 onwards are available, as is an RSS feed.
ARMADILLO: Information Mining in Distributive Research Datasets in the Arts and Humanities is the website of a research project which aims to provide new tools for the creation of structured information from unstructured source materials. Based on semantic web methodologies, the software is designed to retrieve information following a pre-defined ontology and populate it by using statistical techniques to derive the most likely combinations of metadata components. The website includes a demonstrator, access to which requires (free) user registration. In addition, it provides: information on the project's objectives; its background; information on the historical sources used; and links to related projects. The website will also include the project's final report when completed.
The Arts and humanities e-science support centre (AHeSSC) is a JISC-funded centre which esists to support and promote the benefits of e-Science to the arts and humanities. Hosted by King's College London the centre is located at the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) and the AHRC Methods Network. AHeSSC services include: helping connect arts and humanities researchers to grid technologies; e-Science training, advice and promotional activities; the exchange of information and expertise. To this end, the website includes a blog, wiki and community forum to connect the arts and humanities e-Science community and facilitate exposition of e-Science initiatives. There is also information on training, events and a useful knowledge base a searchable list of e-Science projects and tools.
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) : ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme is the website for a programme has which two overall aims: to build capacity throughout the UK in the use of digital technologies for arts and humanities research through the funding of projects and initiatives; and to promote, develop and monitor the AHRC's own ICT (Information and Communication Technology) strategy. The programme's website provides information about the AHRC-funded ICT Methods Network, hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London; and the ICT Strategy Projects funding programme. Information is also available about: the survey of humanities computing methodologies within existing research centres being undertaken by the programme (in association with the AHDS); the results from a series of expert seminars which discussed the ICT requirements of arts and humanities researchers; the relevance of e-science or e-research; and electronic publishing issues. The activities of the ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme are intended to complement existing services funded by the AHRC, including: the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS); and Intute: Arts and Humanities. The Programme is directed by David Robey (University of Reading).
ARIA (the Arts and Humanities ICT Awareness Programme) is a JISC-funded project which aims to provide a broader overview of ICT use and training resources for arts and humanities postgraduates and researchers. This, the project website, provides general information about the project, which aims to develop "an interactive road map providing access to a suite of nationally available online resources comprising existing training resources and new content". Existing online training resources include the Arts and Humanities Data Service, the Intute: Virtual Training Suite and Netskills. In addition, the site provides information about the AHRC ICT Methods Network - "a UK-wide service for Arts and Humanities researchers with more than a basic knowledge of ICT resources" - with whom ARIA will work closely. The project is the result of the collaboration between De Montfort University and Salford University. The ARIA site also invites researchers to fill out a questionnaire or to suggest an ICT tool for ARIA to promote.
Assessment Delivery Engine for QTIv2 Questions is the website of a JISC-funded project which sought to construct a suite of software for the automation of assessments conforming to version 2 of the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification (QTI). Aiming to "kick start" the adoption of this XML-based standard, the project, which was completed in March 2008, produced a suite of software, including: JQTI (a core software library); R2Q2 (a tool for rendering and replying to questions delivered under QTI); and tools for: playing; validating; scheduling; and constructing assessments. In addition to the software tools themselves, the website also provides: an overview; papers and presentations; a project blog; and links to related resources.
The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACHweb) is the website of an international association for scholars involved in computer-aided research, especially the manipulation and analysis of texts. They are involved with the publication of the journal 'Literary and Linguistic Computing' and also host the Humanist discussion group. The ACH organise sessions at the major humanities conferences, as well as staging their own events. Full conference details are available online, along with abstracts of papers. The site includes a jobs page and administrative details of the Association's executive and constitution. Links are provided to related associations and projects supported by ACH.
Athena is an online collection of resources created by a cooperative effort between philosophers and engineers to allow philosophical methods of reasoning and argumentation to be "extracted, elaborated and implemented" in computer programs. The project and related software was developed by members of the Philosophy Department, Blekinge Institute of Technology, in Karlskrona, Sweden and of the Lund Institute of Technology in Lund, Sweden. This practical application of academic research has produced two levels of the software. The standard version supports reasoning and argumentation. The other, the Athena Negotiator, is intended as an aid for the analysis of complex decision-making and two-party negotiations. Both software packages are accompanied by educational modules. All information may be downloaded and used freely for non-commercial purposes. Downloading instructions are provided. The site aims its material at teachers and students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; users may sign up to receive updates. Accompanying articles which elaborate on the research behind the educational and software packages, as well as a number of supporting essays and exercises may be downloaded from other parts of the site. The site also has a good annotated links page.
'The Atlas of Cyberspace' (2001) was an influential book examining the ways in which the internet and networked systems had been visualised between 1970 and 2000. The book... "contained 300 full colour images [which] comprehensively catalogues 30 years". The book is now freely available online under a Creative Commons licence, in PDF format. There is a high-resolution version available, which is 228Mb in size. Individual chapters can also be downloaded. This book will be of interest to those examining the history of the emergence of the networked society, and may also be of interest to graphic designers involved in infographics and new forms of complex data visualisation of terascale datasets.
Australian e-Humanities Gateway is a website that brings together information about projects and events relating to the use of digital resources in the humanities across Australia. The site features a searchable and browsable database of projects, where users will find a brief description of each project's aims and activities, and a link to the project website where appropriate. The output of these projects include text archives and electronic libraries as well as interactive multimedia resources devoted to, for example, James Cook's pacific voyaging and significant Aboriginal spaces in Carnavon National Park in Queensland. Australian literature; history; and culture are the dominant, but not exclusive, themes of the resources included in the database. Users should note that while some of the resources listed are freely available, others are subscription-based. The gateway also lists forthcoming Australian digital humanities events and news of developments in the field. Users may also subscribe to receive an email newsletter and also access the report, 'Leveraging Digital Scholarship in the Humanities', from the Australian e-Humanities Research Network. All in all, this is a valuable gateway, giving access to some exciting e-humanities projects and keeping interested users, particularly from Australian Studies and Humanities Computing, up-to-date with work being undertaken in the southern hemisphere and the various digital resources available.
This is the web site of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR). The APSR Project "aims to establish a centre of excellence for the management of scholarly assets in digital format" in Australia. For example, on this website can be found details of forthcoming events as well as archived conferences such as The Open Repositories series of annual conferences, offering links to presentations from the program page and giving further information about the activities which took place during each conference. The APSR project has four programs of activity, covering Digital Continuity and Sustainability, developing International Linkages, supporting National Services and enhancing Practices and Testbeds. The APSR website provides a range of publications about repositories, open access, data management, etc., and offers news and events information and gives details of projects, such as the Repository Interoperability Framework (RIFF). The site also provides some documents and links relating to the role of digital repositories in the Australian Research Quality Framework (RQF). APSR is one of four projects funded by the Department of Education Science and Training under the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative; the others being: Meta Access Management Project (MAMS), Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) and the Australian Digital Thesis Program Expansion and Redevelopment Project (ADT).
This is the website of the annual AusWeb or Australian World Wide Web Conference. The website contains information on the most recent conference which took place in April 2008, including itineraries, venue and travel information, a call for submission of papers, details of seminars, tutorials and workshops, special interest groups and biographical details of the keynote speakers, with PowerPoint presentations of some of their speeches available. There are movies and podcasts of a selection of events. There is also an archive of past AusWeb events going back to 1995, with free access to full texts of many past papers and presentations.
Automated Archiving for an Institutional Repository is the website of a JISC-funded project which examines the possibilities of automated extraction of bibliographic data from semi-structured text. The project concentrates on citation data in large text collections, and aims to produce freely-available software to automate the extraction of such data. The project, which is due to complete in March 2009, is in its relatively early stages, and so the website is currently fairly skeletal. It includes: an overview of the project; its aims and objectives; information on its anticipated outcomes, which include software to integrate with current institutional repository systems; and contact details.
AWESOME Dissertation is the website of a JISC-funded project which examines the possibilities of social networking technologies as support mechanisms for undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation writing. The project, which will run until January 2009, will have as its main deliverable a social networking environment designed for this purpose, based on an extension of MediaWiki. As this project is still in its relatively early stages, the project website is (at the time of cataloguing in June 2008) limited in content, but already includes a project community blog, which can be joined by a simple user registration process.
BBC Domesday is an online collection of material on the work of the CHAMiLEON (Creative Archiving at Michigan and Leeds Emulating the Old on the New) project to rescue and preserve the BBC Domesday digital resource created in the 1980s by the implementation of an emulation strategy. The BBC Domesday Project was produced to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book. It was a landmark multimedia resource produced by collaboration between the BBC, Acorn, Philips and Logica. Thousands of school children and researchers from across the UK collected together a large amount of: information; photographs; interviews; and maps which were recorded on two special Video Discs, relating to community issues and national issues. However, BBC Domesday is frequently used to illustrate the problems of digital obsolescence, because until the work of CAMiLEON the resource could not be viewed as the required software and hardware had become obsolete. Although not yet complete, the project has managed to run much of BBC Domesday on a contemporary PC. The website provides in-depth material including links to further information about: What is BBC Domesday?; Why preserve it?; Rescuing the resource; Screenshots from DomesEm; Media coverage; IPR (intellectual property rights) and BBC Domesday; and BBC Domesday FAQ. The user may find it easier to visualise the BBC Domesday project after looking at the Screenshots page. CAMiLEON, which stands for Creative Archiving at Michigan and Leeds: Emulating the Old on the New, is a collaboration of the University of Leeds with the School of Information of the University of Michigan, and is funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee in the UK) and NSF (National Science Foundation in the US). The CAMiLEON Project is developing and evaluating a range of technical strategies for the long term preservation of digital materials. User evaluation studies and a preservation cost analysis are providing answers as to when and where these strategies will be used.
Bisharat : a Language, Technology and Development Initiative is an online collection of resources relating to the use of African vernacular languages in Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It includes: links to resources on character sets and encodings; resources on fonts and keyboards; documentation on language policies in Africa; links to demonstration projects on African languages (such as an online Zarma dictionary); links to resources on the computer translation of African languages; and a collection of over 200 annotated links to other online resources on the subject. Most of the site is bilingual in English and French: the home page is also available in Portuguese and Hausa.
Center for Remote Sensing is an online collection of resources on the work of the research centre at Boston University which promotes scientific research in archaeology, geography and geology. The aim of the Center is to study the Earth and its resources (including the monitoring of environmental changes), through the use of satellite images and other data from airborne and ground sensors. In 1997 the Center was selected by NASA as a "Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing". The information provided on this site includes extensive biographies of staff - including CVs and lists of publications - together with details and limited biographies of current students and extensive overviews of current and completed research projects. The site also has: a detailed listing of the facilities available at the Center; a current 'News' section; and, importantly, details on how students can undertake a program at the Center. The website is easily navigable, consisting of only seven main pages, and has logical and clear structure. Navigation is partly through an image map at the top of the page but can also be accessed through links at the bottom. No significant plug-ins are required to use the site although a QuickTime video restating the text is present on the 'Welcome' page.
Breaking Through Rock Art Recording: Three Dimensional Laser Scanning of Megalithic Rock Art is the website of an AHRC-funded project aimed to test the technique of 3D laser scanning for the recording of prehistoric rock art. The project aimed to assess the technique as a means: for discovering 'new' or previously unrecorded art; for monitoring erosion or surface decay; and as a visualisation and presentation tool. The study focused on a selection of sites in: Cumbria and Northumberland-Castlerigg Stone Circle; Long Meg and her daughters; the Copt Howe panel; and the Horseshoe Rock. The website: defines the project aims; gives some background to the project; discusses the potential of laser scanning and the techniques used; and includes photographs of the Castlerigg stones alongside screenshots of the surface models produced from the laser scanning dataset.
Budapest Open Access Initiative is an online collection of materials on the open-access movement. Arising from a meeting held at the Open Society Institute in December 2001, the Initiative represents an attempt by academics across diverse fields to consolidate the open access to research articles on the Internet at a greater pace and with economic sustainability. In this endeavour, the founders of the Initiative assert their mandate: namely, to combine the old tradition of free, shared research with the new technology of the Internet to enhance the public good. The site contains a number of policy and strategy papers which elaborate on the theory and practice underlining the Initiative. Perhaps most enlightening is the commentary on the evolution of print journals into online media. There is also a discussion on the maintenance of high quality in research, although this is deemed not to be discernible through sheer quantity of publications by individuals. Rather, the Initiative envisions academic quality in the extent of a given paper's impact - an impact easily quantifiable on the Internet through the measurement of the paper's uptake, access rates and instances of citation. Beyond these policy papers, the Initiative has a petition section with lists of signatures declaring the support of over 190 leading academic institutions and over 2,700 individuals. There is a schedule of recent meetings with more online policy papers from these meetings on the site. Also included are: funding guides; a mailing list; and computer instructions for converting subscription-based online journals to open access journals. Despite its name, the Initiative is not specific to Central and Eastern Europe. It is a worldwide effort, based in Budapest.
This website provides information about the series of e-science workshops run in November 2006 by the Visualisation Research Unit at the Institute of Art and Design at UCE (University of Central England) Birmingham. The workshops were held as part of a national scheme in the arts and humanities to improve understanding of e-science technologies and encourage their application in research practice and the wider arts community. Attendees were introduced to the broad sweep of e-science principles and techniques introduced by experts from computer science and the visual arts, as well getting hands-on contact with the technologies. This resource provides individuals with information about the workshop programmes, speakers, and topics covered.
This is the website of the CAA, an international organisation bringing together archaeologists, mathematics and computer scientists, to network about computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology. With chapters based in the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, India, the organisation holds annual conferences for which the attendance of research students, archaeologists in units, agencies and planning authorities is particularly encouraged. There are Web links to each of these national chapters, and special interest groups such as virtual archaeology who in 2002 examined as a group "Scientific Credibility and Authentication in Cultural Virtual Reality and Virtual Archaeology". The website provides a useful guide to the diverse presence of the CAA on the Web - spread around the individual websites of national chapters, and their conference websites.
CALL-EJ On-line : CALL Electronic Journal On-line is an online journal on computer-assisted language learning and related fields. Formerly the Journal of the JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) CALL (computer-assisted language learning) National SIG, Japan, it merged with On-CALL (The Australian Journal of Computers and Language Education) and became CALL-EJ On-line in May 1999. The website provides access to information about the journal and about how to submit articles. It also provides access to abstracts and full articles of current and previous issues from 1996. There also links to: other CALL-related academic journals; and to JALT and its associated special interest groups and publications.
CAMiLEON : Creative Archiving at Michigan and Leeds Emulating the Old on the New is the website of a JISC-funded project which sought to develop strategies for the long-term preservation of digital materials. The project, which ran from 1999 to 2003, was a joint US/UK collaboration which examined: the possibilities of emulating the functionality and look-and-feel of now obsolete digital objects; technology emulation as a long-term preservation strategy; and how emulation technologies might fit into larger preservation strategies. The central case study conducted by the project was the BBC's Domesday Project. In addition to information on this, the website also includes: publications produced by the project, and by the related CEDARS (CURL Exemplars in Digital Archives) project; and a substantial set of links to other digital preservation websites.
Cartography 2.0 is a 2009 website whose authors describe it as a... "free online knowledge base and e-textbook for students and professionals who are interested in interactive and animated maps". This resource will be of interest to graphic designers, as well as those working in the digital humanities. Chapters include: Elements of Design; Map Animation (including a History of Animated Maps); 3D / Virtual Globes; U.I. & Useability; Map Interaction Techniques; Advanced Topics. The content of the website is licenced under a Creative Commons 3.0 License. The website is run by Mark Harrower, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is published by his company Axis Maps LLC.
Castlists : Tutorial with Examples is an online tutorial, designed for use by the staff of Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, which provides recommendations on encoding cast lists in plays using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The tutorial assumes the reader is familiar with text encoding and to some extent with the Project's work and encoding practice. The tutorial starts with a brief explanation of how identifiers of characters recorded in the cast list are used in the text of the play to provide a uniform reference system for all characters and offers nine examples of encoded cast lists. Each example includes cast lists as they appear in a play, and with suggested encoding which marks up the list's structure and layout. Examples contain annotations which draw attention to their important features.
Cataloguing for Digital Libraries : the TEI Scheme and the TEI Header is an online article which discusses the use of the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines for cataloguing electronic texts. It starts with an introduction to basic concepts of metadata and explains the need for accurate and detailed bibliographic information to accompany electronic texts. It then provides a short introduction to SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) and its implementation by the TEI, and proceeds to a detailed analysis of the TEI header. The analysis includes a discussion of issues of translating a TEI header into a MARC record. The author gives examples of difficulties that need to be addressed to ensure a successful translation. According to the author the granularity of a TEI header must be refined in order to allow effective flow of data to a MARC record. Another issue that needs clarification according to the author is the publication status for an electronic document, or what constitutes an original version or an edition in the case of electronic texts, and to what extent the digitisation process results in a new intellectual work or a new edition of an existing work. Appendices to the article provide an example of a full TEI header and MARC-format record translated from the TEI header. Users should note that this article is currently only available as a PDF.
Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH) at Stanford University is an online collection of information on the work of the Center, which develops databases of text and music in order to assist research, teaching, and performance. The website explains the facilities provided at the Center and summarises the current teaching syllabi. Other sections provide information on the research being undertaken at the CCARH and publication details for books and articles by people associated with the Center. An 'online resources' section offers access to a number of databases, including the: 'MuseData' Electronic Library of Classical Music Scores; a library of musical scores in Humdrum / Kern format; the 'Themefinder' tool for locating incipits; and a 'quartet quiz' for those troubled by their inability to distinguish between Haydn and Mozart.
The website of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) at Rutgers University is a collection of online resources on the centre and its projects; it also provides an introduction to the issues and resources associated with the production of quality electronic texts. It is divided into four main sections: General Information; Projects; Introductory Materials; and Information Services. The first section contains a brief overview of and contact information for the Center and the associated Technology Awareness Group, as well as a longer presentation of its Latintexts XML Conversion Project and a series of documents introducing the Plan 9 operating system. The second lists all CETH projects, many of which are open access; accessing the project data, however, requires the DjVu plug-in, which is freely available for a variety of browsers and platforms. The third section contains a batch of introductory documents presenting the history of Humanities Computing and a list of frequently asked questions regarding eTexts, together with an overview of: XML (eXtensible Markup Language); SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language); and HTML (HyperText Markup Language); a set of Cold Fusion workshop materials; and guidelines for the evaluation of electronic texts. The last section brings together: a directory of e-text centres; a page dedicated to Humanities Computing resources (which contains a bibliography and a link to the home page of Humanist, the email discussion list dedicated to Humanities computing issues); and a link to the Data Center at Rutgers University. Access to the Data Center materials is restricted.
Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is the website of a body established in 1994 to look at the ways in which new media impacts on the: teaching; learning; and researching of history. The Center for History and New Media developed from a partnership between George Mason University and the American Social History Project. The Center for History and New Media aims to organise conferences and electronic discussion amongst historians who are involved with developing and teaching, using digital media. The organisation has also collaborated with American Quarterly to sponsor a series of articles on hypertext in American Studies. These articles are available online along with essays on history and new media which aim to offer critical perspectives on the use of new media in the presentation and teaching of history. The site offers details of the projects which the Center of History and New Media is currently involved in, such as the History Matters project which provides resources for the teaching of history. The site also includes a section of annotated links which it is possible to search and browse. There is also a searchable database of history departments from around the world. Material on the site is in English.
This is the website for the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) at the School of Humanities at King's College London. The centre aims to promote the appropriate application of computing in humanities research and to provide support to its sister departments in the School of Humanities. This website provides relevant information about: the School of Humanities and CCH; Digital Humanities' undergraduate and postgraduate courses; research carried out at the centre, (including projects; publications; seminars and conferences); digital humanities and allied organisations; embedded activities such as: King’s Visualisation Laboratory (KVL); KCL Digital Consultancy Services (KDCS); the Office for Humanities Computing (OHC); AHRC ICT Methods Network; the English Subject Centre and 3DVisA, as well as the centre's latest news and forthcoming events.
The Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) at the Queen's University of Belfast is the website of the service which offers digitisation and associated services for academic and commercial institutions. It is involved in a number of national and international research projects in the humanities and social sciences, which are described on the website. The Centre specialises in digitising difficult printed sources, and boasts an array of equipment and expertise. The Centre also engages in research into new digitisation and analysis methodologies. The CDDA website provides more details of the services they offer, and news of projects and funding. Contact details are provided for potential clients.
The Centre for New Media is the website of an Open University project engaged in the research and development of knowledge media. The CNM creates working prototypes of technologies and software for use in open learning, and suggests future directions for such learning. All educational levels and forms are included in the CNM remit. The website describes the organisation of the CNM and provides information about the projects being undertaken. These include: 'CABER', involving school-age children in research activities with digital audio-visual equipment; 'FlashMeeting' video-conferencing software for educational purposes; the Learning Disability History project; a number of educational computer games; and several other pieces of software for distance learning and communication. The site provides an interesting look at how new technology might affect the future of education.
Centre for Textual Scholarship (CTS) is an online collection of materials detailing the work of the research centre at De Montfort University which is engaged in scholarly research into textual studies and the history of the book, and the emerging technologies that support them. Projects developed under the auspices of the CTS include: an electronic edition and commentary on Virginia Wolf's 'Time Passes'; an electronic edition of Malory's Morte d'Arthur; a scholarly edition of the works of Thackery; and the Hockliffe collection of early British children's book. The site also includes: an online guide to textual scholarship research; and several articles in full-text.
CETIS : The Centre for Educational Technology & Interoperability Standards is the website of the UK community's representative on the international project which works across education and business developing standards that will allow the exchange of information between: learning content; learning management systems; student profile systems; and administrative systems. The CETIS website describes the aims of the Centre and hosts a database of news articles and events, which may be searched or browsed by subject. A glossary explains the terms and acronyms used by those working in further and higher education computing. The site also hosts an email list forum for the discussion of interoperability standards. CETIS receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
This website describes the AHRC-funded research project ‘Charmed’ which explored the expectations and significance attached to wearable technologies through jewellery. In doing so the project aimed to reverse the normal trope of technology enabled with wearabilty, instead emphasising the talismanic and personal significance that jewellery has, with a view to enhancing acceptance and utility of wearable technologies. The project enrolled participants to wear small items of wearable technology such as jewellery, and assessed their reactions to them. The clearly laid-out website presents: general information about the project’s background; its methodology; contexts; outcomes; researchers and teaching behind it.
