Keynote Address

Friday, April 8

5:30 pm

Hamilton Hall, Room 569


Tom Elliott (New York University)
Stable Orbits or Clear Air Turbulence: Capacity, Scale, and Use Cases in Geospatial Antiquity

Dr. Tom Elliott received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2004, for research focused on the intersection of Roman documentary, administrative and geographic studies. His doctoral dissertation was entitled: Epigraphic Evidence for Boundary Disputes in the Early Roman Empire.

Tom has spent nearly two decades advancing the practice of digital humanities in ancient studies. In the late 1990s, he wrote database software that was used to prepare the alphabetical gazetteer and Map-by-Map Directory that accompanies the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton, 2000). During that period he also started the EpiDoc Community, which creates standards-based tools and guidelines for the digital encoding of epigraphic and papyrological texts like those published in the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias 2007 or by the Integrating Digital Papyrology project. In August 2000, he was appointed as Founding Director of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Since 2006, Tom has worked as the Managing Editor of the Pleiades Project, the leading source for geospatial data on the ancient world.  For his work on Pleiades, he is the recent recipient of a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Since 2008, he has worked at New York University’s Instituted for the Study of the Ancient World, where he is the Associate Director for Digital Programs.

Read more about Tom on his ISAW faculty page or his website.


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