[open-archaeology] Open data/content on ancient tablets?

Leif Isaksen leifuss at googlemail.com
Mon Jul 5 10:27:57 BST 2010


I think they're fairly open but get in touch with Segolene Tarte to
get the details (she's very approachable and her contact details are
on CSAD).

I just heard Greg Crane talk about student-based crowdsourcing of the
Homer Multitext Project:

http://chs.harvard.edu/wa/pageR?tn=ArticleWrapper&bdc=12&mn=1169

and while I'm not directly aware of any similar projects for
cuneiform, a number of open archives are online:

http://oracc.museum.upenn.edu/index.html

I suspect however, that the real difficulty is the lack of people able
to do the trancription/translation, rather than the technology (or,
for that matter, the openness).

Cheers

L.



On Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
> Interesting:
>
> Virtual world illuminates Roman tablet
> http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2010/07/podcast107vres.aspx
> http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=412249&c=1
>
> Does anyone know how open CSAD's content/data is?
>
>  http://www.csad.ox.ac.uk/
>
> Also wonder if there are any projects to crowdsource
> transcription/translation/etc of ancient tablets? E.g. for things like
> cuneiform tablets -- of which I understand there are thousands still
> untranslated, and very possibly things like Gilgamesh-style literary
> epics waiting to be discovered!
>
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