Chinese XML Now : Text Encoding Initiative is an online collection of links to general TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) resources and the TEI resources created at the Computing Center of the Academia Sinica. The general TEI resources include links to TEI full and Lite DTD (Document Type Definition) specifications, and TEI Lite SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) and XML DTDs. The page offers an example of a Chinese text encoded in XML using the TEI Lite DTD - a collection of ancient poems from the "Conservatory Anthology" by Wefo Shrji. The poems can be viewed as raw XML, or as XML with CSS style sheets. The Project's CSS style sheet for TEI can be download as a separate file.
CO-ODE : Collaborative Open Ontology Development Environment is the website of a JISC-funded project which aims to create an integrated software environment for the creation of ontologies. The project aims to produce authoring tools using the Protogé editor and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), including the creation of a series of plug-ins to simplify the process of ontology creation. The website includes access to several software packages including: Protogé 4.0 and 3.x and their associated plug-ins; the PizzaFinder, a demonstrator ontology; the Galen Segmenter; and an ontology browser. In addition, the website also includes: sample ontologies; tutorials on OWL; papers and presentations; and a project blog. The project is due to finish in March 2009.
This is the freely available, electronic version of A Companion to Digital Humanities, a collection of essays providing a comprehensive description of the history, development and current status of the digital humanities and humanities computing. Divided into four parts - history; principles; applications; and production, dissemination and archiving - this volume represents essential reading for anyone interested in the field at any level. The history section traces humanities computing within specific subject areas such as Archaeology; Art History; Linguistics; Literary Studies; and the Performing Arts, whereas the principles section addresses not only how computers work but also classification and its structures; text encoding; and the audiences and purposes of electronic texts and modeling. The applications section has some emphasis on text, and features essays on: the preparation and analysis of linguistic corpora; electronic scholarly editing; and textual analysis; as well as overviews of digital media and the analysis of film, and robotic poetics. In the final section, users will find essays concerning designing sustainable projects and publications; the past, present and future of digital libraries; and preservation. Contributors to the volume include Marilyn Deegan, Susan Hockey, and Willard McCarty. The print volume is published by Blackwell.
Computational Linguistics of Slavic languages : a Hands-on Introduction is an online course geared towards the acquisition of skills useful in so-called language industries such as: computer-assisted language learning (CALL); information retrieval (IR); machine translation (MT); and other forms of natural language processing (NLP). The main components of the course focus on various fields of computational linguistics including: CALL; Unicode Standard; digitizing; textual corpora; statistical analysis; data mining in the Web; computational lexicography; and programming in Perl. Practical tasks are set in each field. Also provided are: links to corpora for a Russian frequency dictionary; a list of most frequent 30K German words from the Institut für Deutsche Sprache; and Serbian, Croatian, and Danish corpora. Tabular examples of lexical and morphological problems encountered in Slavic languages are provided. However, technical information seems to eclipse linguistic input, with homework often assuming a certain level of previous knowledge and expertise. This online course is designed for undergraduates taking a course in computational linguistics, but it also could be useful to those in need of basic computer skills used in certain linguistic applications.
Computer-aided Summarisation Tool (CAST) is the website of a project that aims to provide methods for automatic summarisation. It includes: a term based summarisation program, built using modules from CAST; and an annotated corpus for automatic summarisation were freely available for downloading. The site is of use to students and researchers interested in: computing for the humanities; linguistics; or any textual analysis. The site provides a few of the papers given on the subject in PDF form and the guidelines for the project. The Reuters Corpus of text was used with the Palinka annotation tool. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) within the Research Grants scheme.
Computers & Texts is an online electronic journal published by the CTI (Computers in Teaching Initiative) Centre for Textual Studies from 1996 to 2000. A typical issue includes articles about integrating computers into humanities teaching and learning and reviews of software and books. The journal ceased publishing with the closure of the CTI Centre for Textual Studies in 2000 and the development of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN).
Computing in the Humanities Working Papers is an online collection of essays about various aspects of humanities computing. The essays are refereed and freely available online. They are grouped into several categories: articles appearing for the first time; postprints of articles originally published in print format; preprints of articles due for print publication; essays on the epistemology and sociology of computer-assisted research relevant to computing in the humanities; and non-refereed experimental papers that make use of the features and capabilities of the Internet as a publishing medium. Abstracts are provided for each article in English and French. Submission guidelines are included. The site explains browser requirements and how to cite online articles. Responses to the site's content are invited, and should be posted at the Humanist Discussion Group.
Concordance : Software for Concordancing and Text Analysis is the website of a software package for Windows which will generate: concordances; word lists; and indices from single and multiple texts. Results can be: printed; saved; exported as text HTML and as Web Concordance files for dissemination online. The Web Concordance provide a user-friendly interface for exploring texts processed with Concordance. It allowsthe viewing of the original text; a wordlist with frequencies for each entry; and hyperlinks to their occurrences in the text. Concordance supports multiple languages and alphabets, and can convert from OEM to ANSI character sets, and from Unix to PC files. The software is available on a commercial basis though an evaluation version of the software is available for download from the website. The software has been developed by R.J.C. Watt (University of Dundee) and is used by the author for the teaching of Shelley, Coleridge, Keats, and Blake.
Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies is the website of the international quarterly, peer reviewed, paper journal. The journal publishes debates, reports, articles and reviews relating to the integration of new technologies into domestic, public and educational contexts. The journal is published by the University of Bedfordshire. The journal's website lists the aims of the journal and provides an index of issues (1995- ) together with subscription information. The issues index includes: tables of contents; editorials; and article abstracts. An index of articles by author is also available. Many of the issues have particular themes and the site publishes calls for papers relating to chosen themes up to two years in advance. Sample topics include: telecommunications in Europe; intermedia; gender and technology; electronic publishing; virtual reality; technology; and arts practice. The instructions for authors are also available online.
Copyright and Digitisation : a One Day Workshop is an online collection of the presentations given at a conference on copyright and digitisation organised by the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) in January 2003. Primarily aimed at members of the archives and special collections community who are involved in the creation of digital resources, the site includes the presentations from the event together with a short list of suggested further reading. The presentations, which require PowerPoint to view, discuss: current issues in UK copyright and methods for dealing with copyright; developing license agreements and depositing data with the AHDS; and two case studies relating to fine art collections and digitising oral history collections (linguistic archaeology).
COSE (Creation of Study Environments) is software that enables the user to develop, modify, and deliver teaching material over the Internet, and to manage how that information is distributed. A central feature of COSE is the study environment, where students and tutors are encouraged to work with online and traditional teaching resources in a collaborative fashion. Version 2.11 of the program is available as a free download online. Clients can access the program via the Internet, for reading through, editing, and delivering material, and need basic IT skills only. An online help system is provided. The website allows Internet access to COSE as a 'registrant' free of charge. This allows full access, except for the right to create new content, for which the CD-ROM is required.COSE enables both tutors and students to create material for online delivery in its editing tool. No previous experience in working with HTML is necessary. The user-interface is similar to many menu-driven word-processing programs, with buttons and drop-down menus for organising layout. With COSE, one can create web pages containing text, pictures, sound, and moving images. Online material is grouped into folders representing individual modules. Where the same information is shared amongst several modules, only a single version of that information is needed.COSE also helps tutors to organize their teaching groups and how students access online materials. For each module, students can be assigned to a tutor-group. Online documentation for this module can be edited to suit the needs of particular groups. Each student has an account on COSE, which holds information relevant to the modules they are following, and the groups in which they are placed. Students can also create their own web pages and keep them in their COSE account. This account also enables tutors to monitor if and how regularly students are using their teaching material.Students and tutors can interact in a variety of ways - through email, bulletin boards with messages grouped by subject, and via asynchronous and synchronous discussion groups. As well as exchanging messages, students and staff can attach documents to their emails, and therefore discuss work in progress with peers and tutors.
Creating and Documenting Electronic Texts : a Guide to Good Practice is an online guide to the key issues to be tackled in creating a digital text. While providing useful concepts for anyone involved with developing digital texts, it is aimed at those in the humanities (whether individuals or institutions) working within a scholarly context. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. Elements featured within the guide include: how to undertake a document analysis; capturing the original data in digital form via manual typing or Optical Character Recognition (OCR); marking-up a text using the eXtensible Markup Language (XML); and the specific use of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standards. There are also details on how to deposit a text with the AHDS for long-term preservation.
Creating and using virtual reality: a guide for the arts and humanities was edited by Julian Richards and Kate Fernie and published online in 2002 by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS). VADS, formerly AHDS Visual Arts was part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) which, until March 2008 received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The full-text of the guide is freely available and has been peer reviewed by experts in a range of the relevant subjects. The guide is intended for creators of, or those commissioning, virtual reality applications within arts and humanities subjects (e.g. architecture, fine art, history archaeology, heritage). The emphasis of the guide is on the development of desktop applications delivered via the World Wide Web. The guide includes sections on the history, philosophy and theory of virtual reality; methods and techniques for development (including Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML) and Java); collaborative virtual environments (including representation and communication); documenting data from a virtual reality project (including metadata for describing applications and the resulting archive); strategies for archiving virtual reality applications (especially for preservation purposes). The online guide also includes a virtual reality case study library which includes commentaries on Brancusi's Mademoiselle Pogany at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Virtual Wroxeter: Roman fortress; Virtual Saltburn by the sea; and the CyberAxis virtual gallery. Appendicies document relevant information and metadata standards and a documentation checklist which details the core metadata required by the AHDS for digital archiving.
Creating Digital Audio Resources is an online guide to the key issues to be tackled in developing digital sound. While providing useful concepts for anyone involved with developing digital sound, it is aimed at those in the arts and humanities (whether individuals or institutions) working within a scholarly context. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. As well as outlining the resources required and the possible pitfalls, the guide deals with particular themes in creating digital sound. These include: copyright; playing back analogue media; hardware needs; human skills required; data capture and editing; and the documentation of digital audio. There are also details on delivering audio and how to preserve digital audio with the AHDS.
Part of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) "Guide to Good Practice" series, Creating Digital Resources for the Visual Arts takes users through the basic concepts required in creating digital images. It provides important concepts for anyone involved with developing such images, with particular interest for those working in the arts and humanities, or in the cultural heritage sector. The guide is an online version of a printed volume available from the AHDS, and as such is presented in the structured format of the book. Contributions were made by team members of the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), which at that time was the AHDS visual arts centre, and also from members of the Technical Advice Service for Images (TASI), part of the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol. Elements featured within the guide include: data capture, including the use of digital cameras and scanners; suitable file formats; workflow issues; metadata standards; project management issues; resource delivery and copyright. While the guide is in no sense a comprehensive study of all the issues involved it does provide readers with a good conceptual understanding of what is required in creating digital images.
Cultural VR Lab is an online collection of resources documenting the work of the laboratory at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) which produces 3D virtual reality models of important archaeological sites. They seek to create accurate and authentic representations of culturally significant sites for both educational and commercial use. The lab was founded in 1997 and since then has completed a number of projects, with several more still in progress. The website includes project examples such as: the Roman Colosseum; the Roman Forum; the Inca Temple of the Sun; and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Descriptions of each project are given, accompanied by still images of each model. The full virtual reality versions are not publicly available online. The website details the aims and objectives of the lab and includes: list of their publications; the courses they offer; and news of recent developments and media coverage. Some of the publications are available to download in PDF format. Links are provided to related websites.
This detailed PDF document describes an AHRC-funded project at Tate, working in collaboration with the Department of Computing of Goldsmiths College, University of London, to create an open source application for “reSearching” online audio visual content. Using Tate’s extensive archive of digital video recordings – including artist talks, cultural theory lectures, symposia, music and performance events – the project is working to create a user-orientated tool to allow relevant fragments of the 500 hours of footage (rather than the present contiguous programmes) to be retrieved leading to wider use, and “novel juxtapositions” of material.
Cuneiform Digital Palaeography Project is the website of an interdisciplinary project which seeks to establish a detailed palaeography for the cuneiform script. Such a project has only recently become viable, thanks to technological advances that have made possible the digitisation of three-dimensional script. The project, based at the University of Birmingham and the British Museum, is centred on a database which consists of high-resolution images of each of the many cuneiform signs as they appear on clay tablets and other artefacts. The website explains the aims, objectives, and methodology of the project, and provides access to the database and other related materials. The database may be browsed or searched by: character instance; sign; or text vehicle. Each record specifies: the reigning king at the time of the inscription; the provenance; genre; medium; and vehicle (tablet, cone, or other artefact). The site also explains the related research being enabled by the construction of the database. This includes: the identification of particular scribal hands; the issue of wedge order (cuneiform being impressed by means of pyramidal wedges); and three-dimensional imaging techniques. The site explains the terminology of cuneiform and the components of cuneiform signs. There is also a publications list and a set of links to related web resources. This website provides an excellent example of the application of new technology to research and the dissemination of knowledge.
Cuneiform Digital Palaeography Project is the website of a project which attempts to design a complete palaeography for the cuneiform script. The website is centred on a database of digital images of cuneiform signs from sources which can be dated to a given reign or whose provenance is clear. The scripts and script types are categorised using established handwriting analysis techniques. The database may be browsed by: period; king; genre; medium; text vehicle; and museum; or searched by a large number of criteria including (in addition to the above): sign; borger; labat; function; and locality. The site also includes: pointers to other related research, including: scribal identification; wedge order; and 3D imaging; a glossary of technical terminology; and a list of publications.
This is the website of Cybermetrics, a freely available, full-text journal devoted to communications (particularly in the scholarly fields of science and the humanities). The site is also a forum for discussion among international researchers, as well as a focus-point for the organisation of conferences, events and publications. Articles featured in the journal include: studies of the capabilities of Internet search engines; the relationship between university information systems and the wider economy; statistical studies of journals. The site also contains many links to other Web resources of interest.
D-Lib Magazine : the Magazine of Digital Library Research is an online electronic publication aimed at researchers and developers of advanced digital resources which brings together academics, librarians, and IT professionals. This site is a UK mirror, hosted by the UKOLN centre at the University of Bath, of the original US site. Issues contain: a number of feature articles; a short editorial; a "Letters to the editor" page; together with separate sections dedicated to: news; items of current interest; documents; deadlines; and calls for participation. These are supplemented by an archive section that contains a full complement of back issues and an author and a title index, and by a section devoted to additional links and other resources. D-Lib is published by the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and endeavours to facilitate the development and implementation of a common infrastructure for digital libraries both through the articles it publishes and by providing a forum for discussion; it is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dalhousie Electronic Text Centre (ETC) is the website of the unit which develops various web projects for faculties and departments within Dalhousie University and which makes them accessible to the wider academic community online. Projects include: the 'Lyrical Ballads Bicentenary Project', which consists of online versions of the Bristol issue of Wordsworth and Coleridge's collection of poems; and the 'Kuzmin Collection', which provides online access to the works of the twentieth-century Russian poet Mikhail Kuzmin, in both the original Russian and English translation; along with critical materials. Other resources hosted by the ETC include: online texts by the Canadian writers J. Andrew Wainwright and George Elliott Clarke; and an essay on copyright issues in multimedia productions. The website contains an introduction to creating electronic texts using Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), with links to related materials. There is also a page on viewing Russian fonts. The site has not been updated since 2003, but offers a useful starting point for research into electronic texts and multimedia production.
This website is the result of an AHRC-funded project to catalogue and digitise the archive of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. The collection includes key works such as ‘Pulse Persephone’ (1965), ‘Bird of Parallax’ (1972), ‘Rockets in Ursa Major’ (1962), ‘Broceliande’ (1969-70), and ‘The Innocents’ (1961) soundtrack. These are supplemented by recorded lectures and demonstrations, professional showreels (including commercial work), Oram’s own research documents, correspondence, press clippings, photographs and her early computer compositional software, including technical details and versions of Oramics, the pioneering audiovisual synthesis and composition system she designed. The detailed website describes and illustrates the components of the collection more fully, contextualising Oram’s life and work, although the project's continuing work means that (at the time of writing) there is no detailed catalogue, nor examples of her work online.
Description of Text Encoding Initiative's (TEI) Header Elements and Corresponding US MARC Fields is an online reference guide to the element set of the TEI header. The guide assumes the reader's familiarity with text encoding and starts by listing the four main subdivisions of the TEI header: the File Description; the Encoding Description; the Profile Description; and the Revision Description. The sections that follow provide lists and descriptions of elements allowed in each of the major subdivisions of the header. The descriptions include: templates illustrating which tags can be used in a particular element of the header; recommendations on their usage; and references to corresponding US MARC elements.
Designing Shakespeare (Incorporating King Lear Performance Photographs Collection) in an online collection of materials developed to help students and scholars gain a greater understanding of the work of theatre designers working in Britain during the last forty years of the previous century. It has also been designed to illustrate the vast range of possible interpretations of Shakespeare's work. Using the research of Dr Christie Carson entitled "Desiging Shakespeare: An Audio-visual Archive 1960-2000", an online electronic archive has been created of all Shakespearean performances at leading theatres in London and Stratford. The 'multimedia resources' includes: audio and video interviews (for which QuickTime is required); and virtual reality theatre models (for which a Cortona VRML player is required). The resource was published by the AHDS Performing Arts and it draws together the work of a range of people, such as: theatre designers; archivists; and librarians at the Theatre Museum and the Shakespeare Centre Library.
This is the website of Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO), a central pillar of the Humanities Servicing Irish Society (HSIS) consortium funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). This website provides the user with general information about HSIS consortium; the DHO's objectives and means to fulfil them, news and activities hosted by the observatory including the Digital Humanities Summer School. It also provides a list of partners with links to their websites as well as to the Academy Digital Resources and its projects (St Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack project and the Doegen Records web project). Users are motivated to share information about digital humanities activities in Ireland and information of general interest to the digital humanities community by subscribing to the RIA-DHOANNOUNCE mailing list DHO-Announce.
This is a the website of DigiIslam, a project which completed, in 2008, a review of User Requirements for Digitised Resources in Islamic Studies. This study was funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme. From the home page you may download a PDF of the final report which details the project's work to plot existing digitised resources (mainly online) and to identify gaps in the provision of digitised resources for Islamic Studies. This also looks at establishing criteria for prioritizing potential material and collections for future digitisation as well as further recommendations to support the development of Islamic Studies via the use of existing digitised resources to assist in the study and teaching of the subject.
Digital Arts & Humanities is "a place to share and discuss ideas, promote your research and discover the digital arts and humanities. It is a virtual community of arts and humanities researchers using ICT methods, developed by the AHRC ICT Methods Network and hosted by King's College London." As a member you can: announce activities in your field to a wide community using the ICT events calendar and keep up to date with what others are doing; exchange your ideas and experience with the community in group forums; use blogs and other community tools to discuss your work and engage with others; share your research interests and background in your profile and search others’ profiles, make contact with colleagues and identify future collaborations.
Digital Classicist is a website and virtual community of classical and/or ancient world scholars with an interest in digital technology and humanities computing. This project is a platform for scholars and interested experts in the international and polyglot community to: discuss problems; share experiences; post news and advice; and go to for help on all matters digital and classical. The website contains: a list of Classics projects utilising technology; links to relevant tools, links and guides (EpiDoc XML Mark-up for epigraphy; Introduction to Structured Mark-Up; Unicode Polytonic Greek etc); an interactive WikiFAQ; and various guidelines. There are no charges to use the site or requirements to sign up, although there is a mailing list that can be joined. The site is also available in: French; German; and Italian. The Digital Classicist is hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at Kings College London.
Digital Cultures Project (DCP) is a online collection of materials describing the work of the research group which engages with the history and theory of new digital technology, and the impact of such technology on the arts and humanities. The DCP, based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, organises conferences and summer institutes, although the focus of the Project is on serving the graduate community at the University of California. The website summarises the work of the DCP, and publishes articles and online research papers. There is also a bibliography section covering some of the key texts in the field. Several of these are available online, allowing public access to some good introductory material about the Internet and humanities computing. The online research papers cover a wide range of subjects, from: theoretical issues; to pedagogical essays; to articles about specific digital resources.
Digital Document Quarterly is an online newsletter concerned with all aspects of digital document management and digital preservation. Its coverage is wide and includes: technical articles by scientists and engineers; articles by and aimed at librarians and information professionals; press articles and product reviews; and descriptions of software products. Articles cover not only the practical issues of digital preservation, but also wider questions of epistemology.
Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project is an online collection of digital photographs and measurements based on a large marble street plan of the ancient city, completed around the start of the third century AD. Parts of it survive in numerous fragments, the assembly of which into a coherent 'jigsaw' has long challenged archaeologists. Stanford University's Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project has collected high definition digital photographs and computer measurements of the 1186 surviving fragments (these may be viewed here) and is now aiming to develop computer algorithms that might help to establish a more useful searchable version of the map. The user interface for the selection from Stanford's database which been made so far is available online. This site, though, is the news page for the technical side of the project. It contains a detailed description of the process which the Stanford team is developing, which will be of interest to those who seek to bring the latest technology to bear on ancient problems. The site also offers background information on the original map itself, as well as a detailed annotated bibliography of relevant reference works. There are also useful press reports and news updates about the progress of the project.
'Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting The Past on The Web' (2005) is a free ebook, published online by the Center for History and New Media. The book is cleanly designed in HTML, and is easy to navigate. Chapters include: 'Designing for the History Web'; 'Building an Audience'; 'Collecting History Online'; 'Owning the Past?' and 'Preserving Digital History', among others. A 355-page print version of the book (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) is also available for purchase, if required. The authors are Daniel J. Cohen of the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, and Roy Rosenzweig, Professor of History & New Media at George Mason University. This will be a useful book for anyone undertaking a history project with an online component.
Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ) is a digital journal published online, trying to cover all aspects of digital media in the humanities. It is a peer reviewed journal that is freely available through the site. The first issue was published in spring 2007. The journal covers a wide area of the field and contains a variety of articles concerning topics from text based computer games to: electronic texts; linguistics; and literary theory. Indeed this ejournal intends to co-publish articles with Literary and Linguistic Computing (the print digital humanities journal). DHQ is published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) in the UK. An RSS feed is available so that you can learn of new DHQ material as it's posted.
