CfP “Instrumenta inscripta VII”

CALL FOR PAPERS “Instrumenta inscripta VII. Testi e simboli di ambito cristiano su oggetti di uso comune”.
Convegno internazionale di studi, 9-11 October 2017, in beautiful Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

CALL_GIUGNO-2017_DEF

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OEDUc: Images and Image metadata working group

Participants: Sarah Middle, Angie Lumezeanu, Simona Stoyanova
Report: https://github.com/EpiDoc/OEDUc/wiki/Images-and-image-metadata

The Images and Image Metadata working group met at the London meeting of the Open Epigraphic Data Unconference on Friday, May 15, 2017, and discussed the issues of copyright, metadata formats, image extraction and licence transparency in the Epigraphik Fotothek Heidelberg, the database which contains images and metadata relating to nearly forty thousand Roman inscriptions from collections around the world. Were the EDH to lose its funding and the website its support, one of the biggest and most useful digital epigraphy projects will start disintegrating. While its data is available for download, its usability will be greatly compromised. Thus, this working group focused on issues pertaining to the EDH image collection. The materials we worked with are the JPG images as seen on the website, and the images metadata files which are available as XML and JSON data dumps on the EDH data download page.

The EDH Photographic Database index page states: “The digital image material of the Photographic Database is with a few exceptions directly accessible. Hitherto it had been the policy that pictures with unclear utilization rights were presented only as thumbnail images. In 2012 as a result of ever increasing requests from the scientific community and with the support of the Heidelberg Academy of the Sciences this policy has been changed. The approval of the institutions which house the monuments and their inscriptions is assumed for the non commercial use for research purposes (otherwise permission should be sought). Rights beyond those just mentioned may not be assumed and require special permission of the photographer and the museum.”

During a discussion with Frank Grieshaber we found out that the information in this paragraph is only available on this webpage, with no individual licence details in the metadata records of the images, either in the XML or the JSON data dumps. It would be useful to be included in the records, though it is not clear how to accomplish this efficiently for each photograph, since all photographers need to be contacted first. Currently, the rights information in the XML records says “Rights Reserved – Free Access on Epigraphischen Fotothek Heidelberg”, which presumably points to the “research purposes” part of the statement on the EDH website.

All other components of EDH – inscriptions, bibliography, geography and people RDF – have been released under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license, which allows for their reuse and repurposing, thus ensuring their sustainability. The images, however, will be the first thing to disappear once the project ends. With unclear licensing and the impossibility of contacting every single photographer, some of whom are not alive anymore and others who might not wish to waive their rights, data reuse becomes particularly problematic.

One possible way of figuring out the copyright of individual images is to check the reciprocal links to the photographic archive of the partner institutions who provided the images, and then read through their own licence information. However, these links are only visible from the HTML and not present in the XML records.

Given that the image metadata in the XML files is relatively detailed and already in place, we decided to focus on the task of image extraction for research purposes, which is covered by the general licensing of the EDH image databank. We prepared a Python script for batch download of the entire image databank, available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. Each image has a unique identifier which is the same as its filename and the final string of its URL. This means that when an inscription has more than one photograph, each one has its individual record and URI, which allows for complete coverage and efficient harvesting. The images are numbered sequentially, and in the case of a missing image, the process skips that entry and continues on to the next one. Since the databank includes some 37,530 plus images, the script pauses for 30 seconds after every 200 files to avoid a timeout. We don’t have access to the high resolution TIFF images, so this script downloads the JPGs from the HTML records.

The EDH images included in the EAGLE MediaWiki are all under an open licence and link back to the EDH databank. A task for the future will be to compare the two lists to get a sense of the EAGLE coverage of EDH images and feed back their licensing information to the EDH image records. One issue is the lack of file-naming conventions in EAGLE, where some photographs carry a publication citation (CIL_III_14216,_8.JPG, AE_1957,_266_1.JPG), a random name (DR_11.jpg) and even a descriptive filename which may contain an EDH reference (Roman_Inscription_in_Aleppo,_Museum,_Syria_(EDH_-_F009848).jpeg). Matching these to the EDH databank will have to be done by cross-referencing the publication citations either in the filename or in the image record.

