August 21, 2014 in Antiquity À-la-carte, E-resource, Publication
Duane W. Roller’s remarkable new English translation of Strabo’s Geography is now available from Cambridge University Press ( ISBN: 9781107038257; e-book ISBN: 9781139950374). To accompany it, the Center has produced a seamless, interactive online map which is accessible free: http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/strabo. The map is built on the Antiquity À-la-carte interface, and has immense coverage because it plots all the locatable geographical and cultural features mentioned in the 17 books of this fundamentally important Greek source – over 3,000 of them, stretching from Ireland to the Ganges delta and deep into north Africa. In the e-version of the translation, the gazetteer offers embedded hyperlinks to each toponym’s stable URI within the digital module, making it possible to move directly between Strabo’s text and its cartographic realization.
April 3, 2014 in Antiquity À-la-carte, Interest, News, Presentation
HGIS Carolina is hosting a Student Showcase today (April 3) from 3:30-5:00p “to allow UNC students to present their work using GIS to study, reconstruct, and visualize the past.” Ross Twele, Ryan Horne, and Michael Heubel will be presenting portions of the Ancient World Mapping Center’s ongoing work on Antiquity À-la-carte 3.0 under the title “Mapping the Ancient Mediterranean in the Digital Age.” The 20-minute presentation will draw particular attention to our current project of producing individual shapefiles for regional and tribal names, bridges and aqueducts, and centuriation patterns.
March 4, 2014 in Antiquity À-la-carte, Interest, News, Presentation
This afternoon, the Ancient World Mapping Center is participating in The University of North Carolina‘s annual University Research Day. The Center will be displaying a poster collage of our latest research and programming, especially in regard to Antiquity A-la-carte 3.0. The poster features with special prominence an image of our forthcoming Strabo Online web application in connection with Duane Roller’s new translation of the Geographika for Cambridge University Press. It also displays images of A-la-carte’s capability to map man-made features according to the Pleiades database and the AWMC’s collection of shapefiles, to represent coastal variations both within periods of ancient history and in contrast to the modern topographical aspect, and to map surviving ancient features at tenths-of-a-second accuracy with the use of handheld GPS devices. A PDF file of the poster (licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY License) can be seen here.
February 14, 2013 in Interest, News, Presentation
The Department of Classics at Stanford University is hosting a workshop this weekend (Friday, February 15th to Saturday February 16th) that will include discussion of their own ORBIS application and will feature other presenters, including Richard Talbert, discussing current AWMC initiatives and projects. The event page currently does not list a program, but perhaps one is forthcoming. Among the AWMC products to be discussed by Talbert are the Antiquity À-la-carte application and the prototype of Benthos: Digital Atlas of Ancient Waters.
December 3, 2012 in API, E-resource, Interest, News, Site Information
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.
November 7, 2012 in Interest, News, Presentation
This year AWMC has two of its affiliated projects listed as finalists in the Innovative Use of GIS Competition. This competition, organized by Amanda C. Henley, UNC’s GIS Librarian, highlights innovative work by students (both undergraduate and graduate) using GIS in their research. The finalists will present their work at an open session on November 14, 2012, in Davis Library 214. Members of the UNC community are encouraged to attend the presentations. The event is being sponsored by the University Library, and The Department of Geography. The schedule is as follows:
Schedule of Events
- 3:00-4:00pm: First group of finalist presentations
- 4:00-4:30pm: Refreshments, Visit with GIS Professionals
- 4:30-5:30pm: Second group of finalist presentations
The AWMC projects being considered as finalists are:
October 31, 2012 in Antiquity À-la-carte, Class Maps, E-resource, News, Pleiades Project
Antiquity À-la-carte 2.0
The Ancient World Mapping Center is pleased to release version 2.0 of the Antiquity à la Carte application. Version 1.0 appeared in spring 2012 and served as a proof of concept for the mapping application. The application, engineered by Ryan Horne, provides the user with a map base that can be populated by drawing on the collective databases of the Ancient World Mapping Center and the Pleiades Project. The new version, more fully featured, offers the user a range of new capabilities, including:
- The option of saving data sets assembled using the application and that of uploading data to the map (.json).
- Options for both printing and exporting the map created using the application; combining the export functionality with the ‘numbered features’ option provides an ideal template for a map-based quiz or examination.
- Version 2.0 makes extensive use of linked data opportunities by connecting to the Pleiades Project and participating in the linked data initiatives of the Pelagios Project. For Pleiades community editors and members, editing of Pleaides can happen directly by means of this interactive feature of the application.
- Version 2.0 offers an updated visual interface and site layout.
- Version 2.0 allows other websites to communicate directly with the application using .json objects or text parameters in the url.
- Version 2.0 allows the user to create a range of line work, polygons, and shading that then appear in the exported version.
These are but a few of the new features offered by Antiquity à la Carte 2.0. We encourage feedback from members of the community who use the application – your comments will help AWMC improve the application. Users can also become registered members of this site and thus be able to closely follow the discussion and receive word of further updates.
AWMC is especially grateful to the invaluable assistance provided by our colleague Joe Ryan of UNC ITS Research Computing.
May 24, 2012 in Antiquity À-la-carte, Interest, News
Work continues on AWMC’s “Antiquity à la carte” application, with an enriched, high-resolution terrain layer and increased functionality available under ‘Map Tools’. We are eager for community feedback as users explore the application.
April 2, 2012 in Antiquity À-la-carte, News
AWMC unveiled the demo version of its new “à la carte mapping” program this past weekend at the 2012 meetings of CAMWS in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. Engineered by Ryan Horne, a Ph.D. student in Ancient History at UNC and a cartographic research assistant at AWMC, the “Antiquity à la carte” application allows the user to design and populate maps of the ancient world. The phase one version, available here, focuses on the Greek world; the full version, when rolled out, will cover the entire Mediterranean basin. AWMC is grateful to UNC ITS for supporting this project, and in particular our colleague Joe Ryan, Humanities Research Associate at UNC.