Digital Knowledge Center, Johns Hopkins University (DKC) is an online collection of material on the work of this research centre which engages in research and development of automated tools and systems for digitising printed materials. The DKC also works towards improving usability and access to such materials. The website describes the various projects that the Centre is currently engaged in, and allows online access to associated research papers. Current projects include: 'Digital Workflow Management: Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music', which aims to reduce the labour costs of large-scale digitisations, looking in particular at the digitisation of a significant sheet music collection; 'Comprehensive Access to Printed Materials (CAPM)', looking to link a web interface to the robotic retrieval of off-site library holdings; a 'usability' research project, seeking ways to improve public interfaces to digital collections; and the 'Gamera' framework for the creation of structured document analysis applications by domain experts. Other projects focus on the use of robotics in the digitisation process, and search linking. Bibliographical information accompanies each project description.
Digital Library and Archives, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (DLA) is the website of this service which designs and maintains systems for electronic theses and dissertations and digital images; it also hosts a wide range of such resources. A section of the site explains US copyright laws and their application to both print and digital resources. The DLA also publish a number of journals online, some editions of which may be downloaded in PDF format. Journals of relevance to the arts and humanities include: 'Electronic Antiquity: Communicating the Classics'; the 'ALAN Review' (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents); and 'Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology'. The site hosts a searchable database of graduate research, which may be browsed by author or department. The emphasis of research at Virginia Tech is on technical and scientific subjects, and most of the online theses reflect this, although there are also some papers on: English studies; history; and philosophy. The DLA special collections section introduces the University's holdings and provides quite detailed bibliographic summaries of contents. The manuscript collections mostly relate to the study of American history. There are also two specialist centres at the DLA: the first is the Center for Ulster Migrations, Cultures, and Societies; the second, the South Atlantic Humanities Association. Each has its own website. Finally, the site also contains a number of presentations that may be downloaded in PDF format. These mostly concern electronic publishing, digital archiving, and access to digital libraries.
Digital Library Handbook : Standards and Procedures is a brief online handbook for those undertaking digital library projects, written by the Digital Library Team at New York University. The handbook covers standards and procedures advising on how to develop future-proof digital resources, whether consisting primarily of: text; images; sound; or video. The guide itself consists of an introduction, and pages of annotated links to sites explaining particular standards and issues in greater depth. There is page on metadata standards, and a page on intellectual property issues. Only the key sites are included in the guide, so the user is unlikely to feel swamped or overwhelmed. A more extensive page of links is provided on a separate page. The site also contains links to projects that the Digital Library team has been involved with. These include: 'The Afghanistan Digital Library', which is aiming to retrieve and restore works published in Afghanistan between 1870 and 1930; The Hemispheric Institute Performance Video Archive, a consortium exploring the relationship between expressive behaviour (broadly construed as performance) and social and political life in the Americas; The Database of Recorded American Music; and Political Communications Web Archiving Project, which is developing methodologies for the preservation of web-based political communications in Western Europe and large sections of the developing world.
Digital Medievalist is the website of an online community of practice for medievalists working with digital media, particularly the digital representation of historical source material. The project runs: an email discussion list to enable the sharing of experience and knowledge amongst scholars working with medieval sources in a digital environment; a refereed online journal; and a news server for calls for papers and announcements. The Project also arranges conference sessions at relevant congresses. Full texts of journal issues are available on the website, as are guidelines for contributors. The Executive Board of the project has an international membership, reflecting the scope of this area of research. The site would be of interest to researchers already in the field, and anyone considering starting a digital project using medieval sources.
This is the web page for the Digital Medievalist Community mailing list. The page allows all individuals particularly those interested in the use of digital media in the study of the medieval period to subscribe (or change settings to existing subscription) to the Digital Medievalist Project's electronic mailing list. Once individuals have been accepted as members, they can access the list's archives (online) and post messages to all list associates. The list, which is a closed list (subscriptions are held for approval) and hidden (the subscribers list is only available to the list administrator) is available in different languages.
The website of the Digital Michelangelo Project is an online collection of information on the project, which is investigating the scanning, digitisation and computer-modelling of three dimensional objects such as cultural artifacts. The project has focussed on the sculptures and architecture of Michelangelo. The project's website presents information on the technology and process of scanning large objects and includes a series of photo-essays. A considerable amount of information relating to the collaborators and researchers is presented on the website. The project was conceived by and is directed by Professor Mark Levoy of Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory. The research team from Stanford have worked closely with a number of museums and institutions in Florence, Rome and the Vatican who have given them access to priceless art treasures - in particular to digitise the statues of Michelangelo using laser scanners. The project will produce some of the largest 3-D computer models ever made. The largest single dataset is of 'The David'. The uses of the scholarly research and the 3-D computer models are suggested in presentations on the website, such as: museum visitors might be given access to the virtual sculptures from any perspective; the graphics can also be used to "virtually" restore damaged areas of an artwork; computer models can be used to illuminate the sculptures in the museum with coloured light to reconstruct the original painted bright colours; a detailed computer model can be used to make accurate physical replicas of a sculpture at any scale. Currently, small replicas of important sculpture are not accurate because they generally are based on a contemporary artist's interpretation. Accurate replicas could be used for both research and commercial purposes. Enlargeable images are given of objects scanned. Another major project undertaken was the digitisation of the Forma Urbis Romae, a giant map of ancient Rome, carved onto marble slabs circa 200 AD, and now in fragments. The website has updates on the project and many links to related research papers and press coverage. the ScanView programme can be downloaded from the website.
This report was produced by Rachel Heery from UKOLN at the University of Bath and Sheila Anderson from the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service), to support the establishment of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Digital Repositories Programme in 2005. The review was originally intended to provide useful background information for participants in this funding call and "is not intended to be comprehensive" rather to identify useful areas of activity. This report remains of interest within the area of developing digital repositories and includes a selective review of activity in 2005 and a set of recommendations.
The Digital Repositories Roadmap was commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) to provide information for people wishing to bid for funds to it's Capital Programme Repositories and Preservation strand. It is available on this site as a PDF or a Word version. Written by Rachel Heery from UKOLN at the University of Bath and Andy Powell from the Eduserv Foundation, the report "presents a vision for 2010 in which a high percentage of newly published UK scholarly output is made available on an open access basis and in which there is a growing recognition of the benefits of making research data, learning resources and other academic content freely available for sharing and re-use". It considers at where repositories are in 2006, where they want to be in 2010 and what mechanisms are necessary to reach this destination. The report also looks at policy, organisation and cultural viewpoints, and at different content types - academic papers, geospatial data, learning materials and scientific data.
'Digital Studies' (aka 'Le Champ Numerique') is a full-text refereed ejournal from Canada. The journal covers "the digital humanities, broadly construed", and publishes three issues each year. The journal is published online using a standard open ejournal system - and although this places a "user" and "password" box on the front-page, registration is not required to access articles. At March 2009 there are 11 issues freely available online, some of which are 'reprints'. Some issues are themed and some contain conference proceedings. Themes include: 'Historical Dictionary Databases'; 'Technologising the Humanities / Humanitising the Technologies'; 'Collaborative Mind Technologies', and the most recent issue 'Reassembling the Disassembled Book', among others. Preference is given by the editors to interdisciplinary articles. Articles are available in HTML format, and there are also abstracts. The website has details of the editors, Editorial Board, and the submissions process. Despite the secondary French title for this journal, it appears that the overwhelming majority of the articles are in English. The journal is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.
Launched in 2005, DigItalia Web is a biannual electronic journal published by the Istituto centrale per il catalogo unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU). In its first issue the editor - Marco Paoli - explains that DigItalia intends to fill a gap within specialised periodical publications, the journal being dedicated to digital technologies and their application in the fields of librarianship, archives and, more amply, the humanities. Full-text of the journal issues are available online in PDF, six months following the publication of printed versions. Additionally, a summary allows access directly to articles as selected. The publication is divided into four sections: essays; projects; documents and events. Articles are published in their original language, with contributions mainly in Italian, English, Spanish and French. The website offers a section dedicated to events, activities and news of related interest. Users can subscribe free of charge to a newsletter. Full-text of the newsletter is also readily available online.
DIGITHUM is a peer-reviewed scholarly e-journal devoted to the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to the humanities and social sciences within learning, teaching and research. Published annually by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and available in English, Spanish and Catalan, the journal features a broad range of articles examining the changes brought by digital technologies to the humanities and social sciences, and on the role these disciplines have to play in the information and knowledge society. Users should note that earlier issues are available in Catalan only and that English translations tend to feature only in later issues. Earlier issues usefully group articles according to the themes of theory and criticism, learning and teaching, and technical questions. Later issues have shifted to a format of a dossier containing articles on a particular theme, and a collection of miscellaneous articles, book reviews and interviews. Dossier themes have included ICT and heritage, and culture management as a new discipline. Articles have addressed such areas as: the frustrations of online students; what is understood by interactivity in the case of museum websites; virtual communities and new forms of social interaction; and minority languages in the digital age, for example, a history of the Catalan campaign to win the .cat Internet domain.
This is an important, quality journal which is sure to appeal to scholars with an interest in humanities computing, particularly in its European context.
Digitisation : Web and Print Resources is an online collection of links to resources on digitisation and digital library methodologies maintained by the Digital Imaging and Media Technology Initiative of the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Although concentrating on digital imaging, all aspects of digitisation are included, giving an international (North-American and British) coverage of this field. Annotated links are provided for: scanning; metadata and vocabulary (including: vocabulary tools and image description; metadata resources and tools; metadata projects and information; data structures; eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and Z39.50); copyright and intellectual property; hardware and software; organizations and committees; workshops and conferences; researchers and colleagues; imaging programs; etext resources; electronic journals; general literature; and newsgroups and listservs. The left-frame provides navigation for this lengthy list.
Digitizing Images and Texts is a collection of links to online resources related to digitising images and texts. It consists of a collection of briefly annotated links (not all of them working) to: articles; reports and other relevant papers; the websites of companies associated with digital imaging; sample projects; technical information and reference resources; and software tools. Of these, the first set will be of most interest to researchers and practitioners in the field of Humanities Computing, as it contains a number of significant documents such as: reports prepared for: the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Technology Applications Programme; the Washington State Library Council; and the Library of Congress; articles from professional publications; a 'best practices' document from Columbia University; and other similar documents. Most of these papers are dated 1999 or earlier, so this resource should be used bearing this in mind. The bibliography on the Current Cities website that this Web page also provides a link to, however, is dynamically generated and, therefore, up to date. The projects section is also interesting, and illustrates extremely well the benefits of using digital technology in the conservation and popularisation of print resources and the added value electronic formats can create in various contexts.
This is the website for the AHRC and ESPRC-funded research cluster ‘Discovery in Design’. The cluster brings together academia and industry in a bid to research people-centred computer design environments at the concept and knowledge discovery of the design process. The cluster recognises that computation tends to well support the later points of the design process, when the product is tangible, but is less useful at earlier, more abstract stages such as concept formulation and development. The cluster also acknowledges a (currently unmet) need to share and exploit cross-domain experience of computer-aided design. As well as outlining the project and those involved, the website includes details of workshops organised by the cluster and lists of relevant publications and links. At the present time however, other useful appearing areas of the site – including a bulletin board and questionnaire were not available.
Domesday project : November 1986 is an online description of the BBC Domesday Project with links to relevant articles and resources available on the Internet. The site includes an emulator for the Project, best viewed in Mozilla Firefox. The BBC Domesday Project was a pair of interactive videodiscs made by the BBC in London in 1986 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book. It was one of the major interactive projects of its time, and it was undertaken on a scale not seen since. The site includes: a description of efforts underway to preserve the project: extracts from contemporary speeches; documents; retrospective commentary; and information about the efforts of the CAMiLEON project to emulate the software and hardware to view the now obsolete original Video Discs. This is a readable, comprehensive, account of the history of the BBC Domesday Project from development, launch, and obsolesence, to the efforts to rescue the data. The site also explains that a PC version of the Domesday Community Disc - produced by Long Life Data in conjunction with the UK National Archives, previously the Public Record Office (PRO) and the author of this page - is available for public access at the PRO building in Kew, London.
Created by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE), this website allows users to register to download the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit. The toolkit is aimed at repository administrators and is intended to help with internal auditing, providing a mechanism for identifying strengths and weaknesses, and capabilities. The model is "designed to be responsive to the rapidly developing landscape" faced by digital repositories. Its scope stretches across national repositories, scientific data centres and cultural and heritage data archives and is not limited to those for whom long-term preservation is a key requirements. The toolkit draws on the OAIS reference model and existing work by RLG/NARA and others on repository audits. The toolkit is available as a 221 page PDF document accompanied by templates.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project exploring the application of 3D colour laser scanning and e-Science technologies to museum objects. The aims are fairly broad: on one hand to examine the ways in which these can record an artefact’s surface detail and colour quality; on another to examine the uses and potential of these datasets, in particular the sharing of the data to facilitate broader museological goals, such as the safe loan of museum collections. The website contains a fuller explanation of the technologies used, and a description of the software developed by the project.
This website describes the collaborative e-Dance project which brings together dance and information technology researchers to investigate the problem of how to utilise new media technologies to record the “incremental development of ideas and their material manifestation” within a process of practice-led research which is necessarily improvisational, intuitive and resistant to verbal description. In particular, the project aims to develop choreography through Access Grid technologies and examine the application of e-Science more broadly across arts and humanities disciplines. The website provides a fuller project description, biographies of those involved and an interesting and wide ranging project blog.
E-learning and Education (eleed) is an online electronic journal on e-learning and computer-assisted teaching. This peer reviewed journal, which began in 2005, has a wide range of coverage including, but not limited to: best practice methodologies; innovative practices in pedagogy; and software developments including e-learning platforms and content modules. Its contents include: articles; project reports; and book reviews in both German and English. Articles are made available in HTML, obviating the need for a PDF plug-in, and include abstracts in German and English. In addition to the journal itself, the website also includes: a special edition on the CampusSource workshop on e-learning in 2006; guidelines for authors; and the results of an external evaluation of the journal.
EJournal is an online, peer reviewed scholarly electronic journal concerned with the theory and practice surrounding the creation and use of electronic text in its broadest sense, and the implications of computer-mediated networks. Established in 1991, all issues of the journal are available in full online as either text files or HTML or users may subscribe for free to receive an email version of the journal. Multidisciplinary in approach, the journal welcomes: articles; reviews; reports; and notes on a broad range of themes relating to text in the information age (hypertext essays are also encouraged). Past papers have focused on such areas as: knowledge ownership in the information age; the electronic journal as the new means of scholarly communication; the breakdown of 'places' of knowledge; archiving and the role of libraries; hypertext publishing; and online learning environments. This is an interesting journal that will appeal to students and researchers working within humanities computing, and more specifically within electronic publishing.
Electronic Book Review (EBR) is an online collection of writing on and about the Internet. It is, however, more than a review and its remit extends further than purely electronic writing to embrace: theory essays; discussion of webart; sound art; social critique and more. Topics covered include: critical ecologies; techno-capitalism; electro-poetics; and post-feminist writings. The new EBR website is organised under headings that reflect this content.
The 'Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative' (ECAI) has a free Web portal that serves as a showcase for... "exemplars of the variety of cultural atlases currently being developed", presented as part of the ECAI's mission to... "use time and space to enhance understanding and preservation of human culture". The website requires no registration, and users can browse by region, nation, or city. At April 2008, the Initiative has only two British examples. Google Earth can also be used as a browser, via an offered KLM feed. The ECAI invites the submission of suitable maps, and holds two 'ECAI Congress of Cultural Atlases' events each year. The website also has full details of the ECAI, and details of published research papers. There is a comprehensive listing of ECAI editors, executive members, and partners. Of note is that the ECAI is examining how the presentation of scholarly findings can best be enhanced via... "web-based technologies and spatial visualization through GIS" - the ECAI website has full details and reports on this. Among other notable projects featured on the ECAI website is the free 'TimeMap' set of software tools, via the University of Sydney.
Electronic Frontier Foundation is the online website of the organisation which began in 1990 as a response to a basic threat to speech. The website provides humanities students with details of how the digital culture is growing to encompass everything online. The threat that provided the impetus of this online resource was a series of raids (conducted by the United States Secret Service) tracking the distribution of a document illegally copied from a BellSouth computer that described how the emergency 911 system worked. The Secret Service believed that if 'hackers' knew how to use the telephone lines they would prevent true calls from getting through. This website offers information on: fundamental rights; civil liberty issues; technology protection; online publishing (tackling plagiarism); contemporary critical theories; authors of fiction; translation of print books into hypermedia ones; and more. EFF proclaims itself as a defender of liberties and besides hosting activities it also: initiates and defends court cases; launches global public campaigns; and introduces leading edge proposals. Students will find this site offers a very strong background to the change in law to encompass the new technology with many links documenting the change the Internet has had on academics with articles such as: 'Computers and Academic Freedom'; and 'Hints on Writing Style for Online Publications'. There are also links to: interviews with current authors such as William Gibson; discussions of Internet criticism like the 'Gutenburg Galaxy'; and discussions of hypermedia Tolstoy.
Electronic Labyrinth is an online collection of materials which look at some of the opportunities presented to writers by the advent of the Internet and hypertext. It: analyses the literary tradition of nonlinear approaches to narrative; examines recent works that utilize hypertext; and evaluates the hardware and software available to writers. The site grew out of a project undertaken in 1993, so some of its contents may appear a little out-of-date by now. Despite its age, however, it is still valuable as a general introduction to hypertext and to humanities computing. The website introduces the vocabulary and terminology of hypertext and discusses the implications that hypertext poses to the future of the traditional book. A section on the nonlinear tradition looks at works from Lawrence Sterne's 'Tristram Shandy' to J. G. Ballard's 'The Atrocity Exhibition'. A further section on literary formats places hypertext in its evolutionary context. There is a bibliography, a faintly (intentionally) absurd time line, and an extensive index.
The Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is an online collection of information on the electronic publishing enterprise which serves UNB and the wider academic community. The website outlines the Centre's objectives and services, as well as containing information on standards in electronic publishing, and a number of online resources for the humanities. The site includes: pages on the Centre's image metadata scheme (based on Dublin Core); document imaging standards; and Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Links are provided to other sites concerned with such encoding standards. The online collections hosted at the site include several items likely to be of interest to literature and history scholars. These include: ACTS (Atlantic Canada Theatre Site), for information on Canadian theatre, particularly nineteenth-century Atlantic theatre; the Canadian poetry database; selected letters from the Rufus Hathaway collection of Canadian Literature; the development of education in New Brunswick, 1784-1900; the diaries of the eighteenth-century Loyalist adventurer, Benjamin Marston; the New Brunswick commission reports 1784-1950; records of land settlement in New Brunswick in the period 1765-1900; digitised records and transcriptions of eighteenth-century Canadian documents; the Ward Chipman Slavery Brief of 1800; and a collection of full-text works of poetry and prose by early Canadian women writers. The site also hosts a number of journals and includes links to projects and journals at other sites.
Enquiry Into the Use of Numeric Datasets is an online version of the final report of the project which was undertaken in order to uncover the barriers to using numeric data in learning and teaching. The website includes a bibliography of publications and a PowerPoint slide show giving an overview of the project. Also provided are: case studies of current practice; an email discussion list on the use of numeric data in learning and teaching; and links to UK data resources on the web including the census. This report should prove interesting to teachers of those humanities subjects, such as history or linguistics, which have the scope to include analysis of statistical data. Using Numerical Data received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
EpiDoc : Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML is the website of an initiative which aims to develop rigorous standards and tools for the digital encoding and interchange of epigraphic documents by using the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and the conventions of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). This resource contains the home page and resources of the community of developers as well as the guidelines to produce structured markup of epigraphic texts in TEI encoding language (an "open source" digital format). The current guidelines (marked as "stable") and drafts of proposed ones ("snapshot") are available as an online document. This is a specialist resource which will benefit anyone planning or participating in digital epigraphic projects in addition to those interested in humanities computing.
Epidoc Aphrodisias Project (EPAPP) is the website which reports on a pilot collaborative scheme to develop and apply tools for publishing ancient Greek and Latin inscriptions on the Internet based on the principles of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The Aphrodisias pilot scheme is concentrating on the digital publication of some 1000 inscriptions from the archaeologically rich site of Aphrodisias in Caria (south-western Turkey). The website includes a brief project description and four sample inscriptions and full critical apparatus based on the text of Charlotte Roueché's book Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity (1989). Background information and an extensive bibliography on the city and a history of past excavations are also provided within an efficient hypertext medium. In addition this website provides a searchable guide and links to the 93 projects currently using the TEI.
The project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is led by King's College London and includes the participation of: the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford University; and the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London. While the substantive content of this website will chiefly be of value to specialist researchers in classical archaeology and epigraphy, this project has important implications for electronic publication in general and thus will interest a much wider audience in the humanities.
The Electronic Text Center Introduction to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) and Guide to Document Preparation is an online resource originally created for use by digital projects supported by the Etext Center at the University of Virginia (UVa). The document starts with a description of the basic text processing procedures at the University of Virginia designed to ensure accuracy of electronic texts, and proceeds to a practical introduction to the TEI tag set. This Introduction is designed for users without previous knowledge of text encoding and includes: a description of major structural divisions of a TEI document; a list of common attributes; and recommendations on their usage. The rest of the Introduction is devoted to illustrated descriptions of tags and attributes permitted by the TEI Lite DTD including: front and back matter; body and its textual divisions; tags for encoding type setting characteristics; pagination; lists; tables; notes; and annotations. The Introduction also contains sections devoted specifically to encoding verse, prose, drama and transcripts of primary sources, as well as a section on image digitisation and the inclusion of images in SGML documents. The site has links to: a fully searchable version of the TEI Guidelines; the TEI Lite DTD; an annotated and illustrated list of TEI Lite tags in alphabetical order; and a list of tags contained in the full TEI DTD with short descriptions, references to relevant section in the TEI Guidelines and the TEI Lite subset indicated. Other materials offered by the site include: notes on text formatting in UNIX; guidelines for creating recordable CD-ROMs; and a tutorial on using regular expressions.
