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Completed   Start Date : 2008 End Date : 2009 Info Last Updated : Thu, Dec 9 2010 7:01pm PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Infrastructure Development  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Community of Practice  

Domain(s) :

  HUMANITIES >History >History, European
HUMANITIES >English and Literature >Classics

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The aim of this project was to build on existing relationships, and to work together to increase the usability of a cluster of digital resources, which present a range of documentary information. The most obvious of these is a publication of about 1000 Roman inscribed texts from western Libya (Tripolitania). The underlying purpose of this digitisation was however to develop a suite of new tools and protocols, focusing on bringing scattered bodies of material together, and allowing scholars to juxtapose and use them in new ways. Through the project they also intended to continue to expand the community of engaged scholars, to use these tools, evaluate and improve them, and build more.

This demonstration project united an array of separately produced and hosted primary source collections with a unique geographic dataset to provide search and analysis presently available only in a few special-purpose, closed systems. Concordia used basic web architecture and standard formats (XHTML, EpiDoc/TEI XML, and Atom+GeoRSS) to provide users with: seamless textual search, dynamic mapping and geographical correlation for arbitrary collections of humanities content, hosted anywhere on the web. The content of three existing, respected collections (including 50,000 papyrological and 3,000 epigraphic texts) were brought together with open-source software and newly digitized content (an additional 950 epigraphic texts plus complete topographic and toponymic records for over 3,000 historical geographic features) to create an unparalleled research resource for Greek and Roman Libya and Egypt, and beyond.


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New York University (NYU)
   Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU) (ISAW)
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King's College, London
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They also had a 7-member advisory board.


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