DCSB opening keynote: "A View on Digital Classics Collaboration"

Posted on 19 October 2012

Dr Gabriel Bodard (King’s College London) will be giving the opening keynote of the Digital Classicist Berlin Seminar series entitled “A View on Digital Classics Collaboration: from a cacophony of epigraphic databases to a citizens’ web of inscriptions”.

Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-1780-0000-000B-02A1-C

Date: Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Time: 17:00-18:30

Venue: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Wiegandhaus, Podbielskiallee 69-71, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem.

A more detailed map of the DAI and surrounding areas can be downloaded from here.

(image of the funerary inscription for Marcus Aurelius Zenon, IAph2007)


This paper will discuss the history of public epigraphic databases, including the Packard Greek Inscriptions database, the Epigraphische Datenbank Heidelberg and Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss-Slaby, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches to online collections, especially with reference to scale, usability, technical standards, openness and transparency, collaboration and discoverability through metadata. Some consideration of user reactions to these databases will lead to the conclusion that the Digital Humanities perspectives discussed above do not reflect well the desires and apparent needs of normal epigraphic scholars. Does this disjunction of priorities suggest that we should reconsider the aims of electronic publication, or attempt to educate academics as to the importance of standards and metadata? The paper will close with a suggestion for an approach drawing from the papyrological community that might combine these two facets, building scale without sacrificing quality, and harnessing the epigraphic scholarly community to build a more powerful and interoperable epigraphic corpus.


Or you can download the slides from here.