EUROCALL : the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning is the website of an association of language teaching professionals from Europe and worldwide, which aims: to promote the use of foreign languages in Europe; to provide a European focus for all aspects of the use of technology for language learning; and to enhance the quality, dissemination and efficiency of CALL materials. The website is organised under the headings: Research; Events; Special Interest Groups; Resources; and Publications. It provides information about: EUROCALL conferences; research awards and a Research Policy document; links to EUROCALL websites in other European countries; and to ReCALL, which is the official journal of EUROCALL, published by Cambridge University Press. The Resources section links into the C&IT resources of the LTSN Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, including: an online software database; CALL bibliography; and software reviews. Links are also provided to the websites of two Special Interest Groups: one for Language Processing; the other for Speech Recognition, as well as to affiliated associations in North America and Australia. The website also provides an online exhibition dedicated to the history of CALL, as well as a history of the EUROCALL organisation itself.
This website describes the AHRC-funded research project, ‘Expressive Space’. The project consisted of three workshops and an online space to facilitate a collaborative exploration of the impact of digital technologies and, in particular, the moving image. Bringing together the University of Cambridge’s Department of Architecture and Computing Laboratory with Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the project used the museum as a subject to be explored from different angles. Each of the workshops has been written up here, and the website includes the August 2007 summary report to the AHRC.
Facet Analytical Theory in Managing Knowledge Structure for Humanities is an online collection of information about the Arts and Humanities Research Board-funded (AHRB) project entitled, "Towards a knowledge structure for high performance subject access and retrieval within managed digital collections". The Project, funded under the AHRB's Innovation Awards Scheme from 2002-2003, applied facet analytical theory (FAT) to the classification of selected humanities subjects within a digital environment. The Project was led by the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London to develop and implement a prototype knowledge structure within the Arts and Humanities Portal developed by Humbul in collaboration with the AHDS. The Project's website includes: a summary of the proposal; Project contacts; and details of publications by the Project participants. There is also a page listing links to online resources relating to: other projects; vocabularies; portal technologies; and metadata standards.
This PDF poster describes the AHRC-funded FELSSO project which, taking Henry Moore’s travertine “Large Arch” as a test case. The study aims to define a viable finite element analysis for large stone sculpture, using 3D laser scanned datasets to create 3D solid body models from which to assess microscopic damage, brittleness and heterogeneity on the Arch’s strength. The poster gives a background to the study its methods and potential future benefits.
This is the English-language page for FLOSS, an... "online repository of free open source instruction manuals for free open source creative software", provided by the FLOSS Manuals Foundation (Stichting FLOSS Manuals, Netherlands). At May 2009 the FLOSS repository contains manuals for free media production software such as Jubler (video subtitling); Blender (3D animation); Audacity (audio editing) and a number of video editing packages, among others. These free manuals are not the same as the basic instructional PDF files that are included with the software involved. There are also useful manuals for free online services, such as the Wikimedia Commons, Archive.org, and WordPress.com. Registered Floss users can also collaborate on the creation of new versions of practical manuals, such as the 'Bypassing Internet Censorship' (2008) ebook. Some Floss manuals are available for purchase in printed form, via the Lulu print-on-demand book publishing service. The website is also available in French and Dutch.
Forme Works : Introductory Page is an online tutorial, designed for use by the staff of the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, which offers recommendations on encoding forme work elements using the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) tag
Forum Computerphilologie is an online archive for Jahrbuch für Computerphilologie (Yearbook for Philological Computing), which has published articles, reports and reviews relating to humanities computing annually since 1999. Recent topics include: Hyper-Nietzsche; text encoding and analysis; electronic scholarly editions; literary culture; and the notion of humanities computing as a discipline. The site is arranged to give easy access to online articles (in HTML) and reviews of books or CD-ROMs. A section relating to 'praxis' includes links to information about the Text Encoding Initiative and a short guide to Perl for Philologists. The news page contained recent items of general interest to humanities computing. Whilst most of the site is in German, the journal accepts articles in English and makes available abstracts and a set of instructions for authors in English. There is also the opportunity to subscribe by email to an alerting service for when new articles are published.
'From Weaver to Web' is a website intended to present the history of Calderdale, West Yorkshire, and the textile industry. It provides public access to material (including images, commentary and oral history) digitised as part of this project funded by the New Opportunities Fund (NOF). The site includes introductions and examples of different types of source materials together with thematic introductions to significant events and topics within the history of Calderdale, long important for its cloth mills and markets. The topics include, such as, architecture, canals, the role of the mill, railway, social welfare. For example there is helpful information about undertaking research using electoral registers (or 'burgess rolls' - which list all those local inhabitants who were eligible to vote in local and Parliamentary elections) and poll books (which list the individuals who voted in elections and identify the candidate for whom they voted. These are available for different areas pre-1832 through to the 1872 Secret Ballot Act). These electoral registers represent an important source for the local historian and often throw up information not available elsewhere. The database of over 22,000 images may be searched by a variety of fields or browsed by all records. Articles and other secondary material has been written by local history consultants from partner organisations such as the county record office. The website also includes information on the digitisation process and content management system, as well as extremely clearly written 'help' documentation to enable easy use of the collections via the Internet. The archive is mainly derived from the Horsfall Turner collection donated to the Central Library, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England. 'From Weaver to Web' is one of the textile-related regional consortium of NOF digitisation projects, along with 'Cotton Town' and 'Knitting Together', that is contributing to 'Spinning the Web Consortium'.
This 53-page PDF report was commissioned by the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme in 2005. Aiming to inform research council support of arts and humanities researcher ICT needs at present and in the future, the report comprised an online survey; case studies and a comparison with previous studies leading to recommendations for AHRC strategy. The report is very detailed and, as well as an executive summary, includes detailed appendices whose raw data might be of use to further research in this area.
Geoffrey Rockwell : Publications is an online collection of preprints by the Associate Professor of Multimedia and Humanities Computing at McMaster University. On his personal website he has made available a range of published and unpublished preprints concerning: humanities computing; text analysis; computer games; multimedia; and philosophy. The latter category includes a full preprint of the book, Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet by Humanity Books (an imprint of Prometheus Books), 2003. Other recent preprints include: Untitled Number 4: A Brechto-Socratic Dialogue (co-authored with Stephen Ramsey); What is Text Analysis, Really?; Gore Galore: Literary Theory and Computer Games; and a chapter on "Multimedia" for the Companion to Humanities Computing (forthcoming). The majority of articles are available in PDF.
This is a PDF-format report on the 2006 AHRC-funded workshop ‘Geographical Information Systems e-Science: Developing a Roadmap’. Resulting from the mounting evidence that arts and humanities researchers are unable to make fullest use of digital resources (owing to the widely varying formats, technologies and metadata standards applied for example), this workshop aimed to explore the value of GIS e-Science to arts and humanities scholars, in particular through facilitating the location, retrieval and interrogation of electronic resources. The workshop brought together e-Science and GIS researchers with arts from around the world with arts, humanities and social sciences scholars with e-science expertise, and the report lists participants as well as reporting on papers delivered, subsequent discussions and conclusions.
Geospatial Electronic Records in an online portal to Web resources on the management and preservation of geospatial data. Intended for both information professionals (including: archivists; librarians; and records managers) and product developers, the site includes: links to relevant standards, including metadata standards; and guidelines to such topics as: geospatial and preservation metadata; file format registries; and intellectual property. Other resources highlighted include: resources on data confidentiality; professional societies; relevant projects; and conference proceedings and reports. The links receive little annotation, but they are up-to-date and well-chosen, making this a useful resource.
Great Britain Historical Geographical Information System (GBHGIS) is the website of the project of the same name which provides a complete description of Britain and its localities through time. Based at the University of Portsmouth's Department of Geography and partly funded by the National Lottery, other partners involved in the project include: the British Library; the National Archives; the Office of National Statistics; and English Heritage. The project is based on documentary evidence including: the census; historical gazetteers; 'travellers' tales'; and old maps. The project data is made freely available through another website, A Vision of Britain Through Time, in both map and graph form. The About the GBHGIS pages provide details on: the sources; methodology; and software. About The Project pages explain the mission and application of the project, for example the use the material can be put to, including farm surveys with DEFRA. About The Historical GIS pages explains how GIS and related technologies can be utilised. Through the Media Resources page, users can access newspaper reports about the project, although these are rather old. A Contacts page provides basic details. The website presents a large amount of complex information which is perhaps not user-friendly, particularly for newcomers to the subject.
The Guidelines for Markup of Electronic Texts are an online resource intended for use by staff at the University of Wisconsin (UW) to markup electronic texts for inclusion in the UW-Madison Libraries' digital collections. The fairly large and detailed tutorial assumes that the reader is familiar with TEI markup. The document starts with a chapter on transcription and character encoding, and proceeds to the description of the structure and different elements of the TEI Header. For the body of the document the Guidelines suggest the use of different encoding schemes depending on the purpose and correspondingly the level of complexity of markup: reading level encoding that requires markup minimally sufficient to support basic reading, browsing, retrieval, and navigation; pedagogical level encoding that requires markup to represent a structure sufficient for search, retrieval, and display for the purposes of teaching or basic research; scholarly level encoding determined according to the needs of the researcher. At present only the guidelines for the reading level are available, with the guidelines for pedagogical level forthcoming. The reading level markup scheme is a subset of the TEI Lite DTD (document type definition) and includes elements to encode textual divisions, headings and closings, verse and drama, quotations, highlightings, lists, tables, figures and notes. The document is clearly organised, well presented and is illustrated with examples of encoded texts.
HandHeldClassics.com is a website dedicated to supplying tools and content that enable the reading and study of classical languages on a handheld computer. It is likely to be of use to ancient language learners at all levels. Based on theories of language learning that include reading text in its original language and in translation concurrently, the site's author, John Jackson, draws upon the ideas of Heinrich Schliemann, John Milton and Sydney Smith to suggest models that can be interpreted via modern technology. The site includes access to free downloads to enable the installation of the language programmes and also a simulation of a Palm Pilot with the Bible+ interlinear text reader programme. The site is well-presented and while it requires an understanding of the use of hand held computers, its approach will be useful to beginners as well as more experienced users.
This is the website of HASTAC; an acronym for Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advance Collaboratory; a voluntary consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, engineers, leading researchers and non-profit research institutions committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology. The website provides general information related to the consortium, its projects and its events. It also links to HASTAC's Information Commons (Needle) and to a collaborate section where individuals are motivated to cooperate with each other through the creation of blogs and forums. The site encourage individuals to become part of the HASTAC network whom after registering are given the opportunity to post news and opportunities to the discussions boards, and to receive HASTAC postings.
HASTAC is a virtual network constituted by more than eighty institutions located principally in the United Sates; it is supported by Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI). HASTAC aims to ensure that humanistic and humane considerations are never far removed from technological advances; and to push education and learning to the forefront of digital innovation, its mission is to promote expansive models for thinking, teaching, and research.
HEDS : Higher Education Digitisation Service is an online collection of information on the not-for-profit organisation which provides advice; consultancy; project management; and digitisation production services. The organisation offers support for project development from the first feasibility assessment to final delivery of digitised material and aims to provide very low cost services to the higher education sector, museums, libraries, and not-for-profit organisations. HEDS specialises in the conversion of large volumes of teaching, learning, and scholarly materials from paper and other formats into electronic format. The website describes the digitisation process and gives a rough guide to costing a project. Published feasibility studies exist for the Refugee Studies Programme Digital Library and the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Image Digitisation Initiative (JIDI). There are also a number of online papers and presentations on the digitisation process, implementation, and strategy. Presentations from the annual HEDS conferences are also available (in PDF). Conference themes have included: Planning and Implementing a Digitisation Project; Digitisation Solutions; and Developing the Digital Collection. HEDS receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This resource is also described by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
Historical Atlas of Canada Online Learning Project is an online version of the award winning University of Toronto Press three-volume publication "The Historical Atlas of Canada" which uses thematic mapping to describe Canada's development. This online version intends to enhance the usability of the atlas - with subject indexes and a teachers' guide - making the information more accessible and navigable. This project will feature: maps; graphs and text redesigned for online; interactive viewing; "curriculum-based content to meet common classroom requirements"; learning activities and a teacher's guide; downloadable data in tabular form as well as printable map images; user-friendly interface and searchable index with continuous upgrades and additions. This project is clearly under development with fifty per cent of the proposed Table of Contents actively online but some links exist to show what content is still to be published.
This website is the home of the Early Modern Texts Forum - a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) developed to support a taught MA programme (in the History of Political Discourse, 1500-1800), and now including the Early Modern Virtual Research Group and a pilot eTexts Project. The project is the result of a partnership between the University of Hull in collaboration originally with the Univesity of East Anglia and now with the University of Warwick and the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC). The site includes information about this pioneering Virtual Research Environment (VRE) project, which provides a framework of resources to help researchers manage the range of tasks and tools required to carry out research. The History of Political Discourse project aims to act as a model VRE for the humanities. The project is also engaged in exploring and evaluating the use of the Access Grid tool, for delivering seminars, and SAKAI open-source software, for accessing resources and communicating. The VRE project is constructed around the MA, which aims to focus on the most cutting-edge developments in the history of political thought and discourse. Study of this discipline requires resources and expertise from a range of collaborating institutions. This website will be of interest to those involved in the creation and construction of similarly collaborative research and teaching programmes, and all those interested in the development of new technological tools for the humanities.
Human Technology is a scholarly open ejournal that aims to examine existing "human practices and social innovations" within the new information and communication technologies. It is published by the Agora Center at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. As of May 2007, six full-text issues are freely available online in PDF form. Some issues are themed, such as the February 2007 issue on 'Culture, Creativity and Technology'. Recent articles have been on topics such as the online world Habbo Hotel, amateur multimedia production, and new media artists. The website also contains details of the Editorial Board, how to submit papers, and the journal's aims. As of May 2007, the section titled 'Related Links' contains links for forthcoming European conferences of possible interest to readers.
Humanist is an electronic email forum for the discussion of topics associated with the application of computing technology to the study of the humanities. The group, which has been in existence since May 1987, was founded and continues to be moderated by professor of Humanities Computing Willard McCarty, (King's College London). Humanist is a publication of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) and the Office for Humanities Communication (King's College London). The website for the forum provides: information about subscribing; access to the archives (including a search engine hosted by the University of Virginia); and details of the editors and others involved in the running of the group.
'HumanIT: Journal for Information Technology Studies as a Human Science' is a free academic ejournal. The journal is presented online in both Swedish and English. At January 2009, 33 issues are freely available, with abstracts leading to full-text PDF articles. There is much here to interest those in the humanities, including articles with titles such as: 'Immersive Historicity in World War II Digital Games'; 'Exploring Games and Gameplay as a Means of Accessing and Using Geographical Information'; 'Dynamic Maps in Humanities Computing'; 'Playing the Story: Computer Games as a Narrative Genre'; and a special themed issue on 'Computerization and Narrative Fiction' (2-3/2001), among others. The journal is published by the University College of Boras and with the aid of the "Nordic board for periodicals in the humanities and social sciences". The website also contains information about the journal editors, the submissions process, and an e-mail list for notification of new issues.
The website of the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) , which based at the University of Glasgow and serves the University's Faculties of Divinity and Arts, provides full information on the institute and its work. The activities of the Institute include: an academic programme in humanities computing at introductory, undergraduate and postgraduate levels; encouraging collaborative research; developing a research programme with strengths in humanities and heritage computing; and organising events and summer schools. The site includes: course information; details of past and forthcoming events; and staff pages. Research projects with significant materials online include: Theatre of Memory (with VRML views); Heritage Lottery Fund "Funding ICT Study" report; and Digital Archaeology: Rescuing Neglected and Damaged Data Resources.
Humanities Computing and Media Centre (HCMC), University of Victoria is an online collection of tools and services for those developing websites for arts and humanities subjects. Software applications developed by the HCMC include the 'Hot Potatoes' suite of tools for creating interactive teaching exercises for the Web, and 'Quandary', another Web authoring tool for educators. These are commercial products that may be purchased from the site. The HCMC website contains a page explicitly detailing the web standards that they adhere to, with links to sites offering good practice guidelines. There are online presentations and workshops relating to humanities computing subjects such as: XML; XSL and document creation; digitising: text; graphic; audio; and video Material; the future of documents and academic exercises; and other aspects of new technology. The site features the 'WebAuthor' guide to building websites. Current projects that the HCMC are working on include the digitisations of: the diary of Robert Graves; an episode from John Lydgate's 'Fall of Princes'; and the Old English 'First Voyage of Othere'.
Humanities Research Institute Online Press (hriOnline) is an online collection of materials produced by the electronic publishing house of the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. The aim of hriOnline is to provide the means of dissemination for scholarly humanities projects where the research output is primarily in digital form. Recent electronic publications include: the Old Bailey Proceedings Online; Science in the Nineteenth Century Periodical: an electronic index; and John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. hriOnline publications is committed to the peer review of publications (with established editorial and advisory boards) and to the use of open standards for electronic publishing (e.g. XML). As well as access to the publications the website also provides information for projects and authors seeking to publish with hriOnline.
This website offers an overview of the Hunt for Submarines, an AHRC ICT Strategy Project supported study aimed at matching new advanced ICT imaging technologies to artists' needs. The project envisions a structured investigation and integration with in artistic practice of potential new imaging technologies and aims to record this, providing a new model for collaboration between artists and technologists. The project has been made available on the website of the visual arts centre of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), AHDS Visual Arts.
This web page lists research projects funded under the AHRC ICT Strategy Projects Scheme. Projects fall into two strands: knowledge-gathering and resource-development. Projects span a wide range of arts and humanities disciplines and technologies and the website includes links to initial proposals, progress reports and where appropriate, project websites.
This webpage, a part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council website, incorporates a list of the downloadable reports (usually substantial PDF documents) produced as a result of the AHRC ICT Strategy Programme. The first four project, although with individual scopes, were concerned with “broad e-infrastructure issues and needs”, including: quality assurance in the production of digital resources; the portal needs of arts and humanities researchers; arts and humanities researchers’ use of, and need for, ICT resources; and examinations specific resources’ use. These have provided an important basis for articulating the emerging arts and humanities ICT agenda. The final three reports, are knowledge-gathering projects interested in the development of tools and methods, in particular harnessing emerging technologies elsewhere to the needs of arts and humanities researchers.
Identifont is a tool to identify an unknown font from a sample of text or logo by answering a few questions online. At each stage the questions that are asked are based on information already supplied, with the aim of identifying the typeface in the smallest number of steps. The website is based on the Common Lisp Hypermedia Server, a Web server designed for advanced applications in AI and research. Once a font has been identified, information about the designer and publisher is provided along with supplier details and links to similar fonts. It is also possible to search for pictures or symbols and for font names or designers and a list of publishers or foundries can be browsed. The website offers a list of free fonts, the top ten fonts and new releases. New fonts can be submitted by following the instructions given.
The website of the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) contains information about this organisation which aims to promote the use of technology in education. Although the organisation's members are generally teachers in secondary schools, much of its work is relevant to humanities computing in general. Of most relevance is the association's newsletter, of which an extensive archive is available in PDF format. In addition, the website includes: information on the association and its chapters; information on its annual conference; and details of grants and scholarships. The site is navigated by side menus or by a full-text search of its contents (although this does not include the contents of the newsletter).
Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers (ICT4LT) is an online collection of ICT training resources for language teachers. Written by a team of international subject specialists, the site offers 16 modules at three levels of expertise which range from introductions to CALL, its methodology, and its integration into language learning in the classroom, to managing a multimedia language centre and creating Web pages. Originally a project funded by the Socrates Programme of the Directorate for Education and Culture at the European Commission, and based upon a needs analysis conducted by the University of Hull and CILT, this syllabus of Web-based training materials has been successfully piloted with with language teachers and trainers in the UK, Italy and Finland, and has received positive reviews from subject experts. The site's contents are freely available and regularly updated. As well as providing information, each module features discussion topics and questions designed to encourage reflection on the material presented. The site's 'resource centre' provides additional supportive material, including: related Web links to glossaries of computing terminology; professional associations; and CALL software publishers and distributors. The site offers its own glossary of terminology for ICT and language learning and teaching, as well as a search and help facility. Comprehensive and informative, this site will be of immense value to language teachers in both further and higher education. Any teacher who is interested in ICT and language learning/teaching, regardless of his or her own IT competency, should choose the ICT4LT site as a means of learning more and developing the necessary skills.
Information Technology Journal is an online electronic journal which focuses on: computer science; information systems; computer systems; information engineering; and software engineering. Published by the Asian Network for Scientific Information (ANSI), which covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, the journal is available in full-text through RSS and is peer reviewed. The site provides: information on submitting manuscripts; a feedback form; and subscription details. Back issues date to 2002 and can be searched by: keyword, title; and author; and the full-text of archive issues is available in PDF. This is a good resource of international note for postgraduates and researchers in the information technology fields.
Informedia : Digital Video Understanding is an online collection of resources detailing an information technology research and development initiative the goal of which is to achieve machine understanding of video and film media. Based at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, it is involved in several projects, all of which involve the development of software that can combine: speech; image; and natural language understanding to automatically: transcribe; segment; and index linear video for intelligent search and image retrieval. Informedia projects currently cover the fields of: education; health care; and defence technology, but could potentially be of application in the arts and humanities. The website introduces past and present projects involving Informedia, and contains a number of research papers. Current projects include: 'Informedia-II', developing a system of video information summarization and visualisation; 'Aquaint', intended for automatic intelligence information gathering from ungrammatical spoken multimedia sources; and 'CCRHE', a project developing 'algorithms and systems enabling people to query and communicate a synthesized record of human experiences derived from individual perspectives captured during selected personal and group activities'. A page of demonstrations and software downloads is planned, but not yet operational.
The website of the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities is an online collection of information on the work of this research institute. It includes: several directories of fellows' research projects; a collection of essays by IATH fellows and staff; IATH-developed software; and a section devoted to 'Postmodern Culture', a web-based scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press with the help of University of Virginia and Vassar College. While the projects (listed by author's last name, by title, and by start date and type of fellowship) will be mainly of interest to researchers active in various areas of the humanities (with a special emphasis on English and American studies), the essays are primarily relevant for researchers and professionals in the field of humanities computing as they focus mainly on: digital text creation; digital imaging; and knowledge management. As they also address issues such as computerised textual analysis, the nature of textuality, and even the nature of scholarship in a digital context, however, they make a valuable contribution to any investigation into the mechanisms of cultural production and reception at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. In addition, the site currently contains two downloadable sets of software tools: INote (an 'Image Annotation Program' that allows users to annotate an image using text, audio, or other images); and IBabble, 'A Synoptic Unicode Browser' that displays multiple texts in parallel windows. Further support is offered through a set of electronic documents that address issues as varied as burning CDs and compressing movies for the Web and dealing with Macinstosh file types, as well through various sets of javadocs.
