Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Open Access Journal: Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies

[First posted in AWOL 23 October 2009. Updated 26 October  2016]

Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies
ISSN: 1097-3702
Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies is an electronic journal dedicated to the study of the Syriac tradition, published semi-annually (in January and July) by Beth Mardutho. Published since 1998, Hugoye seeks to offer the best scholarship available in the field of Syriac studies.
The word Hugoye, the plural form of Hugoyo, derives from the root hg' meaning 'to think, meditate, study'. Hugoyo itself means 'study, meditation'. In modern times, the term has been applied for academic studies; hence, Hugoye Suryoye translates as 'Syriac Studies'.
Volume 1 (1998)
Volume 2 (1999)
Volume 3 (2000)
Volume 4 (2001)
Volume 5 (2002)
Volume 6 (2003)
Volume 7 (2004)
Volume 8 (2005)
Volume 9 (2006)
Volume 10 (2007)
Volume 11 (2008)
Volume 12 (2009)
Volume 13 (2010)
Volume 14 (2011)
Volume 15 (2012)
Volume 16 (2013)
Volume 17 (2014) 
Volume 18 (2015) 
Volume 19 (2016)
Searching for a particular article, but not sure which volume it's in? Try searching our Author Index Page.

Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) News

RIC 9 published to OCRE
RIC volume 9 has been published to Online Coinage of the Roman Empire. This represents about 1,700 types and 3,200 subtypes. In total, there are now more than 43,000 Roman Imperial coin types in OCRE, spread over half a millennium from Augustus to Zeno. This was a huge undertaking with many collaborators from the ANS and DAI, as well as contributors of data from more than a dozen American and European cultural heritage institutions. Without generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we may never have completed this project, which will officially come to a close in December. Since publishing the types to OCRE yesterday, I have begun the process of harvesting relevant coins from partner institutions. The British Museum alone has contributed an additional 11,600 RIC 9 coins to OCRE, and the total number of physical specimens linked into the project stands around 93,000. We hope to surpass 100,000 when the ANS and Fitzwilliam Museum coins are added soon.

Despite the official "end" of the project (with respect to meeting the specifications of the original NEH grant application), the project will continue to evolve in a variety of ways. We anticipate aggregating content from more partners, especially from the archaeological community. There are more than 200,000 Roman Imperial coins in the Portable Antiquities Scheme, but so far barely over 300 have been linked to OCRE URIs. I am continuing to build more sophisticated analysis and visualization interfaces. These advancements have been implemented directly in, but I anticipate porting these code updates into OCRE and various other Numishare-based coin type projects. We also plan to unveil two new features by the end of this year: an intuitive coin type identification interface that non-specialists (collectors or archaeologists working in the field) might use to identity coins, and a faceted search function for architecture depicted on Roman coinage (which extends into Republican coins in CRRO).

While the NEH funding was instrumental in the development of OCRE specifically, the open source code and the workflows we developed for this project have had an impact on our ability to publish similar online type corpora. In 2015, we saw the release of Coinage of the Roman Republic Online and PELLA. Since the multilingual and visualization functionality are inherent to Numishare, our other projects benefit from the funding the NEH invested directly into OCRE. One of these, obviously, is the Egyptian National Library collection of Islamic coinage, which is available in both English and Arabic

Open Access Journal: Humanitas

[First posted in AWOL 28 June 2013, updated 26 October 2016]

