Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a nice event at the Folger library during which the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities announced the award of 5 grants under the NEH/JISC joint Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration rubric (press release).
I'm happy to report that Pleiades is part of one of the winning proposals. The award goes jointly to ISAW at NYU and to CCH/Classics at King's College, London for a collaboration we're calling "Concordia" (to reflect its focus on cross-project interoperability). The principal investigators are Roger Bagnall and Charlotte Roueché. Sean Gillies, Gabriel Bodard and I will join them in working on the project. The period of performance is 1 April 2008 - 31 March 2009.
What will we do?
- Add more content to Pleiades (Tripolitania and northern Egypt)
- Digitize Joyce Reynold's and J.B. Ward-Perkins' Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania (IRT) and release it (in EpiDoc format) online
- Use the newly-released OAI/ORE specification to link up content in Pleiades with IRT, the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (now in preparation at King's), the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias 2007, the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and the Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens. We'll add geographic information, by way of GeoRSS tags and references to Pleiades places.
- Create software to exploit the Atom feeds that embody the ORE resource maps and provide search services (including spatial proximity search) that can be used by third parties. We'll integrate the output from those searches into Pleiades and some of the other collections (so e.g., you can see, from Pleiades, what inscriptions or papyri were found at a given site).
- Rodney Ast (Advanced Papyrological Information System, Columbia University)
- Hugh Cayless (Digital Library Research and Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Elaine Matthews (Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, Oxford)
- Sebastian Heath (American Numismatic Society)
- Daniel Pett (Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London)
- Joshua Sosin (Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Duke University, Durham, NC)
- Richard Talbert (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)