The Institute for language, cognition and computation (ILCC), formerly Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS), at the University of Edinburgh engages in research into the nature of communication amongst humans and between humans and machines. The Institute looks at various modes of communication including text, speech, graphics, and computer dialogue systems. Research is carried out in such fields as: cognitive science; artificial intelligence; computational syntax and semantics; and human reasoning and psychologically realistic knowledge representation. ICCS work is intended to contribute in particular to the disciplines of linguistics and psychology. The website explains the research and teaching conducted by the ICCS, and includes a number of research papers that may be downloaded in zipped Postscript format, as well as abstracts of many more. The research section of the site links to several online projects developed by the Institute and various web pages for working groups in particular fields. These include groups devoted to natural language generation, grammatical theories, dialogue, and external representations for communication and human reasoning. The site also publicises workshops, seminars, lectures, and conferences organised by the ICCS.
Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) is the website of one of the UK's largest academic computing services. It serves the University of Bristol and also organises and participates in a number of national and international projects. The ILRT are involved in: multiple aspects of computing technology; engaging in research; development; teaching; consultancy; and other services. The ILRT's activities are organised into five themed groups: digital libraries; eLearning; imaging; Internet development, design, and accessibility; and the Semantic Web. The website describes the Institute's work in all five fields as well as publicising upcoming conferences, workshops, and other events. There is a list of ILRT publications and research reports.
This is the website for the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small group investigating how discourse is transformed as it moves from the printed page to a networked environment. Concerned with new understandings of the 'book', new approaches to text, the development of universally accessible tools for creating and editing digital texts, and associated issues of cultural conditions, copyright, and privacy, the Institute has a number of online projects worth exploring on this website. These include: Gamer Theory, whose website allows users to read an innovative Web edition of the project's print volume, as well as access a discussion forum; MediaCommons, a digital scholarly network; and HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory), which is investigating the future of learning institutions in the digital age. Furthermore, the site makes available a number of new, homegrown tools: Sophie, a multimedia authoring tool which allows users to create media-rich, networked documents without recourse to programming; and CommentPress, allowing readers to comment, paragraph by paragraph, in the margins of text. Users can see CommentPress in action in various other online projects accessible from this website.
The Institute's blog makes for interesting reading and overall, this website represents an extremely valuable contribution to the field of digital humanities, offering enlightening commentary, practical solutions, and imaginative research.
This is the website of the International Journal of Digital Curation (IJDC). The website is the electronic form of the first peer reviewed journal published by the Digital Curator Centre. The journal is entirely devoted to papers, articles and news items on curation of digital objects and related matters; it presents an international and unbiased vehicle for the discussion of preservation and curation issues. IJDC provides information about current events, programmes, projects, and relevant papers published elsewhere. Published two times a year the journal supports a greater global exchange of knowledge by allowing free open access to all its content, articles can be downloaded as PDF.
This is the website of the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee, or IW3C2. The mission of the Committee is to organise the annual international WWW Web conferences, select venues, assist organisers and maintain quality. The website contains an overview of the history of the Committee, its aims and functions, and a blog detailing developments regarding past and proposed conferences. There are profiles of present Committee members, and information on how to host a conference, including a conference guide and application form. The website also contains links to the dedicated websites for all the previous conferences going back to the first one held at CERN, Geneva in 1994.
Internet Archive is an online collection of Internet sites compiled by an ambitious project intended to preserve the history of the Internet by building a digital library of sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form. Concerned that the ephemeral nature of the World Wide Web robs history of important documents, the Internet Archive attempts to capture and catalogue sites and preserve them for posterity. There are three major collections: one for texts; another for moving images; and the third for audio recordings of live music. An eclectic selection of materials is stored in each collection, with individual files reviewed by users and available for download. An email message board forms a prominent feature of the main page. The Web section contains archived copies of billions of websites. These can be searched using the Wayback Machine. By entering a URL, this search facility returns various archived copies of a website. There is also a full-text recall search, a search engine that indexes the full-text of Web pages within the archive. Its usefulness as a catalogue of academic resources is uncertain, although there are some good materials stored in the archives. As for providing a resource for scholars of the history of the Internet, it may in time prove a worthwhile enterprise.
Introduction to Encoding : a Tutorial for new Encoders is a brief online introduction to text encoding designed for a reader without previous knowledge of the practice. The tutorial is not a general or comprehensive introduction to markup: it does concentrate on problems specific to the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, it has references to the Project's other tutorials and to software used by the WWP. The encoding that the project uses and recommends is based on the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) principles and syntax with some modifications introduced by the WWP. The tutorial starts with describing a general structure of a TEI document including body, front and back matter, and their major subdivisions. It then proceeds to a short description of the genre specific text divisions found in verse, prose and drama, such as paragraphs, metrical lines or speeches. The tutorial also describes the WWP page reference system; explains the problem of overlapping hierarchies and the Project's solutions to this particular problem. This resource also presents the Project's recommendations on recording the appearance of the text using 'renditional ladders'; the WWP's modification of the TEI scheme that allows the attribute 'rend' to take multiple values. The final part of the document includes short descriptions of the TEI header, and encoding of title pages, notes and special characters.
Iowa Digital Library is an online collection of more than 100,000 digital objects from the libraries and archives of the University of Iowa. The virtual exhibits include: several on twentieth-century art, with a strong focus on avant-garde movements such as Dada and Fluxus; collections on the experience of African-American women in Iowa; the correspondence of the poet Leigh Hunt; Victorian trade cards; and rare medical books from the University's John Martin rare book room. The collections may be browsed or searched by Dublin Core fields. Image may be zoomed or rotated when viewed. Some of the collections use an older interface with more basic browsing and searching facilities.
'Is There a Hypertext in This Class : Teaching Victorian Literature in the Electronic Age is an online version in full-text of an essay which addresses the advantages and disadvantages of using hypertextual resources in the teaching of nineteenth-century literature. Written by the Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, it focuses on two main questions: 'How must classroom management and writing assignments be reconceptualized?' and 'How are students to be taught to read hypertextually?'. The starting point of this analysis is Professor Smith's own experience of using electronic resources in the teaching of Victorian literature, in particular 'Storyspace', a digital writing environment and hypertext structuring tool, and two hypertext projects by Professor George P. Landow, 'The Dickens Web' and 'The In Memoriam Web'. After introducing the issues and describing the aforementioned courses and resources, the paper discusses the efforts required by, and rewards stemming from, teaching and reading literature hypertextually.
James Clark Home Page is an online collection of: open source software for text encoding; and parsers for SGML/XML programming. Clark's home page consists of materials relating to web development applications and is divided into four main sections. The first deals with Document Style Semantics and Specification Language (DSSSL); the second with XML resources; the third with 'SP', an SGML parser; and the fourth with Jade, a DSSSL engine. Each section is technical in nature and assumes a knowledge of programming. The website also contains information on James Clark himself.
JANET video technology advisory service (VTAS) provides advice on products, training and on-site consultancy in videoconferencing, IP conferencing, video streaming and video on Metropolitan Area Networks. The website includes a detailed product comparison chart, a report on videoconferencing standards, and a glossary of terms.This service is maintained by the United Kingdom Education & Research Networking Association (UKERNA), which receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
JeLit : Journal of eLiteracy is an online peer reviewed ejournal hosted by the IT Education Unit at Glasgow University which boasts a distinguished international editorial board. Details about submitting articles are also included on the site. Themes covered by the journal and listed on the site include: delivering eLiteracy; accessing eLiteracy; eLiteracy and politics; the ethics of eLiteracy; and the strategic role of eLiteracy. The journal focuses on a variety of aspects of eLiteracy and features: book reviews; research reports; case studies; and articles. Abstracts and metadata are online but the article texts are available as PDF files. The journal can be searched by: volume; title; author; abstract; or keyword and is an extremely useful resource for teachers to learn more about eLiteracy as well as for those specifically in the field. Details of the annual international conference on eLiteracy are also online.
This site describes CETIS's work in representing UK higher and further education institutions on international learning technology standards initiatives. This includes information on their work in developing standards that will allow the exchange of information between learning content, learning management systems, student profile systems, and administrative systems.
Also available are news, articles, and an events calendar, all of which can be searched. The site also has a standards-compliant products directory, details of special interest groups (SIGs), a number of briefings about different standards and specifications, and hosts an email list forum for the discussion of interoperability standards, and a number of UK HE/FE specific application profiles. CETIS receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
JISC Digital Media (formerly known as TASI : Technical Advisory Service for Images) is the website of a service set up to advise and guide the academic community on the digital creation, management, storage, delivery, and use of image-related information including moving images and film - as well as audio production and podcasting. An extensive list of advice documents is available from the website, suitable for both inexperienced and advanced users. The site also provides information regarding workshops; support services and a blog. Another section describes some of the more useful resources that can be found on the Internet. A weekly online surgery is held and users can seek advice on any issues relating to digital media. The service maintains a library of case studies and annotated links. There are also guides to such topics as: metadata; copyright; and digital preservation as well as details of training courses and a glossary of technical terms and acronyms.
This website describes a JISC-funded project aiming to observe the impact and use of e-books in UK Higher Education as well as to develop new models to stimulate the market for them “within a managed environment”. Responding to a demand from JISC Collections, e-book publishers, librarians and aggregators for clarity over the impact of e-books on print sales and a framework for pricing and licensing, the national e-books observatory project aims to licence e-book collections within four key disciplines (Business and Management Studies, Engineering, Medicine (not mental health or nursing) and Media Studies) and evaluate their use (using deep log analysis and assessing the impact of the materials upon publisher, aggregator and library processes). Resulting knowledge will be transferred to stakeholders to stimulate the e-book market and develop an appropriate business/licensing models. The website very thorough descriptions of the project’s components and work completed so far, including the list of “most-wanted” e-books licensed by the project.
The website Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Technologies Application Programme (JTAP) is an online collection of information about the programme's 40 separate projects intended to demonstrate how technology can support effective learning and teaching. Individual projects studied such issues as: virtual reality and visualisation; collaborative learning tools and techniques; and computer-supported assessment and examination. The project reports may be downloaded from this site. The reports are available in a number of formats, including MS Word and PDF. The description is based on that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is an online inter-disclipinary journal focussing on exploring social phenomena through computer simulation. Published quarterly (in January, March, June and October), the site contains articles, discussion papers and a large number of book reviews. Recent topics have included: Rational Choice; Evolutionary Theory; and Neural Networks. The site contains a search facility and complete archive of past issues. Site navigation is also simple.This journal will be of use to anyone interested in how Computer simulation informs the Social Sciences. Particularly Economics and Sociology. It is hosted by the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey.
Journal of Digital Information : Hypertext Criticism (Theme) is an online collection of articles from the Journal of Digital Information (JoDI), a freely available online peer reviewed scholarly journal which publishes articles and reviews relating to electronic publishing and writing. The journal has developed a range of themes which group together articles under a common editor. Recent topics covered within the hypertext criticism theme include: a bibliography of hypertext criticism; role of criticism in the information age; reviewing versus criticism; phenomenology and digital information; and review culture of fan fiction. Each article is reproduced in full, complete with a list of nodes (hyperlinks) within any article. Other JoDI themes include information discovery, digital libraries, and hypermedia systems. Further information about the journal and its submission policies are easily accessible. JoDI is published by the IAM Research Group, University of Southampton and receives support from the British Computer Society and Oxford University Press.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing is an online, peer reviewed full-text periodical devoted to issues surrounding scholarly electronic publishing as well as digital texts and the use of the Web in general in teaching and research contexts. Its aim is to be both a magazine and journal, publishing both short and longer pieces by: experienced practitioners; publishers; scholars; and librarians; or anyone interested in the business of electronic publishing. Issues are published three times a year, with the first volume appearing in 1995. All contents are available for browsing by: issue; author; or title. The scope of the journal is wide and readers will find articles on, for example: the electronic versus print publishing debate; the economics of scholarly electronic publishing; its impact on the scholarly communication process; questions of peer review, copyright and intellectual property; the credibility of publishing in ejournals; Web-based instruction in the arts and humanities; and much more.
This is the website of the Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR) (ISSN 1093-023X), a peer reviewed scholarly publication which focuses on the theory, design, implementation, and effectiveness of interactive learning systems on learning. The types of interactive systems include: interactive multimedia systems; interactive simulations and games; virtual reality based learning systems; computer-based training; authoring systems; computer-mediated communications; and many others. The articles of this journal are only accessible to subscribers, but the site does make available tables of contents and abstracts of the current issue. Full submission and subscription details are available, and the journal will be of interest to those working within educational technology and eLearning.
'The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research' is an open access academic journal. Articles are free, and are offered as PDF files. At November 2008, this peer-reviewed journal has two themed issues online: 'Virtual Worlds Research, Past, Present & Future'; 'Consumer Behavior in Virtual Worlds'; and a call for the third issue on the 'Culture of Virtual Worlds'. The website also has all the details one would expect to find from a major academic journal, including a detailed guide to policies, and an impressive listing of the JVWR Editorial Team. The website also has an 'Editors Blog', a useful 'Events Blog', and podcasts may be added at some future date. This will be a useful resource for those seeking current transdisciplinary scholarship on a variety of topics relevant to virtual worlds.
Journal TOCs is a JISC-funded project, allowing users to easily search the recent tables of contents (TOCs) from most commercially-published academic journals. The service offers a simple search-box, enabling keyword searches of RSS feeds from... "12,725 journals collected from 422 publishers". The service also has lists which can be browsed by either publisher or journal subject. The export of OPML files is permitted - enabling users to set up feeds for their favourite RSS feedreader. This reviewer undertook a test search for six major open-access titles in the arts and humanities, and the lack of these titles in Journal TOCs suggests that many open-access journals are not likely to be found here - presumably due to the general lack of RSS feeds in open-access ejournals outside of the sciences. Despite this limitation, the Journal TOCs service will be immensely useful for researchers in a wide variety of subjects. Users may register with the site, to save their regular searches. A free API is available to developers, offering potential for integrating Journal TOCs into other information services and online mashups.
King's Visualisation Lab is an online collection of information on projects and research which demonstrate the scope of 3D and virtual reality simulations in the context of historical and archaeological research. The portfolio of projects includes: Making Space which is investigating a methodology for tracking the intellectual capital generated in the making of 3D visualisations; a reconstruction of Kew Gardens showing its evolution over two and a half centuries; the theatricalism of the Roman house in the Republic and early Principate; and the application of 3D visualisation to the study of Greek and Roman masked theatre. The group has made available various sample visualisations. These include 3D renderings of the Theatre of Pompey; a virtual tour of William Wordsworth's Dove cottage; reconstruction of a Coventry Iron Age village; and the Skenographia Project which is investigating architectural scenes depicted on a number of Pompeian frescos. The group's website also serves to advertise the consultancy services available.
'Knowledge Media Design' is a research group at De Montfort University, Leicester. DMU is described as "an interdisciplinary grouping comprising researchers and practitioners in the fields of graphic design, photography, video, multimedia, ergonomics and learning technologies." The KMD website has details of several AHRC-funded projects, including: "Photographs Exhibited at the Royal Photographic Society 1870-1915"; "A research network to develop common language and concepts in order to facilitate further and closer research collaboration between the arts, humanities and sciences"; and a 2006 "Review and User Survey of the Arts and Humanities Data Service". They have also produced three "ICT Guides, the result of a JISC-funded ICT awareness programme for Arts and Humanities researchers." The KMD website has brief details of the aims and strategy of KMD, and a full academic projects list. Projects include: 'Roger Fenton's Letters from the Crimea'; 'Three Centuries of Transport'; and 'Royal Designers for Industry' (CD-ROM), among others. The KMD also undertakes commercial work and creates commercial products, under the brands of VisionZone, InteractiveZone, and LearningZone. The website has details of these commercial works, and contact details for commissions.
The NESTOR project website provides detailed information about its work to create a network of expertise in the long-term preservation of digital resources for Germany, together with a broad range of online materials relating to this topic. NESTOR aims to offer a platform for communication and sharing of expertise for institutions and individuals involved in digital archiving in order to establish standards; facilitate co-operation; present models of procedures and best practice; and foster awareness. On the site, users will find a number of studies and guides (in German) that have arisen from the project to date. However, what perhaps will be of most interest is the site's Information Platform, which provides links to an impressive range of resources, including articles; case studies; discussion lists; online tutorials; glossaries; and much more. The Platform also features a database of individuals involved with the preservation of digital resources; a calendar of forthcoming related events such as conferences, workshops and training sessions; and a directory of digital archiving projects in Germany. Users should note that while much of this site can be navigated in English, a good number of the resources listed are available in German only. However, anyone involved with the preservation of digital resources should find materials of interest on this site.
Kultur was a JISC-funded online project, which created a... "working model of a sustainable institutional repository for research output in the visual and applied arts", the Kultur Demonstrator. The website contains a full set of PDF reports on the progress and outcomes of the project, along with details of the staff involved, and links to the original JISC description of the project. This may be an interesting resource for those considering the ways in which academic online repositories and archives might best deal with... "the requirements of images and time-based media". The project ended in March 2009 and was a joint venture between the University of Southampton, University of the Arts, University for the Creative Arts, the Visual Arts Data Service, and Leiden University - and was part of the £14m JISC Repositories and Preservation Programme.
La Milpa archaeological project is an online presentation of the excavations by Boston University at the Maya city of La Milpa, Belize. The website concentrates on GIS research at the site, with: a very short introduction and bibliography; three papers concerning the relationship between land and people; and a gallery of colour pictures. There are computer graphics of a three-dimensional reconstruction of the site, which is accessible as a virtual reality tour or as single pictures. It is possible to download DEM files and preview pictures of the virtual reconstructions. Users may download a series of CAD files and maps free of charge by submitting a few personal details. A flight simulation using the CAD data may also be downloaded in a large Quicktime video file. The papers, which are entitled "Land and People of La Milpa"; "Shifting Axes: Spatial Expressions of Power at La Milpa"; and "Suburban Organization" are freely available, either as PDFs or Word documents. There are two main reconstructions, one using CAD for architectural structures and the other using DEM for the land: both are available in several computer formats. However, this website provides little information on the Mayan city itself and the archaeological research carried out there, and at times seems an exercise in GIS computing. This website may therefore be useful to students of GIS techniques and possibly researchers of the Maya civilisation already familiar with the site of La Milpa.
La Text Encoding Initiative : les Moyens pour Ajouter de la Valeur à un Texte Numérisé is an online article on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). It begins with a detailed introduction to the TEI, describing its early history and explaining the issues relating to the standardisation of text encoding practice in the humanities, and the choice of SGML as an encoding standard. The document introduces the TEI Guidelines and describes their coverage and the structure of the TEI DTD (Document Type Definition), as consisting of core, base, additional and auxiliary tag sets. The essay then proceeds to a short description of some of the TEI concepts, such as the representation of major text divisions in a TEI document using the element DIV, SGML attributes and elements, the scope and purpose of the TEI Lite DTD, and structure of the TEI Header. The final chapter is devoted to the present and future of the TEI and includes a list of humanities projects and institutions using the TEI guidelines, and a list of goals for the TEI derived from an article by Ide and Sperberg-McQueen (1995). The essay is followed by a list of the TEI web resources and a bibliography.
LAIRAH forms part of the AHRC ICT strategy scheme, and is concerned with the systematic evaluation of the use of digital resources in UK arts and humanities research. The project is using deep log analysis of automatically recorded server data to give a real time picture of resource use patterns. This website gives a broad outline of the project, and details of staff involved, including their research interests.
Language Learning & Technology (ISSN 1094-3501) is a fully-refereed online journal with an editorial board of scholars in the fields of second language acquisition and computer-assisted language learning. The focus of the publication is not technology per se, but rather issues related to language learning and language teaching, and how they are affected or enhanced by the use of technologies. The home page of the website provides immediate access to PDF versions of the columns, feature articles, reviews and commentaries of the current issue. There is also subscription information, information for contributors and access to the LLT archives.
LEADERS Toolkit at sourceforge.net is the website of a humanities computing project which attempts to facilitate online access to archives. The intention is to integrate archival descriptions (encoded according to the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) standard) and archival authority records (encoded according to the EAC (Encoded Archival Context) standards) with the actual electronic transcripts or digitised images of archive materials (encoded according to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) standards). By doing this, the project will enable the combined searching of archives by various structured finding aids by: information about the creators of archives; and by the content of those archives. Project deliverables include: a toolkit for implementers to build their own XML applications; a demonstrator application; documentation for methodology and tools; training materials for archivists and users. A link to the demonstrator application is provided from the site. This application enables the searching of parts of the George Orwell Archive and the University College London Archive. The integration of information with document transcripts clearly works well, and hyperlinks are provided to navigate between records. The main project site also provides a link to the documentation pages, which contains reports and instructions for users and developers.
The Line Group Encoding Guide is an online tutorial on encoding verse based on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), as such it concentrates on the use of the tag
Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC) is a quarterly journal published by the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing. Individual subscription to the journal provides automatic Association membership. LLC focuses on the application of computing and information technology to literature and language research and teaching: digital libraries; corpus databases; electronic dictionaries; electronic publishing and teaching. The site gives access to: contents and abstracts dating back to 1986; instructions for authors; online alerting service; and links to related journals.
The LLTI list is a forum concerned with language learning technology. It is supported by the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning located at http://www.languageconsortium.org, the Peter Kiewit Computing Services, and the Department of Humanities Resources at Dartmouth College. This is a useful resource for anyone interested in computer assisted language learning or language learning technologies.
The London charter aims to establish a set of standards for the use of three-dimensional visualisation in the communicating and preserving cultural heritage. The charter aims to provide 'basic objectives and principles' informing the 'intellectual integrity, reliability, transparency, documentation, standards, sustainability and accessibility' of 3D visualisation methods. This website summarises the charter, as well as offering a download of the most recent version.
