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Updates to the Antiquity A-la-Carte License

June 2, 2016 in News, Site Information

As of June 1, 2016, all content on the Antiquity A-la-Carte site is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).  This license replaces the old Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0).  The new license provides users with significantly more freedom in how they use maps and data sets produced in Antiquity A-la-Carte; most notably, content generated on this site can now be used for commercial purposes (including any and all publications) with no additional permissions or licensing.  Please direct any questions about the license change to awmc@unc.edu.

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New Public Map Tiles and Antiquity À-la-carte 3.0 Beta

February 3, 2014 in News, Site Information, Updates

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The AWMC is proud to announce the release of a series of geographically accurate, publicly accessible map tiles (http://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/tiles/ ), suitable for use in nearly any web mapping application or GIS software suite. These tiles are hosted on Mapbox servers courtesy of ISAW, and are created by Ryan Horne from AWMC data produced by Richard TalbertJeffrey BeckerRyan HorneRoss Twele, Audrey JoRay Belanger, Steve Burges, Luke Hagemann, Ashley Lee, and others.

Offering the first (and at the time of this writing, only) geographically accurate base map of the ancient world, the AWMC tiles conform to the broad periodization presented in the Barrington Atlas, with different selectable water levels for the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Periods. In addition, we also model inland water, rivers, and other geographical features as they appeared in antiquity. The base tiles are culturally agnostic, allowing them to be used to represent the physical environment of nearly any ancient society in the Mediterranean world. In addition to the base map and geographical tiles we also present the Roman road network, generally following the Barrington Atlas with additional work by the AWMC. Like all of our other electronic offerings, our new tiles are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license and remain absolutely free for personal, academic, and non-commercial use.

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For guidelines on how to use the tiles in an application, please visit http://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/tiles/map-tile-information. These tiles are a “living” data set, and will be constantly refined to reflect the ongoing work of the AWMC. We welcome feedback on any aspect of this work and we encourage the community to suggest enhancements, fixes, or any other comments on our dedicated site.

You can see the tiles in action in our API (see, for example, the Urban Area of Rome), the new Beta Version of Antiquity à la Carte 3.0, and at the Pleiades Project.

 

 

 

 

spain_roadsAlong with our tiles, The Ancient World Mapping Center is also releasing a beta version of Antiquity à la Carte 3.0 (http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/carte-transitional/). The application, engineered by Ryan Horne, builds upon the two previous iterations of À-la-carte, which appeared in Spring 2012 and October of the same year.  Continuing to draw upon the work of the Ancient World Mapping Center and the Pleiades Project, the updated version will incorporate the new AWMC Mapping tiles, along with the expanded features first introduced in v. 2.0. Until the beta version is stable with all of the previous functionality enabled, À-la-carte version 2.0 will remain operational at http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/alacarte/ . In the meantime, we welcome any feedback on the beta version as we endeavor to create an application that is useful to the ancient world community. We are particularly excited that our new tiles allow us to feature modern data alongside our ancient offerings, which will open many new possibilities and applications for À-la-carte.

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Possible service interruptions

June 30, 2013 in Site Information

Power supply issues in Chapel Hill NC could affect the functionality of the server hosting this site.

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Temporary New User Registration Suspension

June 2, 2013 in News, Site Information

As the center will be operating on reduced staffing this summer (and the perennial problem of  spam will remain) , new registrations over the web are temporarily disabled. All applications (À-la-carteBenthos, etc) will function normally. We will once again allow web registrations at the start of the fall semester. If you wish to be added as a site user in the interim, please e-mail us directly.

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Possible interruption of service

May 6, 2013 in Site Information

Due to a brief storm-related power outage in Chapel Hill NC, users may experience problems with AWMC apps until service is restored. thank you.

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Updates Completed

January 24, 2013 in Site Information

The security patch was applied and the server restarted. The application should be working as normal.

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Temporary Down Time

January 24, 2013 in Site Information

Due to a server security update, the application is temporarily down. It should be up shortly.

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AWMC API goes live

December 3, 2012 in News, Site Information, Updates

The Ancient World Mapping Center is pleased to announce the rollout of a new application programming interface (API) that allows users to interact directly with the center’s database. The API can be found here and documentation related to the API can be found at the ‘API Documentation’ tab. The API allows the user access to all of the center’s geographical information, both physical and cultural. This would allow the user, for instance, to pull geographic data from the center’s database directly into a standalone mapping project. Just as with Antiquity À-la-carte, the data is released under the terms of the Creative Commons License. AWMC welcomes (and encourages!) user feedback.

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Moving to the new server

October 12, 2012 in News, Site Information

As we move our map data to the new server the application may be temporarily down. Check back shortly, as we should have everything up again soon.

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The À-la-carte application is live!

March 27, 2012 in News, Site Information

Welcome to the launch of our mapping application.

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