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New Host for Maptiles

June 23, 2022 in E-resource, Interest, News

Warmest thanks for this message from Professor Sarah Bond, University of Iowa:

As many of you know, the Mapbox servers previously used for hosting the AWMC maptiles have been down for a number of months as we figured out a better way for them to be hosted and funded. Digital preservation is one of the hardest parts of any DH project. This has caused much disruption with digital projects that rely on these as maptiles as base maps for interactive, spatial components. As such, we want to announce that the AWMC maptiles have been migrated to a server at the University of Iowa libraries within The Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio. You can download or use the maptiles in a number of formats: http://cawm.lib.uiowa.edu/index.html

Below you can see more about the official licensing (still a CC BY 4.0) and attribution. We are calling this spinoff CAWM (the Consortium of Ancient World Mappers), but it is still made up of many former heads of the AWMC (e.g. Ryan Horne, Richard Talbert), Pleiades editors (e.g. me) and Pelagios partners. We hope these freely available maptiles will be used widely and that the stability of their provision will be relied upon as you rebuild or create new digital projects with spatial aspects. http://cawm.lib.uiowa.edu/#tiles/ol3

In addition to the digital tiles, we are working on new versions of Antiquity à-la-carte to help people to make their own accurate maps for articles and books. In the meantime the older version is still up and able to be used to create maps for analog publications: http://awmc.unc.edu/wordpress/alacarte/

We are all excited about this new venture with amazing partners, and have huge gratitude for the original AWMC mapmakers who created these tiles in 2014.

Questions about these maptiles or future pedagogy workshops with Pelagios on how to use them can be directed at me. I also want to give a huge thanks to Jay Bowen, our GIS specialist at the Studio, for his aid in coming up with a solution for hosting the maptiles from Iowa.

 

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Call to Help Update the Peutinger Map Viewer

August 30, 2021 in E-resource, Interest, News

The Ancient World Mapping Center, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, seeks Expressions of Interest from freelance and contract web developers interested in a small project to replace an online viewer for the so-called “Peutinger Map” of the Roman World. The current HTML+JavaScript web application has been in production on the Web since 2011, providing a seamless “pan and zoom” interface to a raster image of the map, with switchable SVG layers highlighting thematic features. Raster tile services were implemented in the application using the free and open-source Djatoka server application, which is now defunct.

We seek a developer or small team to replace the application with a new software stack that makes as much use as possible of off-the-shelf, free and open-source code as possible, and that leverages applicable widely-used standards like the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

Interested parties should email ISAW’s Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu) — not later than 6pm US Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 — in order to indicate their interest in learning more about the scope of the project and its technical aspects. Elliott will organize a prospective vendor teleconference or other forum for questions during the month of October, after which AWMC will solicit proposals for completion of the work. Meantime, the code has been posted to GitHub for review by interested parties.

This call supersedes that made on September 21, 2020.

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Service Updates

January 26, 2021 in Interest, News

The Center is aware with much regret that two resources it offers are no longer functioning as they should. Unfortunately, in both instances the problems which have arisen lie outside the Center’s control. The Djakota software package which facilitates the functioning of Map A on the Peutinger Map site is now considered outmoded by its provider and thus no longer maintained. Consequently, the background image of the map itself no longer functions. Similarly, Mapbox.com has ceased to support the data format used to create and deliver the Center’s Map Tiles. Any map using Map Tiles is affected in consequence (such as that developed in association with Duane Roller’s translation of Strabo, Geography).

Please be assured that the Center is striving to identify and install satisfactory replacements which will enable these resources to resume functioning. How soon that can be achieved, however, is as yet impossible to say.

Also be assured that the Center’s Antiquity-A-La-Carte is not affected by similar problems, and should continue to function smoothly.

A further update will follow when there is progress to report.

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Help Update the Peutinger Map Viewer

September 21, 2020 in E-resource, Interest, News

The Ancient World Mapping Center, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University, seeks Expressions of Interest from freelance and contract web developers interested in a small project to update components of an online viewer for the so-called “Peutinger Map” of the Roman World. This HTML+JavaScript web application has been in production on the Web since 2011, providing a seamless “pan and zoom” interface to a raster image of the map, with switchable SVG layers highlighting thematic features. Raster tile services were implemented in the application using the free and open-source Djatoka server application, which is now defunct. We seek a developer or small team to replace the raster tile functionality with a modern, maintainable open-source solution, and to repackage the entire application for easier server-side deployment, but with minimal modification to the rest of the software stack.

Interested parties should email ISAW’s Tom Elliott (tom.elliott@nyu.edu) — not later than 6pm US Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 — in order to indicate their interest in learning more about the scope of the project and its technical aspects. Elliott will organize a prospective vendor teleconference or other forum for questions during the month of October, after which AWMC will solicit proposals for completion of the work. Meantime, the code has been posted to GitHub for review by interested parties.

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NEH Award for former director Ryan Horne

December 19, 2017 in News

Congratulations to former director Ryan Horne for receiving a NEH-Mellon Digital Publication grant for his work Understanding Ancient Economic and Social Networks Based on Evidence from Aeolian Coins. Read more at https://www.neh.gov/divisions/research/grant-news/neh-mellon-fellowships-digital publication-2017 

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Licensing Adjustments

June 8, 2016 in E-resource, News, Site Information

As part of a broader project to remove needless restrictions on our data (see last week’s changes to A-la-Carte), as of June 8, 2016, all shapefiles on our Resources page are now available under the Open Database License (ODbL 1.0).  This replaces the previous Creative Commons 3.0 Non-Commercial License, and provides users significantly more freedom to use our data in any and all forms of research and publication.  As always, please direct any questions or suggestions to awmc@unc.edu.

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Upcoming Peutinger Map Conference

July 31, 2015 in Interest, News, Presentation

Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt has announced the program for their upcoming conference on the Peutinger Map.  Bringing together presenters from more than half-a-dozen countries, the conference runs October 8-10.

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Pleiades Wins Grant

July 31, 2015 in Funding, News, Pleiades Project

AWMC Founding Director Thomas Elliott and the Pleiades Project have received a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The grant will fund “substantive changes to the technical and editorial infrastructure for the Pleiades gazetteer,” a joint project of New York University, the STOA Consortium, and AWMC.  Many congratulations to Dr. Elliott and the entire Pleiades community!

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Campus Martius Book Released by Cambridge University Press

February 3, 2015 in News, Publication

9781107664920This handsome new study by Paul W. Jacobs II and Diane Atnally Conlin, Campus Martius: the Field of Mars In the Life of Ancient Rome (isbn: 9781107664920)with several maps made at the Center, is now available from Cambridge University Press.

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Barrington Atlas Application mentioned in the New York Times

August 25, 2014 in Barrington, Interest, News, Review

0824-BKS-Applied1-tmagSFThe New York Times has favorably reviewed the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World for the iPad. You can read the review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/books/review/gateways-to-the-classical-world.html

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