This webpage is a simple description (in the form of an ‘update’) of the AHRC ICT strategy project led by Professor Richard Beecham and based at King’s Visualisation Lab. The projects concern is with how research data is gathered and evaluated in the production of three dimensional visualisation models. It aims to develop tools to document the range of ‘paradata’ produced by diverse 3-dimensional (3D) based research, and in doing so promote the use of 3D as a research methodology across a range of subject areas.
Making the LEAP : Linking e-Archives and e-Publications is the website of a research project which aimed to establish exemplars for: the electronic publication of research results in the arts and humanities; and the creation of digital archives. The website contains pointers to four exemplar projects for the methodologies established, including: Medieval Whittlewood; the Troodos Archaeological and Environmental Survey Project (TAESP); Silchester insula ix; and the Urban Landscape of Medieval Merv. The website also includes: background information on the project; its aims; and a small set of FAQs. The project concluded in 2006, but its findings are still relevant to electronic publishing in the humanities.
Mapping the Medieval urban landscape: Edward I's New Towns of England and Wales is the website for a project which aimed to look at towns founded by Edward I in the late 1200s in an attempt to understand the processes by which urban landscapes were created in the Middle Ages. The project looked at 12 towns in Wales and England: Aberystwyth; Harlech; Criccieth; Caernarfon; Newborough; Beaumaris; Conwy; Rhuddlan; Caerwys; Flint; Holt; Overton; and Winchelsea. The attractive and easy to use website consists of a number of pages describing: the project aims; background; methodology; the people involved; details of the pilot study at Winchelsea; and an impressive clickable map of England and Wales allowing the viewing of maps and a small amount of information on each of the study towns. Fuller reports on the findings of this project are not available here but will be disseminated via the website of the Archaeology Data Service in due course. Not all of the links work. Researchers in particular may find this website useful.
Maptube is a website where users can view, overlay and upload new maps using GMapCreator software released by UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. The software can be downloaded from the website, although it is not needed to view maps, only to create new ones, and to upload maps a user must register and sign in. This is an incredibly interesting resource for two reasons. Firstly, people from all over the world have created maps displaying research that they have done into a wide variety of topics, from the prices of a Big Mac in different continents to instances of antisocial behaviour in the United Kingdom. Secondly, the user can overlay a number of these different maps in order to look at the spatial relationships between the topics. The site is very well designed and easy to use.
This is the website of an AHRC funded project which is imaging 3D ancient mask miniatures relating to the New Comedy of Menander and create full size reproductions. The aim is to explore the “innate dramatic properties of the ancient artefacts” and demonstrate their inherent theatrical qualities, giving a new insight into the way these qualities were exploited by ancient dramatists, combining “literary, dramatic and iconographic approaches to Greek New Comedy”. The website includes a short section of project news and publications, informative video clips exploring the project in more detail and a lists of technical standards the project has employed.
Part of the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts' website, the Media History Project promotes the study of media history. Sub-titled "promoting the study of media history from petroglyphs to pixels", it contains a media time line, ranging from the prehistoric to the present day, articles and quizzes for media studies students. The articles explore the way technology; politics; economics; cultural and moral change; and institutions have contributed to the development of the media throughout its history. Subjects include printing and publishing; journalism; photography; advertising and comics; telegraphy, telephony and sound recording; radio, film, television and computing.
Medieval Unicode Font Initiative is an online collection of resources relating to the encoding of special characters in Medieval texts written in the Latin alphabet. The Initiative was founded by a group of scholars at the Leeds Medieval Congress in July 2001. The Web page encourages participation from other scholars working with the transcription of medieval manuscripts in order to propose a common set of special characters and abbreviation marks for definition within the Unicode Standard. The website includes a proposal for 340 additional characters in the Private Use Area of Unicode (including: small capitals; enlarged minuscules; ligatures; punctuation marks; and metrical symbols). The web page also includes a useful list of annotated links to fonts and projects relating to the transcription needs of scholars in medieval studies.
The Menota Handbook, published by the Medieval Nordic Text Archive at the University of Bergen, is a guide to good practice for the creation of electronic editions of medieval Nordic texts. The Handbook contains ten chapters and various appendicies dealing with the basics of encoding texts with XML (following the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines); the transcription of characters and words from manuscript sources; representing different levels or types of text; dealing with abbreviations in medieval manuscripts; representing additions, deletions and damage; lemmatisation and Old Norse morphology; encoding of metrics (poem, stanza, lines, type, assonance); and the structured description of a manuscript (using the tagset developed by the MASTER project and the TEI workgroup on manuscript description). The appendicies include descriptions of suitable Unicode fonts; XML editors; and a bibliography of works cited. The English edition is based on the earlier work, Håndbok for koding av nordiske middelaldertekster i samsvar med TEI P3 og XML.
This is the website for the Microcomputer Music Research Unit (MMRU) based at Bradford University. The unit uses computer technology to explore the sound of musical instruments and its synthetic production. Important outcomes of the research include the commercial musical instrument simulators (mostly simulating classical organs) Bradford Musical Instrument Simulator (BMIS) and Bradford Enhanced Synthesis Technology (BEST). The website includes details of ongoing research, including AHRC funded work into the use of pipes and digital technology together in the same organ, and work on the next generation of BEST, funded by NESTA.
Milkbar.com.au: Metadata Analysis Engine is an online hypertext documentary about the inner-city of Fitzroy, in Melbourne, Australia. Based on a Ph.D thesis by Adrian L. Miles which explores the effect of globalisation on Fitzroy, the site presents an oral history of Fitzroy in an attempt at understanding the changes to the community documented through interviews with individuals living there. The site includes twelve hours of unedited video, which may be retrieved using the Smafe Meta Analysis Film Engine, developed by the author and Kurt George Gjerde (MATs research program, InterMedia, University of Bergen). Film clips have been categorised by topics such as: ideology; economics; culture; and ethnicity. Each topic also has a short accompanying essay. The site requires a suitable streaming video plug-in such as Quicktime. Also included are a number of essays including: a description of how the experiment fits into humanties computing; how the hypertextual video is applied to the historical study of Fitzroy; and the gentrification of Fitzroy.
This is the website for an AHRC-funded research cluster aiming to apply visualization techniques to heritage sites under threat from coastal erosion and buildings in Wales and Ireland. It brings together computer scientists, archaeologists and heritage managers and organisations including the National Museums of Wales and Ireland, the National Trust and English Heritage. In doing so, through as series of workshops (details available), it will allow the application of computer modelling technologies and allow custodians of these sites to model the “different stages of their site's past and present different versions of that past”. The workshops, which include a strong practical element, will be followed by an “agenda setting” report.
This is the public website of MONK, a humanities text mining project. MONK stands for Metadata Offer New Knowledge; a digital environment designed to help humanities scholars discover and analyse patterns in the texts they study. The website provides the user with general information about the project including its description and links to participating organisations' websites; live demonstrations of MONK tools; screenshots of experiments and sketches; downloads of MONK code; a blog and a list of talks and papers.
MONK project builds up on the work and progress of two existing research projects (WordHoard and Nora project) creating an inclusive and comprehensive text mining and text analysis tool kit for scholars in the humanities. MONK's most distinctive feature is supporting both micro analyses of the verbal texture of an individual text and macro analyses that allows the user to locate texts in the context of a larger document space consisting of thousands of other texts.
MONK project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging Tutorial is an online guide for scholars and librarians wishing to digitise documents and images. Written by staff at the University of Cornell's Department of Preservation and Collection Maintenance, the tutorial offers a clear and well-written introduction to all aspects of the digitisation process, both technical and managerial. Sections include: converting from analogue to digital form; the use of metadata; technical infrastructure (from scanners to databases); and pointers to keeping knowledge up to date. Some sections include 'reality check' questions which test the reader on whether they understand some of the implications of what they have just read. A search engine for the tutorial allows for searching for keywords such as 'manuscripts' or 'digital library'. Although intended to be used in tandem with the print edition of 'Moving Theory into Practice: Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives', the website stands perfectly adequately on its own. The guide is available in English, French, and Spanish.
This highly innovative research produced within the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow seeks to provide a new way to find records within archives by offering visual aids to help the users. Traditional means of browsing or displaying online search results, typically restrict users’ ability to see where they are, how they got there and where they can go next. One potential solution to this problem is to provide a new type of visualisation of this information. For example, 'repository', 'collection', 'creator', 'person name', 'place name', 'corporate name' and 'function' could each be separate dimensions, rather like lines on the London Underground map. Unlike a conventional map however, we are not limited to two dimensions, which would restrict the representation of the multiple connections that can exist in archival finding aids. This research is funded by the AHRC's Speculative Research Scheme and the project website contains background information to the project, some documentation and two online demonstrations.
Multimedia : from Wagner to Virtual Reality is an online collection of materials which seeks to examine one "plausible starting point for modern multimedia", that is the work of composer Richard Wagner and his concept of Gesamtkunstwerk. The website accompanies the book of the same title, which contains: seminal articles by artists, scientists, and thinkers whose work and ideas created the history of information technology including Vannevar Bush and J.C.R. Licklider; excerpts from books by Norbert Weiner and Ted Nelson; the influential 1966 essay in which Dick Higgins introduced the term 'intermedia"; and Allan Kaprow's "Guidelines for Happenings" from 1965. Chapters by such authors as: Tim Berners-Lee; Lynn Hershman; Douglas Engelbart; Roy Ascott; Alan Kay; and Daniel Sandin offer multiple perspectives and interlinked entry points to the field. The website includes: an interactive timeline; and a teacher's guide based on Packer's course at Maryland College of Art and Design. The online teachers' guide provides a model for integrating the website and the book. It is intended as a tool for teaching higher education level students the history, theory and practice of multimedia. It incorporates essays by artists and scientists from the book, while taking advantage of the Internet's media resources with links to photo and video documentation.
The website of the Museums Computer Group gives an overview of this organisation which primarily provides a forum for discussion between museum, gallery, archive and higher education professionals "who work with computers and new technologies". There are details of the Group's regular meetings, and events such as 'Museums and the Web'. There is also a list of links to online resources for the museums' sector in the UK. Also included are excerpts of the most recent MCG newsletter which includes: articles; project updates; reports on meetings; and book or software or website reviews submitted by members. There is also an extremely active email (JISC-mail) discussion list ('MCG'), and the archives are available here through a version of the JISC-mail pages. There is also information about the MCG's award for "the most accessible museum website of the year", (the criteria for the award are usability and content accessibility).
This website describes the AHRC-funded research project ‘A Mutual Friend’ which explores the potential of the mobile phone to act as “a platform for cultural experiences” through developing a mobile phone application which will engage with the use patterns of the devices. The project has three distinct phases: firstly, a survey of available technologies, infrastructure and software architectures – this involved participation in a three month ‘Thinkers in Residency’ programme in Adelaide, Australia, engaging with the latest technologies and creating a public festival performance; secondly the development and staging of a public outcome ‘I Like Frank in Adelaide’ – essentially a participatory game played across urban and virtual spaces. The final phase has involved collating the public outcomes, papers and reports of the work. The website gives a more detailed description of project as well as the technical workshop notes and links to academic papers.
This website describes a research project which is using Grid computing to explore the military-logistical context of the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, a key event in the history of the collapse of Byzantine power in Anatolia. Doing so, it aims to demonstrate a multi-agent model based approach to early military logistics, as well as exploring new infrastructures and algorithms for building very large multi-agent models. The project is funded by the AHRC/EPSRC/JISC e-Science Initiative.
NarrNet : the Information Hub for Narratologists is a website, edited by Dr Jan Christoph Meister of Hamburg University, which aims to be a focal point for international scholars working in the field of narrative theory. The site is divided into a number of sections: projects - links to narratology projects throughout the world; a contact list of narratology researchers; information about joining the site's mail list; links to various bibliographies relating to the field; an archive of articles; and links to other narratology sites. The project is discontinued and now forms a part of Interdisciplinary Centre for Narratology (ICN) at Hamburg University. There are still some useful links although some are broken at the time of review.
National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH) is the website of a collaborative project which aims to provide leadership in the development of a digital environment to serve the 'cultural community', by promoting the idea of a connected, distributed, and accessible collection of cultural knowledge. The Initiative is a collaboration between: the American Council of Learned Societies; the Coalition for Networked Information; the Getty Information Institute; and other non-profit: arts; humanities; and social science organisations. It also seeks to create a collaborative network for sharing ideas and experience, and to offer a framework for developing projects and resources. The NINCH website explains the work the organisation undertakes, and provides access to: reports; guidelines; and tools for those involved with humanities computing and the development of web resources for the arts and humanities. Forums, meetings, and conferences are publicised on the site. There is an online guide to best practice, which covers areas such as: project planning; digital encoding of materials; audio and video capture and management; collaborative projects; distribution; and funding. There is a section on copyright and other legal issues. There are also sections devoted to NINCH projects, such as the International Database of Digital Humanities Projects, which provides access to peer reviewed information focusing more on research, methodology, and software, than on final product. NINCH also seeks to assess the future of humanities computing, studying the likely impact of economic and legislative developments.
This document is made available by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, created by their Cyberinfrastructure Council (CIC). It presents a vision to guide the NSF's future investment in cyberinfrastructure (CI). The CI was first created in 2005, to cover four overlapping and complementary areas: High Performance Computing, Data, Data Analysis, and Visualization, Cyber Services and Virtual Organizations, and Learning and Workforce Development. Various draft documents have been produced and reviewed. The current 'vision' document is intended to be a living document and will be updated periodically. The CI Vision document has 5 chapters: 'Call to Action' looks at drivers and opportunities, the overall vision, strategies and planning. Chapter 2, 'High Performance Computing (2006-2010)', looks at what high performance computing offers science and engineering and offers a vision for the next five years. Chapter 3,' Data, Data Analysis, and Visualization (2006-2010)', presents a vision towards a national digital data framework. Chapter 4, 'Virtual Organizations for Distributed Communities (2006-2010), envisions how to establish a flexible, open framework for virtual organisations. Finally, Chapter 5, 'Learning and Workforce Development (2006-2010)', provides the final vision, for embedding CI into learning. The document is available either as a single PDF or as a set of smaller PDF files corresponding to each chapter, plus front matter and appendices.
This is the website of the Nu.M.E project. Nu.M.E stands for NUovo Museo Elettronico (the New Electronic Museum). The project aims to use virtual reality applications to create a virtual museum of the Italian city of Bologna which would be represented at present and in different historical periods, the scheme also intends to apply the methodology developed for the realisation of Bologna's virtual museum to others urban realities. This resource, which is made available in Italian and in English, provides details of the project's aims; historiographical context; methodology; state of the Art; organisation and related links. The Nu.M.E project is part of the Fifth Frame Work Programme E-CultureNet project.
The Office for Humanities Communication (OHC) is an online resource detailing the work of the organisation which publishes printed and electronic works and organises events relating to the application of digital technologies within humanities disciplines. The OHC is based at King's College London within the Centre for Computing in the Humanities and is a joint project with the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. The website provides full details of printed works published by the OHC which include: the proceedings of the Digital Resources for the Humanities (DRH) conferences; 'Knowledge Lost in Information: Patterns of use and non-use of networked bibliographic resources'; 'Textual Monopolies: Literary Copyright and the Public Domain'; and 'Beyond the Book: Theory, Culture, and the Politics of Cyberspace'. Online publications include the Humanist discussion list and archives and 'Computing in the Humanities Working Papers'. Contact details and an online version of the OHC style guide are also available.
This is the website of Omeka, a web platform produced by The Center for History and New Media, (CHNM), George Mason University in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Omeka is a valuable open source tool for museums and other places (or individuals) who want to create online exhibits without having to rely on third-party consultants. The program allows users to post items to a digital collection in a great variety of formats and to control copyright options for each item uploaded. There are already a mixture of memorial exhibits, such as: "The April 16 Archive", collecting and preserving the stories of the Virginia Tech shooting; the "Hurricane Digital Memory Bank" presenting the stories of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and "Katrina's Jewish Voices", where the Jewish community tell their own stories of how the Hurricane Katrina affected their lives. Omeka also offers great interactivity allowing users to add keywords or tags to items in a collection or exhibit, to keep in touch through the creation of blogs and to keep up to date with the content by subscribing to an RSS feed.
OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories. Each repository listed in OpenDOAR has been visited, virtually, by project staff to check the information that information is accurate and quality-controlled. The directory can be searched or browsed by a range of criteria, such as subject area, country, content type or software type. Institutional and subject-based repositories make up the majority, but the directory also encompasses archives set up by funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. In addition, several tools are available for use by repository administrators and service providers. These include the policy tool for creating repository policies, a machine-to-machine interface (api) to enable repositories to retrieve data automatically from OpenDOAR. In addition, OpenDOAR Search uses the Google Custom Search Engine to offer a full-text search of repositories listed in OpenDOAR. It is also possible to suggest new repositories for inclusion in the directory.
OSIS Website is an online collection of resources on the work of the Bible Technology Group, which was formed to develop a common XML format for biblical texts. The Group is sponsored by the American Bible Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. The chair of the Group is Steven DeRose, Brown University. The Group's website includes: information about the members and structure of the Group; details of development of the Open Scriptural Information Standard (OSIS) for encoding biblical texts in XML; and information about the annual Bible Technologies conference. The Group also maintain an email discussion list, the archives of which are available online.
OSS Watch is an advisory service providing advice and guidance on the use, development, and licensing of free and open source software. The website gives access to materials including briefing notes, conference reports, opinion pieces, book reviews, research reports and slideshow presentations. News, details of events and an FAQ are also available. OSS Watch is funded by the JISC and its services are available free-of-charge to UK higher and further education.
OSS Watch : Open Source Software Advisory Service is an online service that informs and advises the UK further and higher education community about free and open source software and open standards (OSS). It facilitates cooperative OSS activities through the development of best-practice guidelines and outreach activities aimed at: OSS strategic planners; developers; and users. It offers a web-based clearing-house for: up-to-date information; focused assistance for institutions and software projects; and investigative reports. The website includes news of conferences, and presentations by the OSS Watch team.
The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), seeks to preserve and provide online access to recorded materials that are in danger of being lost; especially Anthropological field tapes from the 1950s and 1960s. The project focuses upon the Pacific region, broadly defined as Australasia and Southeast Asia. The research group has established a framework for accessioning, cataloguing and digitising audio, text and visual material, and preserving the digital copies. The primary focus of this initial stage is safe preservation. The sources of the collections are analogue field recordings held in university departments, but also the records from a number of deceased estates. Fourteen thousand images from the Australian linguist Arthur Capell (1902-1986) are available online for restricted scholarly access.
This is the personal web page of artist, improviser, researcher and composer Palle Dahlstedt. Dahlstedt’s music ranges from “orchestral works to interactive music installations, from theatre music to electronic improvisations” and is combined with his parallel career as a computer programmer in his research into computer-aided creativity. The website includes details of his musical works, research projects and a comprehensive biography. Dahlstedt was an Arts Council England/AHRC Art & Science Research Fellow between 2003 and 2005.
The Parsons Journal for Information Mapping is a free full-text ejournal for research in the novel design approaches needed to map complex information systems and huge data sets. At October 2009 the issue has published four issues during 2009. Articles are freely available as full-text PDF files, with abstracts, author biography, and project metadata. Example articles from the first four issues include: 'The Visual Repertoire of Obama's Run for the White House'; 'Revising the Map: Modulated Mapping and The Spatial Interface'; 'Bronx Rhymes: An Urban Multimedia Project'; 'Spatial Awareness and Exploration of the Museum Building'; and 'Magnifying the Eye of Culture: Visual Cognition through a Comparative Sociocultural Progression of Christian and Islamic Images', among others. The journal is likely to be of interest to those in graphic design, interaction design, knowledge visualisation methods, visual communication, and infosthetics. Articles may also interest those working with terascale data sets in the digital humanities. The journal has details of the Editorial Board, calls for papers, and the ability to subscribe by email.
The Paula Petrik Homepage is an online collection of resources mounted by the professor of history at George Mason University whose special interest is in the potential of the new media for teaching and researching history. The site hosts syllabi for courses such as History and New Media-Maps and Creating History for New Media, as well as information for students on essay writing. However, of particular interest are the academic articles featured on the site. Available in PDF or RTF, they are informed and scholarly pieces on the subject of Web design for history teaching.
Peer Review and Evaluation of Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities is an online report which seeks to define criteria and procedures for the evaluation of digital resources and the scholarly work that goes into their creation. The report proposes a systematic system of peer review for electronic resources, including assessments of: their intellectual content; and their technical architecture. The report, available as a PDF file, includes a total of 19 recommendations, including: a two-stage submission process for AHRC funded projects covering intellectual and technical issues; an effort to encourage scholarly journals to review digital resources; common citation standards; and the integration of evaluation processes into the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The site also includes the results of an online survey conducted in 2006 as part of the project.
This website offers a basic course in the Perl programming language, concentrating on the processing of written texts. No previous knowledge of computer programming is assumed. A number of example programs are given, and students are encouraged to understand these and then adapt them. There are plenty of exercises, and answers to some of these are provided online. The course was created by Paul Bennett, formerly of UMIST and now at the University of Manchester. It has been used in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. There are links to further online Perl courses.
This is the website for PhiloLogic, a full-text search, retrieval and reporting system for large multimedia databases developed for humanities computing text analysis by the ARTFL Project and the Digital Library Development Centre (DLDC) at the University of Chicago in collaboration with The University of Chicago Library's Electronic Text Services. The website offers the user all details necessary to use the software including: download of previous and current versions; user documentation; developer documentation; bugs; encoding; a to-do list, which is a list of items that developers propose to fix for futures revisions of the software; sample databases, such as: Brown Women Writers XML; Victorian Women Writers SGML; Sanger Archive XML and The Nameless Shakespeare XML to mention a few. The website also provides access to the PhiloLogic wiki for registered users and links to the Digital Library Development Centre and the ARTFL project.
PhiloLogic is open source software, it supports TEI-Lite, TEI XML and TEI SGML documents, and variants such as MEP and CES with Unicode support.