A further future task could be to embed the image metadata into the image itself. The EAGLE MediaWiki images already have the Exif data (added automatically by the camera) but it might be useful to add descriptive and copyright information internally following the IPTC data set standard (e.g. title, subject, photographer, rights etc). This will help bring the inscription file, image record and image itself back together, in the event of data scattering after the end of the project. Currently linkage exist between the inscription files and image records. Embedding at least the HD number of the inscription directly into the image metadata will allow us to gradually bring the resources back together, following changes in copyright and licensing.

Out of the three tasks we set out to discuss, one turned out to be impractical and unfeasible, one we accomplished and published the code, one remains to be worked on in the future. Ascertaining the copyright status of all images is physically impossible, so all future experiments will be done on the EDH images in EAGLE MediaWiki. The script for extracting JPGs from the HTML is available on the OEDUc GitHub repo. We have drafted a plan for embedding metadata into the images, following the IPTC standard.

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XXIIème Rencontre Franco-Italienne sur l’Épigraphie du Monde Romain

Pratiques du grec dans l’épigraphie d’Occident. Contextes, origines, pratiques culturelles.

Autun, 22-24 Juin 2017

PROGRAMME-XXIIeRENCONTRE-AUTUN

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Research fellowship on “Venice Squeeze Project: Digital library of epigraphic squeezes open access” – Department of Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

The project aims at the creation of an online digital collection (2D and 3D) of the paper squeezes of Greek inscriptions preserved at the Greek Epigraphy Laboratory (DSU) through the collaboration with the program E-STAMPAGES (M. Brunet, Lyon II CNRS-EFA) and the University of Florida (E. Bozia, A. Barboutis,). Another goal is to contribute to the international recognition, valorization and preservation of archives of squeezes (especially in Italy).

The fellowship is intended to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to pursue his/her own research while benefiting from the range of expertise at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

More information in Italian: Bando ITA; in English: Bando ENG.

 

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GEPHYRA 14 (2017) PUBLISHED

  1. Vom Aussterben der luwischen ziti-Namen, lykisch Ipresida und dem kaunischen Imbros – Diether Schürr
  2. Two Galatian Cults in DaciaStephen Mitchell
  3. Beiträge zur kleinasiatischen Münzkunde und Geschichte 13-14 Johannes Nollé
  4. Zwei neue kaiserzeitliche Grabinschriften im Museum aus AfyonkarahisarMehmet Ertan Yıldız, Ahmet İlaslı
  5. Aus der epigraphischen Werkstatt: Bemerkungen zu einigen jüngst veröffentlichten militärischen KleininschriftenPeter Rothenhöfer
  6. Heliodoros: A Christian from Cios died in Heraclea ThraceMehmet Alkan, Johannes Nollé
  7. The Anastasian Military Decree from Perge in Pamphylia: Revised 2nd Edition Fatih Onur
  8. Dionysiac and Pyrrhic Roots and Survivals in the Zeybek Dance, Music, Costume and Rituals in the Aegean TurkeyRecep Meriç
  9. Rezension zu: Peter Herrmann, Kleinasien im Spiegel epigraphischer ZeugnisseJohannes Nollé

Publisher: Archaeology and Art Publications

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“L’iscrizione nascosta”, Bertinoro, 8-10 June 2017

Colloquio Borghesi 2017 “L’iscrizione nascosta”, Bertinoro, 8-10 June 2017

Programme attached

programma Bertinoro 2017

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Epigraphy Masterclass, University of Kent, 17-18 May 2017

Posted for Efrosyni Boutsikas (to whom queries should be addressed):

We are pleased to announce a  Research Seminar and free Epigraphy Masterclass by Dr Dan Dana from the Centre of Anthropology and History of the Ancient World (ANHIMA) of the French National Centre for Scientific Research. The event will be held at the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies of the University of Kent, on 17-18 May 2017.

