Pleiades Receives Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grant

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 grant program is described here.

The press release announcing the awards is here.

The award goes jointly to ISAW at NYU and to CCH/Classics at King’s College, London, for a collaboration called “Concordia.” The Principal Investigators are Roger Bagnall and Charlotte Roueché. Advisory Board members are listed below. The period of performance is 1 April 2008 – 31 March 2009.

The team will be:

  • Adding more content to Pleiades (Tripolitania and northern Egypt)


  • Digitizing Joyce Reynolds’ Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania and releasing it (in EpiDoc format) online


  • Using the newly-released OAI/ORE specification to link up content in Pleiades with IRT, the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica (now in preparation at King’s), the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias 2007, the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and the Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens


  • Creating software to exploit the Atom feeds that embody the cross-project mappings and provide search services (including spatial proximity search) that can be used by third parties. They will integrate the output from those searches into Pleiades and some of the other collections (so, for example, you can see, from Pleiades, what inscriptions or papyri were found at a given site).

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Advisory board:

  • Rodney Ast (Advanced Papyrological Information System, Columbia University)
  • Hugh Cayless (Digitial Library Research and Development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Elaine Matthews (Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, Oxford)
  • Sebastian Heath (American Numismatic Society)
  • Daniel Pett (Portable Antiquities Scheme, British Museum, London)
  • Joshua Sosin (Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Duke University, Durham, NC)
  • Richard Talbert (Ancient World Mapping Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

This announcement comes from Dr. Tom Elliott.