This is the website of Phoebe, a web application intended to motivate and provide support to individuals interested on designing learning experiences that make appropriate use of technology; a web-based pedagogy planning tool that is aimed at practitioners working in post-compulsory learning (FE, HE and ACL). The website offers: guidance on how to use learning activities and tools supported by Phoebe; reference materials and several learning design templates, it also allows individuals to create a personal account enabling them to generate and manage their own learning designs.
Phoebe has been developed by a team from the Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning unit (TALL) at Oxford University and Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) with funding from the JISC Design for Learning programme.
This is the website of the Project Bamboo, which is aimed at anyone interested in the future of digital humanities. This resource provides the user with relevant information about the project including: news; upcoming events; summaries of workshops together with its relevant registration details; and a proposal of the project which can be downloaded as PDF file.
The Bamboo project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Bamboo aims to reach an understanding on how to enhance arts and humanities scholarship through the development of technology, relying upon the expertise of researchers in arts and humanities, computer scientists, information scientists, librarians and campus information technologists.
This ‘temporary’ webpage briefly describes the Purcell Plus project being undertaken by the Intelligent Sound and Music Systems group at Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Computing. The project aims to build a “computer-assisted research framework” based on musical scores, recordings and textual commentaries tested initially on Henry Purcell's c1680 autograph scores of Fantazies and In Nomines. The project, funded under the AHRC/EPSRC/JISC eScience Initiative is decribed in detail on the website, including details of technical infrastructure and a bibliography.
The Rationale of Hypertext is an online essay in full-text by Jerome McGann which focuses primarily on the physical character of textual works and discusses it from both a literary and a practical, methodological perspective. It is divided into 3 main sections: 'The Book as a Machine of Knowledge'; 'HyperEditing and Hypermedia'; and 'The Necessity of Hypermedia'. The first section discusses several implications of the use of electronic media in the production and study of textual material, and argues that digital versions provide us with a means of transcending the informational and critical limitations of the hard copy text. The second section distinguishes between hyper-editing and manipulating text with the aid of word processors, and suggests that to function in a 'hyper' mode, an editing project must use computerization as a means to secure freedom from the analytic limits of hardcopy text. The final section is dedicated to exploring the need for high-quality multimedia digital resources and the difficulties encountered in their production. It uses as starting points for the discussion examples illustrating some of the challenges and limitation encountered in the production of print scholarly editions of works by Blake, Dickinson, Landon, and Wordsworth, and concludes with an overview and analysis of one of Professor McGann own projects, The Rossetti Hypermedia Archive. The work also includes a coda entitled 'A Note on the Decentred Text', which explores the question of whether the organisational structure of the hypertext is dependent upon the existence of a central underlying 'text'.
ReCALL is a journal published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL). It is issued twice a year in May and in November and is also available online to subscribers. The May issue normally contains selected papers from the previous year's EUROCALL conference. The journal contains articles relating to theoretical debate on language learning strategies and their influence on practical courseware design and integration as well as regular software reviews. The website provides information: about the journal; how to subscribe; notes for contributors; as well as access to lists of the contents of previous and current issues.
The Relationship between General and Specific DTDs : Criticizing TEI Critical Editions is an online article which discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using general against specific DTDs (Document Type Definition) in critical editions encoded according to the TEI (text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines. The author points out that one of the decisions which an editor of an electronic text has to make is when to use elements, attributes, or data content to represent information in SGML and XML documents. Such decisions influence the degree of structural control over electronic documents and the extent to which elements of their content can be validated. The author discusses the use of different methods for encoding of the critical apparatus of an edition and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. He concludes that both general and specific DTDs may offer advantages for critical editions, and describes three strategies for reconciling the need for both types of DTDs. The three solutions involve: modifying the TEI DTDs according to the recommendations in the TEI guidelines and subsequently processing the document by referring to the TEIform attribute; encoding the document using a custom DTD and then transforming it to a standard TEI DTD using an arbitrary transformation tool; and encoding the document using a custom DTD that incorporates the TEI DTD as a base architecture, and then using SGML architectural processing to transform the document to a standard TEI DTD.
This Web page briefly describes an AHRC-funded research project bringing together dance and e-science researchers from the Universities of Bedfordshire, Leeds, Manchester and the Open University to explore the ways e-science technologies can inform practice-led dance research, and correspondingly, how choreographic knowledge can shape e-science and make its technologies more usable within the arts and humanities.
This wiki describes all three AHRC-funded LICAU workshops. These events, in 2007-2008 aimed to address the problem of increasing academic interest in literary illustration meeting a background of museums and libraries unable to provide appropriate access to their illustration collections. The workshops brought together curators, conservators, academics, creative industries and illustrators to explore their research, access and conservation needs (including discussion of digitisation and emerging modes of academic research) with a view to “to [raising] the standing of illustration in the academy, libraries and museums, and in the public eye” as well as establishing networks to serve this aim. The wiki includes a link to a summary of the project's original proposal.
Research Portals in Arts and Humanities is an online collection of information on a project which aimed to evaluate the way the arts and humanities research community finds and exploits digital resources. To this end it analysed the various services, such as the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service), RDN (Resource Discovery Network) hubs/Intute subject groups and AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Methods Network and Awareness Training Programmes. A detailed report was published, which is available as a download from this website. The website also: explains the background to the report; its methodology; and gives details of the team behind it.
Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies is the website of a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of cyberculture. The Center's website makes available an extensive set of resources including: an introduction to a definition of cyberculture; the online publication of at least two book reviews per month (since July 1997); links to online interviews with leading individuals (e.g. Noam Chomsky; Esther Dyson; Umberto Eco; Nicholas Negroponte; Sherry Turkle); an annotated list of links to syllabi for courses teaching cyberculture; a detailed annotated bibliography which includes sections on: virtual identity; virtual communities and networks; as well as more general works which set the context from which cyberculture emerged or in which it is is studied. The Center also maintains a list of events, featured links and background information to the Center itself.
This website, available primarily in French with some English translations of key sections, was created for the digital publication of scientific journals in the field of the humanities. The programme aims to digitise and published online, through a portal which offers access to the collections as well as advanced functionalities which facilitate and enhance use of the portal’s resources. The journal's publications are all in French. The website is easy to navigate and journal articles can be searched by keyword or browsed by period (1971-1979; 1980-1989; 1990-1999; and 2000-2003).
Rossiiskie elektronnye biblioteki is a portal for Russian digital libraries, which publishes the Russian Digital Libraries Journal and promotes collaboration on issues of standards and technology. A bilingual inventory of Russian digital libraries is especially useful, and can be browsed by: subject area (e.g. education or arts and culture); type of resource (e.g. video, geodata, full-text); creator organisation; status (completed or in progress) amongst others. Some areas of the site do not seem to have been updated for several years, and there are a number of broken links in the inventory, but it still provides a wealth of interesting information on humanities computing and online resources for Russian area studies, with contact details for those involved in these projects. The journal provides English-language abstracts of Russian full-text papers, as well as full-text versions in both languages of papers submitted in English. Potentially a useful springboard for those researching, planning or implementing digitisation projects involving Cyrillic.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is an online bibliography of English-language books, articles, and other sources concerned with electronic publishing via the Internet. Entries are not annotated, but are clearly categorised. Links to online versions are provided where such versions exist. The bibliography may be searched or browsed, or downloaded as a whole in PDF format. It is regularly updated, with earlier versions being archived on the site. Specific areas covered by the bibliography include: economic issues; electronic books and texts; electronic serials; general works; legal issues; library issues; new publishing models; publisher issues (including digital rights management); and repositories. There is an appendix of related bibliographies. This should prove to be a useful resource for those studying, or involved with, the electronic publication of academic resources.
This is the website of the Scholarly Technology Group (stg). The group is part of the computing and information services at Brown University; the group, focusing particularly on humanities and the social sciences supports the development and use of advanced information technology in teaching; academic research; and scholarly communication. This resource provides: details about the group; a comprehensive listing of projects which includes an outline of the project aims and when available a link to the current project website; a list of STG publications including articles, books and presentations, many with online abstracts; a search facility and information about the faculty grants program sponsored by the computing and information services.
Scholarly Work in the Humanities and the Evolving Information Environment is an online version of a report by William S. Brockman, Laura Neumann, Carole L. Palmer, Tonyia J. Tidline (ISBN 1-887334-90-4) on how humanities scholars conduct and collate research. The report, published in December 2001 by the Digital Library Federation and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), is intended to inform the development of academic libraries in meeting the needs of the scholarly community. The research was funded by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Campus Research Board. The text is available online as PDF or HTML and can also be ordered in printed form from the publisher.
Scholarship in the Humanities : Open Technologies (SHOT) is an online collection of research projects being undertaken within the Classics Department at the College of the Holy Cross. Whilst a local initiative, SHOT provides a set of principles and guidance which might be applied within other humanities disciplines and at other institutions. The initiative is concerned with both opening up access to humanities research and ensuring that research (in digital form) is based on open standards and technologies. The website provides introductions to: markup languages; relational databases; geographic information systems (GIS); statistical analysis; and online publication. Materials from selected projects in classics are also available including: the Hacimusalar archaeological project; the Episteme small collection of primary sources for studying ancient science; and a project investigating the text of 'Treatise on the Sphere' attributed to Proclus.
Text-e.org is the website of a virtual symposium, 'Screens and networks: towards a new relationship with the written word', held from 15 Oct 2001 to March 2002. The aim of the symposium was to examine the effects of new technologies on the written world. The presentations are posted as eBooks, which require either the Adobe eBook or Microsoft Reader software to view. Guest speakers include: Roger Chartier; Roberto Casati; Stevan Harnad; Bruno Patino; Theodore Zeldin; Jason Epstein; Bibliothèque publique d´information; Dan Sperber; Stephana Broadbent; Francesco Cara; and Umberto Eco. Topics include: readers and readings; the real nature of a book; writing in the post-Gutenberg age; digital journalism; digital libraries; authors and authority. The site is presented in French, English and Italian. The virtual symposium has been organised by the Bibliothèque publique d'information (BPI), the Institut Jean Nicod (CNRS and EHESS), the non-profit organization EURO-EDU and GiantChair. The site also includes a concise bibliography, details of other invited participants, and details of any accompanying events happening in the 'real' world.
This is the website of the Script Encoding Initiative; a project initiated and run by the Department of Linguistics at University of California, Berkeley in co-operation with the Unicode Consortium. The aim of the project is to provide proposals for encoding scripts not yet supported in Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646) as of 2006. The project estimates that, being the process of encoding slow many scripts will still be not encoded in ten years; there are some 80 scripts, minority and historic that are not yet encoded. The resource contains general information about the project, including the project’s progress as well as to links of a large set of the proposals which are downloadable as PDF-files.
This is the website of a 2009 Cambridge University Press book on search design, possibly one of the most critical design issues of our age. 'Search User Interfaces' is freely available online in full-text form. The book by Marti Hearst examines the design of search interfaces across a range of platforms and delivery methods. Chapters include: 'Design of Search User Interfaces'; 'Evaluation of Search User Interfaces'; 'Presentation of Search Results'; 'Information Visualization for Search Interfaces'; and 'Emerging Trends in Search Interfaces', among others. At June 2009, it is reported that the book will be available in print form in September 2009. This ebook will be useful for interface designers, web designers, designers of library systems, and those aiming to build robust methods of data-mining in the digital humanities, among others.
Sydney Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS) is an online collection on the work of the research centre which develops and publishes online full-text databases, consisting primarily of source texts in the humanities. The SETIS main site describes the service's activities, and contains a number of papers concerned with humanities computing and digital libraries. It also hosts the Australian Digital Theses Program, allowing digital access to Australian research theses via an online database. The research papers online were all delivered at the 2001 international conference 'Computing Arts: Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities'. Full texts are available to download in PDF format. Projects hosted at the site include: Australian Literary / Historical texts; ACDP novels; John Anderson Papers; J. H. Maiden Botany Texts; Explorers' Journals; Mary Shelley's Biography of William Godwin; and PDF files from the journal Sydney Studies in English.
SGML-MARC : Incorporating Library Cataloging into the TEI Environment is an online article which describes the work to develop an SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) version of the MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloguing) cataloguing system and includes: sections on the history and participants of this project; goals and difficulties of such conversion; the relationship between the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) header and the MARC cataloguing record; and the work with hierarchical SGML-MARC records undertaken at Columbia University Libraries. According to the author, the MARC DTD should enable the convertibility of MARC records into SGML without loss of data, and the SGML-MARC record should be able to reside either independently, or embedded with the SGML document which it describes. A project under way at Columbia University Libraries attempts to research and address these tasks. Specifically, as part of the digital library cataloguing of collections of digital images and electronic texts, the Libraries are beginning to create SGML-MARC master records from which both MARC and HTML records can be derived as necessary.
This is the archived website of "A Shape Retrieval System for Watermark Images" a project of interest to those researching or studying historical watermarks and conservation techniques. The aim of the project is to create a watermark archive as a resource to inform techniques in art and paper conservation. One aspect of the project was to create SHREW (shape retrieval of watermarks), which would enable searches of watermarks by general shape similarities. The second aspect was to create a test collection of digitised watermark images, through which different methods of reproduction could be compared. These materials form the Northumbria Watermarks Archive, to which there is a link on the page. The website explains in detail the methodologies used in the project and provides excellent sample images, which require the ability to view large images. Links are provided to other major digitised collections of watermarks. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants award scheme.
This is the website of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), it offers information about the SITE conference, as well as links to SITE's publications [Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE) and Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE)], the website provides access to the SITE newsletter and to the SITE blog. SITE members can participate in a Special Interest Groups (SIGs) which are structured under three categories: Information Technology; Teacher Education; and Consultative. Users can become SITE members by paying an annual membership fee.
The Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education is an international association of educators in all disciplines whom are interested in the creation and propagation of knowledge about the use of information technology in education. The organisation aims to integrate the development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources for learning into teacher education programs by promoting research, scholarship, collaboration, exchange and support.
Slovo: Towards a Digital Library of South Slavic Manuscripts is the website of an international project which aims to: increase cooperation between academic institutions studying medieval Slavic monastic culture; develop a website on Balkan literary heritage; create internationally agreed standards for the electronic publishing, description and encoding of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Pages on individual monasteries offer all or some of the following: an overview of monastery history; a description of manuscript collections and art treasures; a description of digitization efforts; links to manuscript descriptions; related links; bibliography; links to online articles or PDF files. Within the guidelines section is: an article on storing, publishing and researching Slavic manuscripts with computer technology, based on the work of the Repertorium Intitiative and the Slovo project; a ‘how to’ encode Slavic manuscripts within Text Encoding Initiative guidelines; and further documents on character set standardization, XML and advanced encoding resources which will be of interest specifically for those involved in the electronic publishing of medieval manuscripts. The links to current manuscript projects under ‘initiatives’ are of particular interest. This site will be of great use for researchers in the field of palaeoslavistics, and of significant interest to those researching medieval Slavic monastic culture.
Spectrum : a Web-tool for Describing Internet Resources is an online report detailing the results of a comparison of three standards for describing electronic resources: the Machine-Readable Cataloguing (MARC) format; the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) header; and the Uniform Resource Citation (URC) standard for accessing materials on the Web. It also describes a Web-based tool Spectrum that enables individuals without specialised knowledge of library cataloguing or markup to create records describing electronic resources of various types. The document starts with a brief introduction to the three standards and gives an example of the TEI header. The authors conclude that there is enough overlap among the three formats to create a set of data elements from which minimal versions of all three records can be generated. Record translations could be performed by the Online Computer Library Centre's (OCLC) SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) Document Grammar Builder, a set of software tools that automatically identifies the structure of SGML documents. The report includes an annotated example of a MARC Record translated from a TEI Header, and a short discussion of operations involved in such translation.
Standards and Procedures Followed at the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick libraries : Help Sheets for Creating Electronic Texts is an online collection of guidelines for creators of electronic texts. Although primarily designed for use by publishing projects at the Electronic Text Centre at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) libraries, it is also useful for students, other researchers and digital projects. The guidelines include sections on: text encoding; transcription; the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) header; encoding of prose, drama and verse; and parsing of encoded texts. The document is fairly short, intended for a reader without a background in text encoding and contains links to relevant sections of the TEI Guidelines and other TEI tutorials. The section on the TEI header offers an annotated example of a full TEI header created using the Centre's template. The section on encoding prose provides examples of tagged prose and a discussion of how to encode such features as page breaks, additions and deletions, original spellings and hyphenated words, highlighted words and phrases. The sections on encoding drama and verse give examples of encoded texts. The final part of the guidelines, concerned with parsing encoded texts, offers examples of common errors reported by parsers, such as nsgmls.
Standards for Language Encoding is an set of online course materials on standards for language encoding offered at the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information 1999 (ESSLLI), sponsored by the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL). The course introduces SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) and TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) and gives examples of their use in the encoding of natural language resources. The introduction to SGML, designed for students without knowledge of text encoding, gives examples of SGML markup and covers such subjects as: short history; significant characteristics and uses of SGML; the structure of SGML documents; the document type definition; entities; SGML-related standards; and the processing of SGML. Several chapters are devoted to the description of the TEI and TEI conformant markup. The overview covers: the structure of TEI documents; the TEI DTD; and the TEI Lite. The chapter on markup for text corpora includes short sections on the Corpus Encoding Standard (CES) and the CES DTD.
Stanford Digital Library Technologies is an online collection of projects, papers, tools, and guidelines relating to digital libraries, which were produced by this project which ended in 2004. The group's ultimate goal was to 'design and implement the infrastructure and services needed for collaboratively: creating; disseminating; sharing; and managing information in a digital library context'. The 'projects' section of the site contains tools for: information retrieval; interpretation; management; and sharing. Research has been undertaken into using Palm Pilot infrastructure for developing and browsing electronic libraries, and on developing a Simple Digital Library Interoperability Protocol (SDLIP) for integrating heterogeneous information sources. Other projects include: the development of a query translator that can search multiple resources through one front-end interface; and a value-filtering search tool that is not solely based on text comparison. A 'documents' section hosts a number of: publications; presentations; dissertations; and other papers relating to digital libraries and humanities computing issues. A search engine is provided for this section. Some documents are in PowerPoint format. A separate section is devoted to SDLIP, explaining its importance, and featuring extensive documentation and an introductory movie. Other sections offer links to various related computing projects at Stanford University. There is a seminar timetable, a 'testbed', and a page of links to external sites. This site should be of interest to anyone involved in humanities computing and the development of interoperable digital library technology.
This is the demonstration website for STARS (Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research Project). Run from the University of Bristol, STARS is funded by JISC to develop: this demonstrator online system; an extended open source tool for searching distributed data sources (including multimedia) for the visualisation, replay and annotation of screen-based arts media in context; a review of existing practices and technologies used for screen arts media databases; and an analysis of options for resource retrieval across file-sharing systems. The project ran for 18-months, and concluded in July 2009. There is also an associated weblog which contains documentation, a profile of the project and its staff, reports of demonstration workshops with images, and a link to the main STARS online demonstration project. STARS will be of interest to those researching semantic approaches to image and screen arts databases.
Tables of Contents: Tagging Guidelines is a short online tutorial on encoding tables of contents using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Designed to be used by the staff of Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, it assumes the reader's familiarity with text encoding and the work of the WWP. The tutorial starts with the recommendations on the transcription of tables of contents, and discusses such features as: the presence or absence of page numbers on the table of contents page; the alignment of text; subheadings; and subdivisions. These recommendations and discussion are followed by five examples, each containing a table of contents laid out as it appears in the book, its suggested encoding and examples of encoded chapter headings referred to by the table of contents in the text of the book.
'Tags Networks Narrative' is the website of an AHRC-funded project that ended in September 2007. Based at De Montfort University, Leicester, the project was titled 'Interdisciplinary application of experimental social software to the study of narrative in digital contexts'. It sought to evaluate "the potential for collaborative social-software techniques such as folksonomy in narrative research". The website has: a link to a project weblog (ended September 2007); details of a tagging study and an overview of the conclusions; free Powerpoint slides and PDF files of papers delivered as part of the project; and a useful annotated list of websites used during the project.
Teaching and Learning Languages Enhanced by New Technologies (TALLENT) is the website of a project which provides a sixty-hour in-service module for teachers and trainers in European languages as a second/foreign language. It has been developed by experts in eleven European universities with funding under Lingua Action A. The course consists of seminars and workshops. The workshops in particular are designed to enable participants to: practise using the applications introduced in the seminars; reflect on how to integrate technology into their teaching and their students' learning; and develop a pedagogical project in the area of their choice. The course follows a negotiated syllabus, i.e. the syllabus will be finished following an analysis of the needs and interests of the group. Topics include: language learning and ICT reference tools; the Internet; concordancing; the self-directed learning environment and ICT; authoring tools. Each module includes: a short tutorial; a set of suggested learning activities; and a list of references for further reading, with links where appropriate.
Teaching European Literature and Culture with Communication and Information Technologies is an online collection of papers presented at a conference held at the CTI Centre for Textual Studies at the University of Oxford in March 1998. The papers discuss the use of technology in the teaching of literature and culture within modern languages and the possibilities Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can offer for enriching the learning process. Several projects making effective use of technology are presented and discussed by the authors. Important issues such as: the effect of technology on the relationship between content and teaching methodology; teaching styles; and changing subject boundaries are brought into focus.
TEI Encoding and Syntactic Tagging of an Old French Text is an online paper which reports on one of the outcomes of a research project undertaken at the University of Melbourne, on computational modelling of syntactic change, whose objective is to study diachronic syntax and ultimately model a flexible human language processor capable of dealing with language change. As a step towards achieving this goal the project produced a TEI (Text Encoding Initiative)-conformant version of an Old French text, La Vie de Saint Louis, which includes syntactic tagging derived from the Penn-Helsinki coding scheme which has been translated into SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language) following the TEI Guidelines. The paper includes: a description of the project; the text; the development of a TEI encoding for the text; and the adaptation of the Penn-Helsinki syntactic coding scheme. The authors explain reasons behind their decision to translate the Penn-Helsinki (PH) tags into TEI conformant SGML, and provide a detailed illustrated description of syntactic markup used for the project. The paper ends with a brief note on tools employed for tagging and conclusions describing lessons learned from the project.