The Masterclass is aimed at training PG students on recording inscriptions, interpretation and analysis. It will give insights on techniques and methods applicable across the field of epigraphy.

Below are further details on both events.

17 May, 11:00 (DPeter Brown)
Research Seminar

Auxiliary soldiers recruited from Britain according to Roman military diplomas

18 May, 11:00 – 14:00 (CNE SR2)
Masterclass

Unit 1: Signatures of artisans in ancient Thrace

The analysis of several signatures of artisans in ancient Thrace, on various supports, is relevant for the diffusion of the epigraphic habit, but also meaningful if such documents are reinserted in the context of the circulation of persons, objects and techniques. Accordingly, we may have a glimpse of the activity and the mobility of artisans (both Greek and Thracian) in a space better known thanks to recent investigations.

Unit 2: Natives, Greeks and Romans : the case of a city from Thrace

The choice of an ancient Greek city from Thrace allows to use the considerable evidence of imperial times (mainly epigraphic and iconographic) in order to substitute the common and simple ‘ethnic’ registers or categories by more pertinent questions about epigraphic visibility, regional creations, and particularly processes of mutual adaptation

Everyone is welcome, but please email E.Boutsikas@kent.ac.uk if you are interested in attending the Masterclass as spaces are limited.

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Parole per gli dei

Parole per gli dèi. Dediche religiose in lingue epicoriche del Mediterraneo Occidentale, Rome, 18-19 May 2017

Roma, Academia Belgica, 18-19 maggio 2017.

18 maggio 2017

09 h 15 APERTURA E PRESENTAZIONE DEL CONVEGNO

  • DEDICHE DELLA PENISOLA ITALICA

Sessione 1.

09h 30. P. Poccetti (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”), “Uno sguardo sociolinguistico ed interlinguistico alle dediche votive dell’Italia tardorepubblicana”.

10 h 10. K. McDonald (University of Exeter), “Women’s inscribed dedications in the Veneto, 600-50 BC”.

10 h 50. E. Benelli (CNR), “La ceramica, la pietra, il metallo: tradizioni e culture epigrafiche del sacro in Etruria”.

Pausa café Continue reading

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XLVIII Settimana di studi aquileiesi

Aquileia, 10-12 May 2017

48 Sett AAAd 2017 web

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Conference: Epigrafia e storia (UniCas, May 23, 2017)

Forwarded on behalf of Manuela Mari (manuela.mari@libero.it), to whom enquiries should be addressed:

Epigrafia e storia.
Omaggio a Luigi Moretti

23 maggio 2017
Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale
Campus Folcara

10:30. Saluti istituzionali
10:45. Manuela Mari: Introduzione
11:00. Manuela Scaramuzzino – Cinzia Vismara, La biblioteca di Luigi Moretti a Cassino
11:20. Miltiadis Hatzopoulos, De la pierre au papier et retour: les aventures du chercheur
11:45. Roberta Fabiani, I decreti di Iasos: dai documenti alla ricostruzione storica
12:10. Ignazio Tantillo, Su alcune iscrizioni tardoantiche da Gortina
12:35. Marcello Spanu – Lucio Del Corso, Epigrafia e archeologia ad Antinoupolis: gli scavi dell’Istituto Papirologico “G. Vitelli” di Firenze
13:05. Discussione e pausa-pranzo

14:45. Alice Bencivenni, Europos in Siria?
15.10. Denis Knoepfler, Décrets attiques du milieu du IIIe siècle avant J.-C.: restitutions inédites et documents nouveaux
15.35. Emanuela Borgia, Una associazione di Sabbatisti nota da iscrizioni di Çatıören (Cilicia)
16.00. Pausa-caffè
16.20. Francesco Camia, Ancora sui Traci a Roma: alcune riflessioni
16.45. Discussione
17.15. Maria Letizia Lazzarini, Conclusioni

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Open Epigraphic Data Unconference, London, May 15, 2017

