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American Numismatic Society (New York, NY 10013-1917)
Peter Gerritt van Alfen (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Ethan Gruber (Co Project Director: October 2020 to present)

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)
Digital Humanities

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$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2021 – 2/28/2023

OXUS-INDUS: A Linked Open Data Resource for Research in Central and South Asian Coinages

Applying linked open data (LOD) approaches to creating a tool for better studying and understanding of the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinage of Central and South Asia (c. 250 BCE to the beginning of the first century CE). The UK partner, Oxford University, is requesting £193,067 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The OXUS-INDUS project is twin-track initiative to push forward the curation of and research into the material culture of Central and South Asia. First, it seeks to produce a much-needed tool for understanding the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinage of Central and South Asia at a formative stage of the transfer of monetary technology into this region. Through the creation of a new typology of this coinage, and the linking to that of multiple specimens from multiple public collections it will enable this important body of evidence to be studied as never before. Second, the project seeks to apply recent advances in Linked Open Data (LOD) approaches that have been developed in other branches of numismatics to an important new area. In the fields of Greek and Roman numismatics, such approaches, focused on the implementation of the Knowledge Organization System, have led to wholesale changes in methods of working, both for Researchers and Curators of Collections.