The TEI header: a Tutorial with Examples is an online tutorial on recording metadata about electronic texts using the TEI header. The tutorial is primarily designed for the staff of the Women Writers Project at Brown University and has explanations specific to software used by the Project. It is still useful, however, to other projects, researchers and students both as a tutorial and as a detailed description of the implementation of the TEI header by a major digital project. The tutorial includes: an explanation of the purpose of the TEI header; a discussion of how to construct a header using templates designed for the Project; descriptions and illustrations of the content of various elements of the header; and examples of a completed TEI header.
TEI Text Encoding in Libraries : Guidelines for Best Encoding Practices is an online document offering recommendations for libraries using the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Guidelines for electronic text encoding. The recommendations were developed by a working group formed at the TEI and XML (eXtensible Markup Language) in a Digital Libraries Workshop held at the Library of Congress in 1998 and are intended for libraries using the TEI Lite DTD. The guidelines are built around five levels of encoding meant to allow for a range of practice, from automated text creation and encoding, to encoding that requires expert content knowledge, analysis, and editing. The levels are defined as follows: fully automated conversion and encoding; minimal encoding; simple analysis; basic content analysis; scholarly encoding projects. The guidelines for each level explain the purpose of the encoding recommended for that level, its suitability for different types of projects, and include a list of elements available at that level with notes describing on their usage. The document assumes the reader's familiarity with text encoding and the TEI scheme.
The web page for the TEI public discussion list (TEI-L@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU) offers access to the list's archives from January 1990. The interface allows the user to search the complete archive, restricting the search by: the text of the message; the subject field; date; or the author's email address. The user has an option to browse the archive: the postings are arranged by month and then by subject and date, and can be accessed from the table of contents of an entry for a particular month. The page allows users to join or leave the TEI-L list, or to update their subscription interactively. Members of the list can use the page to post messages after going through an authentication procedure.
TEItools is an online collection of specifications for transforming documents written in TEI-conformant SGML or XML to other formats. The tools are a set of conversion scripts, written in Tcl, which includes the following converters: from TEI Lite to HTML, RTF, TeX, DVI, PS, PDF; from HTML to TEI Lite, Linuxdoc, TeX, DVI, PS, PDF; from Linuxdoc to HTML, TEI Lite, DocBook, TeX, DVI, PS, PDF; from DocBook to TEI Lite. The TEItools are designed to support different languages. They were developed to work in Russian, but come with localization files to support English, Russian, French, Finnish and Czech. The site offers examples of different types of output produced by the tools from a TEI Lite document, instructions on the installation and running of the tools, and suggestions on modifications to make them suitable to different user requirements. According to the author the tools are poorly documented and not all of them are of equal quality. The software and the website are aimed at a technically sophisticated user.
Temporal Modelling Project is an online collection of resources that presents the research results of a project to investigate time and its representation using digital technology in humanities-based research. This site presents all of the research and design work which led to the creation of "PlaySpace", an online tool that allows users to generate visualizations and XML (eXtensible Markup Language) models of temporal relations in their own (previously undigitised) data. Prototypes are linked to at the Salem Witch Trials project, and the Race and Place research project. The site opens with a depiction of a clock, and there is "mouse over" Flash animation to navigate this site. However, once past this splash screen, navigation is possible via the footer of each page.
Text encoding initiative (TEI) is the website of TEI Consortium which was formed to continue the work of the Text Encoding Initiative and is hosted by four universities: University of Bergen; Brown University; University of Oxford; and the University of Virginia. The site makes available the Consortium Agreement for the Maintenance of the TEI (March 1999) - a document that specifies the terms of an agreement among the TEI sponsoring organisations about its future development as a Consortium. The document defines: the roles of different bodies within the Consortium; responsibilities of the transition team; and contains statements on: the goals of the Consortium; the transfer of the TEI intellectual property; and the list of milestones that need to be achieved on the way of building the Consortium. The site provides links to: the four hosts of the Consortium; TEI websites; the text of the TEI Guidelines; TEI SGML and XML DTD's; publications; tutorials; software; and other Web resources concerned with the Text Encoding Initiative.
TEI Lite is an online collection of information on this customisation of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), which contains a subset of elements designed to meet most needs of TEI users in an easily-learned and relatively simple form. TEI Lite is currently used by several major electronic text centres and digital projects. The site includes: the current (P5) version of TEI Lite in ODD, Relax NG schema, XML schema and DTD; documentation in HTML; documentation on the previous version (P4) in several languages:(English; Chinese; French; Italian; Japanese; Russian and Spanish) and the P4 version in DTD, TEI extension files and Relax NG schema.
Text Technology : the Journal of Computer Text Processing is an online electronic journal covering the application of computing technologies to textual studies. Its subject coverage includes the use of computers for: textual creation; acquisition; analysis; editing; and translation. An archive of issues from 2003 is available on the website: the constituent articles of each issue are presented in full-text in PDF format. The archive, which starts at volume 12, no. 2 (2003), is incomplete, with several issues missing. In addition to this archive, the website also includes submission information and contact details for the editorial board. No full-text searching of issues is possible, although the tables-of-contents of archived issues are listed on a single page allowing simple retrieval by a web-browser's search function.
Textarc : an Alternative Way to View a Text is an online tool which encourages the visualisation of word patterns in texts by generating a visual index or map of the text. Textarc re-presents any given text as two concentric circles within which typographic features are retained and more frequently occurring words are brighter than those occurring less frequently. Pointing at a word results in a display of spokes revealing the distribution of a word throughout the text. Collocations for any word may also be viewed. Selecting a specific word generates a concordance (KWIC - KeyWord in Context). Textarc also enables the display of repeated word pairs and grouping of words with a common stem. Viewers are able to test Textarc with Hamlet and Alice in Wonderland. There is also a facility to select texts from the Project Gutenberg electronic texts library (including an indication of texts too long or inappropriate for use with Textarc). The site requires a Java-enabled Web browser and may be slow to use on older machines.
This is the website of TextGrid, a modular platform for collaborative textual editing. TextGrid is one of the first projects in Germany and Europe to apply e-Science methods and grid technologies in the humanities field. The project seeks to create a virtual platform that is open to the whole research community; it links digital archives containing textual documents and provides a collection of tools for the collaborative analysis, annotation, edition and publication of specialist texts resources. Allowing collaborative textual scholarship TextGrid provides the tools to overcome current isolation in research and to facilitate cooperative working methods and the sharing of resources content and software agents alike. Text Grid is part of the German national grid initiative D-Grid funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
THEATRON is an educational software package, which through virtual reality technology, offers 'interactive real time walkthroughs of highly accurate 3D models' of ten contemporary and historic theatres across Europe. The package, which is available as a demo version from this website, allows the study of elements of theatre like time, space, lighting, acoustics and sightlines, often hard to communicate via conventional teaching models. The website includes an overview of the product as well as details on its presentation at academic conferences and the project's history. Subscriptions to THEATRON can also be purchased.
This website describes an AHRB-funded project which aimed to utilise emerging digital technologies (such as the XML standard) to evaluate and enhance understanding of the production of the time consuming process of creating critical editions of classical Tibetan texts, from the processes of making them readable to their textual editing and criticism. Towards this end, the project developed a ‘proof of concept’ short specimen critical edition of a previously unread text (made available here) The Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu Edition of the rNying ma'i rgyud 'bu – as well as an exhaustive exposition of the process of transcription and related software, although these no longer seem available online. Additionally, the site includes a journal article, ‘The Dance of the Guru's Eight Aspects’.
TimeMap Open Source Consortium is the website of the body that has developed the TimeMap TMJava software that generates interactive maps aware of the chronological dimension and therefore particularly adapt for use in the fields of archaeology and history. The website contains documentation and examples as well as the history of the project and contact details to obtain support. The software can be downloaded after registering and is available as Java applet or Java-based Windows applications; the registration is free for personal use and an open source license is expected in the future. The software is intuitive to use but requires some previous knowledge of GIS (Geographic Information System) and a set of data with geographical coordinates and chronological references. TimeMap facilitates the production of maps that are validated to a set period or date and allows interactivity by: zooming; panning; or changing data display by altering the chosen period. Animations of great educational value can also be produced. It is possible to publish the maps onto a web page. Several data sets are available as example; many of these focus on the region of Angkor. TimeMap has been developed at the Spatial Science Innovation Unit (SSIU), University of Sydney, and is maintained by the TimeMap Open Source Consortium.
Title Pages: a Tutorial with Examples in an online tutorial on encoding title pages using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Designed for use by the staff of the Women Writers Project (WWP) at Brown University, the resource assumes the reader's familiarity with the section on title pages from the TEI Guidelines and the ability to access the Project's markup documentation database. Accordingly the tutorial concentrates on examples rather than a detailed explanation of the TEI or the Project's encoding rules. The Project's modifications of the TEI scheme are noted, explained and illustrated. The document starts with describing different types of titles, such as the regular title pages, colophons and captions, and proceeds to a discussion of how to record the physical appearance of the title, including font size, spacing, alignment, breaks, embossments and so on. The tutorial explains how to encode the information about the author of the document, and various data pertaining to the printing and production of the text. Several sections illustrate how to record epigraphs, figures and ornaments on a title page, edition information, price or sale information. The tutorial ends with an image and fully encoded transcription of a title page, and examples of encoded half-title pages, colophons and caption-title pages.
Tom Malzbender is an online collection of materials on the work of the scientist who has developed image-based relighting technology to enable scholars to decipher ancient texts. Malzbender's process captures images of three-dimensional objects - such as tablets - thereby helping scholars to read inscriptions that were previously invisible to the human eye. The site contains a short article about the technology, explaining in lay terms how it works and what it can do. There are also Quicktime films demonstrating how the process 'reads' a text. Some technical research data is also available.
This web page describes an AHRB-funded project which examined the possibilities of applying Facet Analytical Theory (FAT) to build multi-dimensional ‘bottom up’ (as opposed to the typical taxonomic structure which regards information as a tree-like, integrated whole) classification systems to aid information retrieval in humanities datasets. The project aimed to develop a prototype in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) and the Humbul Humanities Hub (now part of Intute Arts and Humanities). The website archives papers and reports associated with the project, although there are some access restrictions.
Tuebingen System of Text Processing Programs (TUSTEP) is an online resource that documents software for the scholarly processing of textual data. TUSTEP is intended particularly for use in humanities subjects where texts themselves are the objects of research: philology; linguistics; literary studies; and librarianship. The software can perform functions such as: the automatic collation of texts; manual correction by editor or automatic corrections according to pre-programmed macros; decomposing texts into word forms; building logical entities; sorting such entities; preparing indexes; processing textual data; and transforming textual data into different file formats. Initially developed in the 1960s, TUSTEP has continued to evolve and is compatible with most major recent file formats and operating systems. Recently added features include a CGI interface and improved support for SGML/TEI/XML markup. The website describes the capabilities and compatibility of the TUSTEP software, and explains where to find further support. The software itself is not provided for download at the site; potential users will need to contact the developers.
UCLA Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is the website of this service at the University of California, Los Angeles, which assists university students and staff with teaching and research through the use of computing technology and new media. The Centre provides IT services and develops and publishes a number of online resources. The CDH hosts the Electronic Literature Project, which aims to produce hypertext and multimedia critical editions of literary works. The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) is another CDH project, making available through the Internet the form and content of ancient cuneiform tablets. The website contains news and IT information for UCLA members, but few materials of more general interest to the humanities computing community.
This is UCREL's website, the University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language; a research centre based in the Department of Computing and the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. The research group is dedicated in particular to corpus linguistics (the analysis of large bodies of text). This resource offers details on the centre's research; related, current, past and forthcoming events; technical online papers (articles dealing with corpora and computational linguistics and corpus manuals) which can be downloaded as PDFs; list of publications; and corpus annotation. The website also provides links to ACL Anthology (A Digital Archive of Research Papers in Computational Linguistics); further corpus software developed at Lancaster University and other relevant Corpus Linguistic sites, resources and tools.
UK Interoperability Focus is the website of the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)-funded body responsible for exploring, publicising and mobilising the benefits and practice of effective interoperability across diverse information sectors, including libraries and the cultural heritage and archival communities. The website provides information on events, presentations, and publications and hosts an email discussion list. Most of the presentations are available to download in PowerPoint format. The Interoperability Focus receives funding from the JISC and the Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries.
UKOLN is a national centre for networked information management, providing policy, awareness, research, and networked information to the UK library, information, and cultural heritage communities. The website includes links to the various projects organised by UKOLN, which include the electronc journal 'Ariadne', and several advisory and research activities. The site also hosts several blogs and provides information on upcoming conferences and workshops. A particular focus of the site when last checked was UKOLN's remote worker support and the cultural and technological challenges of remote working. UKOLN receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries.
This PDF document describes the series of four AHRC and EPSRC-funded research workshops ‘Understanding and Supporting Group Creativity in Design’. These brought together researchers, industrialists and artists, to exchange ideas about the way in which technological tools can be used to support creativity. Although the description is brief, the document does summarise insights achieved by the group.
Part of Alan Wood's Unicode Resources website, this page provides information about a wide range of Unicode fonts. Details are given of the fonts available to Windows users, and links are provided to sites offering free downloads. Unicode fonts (which assign a unique number code to each character, ensuring that the fonts display consistently regardless of which operating system, program, or language is in use) are becoming increasingly widely used, so this site is likely to be of use to linguists, theologians, and others whose work often involves using non-Roman alphabets. The fonts described here cover Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Braille, and dozens of other writing systems. The site is easily navigable: the fonts are categorised according to type, and each group is accessible from a hyperlinked list on the main page. Links are provided to pages giving details of Unicode fonts for Mac, Unix, and Linux users.
This resource provides a selection of case studies from higher education institutions in art and design prepared for the Advisory Group on Computer Graphics (AGOCG). Each case study takes the form of a written report or paper, which are also made available to the user as an acrobat files. The themes cover: graphics; multimedia; visualization and visual environments, with a variety of subjects that range from 3D industrial design to the design of multimedia calculators for use in teaching numeracy. Following the end of the AGOCG initiative, the website stopped being actively maintained in April 1999, nevertheless its content still relevant.
Using Computer Technology to Teach Medieval Texts is a website that introduces to the technophobic academic methods and ideas for class-based teaching using computers. The emphasis of the site is on strategies for incorporating technology into teaching rather than on the actual content of lessons, although sample lesson plans are provided, mostly concerning the General Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The site begins by introducing hypertext and the possibilities for students to publish work on the web. It then goes on to look at the potential of online discussion groups. The benefits (and disadvantages) of CD-ROMs are pondered. Finally there are links to other websites developed to help with the teaching of medieval texts. Throughout the site, annotated links are given to materials and more technical courses that might supplement the basic discussion provided. The sample lesson plans are mostly fairly obvious, but may be of help to the tutor lost as to where to begin. This site will prove useful to academics thinking of using electronic teaching aids, but unsure as to how to go about it. Although aimed specifically at those teaching medieval literature, much of the information on the site is applicable across subject boundaries. The emphasis is on class-based assignments, but a little creativity should suggest other potential teaching applications.
The Virtual Lightbox is an inline browser applet written in Java for image comparison and manipulation. Users can: import images into the applet's display area; arrange them by clicking and dragging; magnify them; and apply basic image processing. The Virtual Lightbox is both free to download and available under the Open Source GNU General Public License. The website includes help documentation and screenshots. There is also an application version of the software which enables an image-based whiteboard with a peer-to-peer networking architecture. Users participating in a common Lightbox session see the same images in the same on-screen configuration at the same time. The Virtual Lightbox has been developed with the support of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).
Virtual Vellum is the website of an e-Science demonstrator project that aims to demonstrate the use of technology within arts and humanities research. The aim of the project is to investigate technologies that facilitate the: retrieval; manipulation; and annotation/hotspotting of very high resolution image datasets (typically greater than 8k x 6k pixels). Each dataset may consist of many hundred images, such as those from digitised manuscripts. The project is based in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield. The website provides: information about the project; screen shots of the Virtual Vellum demonstrator; a link to the project wiki; and downloads including: PowerPoint slides; a project flyer; and poster.
The Visual and Spatial Technology Centre (VISTA) website presents a research group which serves its academic partners at Birmingham University by developing imaging software and projects for use in various applications, as well as archaeology. The website describes the facilities available at the Centre, and is primarily a showcase of advanced computing technologies. The research group has been involved in several projects, such as: 'Where Rivers Meet', which looks at the confluence of the Tame and Trent rivers in Staffordshire; the 'Vice-Chancellor's Cup project', demonstrating the power of digital imaging to create 3D models of artefacts; and the 'Cuneiform Digital Forensic Project', containing papers and electronic resources relating to Cuneiform script. Details of recent projects are available, but pages may change at short notice. At the time of review, some of the website's links were not working.
Visualcomplexity is an online collection of graphics that map complex systems and huge data sets. As of May 2007, the website collects 460 examples, and features images from 36 projects on the front page. Each example or project has a webpage containing detailed profile information, two still screenshot images, and usually a link to an external website for that project. Visualcomplexity requires no plug-ins, but a wide variety of multimedia plug-ins may be required when visiting the websites that are hyperlinked to. There is a submission process, and a strong element of curatorial control is evident. The Visualcomplexity website is built on weblogging software, and so there is an RSS news feed and visitors can leave comments on pages. There is a webpage that lists a small selection of relevant books, linked to Amazon via affiliate links. There are useful links to external websites. Launched in late 2005 by Manuel Lima, the website is well designed and easy to navigate. This may be an especially useful website for scholars who have a huge data set and who consequently need ideas about how to visualise the set in an elegant and user-friendly manner. It may also inspire new media and fine arts students who are seeking to present real-time data feeds in visual form.
This is the website for the VOXed project, a 2003 AHRB (now AHRC) funded project which aimed to “adapt newly developed voice analysis and display techniques into a Windows application environment for pedagogical use in the singing studio”. The website offers a brief overview of the projects aims and objectives and includes links to resources in the field, although a number of these are no longer active.
The 'Web Curator Tool' is a free open-source software application for 'web harvesting' (aka 'site ripping' or 'site archiving') of complete websites. It was developed as an academic tool by the National Library of New Zealand and The British Library, and is free to download and use. It includes features that allow the automatic download of an entire website, and the software then reworks all hyperlinks so that the copy will work from a local hard-drive. Annotation and profiling tools are also built into the software. At April 2009 the latest version is v1.4 (2008). The software comes with full documentation, and the website also has details of the project team and the external consultants used for the project. The software is... "designed for use in libraries and other collecting organisations" but also... "supports collection by non-technical users".
This website describes an AHRC-funded project to digitise and catalogue the 19th century archives of artists’ material supplier Winsor & Newton. Dating back to 1832, the archives is the most extensive and detailed repository of historical recipes and notes for making pigments, oil and watercolour and other art materials. The archive contains around 17,000 pages which have been recorded and indexed allowing researchers access for the first time. As a commercial archive, access is restricted and the complete digital archive may only be consulted at one of four sites following application to Winsor & Newton. However, the website does include a searchable index allowing researchers to check the archive for relevant material, as well as a full description of the technical aspects of the digitisation project (of interest to those planning their own digital archive). This is an important resource for those studying the technical aspects of 19th century painting, those involved in reconstructing historical paint materials and conservators working on objects from the period.
This Web page from the JISC Digitisation Programme details the work done by academics at the University of Oxford and at the Internet archiving bodies - Hanzo and the Internet Archive - to establish comprehensive collections of archived humanities research websites on the First World War and the Second World War. This work was done in an effort to demonstrate a framework for 'e-Humanities' (also called Digital Humanities or Humanities Computing) research using available open source tools and technologies and archived Web content to create novel research interfaces to scholarly, e-Humanities Web collections and to build and test the tools constructed. Some of these tools are still available online and are linked to from the World Wide Web of Humanities' final report (June 2009) which you can download as a PDF.
XCorpus: a Corpus Toolkit Environment : User Manual is an online version of the user manual for a virtual environment dedicated to the management of text corpora encoded in SGML (Standard Generalised Markup Language), following the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The environment includes such features as: a module for importing texts from different platforms, encoded according to different schemes; a corpus editor; an alignment module; a hypertext editor; and a hypertext generator. The manual describes the technical aspects and the interface of the XCorpus, including its use of TEI SGML and SGML-aware tools developed for the project. The document: explains the conditions of distribution and installation of the package; and provides a detailed description of commands and functions available in different modules. The chapter devoted to the implementation of SGML includes: an introduction to SGML; a description of the main parts of an SGML document; and sections on the use of the TEI header and the TEI linking group by XCorpus. An appendix to the document has a chapter on the organisation of the TEI DTD (Document Type Definition) that provides: the list of: core; base; and additional tag sets; and chapters on the invocation of the TEI DTD and declaring keywords for tag-set selection. The manual is delivered in Postscript, and so requires a suitable viewer.
This is the website of xMod; a desktop application developed by a team at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London. xMod enables humanities scholars to create information-rich websites based on documents encoded in XML using the Text Encoding Initiative's Guidelines. xMod is designed to support task-based workflow, with clearly defined and separate roles for an XML encoder, an XSL programmer and a Web Designer, it also allows for low level customisation that can be achieved without deep knowledge of how the application actually works. xMod has been used to generate a very wide range of websites such as the site of Henry III Fine Rolls Project, the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias Project (InsAph), the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (allc), and the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) to mention only few.
XSL Stylesheets for TEI XML is an online collection of XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language: Transformations) stylesheets designed for users who would like to transform XML (eXtensible Markup Language) documents to other formats. It offers a set of XSLT specifications to transform XML documents encoded in accordance with the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Lite DTD (Document Type Definition) to HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and to XSL Formatting Objects. The set of XSL styles for producing HTML output from the TEI XML files can be copied from the site or downloaded in a zipped form. The site offers recommendations on the use and modification of the stylesheets, and provides a list of XSLT variables and named templates that can be customised in order to change the HTML output. The site also offers a set of stylesheets designed for use with PassiveTeX, to render TEI Lite XML files to PDF via LaTeX.
ZClass for Documents Conforming to the TEI Guidelines is a online resource which offers for download TEIDocument - a Zope wrapper around documents that comply with the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). According to the author in its current early development stage, it is more a proof of concept than a complete implementation. The page provides: the release information; installation instructions; a demo; and downloads of the TEIDocument in the form of a gzipped tar file. The TEIDocument can: analyse TEI Lite XML (eXtensible Markup Language) files; render them in HTML (HyperText Markup Language); build tables of contents; and search on the contents of individual elements.