Call for Papers: Climate Science and Ancient History in Basel, 27-29 November 2018

Proposal deadline: 31 May, 2018

Today I noticed Sabine Huebner's post to several lists with a call for papers for the following conference. Since only a PDF version of same is available via the website of The Basel Climate Science and Ancient History Lab, I thought I'd reproduce it in a more web-friendly format here.

Please direct any comments or questions to Professor Huebner at

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Hosting Quest

I'm currently hosting via GitHub pages, but I'm looking for an alternative because there are features I need that GitHub doesn't provide. Here, I think, is a description of my ideal solution:

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Preserving Accented and Non-Roman Characters in CSV Workflows

Digital work in and around the Humanities often involves moving data from one system or format to another. That data often involves complex textual materials in multiple languages and writing systems. One commonly used format is the "Comma-Separated Values" text file. It's not uncommon to find that characters not used in English get garbled when exported from a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel to CSV (or imported from CSV into such a program). What's going on and how do you make it stop?

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Using OpenRefine with Pleiades

This past summer, DC3's Ryan Baumann developed a reconciliation service for Pleiades. He's named it Geocollider. It has two manifestations:

  • Upload a CSV file containing placenames and/or longitude/latitude coordinates, set matching parameters, and get back a CSV file of possible matches.
  • An online Application Programming Interface (API) compatible with the OpenRefine data-cleaning tool.
The first version is relatively self-documenting. This blog post is about using the second version with OpenRefine.

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