Open Epigraphic Data Unconference
10:00–17:00, May 15, 2017, Institute of Classical Studies

This one-day workshop, or “unconference,” brings together scholars, historians and data scientists with a shared interest in classical epigraphic data. The event involves no speakers or set programme of presentations, but rather a loose agenda, to be further refined in advance or on the day, which is to use, exploit, transform and “mash-up” with other sources the Open Data recently made available by the Epigraphic Database Heidelberg under a Creative Commons license. Both present and remote participants with programming and data-processing experience, and those with an interest in discussing and planning data manipulation and aggregation at a higher level, are welcomed.

Places at the event in London are limited; please contact <gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk> if you would like to register to attend.

There will also be a Google Hangout opened on the day, for participants who are not able to attend in person. We hope this event will only be the beginning of a longer conversation and project to exploit and disseminate this invaluable epigraphic dataset.

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Inscriptions of Chersonesos and Tyras launch, KCL, May 11, 2017

The Department of Classics at King’s College London and the team of
IOSPE: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea
iospe.kcl.ac.uk

request the pleasure of your company at the launch of two new digital collections of Greek and Latin inscriptions from the region of Northern Black Sea:

Inscriptions of Chersonesos
and
Inscriptions of Tyras

Speakers include: Askold Ivantchik (Moscow/Bordeaux), Igor Makarov
(Moscow), Irene Polinskaya (London), Gabriel Bodard (London),
Jonathan Prag (Oxford), Riet van Bremen (London), Georgy Kantor (Oxford)

17.30-19.00, Thursday 11 May 2017
Harvard Lecture Theatre
Bush House, King’s College London
30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

Doors open and refreshments 17:00
Wine reception 19:00

Please join us for the occasion!

The project is funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation
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Two Postdoc posts at Warwick: the epigraphy and numismatics of festivals

The University of Warwick invites applications for two fixed-term research fellow posts as part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Materiality and meaning in Greek festival culture of the Roman Imperial period’. The position is based in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, and will be supervised by the project’s PI, Dr Zahra Newby. These positions offer the opportunity for promising postdoctoral researchers to develop their research profile and gain valuable experience in one of the UK’s leading classics departments. Applications are invited from scholars with expertise in Greek epigraphy and ancient numismatics, as detailed in the job adverts:

Research Fellow (80180-047)

Research Fellow (80179-047)

Closing date: 15 May 2017.

The posts begin on 1st October 2017 and are fixed-term three year contracts. Interviews will take place on 31st May 2017.

For further information, please contact Dr Zahra Newby: z.l.newby@warwick.ac.uk.

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Summer School in Advanced Tools for Digital Humanities and IT

The event is organized by the Centre for Excellence in the Humanities to the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, with lecturers and trainers from the School of Advanced Studies to the University of London and the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

The event will take place in September 2017 in a mountain retreat near Sofia, Bulgaria (location tbc). The school will offer the following teaching modules:

  •     Linked Spatial Data, Geo-annotation, Visualisation and Information system (Geography and Topography) – with Valeria Vitale and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     Python for data extraction, enriching and cataloguing – with Simona Stoyanova and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     EpiDoc and TEI markup, use of vocabularies, and web delivery (including external URI use, XSLT customization, and entity normalization) – with Simona Stoyanova and Gabriel Bodard (School of Advanced Studies, University of London);
  •     Big Data and Information Extraction – Dimitar Birov (University of Sofia) and Eduardo Miranda (Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh).

In the framework of the event, a round table on the current trends and the future developments of Digital Humanities in South-East Europe.

The event will take place between 7th and 11th September. The participation fee is 50 euros. If you are interested in the Summer School, please send a Curriculum Vitae and a Motivation Letter stating your main areas of interest and expertise, the projects on which you are currently working, as well as which module(s) are most relevant for your work and why you would like to attend them. The applications should be sent to dhsummerschool@uni-sofia.bg no later than 1 June 2017.

