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Cambridge University Press Publishes The Geography of Strabo

August 21, 2014 in Antiquity À-la-carte, E-resource, Publication

 

Strabo ImageDuane 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.  

 

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Encyclopedia of Ancient History now published

December 5, 2012 in Interest, Publication

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (R. Bagnall et al. edd. 2012; 13 v. Wiley-Blackwell) ISBN-13: 9781405179355.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (R. Bagnall et al. edd. 2012; Wiley-Blackwell) is now available and will offer both print and online editions. The work collects “over 5,000 original entries spanning the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE. Entries extend to all Mediterranean civilizations, including the Near East and Egypt, and represent an unprecedented level of coverage of the ancient world” in 13 print volumes. AWMC created original map content to accompany the articles in the EAH. More information is available on the publisher’s website.

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AWMC API goes live

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.

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Antiquity à la Carte 2.0

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.

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Cultural heritage online

October 19, 2012 in E-resource, Interest, News

Screenshot from UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Recently a number of excellent online geographic compendia to archaeological sites have begun to appear on the web. These sites take advantage of the possibilities of linked data and the functionality of GIS-oriented interfaces, allowing the user to access both cartographic (spatial) and contextual information. Not only are such sites stimulating – both visually and intellectually – but they provide a vital service in creating online compendia that allow a wider public to know about and appreciate cultural heritage sites and, in particular, to be made aware of the degree to which many such sites find themselves in peril, whether due to neglect, open warfare or diminishing budgetary resources. Such compendia can, hopefully, encourage all of us to be better stewards of our cultural heritage and, perhaps, the web can be a place to cut across nationalistic boundaries. Chuck Jones recently profiled online e-resources for maps on his AWOL blog – a valuable listing that everyone should bookmark. Furthermore, our partner project Pleaides and our colleagues at the Pelagios Project continue to lead the way in creating stable identifiers for linked ancient world data, enabling online collaboration in the form of a geographic lingua franca. Hopefully stewardship – and its increasingly important place online – benefits from the efforts to develop and maintain these resources.

We’d like to here highlight a few notable sites in the vein discussed above.

  1. La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques, Tunisie; La carte nationale des sites archéologiques et des monuments historiques : feuilles 1/50 000
  2. MEGAJordan: A State-of-the-Art System for Jordan’s Archaeological Sites
  3. Mappa dei Monumenti del Centro Storico di Roma
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  5. Portable Antiquities Scheme
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Online resources for the archaeology of ancient Algeria and Tunisia

August 27, 2012 in Interest, Publication

Several important resources for ancient North Africa are now available online via Arachnethe central object database of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne, administrated by Reinhard Foertsch.

  • Gsell, Stéphane. 1864-1932: Atlas archéologique de l’Algérie : édition spéciale des cartes au 200.000e du Service Géographique de l’Armée / avec un texte explicatif rédigé par Stéphane Gsell. Cartes. . Alger : Paris. Links: textmaps.
  • Babelon, Ernest. 1893. Atlas archéologique de la Tunisie: édition spéciale des cartes topographiques publiées par le Ministère de la Guerre. (accompagnée d’un texte explicatif rédigé par Mm. E. Babelon, R. Cagnat, S. Reinach). Paris. Links: textmaps.

  

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Richard Talbert publishes ‘Maps’ as part of Oxford Bibliographies Online (Classics)

August 23, 2012 in Publication

Richard Talbert has contributed a new bibliography of ‘Maps’ to the Classics segment of the Oxford Bibliographies Online project. The website “offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.” Talbert’s contribution comprises information on maps and mapmaking in Classical antiquity.

Many institutions subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies; otherwise contact Oxford University Press for subscription information here.

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New book: Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered, by Richard J.A. Talbert

June 17, 2009 in Publication

Richard Talbert’s new book Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered is due to be published in March 2010. For the Cambridge University Press Announcement, click here.

For a pdf version of the Times Literary Supplement review, please click here.

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Pleiades Receives Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grant

April 4, 2008 in Funding, Pleiades Project

We are happy to report that Pleiades, as part of a partnership, has received additional funding under the rubric of an NEH/JISC Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grant. The award goes jointly to ISAW at NYU and to CCH/Classics at King’s College, London, for a collaboration called “Concordia.” This funding will allow Pleiades to make several important additions.

To read the full announcement from Dr. Tom Elliott, please click here.

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Introducing the new global.unc.edu

April 4, 2008 in Interest

UNC GLOBALExplore this comprehensive new web site, illustrating the breadth and depth of UNC’s international assets and opportunities. At global.unc.edu, you will travel world regions, read news and stories about Carolina in the world, and discover over seventy units engaged in global teaching, research and service. The site illustrates how UNC, through its strategic partnerships and global presence, affects positive change in people’s lives around the world. To find all this and much more, visit global.unc.edu.

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