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HAA-261261-18

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Tyler Jo Smith (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Linked Open Greek Pottery

The development of a model for aggregating information about dispersed collections of ancient Greek pottery based on the concepts of linked open data to provide greater access to the collections and to allow new ways of analyzing the materials. 

Linked Open Greek Pottery: Kerameikos.org is an international effort to define the intellectual concepts of Archaic and Classical Greek pottery following the methodologies of Linked Open Data (LOD). These concepts include categories such as shapes, artists, styles, and production places. When linked externally to other LOD thesauri, such as the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, Kerameikos.org allows for the normalization and aggregation of disparate museum and archaeological datasets into an information system that facilitates broader public access (e.g., Pelagios Commons). Beyond the definition of pottery concepts, following open web standards, Kerameikos.org will standardize and document an ontology and model for exchanging pottery data, provide easy-to-use interfaces to visualize geographic and quantitative distributions of Greek pottery, and publish a series of data manipulation web services enabling archaeologists and museum professionals to contribute data to this ecosystem.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$85,382 (approved)
$85,382 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 6/30/2021


HAA-261271-18

Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)
Amir Zeldes (Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Caroline T. Schroeder (Co Project Director: May 2018 to present)
A Linked Digital Environment for Coptic Studies

The creation and expansion of a suite of language processing tools to better analyze documents written in Coptic – the language of first millennium Egypt – and other ancient Near Eastern languages.

Building on our previous work in Natural Language Processing for Coptic, we will capitalize on recent advances in Digital Humanities & Computational Linguistics to strengthen tools & data available for Coptic. Specifically, we will harness Deep Learning methods to handle a variety of source materials, including OCR data & editions with varying orthography, enhance materials via Linked Open Data and automatic Named Entity Recognition, & integrate automatic syntactic analyses into our materials.

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Project fields:
Linguistics; Near and Middle Eastern Languages

Program:
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$323,767 (approved)
$323,767 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2022


HK-230973-15

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas R. Elliott (Project Director: February 2015 to present)
Pleiades 3

Substantive changes to the technical and editorial infrastructure for the Pleiades gazetteer project, a geographic dataset for the ancient Mediterranean world. 

This proposal responds to new provisions in the Implementation Grant guidelines that invite “substantive changes to the design, technical architecture, and dissemination and preservation strategies” of established digital humanities projects. We seek support to renovate the Pleiades gazetteer of the ancient world (http://pleiades.stoa.org), which provides open access to the most comprehensive geospatial dataset for antiquity available today. Although Pleiades is valued by scholars, students, and the public, its potential impact and long-term sustainability are being held back by the limits of its architecture. We propose, therefore, to transform Pleiades from an overloaded website into a collection of related applications. We will split the current monolithic system into four parts whose performance and capacity can be managed independently and we will refine the structure of the database in order to document and analyze relationships between the ancient places we catalog. 

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Project fields:
Geography; History, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$322,615 (approved)
$322,615 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2019


HD-51425-11

Alexandria Archive Institute, Inc. (San Francisco, CA 94127-2036)
Eric C. Kansa (Project Director: March 2011 to August 2013)
Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East

The creation of the Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East, a geospatial index of archaeological sites and ancient historical places in the Near East, through the use of the Pleiades project software.

This grant will support the creation of the Gazetteer of the Ancient Near East. The project’s goal is to develop an authoritative, open access geospatial index of archaeological sites and historical places in the Near East, spanning some twelve thousand years (c. 12,500-600 BCE). The project is based on software developed by the Pleiades project (http://pleiades.stoa.org/), an extant and successful model for open access Web-based gazetteers. By developing a gazetteer of Ancient Near East places, researchers will be able to link events, persons, and archaeological evidence through shared notions of place and time. Thus, this project will help scholars to bring together disparate lines of historical and archaeological evidence. In doing so, this project represents critically needed infrastructure to catalyze research in the Ancient Near East and serves as an exemplar for open, collaborative scholarship.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$49,707 (approved)
$49,707 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 2/28/2013


PW-50557-10

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas R. Elliott (Project Director: July 2009 to July 2014)
Pleiades: Content and Community for Ancient Geography

The continued development of an open-access digital gazetteer for Greek and Roman history with reusable open-source software that could be employed in other digital humanities publications.

Pleiades is an open-access digital gazetteer for Greek and Roman history. It builds on the NEH-supported Classical Atlas Project (CAP; 1988-2000), which produced the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton, 2000). Pleiades lets scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide freely use, create and share historical-geographic information. This proposal outlines phase 2, which shifts focus from design and development to community-building and content creation. We will attract and keep new users by publishing all legacy CAP materials (for 32,000+ historical places) and enhancing it with new material from several sources. We will further support research and publication through community-prioritized improvements to the user interface, expanded format alternatives and interoperation with other digital publications.

Project fields:
Ancient History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$298,457 (approved)
$298,454 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 4/30/2014


HW-50009-09

New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas R. Elliott (Project Director: November 2008 to September 2010)
Epigraphic Interoperability Workshops

Two joint workshops in collaboration with Heidelberg University (DFG request: 5,270 euros) to develop interoperability between the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH), the Pleiades digital gazetteer, and the "born-digital" epigraphic publications conforming to the EpiDoc/TEI encoding standards.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University), together with the Seminar fur Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik at Heidelberg University seek support for two three-day workshops. These events will bring together key staff members with a small cadre of external advisers to develop a comprehensive plan for interoperability between a growing suite of unique, essential resources: the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg (EDH), the Pleiades digital gazetteer and "born-digital" epigraphic publications conforming to the EpiDoc/TEI encoding standards. It is our goal to establish both the fundamental prerequisites and a solid plan for incorporating EDH into an emerging, international cyberinfrastructure that will provide scholars and students alike with seamless access, visualization and relevance across multiple, discrete resources for ancient studies.

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Project fields:
Ancient History

Program:
NEH/DFG Symposia and Workshops Program

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$11,390 (approved)
$11,390 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2009 – 4/30/2010


PA-51873-06

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)
Richard J. A. Talbert (Project Director: July 2005 to November 2008)
Pleiades: Creating an Interactive Internet Archive for Ancient Geography

The creation of an interactive Internet-based spatial and historical reference tool for the cartography of the ancient world, which expands and updates the NEH-supported Classical Atlas Project.

Pleiades develops new mechanisms for the creation, maintenance and long-term functional preservation of humanities reference works. It establishes an international community of scholars, students and enthusiasts who collaborate in updating the information assembled by the NEH-supported Classical Atlas Project. They use a web-based, multi-lingual collaboration support system, built with open-source software and made freely available for reuse. Pleiades enforces user roles that permit each user to contribute additions and improvements to any placename, geographic location, date, bibliographic reference or explanatory essay in the dataset, while facilitating rigorous review preparatory to publication in print and digital formats.

Project fields:
Ancient History

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$389,883 (approved)
$389,883 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 6/30/2008