The organizing team

Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Birov, University of Sofia, Dr. Dimitar Iliev, University of Sofia, Dr. Maria Baramova, University of Sofia, Dobromir Dobrev, University of Sofia

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Epigraphical Conference in Hamburg

Epigraphische Notizen:

Inschriften aus dem Hellenistischen und Kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien

On May 22nd Peter Herrmann, one of the most influential German epigraphers, would have turned 90. We take this occoasion to host a conference Epigraphische Notizen. Inschriften aus dem hellenistischen und kaiserzeitlichen Kleinasien at the University of Hamburg on May 22nd and 23rd 2017. The event will take place at the University’s Guesthouse, Rothenbaumchaussee 34, 20146 Hamburg. For further information please contact kaja.harter@uni-hamburg.de.

Keynote:  Georg Petzl, Köln: Zum In­schrif­ten­cor­pus von Sard­eis – einem Vor­ha­ben Peter Herr­manns

Speakers (alphabetically):

Mus­tafa Adak, An­ta­lya: Mar­mor Lu­culleum und Teos
Wolf­gang Blü­mel, Köln: Pla­ra­sa in Ka­ri­en  –  deu­te­rai phron­ti­des­
An­ge­los Cha­nio­tis, Prin­ce­ton : Syn­e­ta: eine hel­le­nis­ti­sche Sied­lung und ihre In­schrift­en
T­ho­mas Cors­ten, Wien: Die Ka­bal­eis in spät­hel­le­nis­ti­scher Zeit
Wer­ner Eck, Köln: Ehre wem Ehre ge­bührt. Große Sta­tu­en­mo­nu­men­te als Eh­rung in den klein­asia­ti­schen Pro­vin­zen wäh­rend der Kai­ser­zeit
Nor­bert Ehr­hardt, Müns­ter: Peter Herr­mann als Epi­graphiker Mi­lets
Ru­dolf Ha­ensch, Mün­chen: Über­grif­fe rö­mi­scher Sol­da­ten in den öst­li­chen Pro­vin­zen des Im­pe­ri­um Ro­ma­num­
Hel­mut Half­mann, Ham­burg: Die Rei­sen Kai­ser Ha­dri­ans: Altes und Neues zum Iti­ner­ar­
Klaus Hal­lof, Ber­lin: Eine neue Pries­ter­ver­kauf­sur­kun­de aus Kos
Ka­ja Har­ter-Ui­bo­puu, Ham­burg: Tes­ta­men­te auf Stein: letzt­wil­li­ge Ver­fü­gun­gen für die Ewig­keit pu­bli­ziert
Ma­ri­et­ta Hors­ter, Mainz: Stif­tungs­si­che­rung im kai­ser­zeit­li­chen Osten: „Rö­mi­sche“ Sank­tionen und öko­no­mi­sche In­ter­es­sen­
Ma­ri­ja­na Ricl, Bel­grad – Hasan Malay, Izmir (in ab­sen­tia): Two new Hel­le­nis­tic in­scrip­tions from Aio­lis and Ly­dia
Chris­tof Schuler, Mün­chen: Zwei neue Mei­len­stei­ne aus Pa­ta­ra: Stra­ßen­bau und In­frastruk­tur im fla­vi­schen Ly­ki­en
El­mar Schwert­heim, Müns­ter: Zur Be­deu­tung ein­zel­ner Na­mens­lis­ten aus Ky­zi­kos
Hans Ta­eu­ber, Wien: Epi­gra­phi­sche Feld­for­schung zwi­schen Mysi­en und Ly­di­en
Mi­cha­el Wörr­le, Mün­chen: Ai­z­a­noi und Peter Herr­manns Kol­le­gen in schwie­ri­ger Mis­si­on. Ein alt­be­kann­ter Kai­ser­brief neu be­trach­tet
Klaus Zim­mer­mann, Müns­ter. Opra­mo­as in Pa­ta­ra

Peter-Herrmann-Tagung, Hamburg, 22.-23.5.2017

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