ISSN: 0871-1569
Instituto de Estudos Clássicos, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
HVMANITAS 1 (1947)
HVMANITAS 2 (1948-1949)
HVMANITAS 3 (1950-1951)
HVMANITAS 4 (1952)
HVMANITAS 5-6 (1953-1954)
HVMANITAS 7-8 (1955-1956)
HVMANITAS 9-10 (1957-1958)
HVMANITAS 11-12 (1959-1960)
HVMANITAS 13-14 (1961-1962)
HVMANITAS 15-16 (1963-1964)
HVMANITAS 17-18 (1965-1966)
HVMANITAS 19-20 (1967-1968)
HVMANITAS 21-22 (1969-1970)
HVMANITAS 23-24 (1971-1972)
HVMANITAS 25-26 (1973-1974)
HVMANITAS 27-28 (1975-1976)
HVMANITAS 29-30 (1977-1978)
HVMANITAS 31-32 (1979-1980)
HVMANITAS 33-34 (1981-1982)
HVMANITAS 35-36 (1983-1984)
HVMANITAS 37-38 (1985-1986)
HVMANITAS 39-40 (1987-1988)
HVMANITAS 41-42 (1989-1990)
HVMANITAS 43-44 (1991-1992)
HVMANITAS 45 (1993)
HVMANITAS 46 (1994)
HVMANITAS 47 (1995)
HVMANITAS 48 (1996)
HVMANITAS 49 (1997)
HVMANITAS 50 (1998)
HVMANITAS 51 (1999)
HVMANITAS 52 (2000)
HVMANITAS 53 (2001)
HVMANITAS 54 (2002)
HVMANITAS 55 (2003)
HVMANITAS 56 (2004)
HVMANITAS 57 (2005)
HVMANITAS 58 (2006)
HVMANITAS 59 (2007)
HVMANITAS 60 (2008)
HVMANITAS 61 (2009)
HVMANITAS 62 (2010)
HVMANITAS 63 (2011)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

David Kennedy's 'Kites in Arabia' iBook now free to download

Publications - 'Kites in Arabia' iBook now free to download
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Back in 2014 we launched an iBook that brought together a lot of our research on Kites (see our blog 

The iBook is now FREE TO DOWNLOAD!

You may also be interested in the following:
The Global Kites Project:
Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy Special Issue Desert Kites - Old Structures, New Research: (Pay Wall)

You can browse thousands of photographs of Kites from Jordan in our archive.




In this book, Professor David Kennedy explores all aspects of kites and related structures from their basic function to more elaborate arrays of kites. Together with examples and case studies, he explores all aspects of these intriguing structures and the methods being employed to better understand them. In particular, the use of aerial archeology techniques from airborne photography in the early days to today’s use of Google Earth and similar tools.

Prior to the aerial crossing of the Jordanian desert and lava fields of the early 20th Century, little was known in the Western world of the structures built from the basalt boulders which became known as kites. News of these structures were published in the journal Antiquity and speculation began on their purpose, composition and the various styles of structure which were being observed. Kites are formed from walls built from these boulders and form a head or enclosure and a run of walls which flow out for up to more than a kilometre.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Open Access Archaeology Fund

Because it is Open Access Week, and because Internet Archaeology and the Archaeology Data Service are both 20 years old AWOL urges you to support the Open Access Archaeology Fund:

Open Access Archaeology Fund
By giving to the Open Access Archaeology Fund you help to reduce the barriers to open archaeological research and advance knowledge of our shared human past.
To mark our shared 20th anniversary year, Internet Archaeology and the Archaeology Data Service have combined forces to launch the Open Access Archaeology Fund, with the specific aim of supporting the publishing and archiving costs of researchers who have no means of institutional support. We are asking you to support our efforts by pledging a recurring or single gift.

We are grateful for all gifts and to say thank you, everyone who donates over £25 will receive a token of our appreciation - one of our highly desirable red USB trowels. A limited number of special edition orange and purple trowels are also available for those who make donations of between £50-£74.99 (orange) and £75 and over (purple).

A row of coloured USB trowels OUSB trowels
Please allow at least 4 weeks for delivery of your trowel.

Fund allocation

Funds will be prioritised to those without means of institutional support, namely early career researchers and independent scholars who deposit an archive with ADS or who have been accepted for publication in Internet Archaeology. As the Fund develops, we will publish on this page the total raised and a list of the articles and archives assisted by your generosity.

Thank you for your support.

