Classics@2: Ancient Mediterranean Cultural Informatics

The first ever CHS Summer Workshop on Technology took place at the Center in Washington DC from June 23 through June 29, 2003.

The papers published in this  edition of Classics@ directly resulted from that workshop and represent some  of what was discussed among the participants. Here we would like to recapitulate briefly the ideas behind this effort. This workshop was designed to bring together a group of scholars interested in the possibilities afforded by the electronic manipulation of texts, and particularly how current standards — XML, XSLT, and Unicode, to name a few —   can help us create, analyse, connect, and share the materials with which we work.

Among our group were some just beginning to work with these technologies,  and others more experienced, and a few experts. Some on the group have indeed played important roles in defining the essential standards and implementing the basic technologies for them.

The projects represented in that gathering of scholars included work focused on new electronic editions of primary texts, such as the Homer Multitext, edited by Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, the collections of Dionysiac inscriptions edited by Susan Cole, or Vicus Unguentarius, a collection of inscriptions related to the ancient scent industry, edited by Sandra Boero Imwinkelried. Other work aimed at disseminating scholarly argument and analysis electronically, such as Josh Sosin's work as the new editor of "Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies" toward electronic publication of that journal, or Christopher Blackwell's "Dêmos: Classical Athenian Democracy," an electronic resource aimed at inviting a wide audience to engage ancient history. Still other projects focused on fostering collaborative research, such as "NewScholiasts," Martin Mueller's infrastructure for shared translation and commentary of the Erbse scholia, or Bruce Robertson's "Historical Event Markup and Linking." And looking toward the future, the CHS Summer Workshop in Technology launched several new initiatives aimed at fostering further collaboration, both among scholars and automatically, among sites that host electronic texts or indexed data.


Greg Nagy, "Preface."

Christopher Blackwell and Ross Scaife, "Introduction: CHS Summer Workshop   on Technology."

Deborah Anderson "Preliminary Guidelines to Using Unicode for Greek."

Michael Arnush, "The Epigraphic Database for Athenian Democracy (EDAD)."

Christopher W. Blackwell, "D?mos: Challenges and Lessons."

Sandra Boero-Imwinkelried, "Vicus Unquentarius: Perfume, Epigraphy,   and XML."

Hugh A. Cayless, "Directory Services for Classical Informatics."

Susan Guettel Cole, "From GML to XML."

Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, "As Many Homers As You Please: an   On-line Multitext of Homer."

Rebecca Frost Davis, "Collaborative Classics: Technology and the Small   Liberal Arts College."

Michael Jones, "Making electronic publication easier, faster, and more   powerful with Hydra, a drag-and-drop TEI publishing environment."

Martin Mueller, "Of Digital Serendipity and the Homeric Scholia."

Bruce Robertson, "Improving Ancient History Online with Heml."

Neel Smith, "TextServer: Toward a Protocol for Describing Libraries."

Lenny Muellner, "CHS Publishing Program and Goals."

To refer to these articles in scholarly writing, please cite them thus:
[Author], "[Title]," Classics@, Volume 02, 2004, Christopher Blackwell, Ross Scaife, edd. (The Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University). [URL].