The Society for Classical Studies Launches New Website Front Page, Blog, and YouTube Channel

The Society for Classical Studies Launches New Website Front Page, Blog, and YouTube Channel
The Society for Classical Studies is proud to announce many new additions to our online presence.
First is the reinvigoration of the SCS blog, which was led by the Communications Committee and its current chair, Chris Francese. Along with the blog comes a new front page to our website, which will feature the Blog content as well as Amphora articles. There will be a new blog article every week, with new Amphora content on the way.
We are also happy to showcase our YouTube channel, a new outreach vehicle for people to find out what it is we do and what Classics is about. The channel will mainly feature interviews with people touched by Classics in some way, but will also showcase any video we collect from conferences or other SCS events. A new video will come out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and you can watch the first one here.
If you want to write a piece for the Blog or be interviewed for the channel please contact

Ancient Places in Today's Library: Pleiades URIs and MARC

Ancient Places in Today's Library: Pleiades URIs and MARC 
By Gabriel McKee
In September, the ISAW Library submitted a proposal to the Library of Congress to add the Pleiades gazetteer to its list of authorized sources for subject heading terms. That same month the proposal was accepted, and Pleiades was entered into the official list and assigned an identifying code. With this code, place names from Pleiades can now be entered into library catalog records.
Though this may seem like a somewhat arcane bit of technical news, it’s actually a big step forward for both Pleiades and the role of libraries in the Linked Open Data movement. The ability to use Pleiades names in subject headings is useful for keyword searching, as it allows us to provide access to both the ancient and modern names of some locations. Under the cataloging rules used by American academic libraries, inhabited places are cataloged using their modern names. For instance, the latest ISAW publication, Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna, is assigned the LC geographic heading İzmir (Turkey), the modern name of the city. Since Pleiades is now a recognized source of authoritative name data, we can now add to this book's record a geographic heading for the city’s Pleaides heading, which records not only one ancient name, but three: Naulochon/Smyrna/Palaia Smyrna
But additional name access is not all that this change allows.
recent change to MARC (MAchine-Readable Cataloging)—the standard format in which library catalog records are coded—allows for the entry of uniform resource identifiers (URIs) in subject headings. URIs—unique character strings used to identify a resource or thing—are one of the foundational principles behind Linked Data. Though you may not have heard of URIs, you probably use them every day—web URLs are a form of URI, and due to their utility and ubiquity most URIs are now structured in HTTP format and point to an online location. Though the names of places in Pleiades are useful, it is the unchanging URIs that Pleiades associates with those names and places that truly distinguish it as a 21st-century linked data resource. By encoding the URI for Smyrna ( in the metadata for a resource about that place, we create a connection between the resource, the conceptual place, and other resources that also connect to it. The Pleiades page in turn contains references to additional resources about the place in multiple periods. The metadata model known as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) describes individual information resources—from books to websites to physical artifacts—in three-part units of information (subject : predicate : object), called triples, that connect URIs to one another semantically, representing each resource as a part of web of interconnected information. Each portion of a triple is represented by a URI. For example:

RDF uses the relationships, represented by the links used above, to link resources to each other. A linked data library catalog or other database would use these links to draw connections between related resources. In the example above, a user would be able to easily navigate from Graffiti from the Basilica to Letter to the Philippians, other works by Polycarp, and other works concerning Smyrna. This would enhance the user's ability to discover information, and could highlight unexpected connections between different resources.
The use of URIs in library cataloging is relatively new, but has the power to transform the usefulness of cataloging and cataloging metadata. The Library of Congress is currently at work on the BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework) Initiative, an entirely new framework for resource cataloging that is intended to replace MARC. Though it is not likely to be implemented on a large scale for several years, BIBFRAME is built entirely on linked data principles, and will rely on URIs for connecting users to information. In preparation for this, the controlled vocabularies used for subjects and names are beginning to shift to a URI-based model.
The ISAW Library is ready to be an active agent in that conceptual shift. Beginning this semester, we will be adding Pleiades headings and URIs to many of our records for new materials. We are already beginning to think about different uses for this metadata, including the creation of browsable maps of our collection and the automatic updating of Pleiades pages with information about new resources that link to them. And we will also work to expand and enhance Pleiades itself, creating new Pleiades IDs for places represented in our collection but not yet in the gazetteer, particularly in Central Asia and Ancient China.
For more information about this project, please email or .