The Big Ancient Mediterranean

Linking the Big Ancient Mediterranean Conference (June 6-8, 2016)

The Obermann Summer Seminar



University of Iowa: June 6-8, 2016

Preferred Twitter Hashtag: #BAM2016

Sunday, June 5:

Participants arrive at CID or via car and are housed at the Sheraton Hotel-Iowa City.

[Opening Night Event at 8:00 pm at Share Wine Lounge]

Monday June 6

[Location: 2520D UCC upper level room]

9:00-9:45:  Welcome, Opening Remarks on BAM and Linked Open Data

Sarah Bond (Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Iowa; Co-PI of BAM) and Paul Dilley (Assistant Professor of Classics & Religious Studies, University of Iowa; Co-PI of BAM), BAM, Terra Biblica, and Linked Open Data

I. GIS, Geography, and Open Data

9:45-10:30: Tom Elliott (Associate Director of Digital Programs, ISAW-NYU, Managing Editor and Founder of the Pleiades Project), What’s the Latest on the Pleiades Gazetteer of Ancient Places?

10:30-10:45  Coffee Break

10:45-11:30: Elton Barker (Reader in Classical Studies, Open University; Community Director of the Pelagios Project), Identification, Definition, Interpretation: The logic of annotation in a digital BAM

II. TEI and Network Analysis

11:30-12:15: Gabriel Bodard (Remote): (Reader in Digital Classics at University of London; SNAP:DRGN), Standards for Networking Ancient Person-data: A decentralized virtual authority for people, groups and other agents in the ancient world

12:30-1:30  Lunch

1:30-2:15: Michael Satlow (Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies, Brown University, Director of IIP),  Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine: Project Overview 

2:15-3:00: Elli Mylonas (Senior Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University; TEI Expert, Technical Director of IIP), Inscriptions of Israel/Palestine: Encoding standards, TEI and Epidoc 

3:00-3:15  Coffee Break

III. Time, Periodization, and Networks

3:15-4:00: Adam Rabinowitz (Associate Professor at UT-Austin, Archaeologist and director of PeriodO): PeriodO 2: Linking, Discovering, and Reconciling Information about the Past

4:00-4:45: Ryan Horne (Post Doctoral Fellow, UNC-CH, Technical Director at BAM), Fuzzy Networks, Fuzzy Geography: Visualizing Complex Networks and Uncertain Data in the Big Ancient Mediterranean 

4:45-5:00  Additional Discussion

Tuesday, June 7

[Location: The Studio, Main Library, University of Iowa]

9:00-9:45: Opening Remarks on Preservation and Archiving

Tom Keegan (Head, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, University of Iowa) and Matt Butler (Senior Developer, Media Production & Design Work, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, University of Iowa)

IV. Endangered Languages, Fragments, and Preservation

9:45-10:30: Monica Berti (Remote): (Assistant Professor of DH, Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities, University of Leipzig), The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS) 

10:30-10:45  Coffee Break

10:45-11:30 Elizabeth Platte (Instructional Technologist at Reed College; Digital Humanities Specialist and Project Manager at Coptic Scriptorium) and Caroline T.  Schroeder (Principal Investigator, Coptic Scriptorium, Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, University of the Pacific), Coptic Scriptorium: Data from the desert

11:30-12:15: David Michelson (General Editor,, Assistant Professor, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University), Bridging the digital gap between libraries, specialists, and the public

12:15-12:30  Additional Discussion

12:30-1:30  Lunch

[Location: 2520D UCC upper level room]

V.Digital Epigraphy, Papyrology, and Numismatics

1:30-2:15: Nico Dogaer (Remote) (KU Leuven, Ancient History; Trismegistos Project), An Introduction to Trismegistos and TM Networks

2:15-3:00: Sara Sprenkle (Associate Professor of Computer Science, Washington and Lee University; Technical Director, Ancient Graffiti Project)Thinking Like a Computer Scientist About Ancient Roman Graffiti

3:00-3:30: Coffee Break

3:30-4:15: Ethan Gruber (Remote) (Director of Data Science at the American Numismatic Society, software creator), and the Future of Linked Open Numismatics

VI. 3D Modeling and Mapping

4:15-5:00: Sebastian Heath (Remote) (Clinical Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies, ISAW-NYU), Narrative Approaches to Counting and Mapping Roman Amphitheaters (Remote).

5:00-6:00: Break before Keynote

6:00 pm: Keynote Lecture at the Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Building

Tom Elliott (Associate Director of Digital Programs, ISAW-NYU; Managing Editor and Founder of the Pleiades Project), Use Cases and Research Questions in the Past-Oriented Spatial Humanities 

Location: Senate Chamber, Old Capitol Building, Pentacrest Museums

7:30 pm: Conference Dinner 

Wednesday, June 8

[Location: Obermann Center Library, University of Iowa]

9:00-9:15 Opening Remarks on Open Access and Public Projects

Stephanie Blalock (DH Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, University of Iowa; Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive), Open Access, Public Audience, and the Walt Whitman Archive

VII. Open Access and Developing for Public Audiences

9:15-9:45: Kyle Johnson (Remote) (Developer, Classical Language Toolkit), Introduction to the Classical Language Toolkit

9:45-10:30: Hannah Scates Kettler (DH Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, University of Iowa) and Bob Cargill (Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies), Reconceptualizing Ancient Space : the use of 3d to rebuild, engage and create access

10:30-10:45  Coffee Break

10:45-11:30: Ryan Baumann (Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing, Developer for, Practical Approaches to Gazetteer Alignment 

11:30-12:15: Samuel J. Huskey (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics & Letters, University of Oklahoma; Director, Digital Latin Library), Evaluating Linked Open Data for the Library of Digital Latin Texts

12:30: Final Lunch and Farewell at the Obermann Center


Terra Biblica: The Gospel of Luke

Terra Biblica

Terra Biblica

The first test text for Terra Biblica is the Gospel of Luke. Our material on the Gospel of Luke makes use of a dataset on the literary character networks in that Gospel compiled by University of Iowa graduate student Cory Taylor for his dissertation.  The pairs of characters you see represent what we call a co-appearance network: that is, these two characters are inferred to appear together in a given scene, based on the narrative progression of the text.  This human entered information is a vast improvement on the alternative of automated network extraction based on Named Entity Recognition.  Cory is compiling similar data for all the Gospels, and is also studying other kinds of literary character networks, including dialogue networks.

Zotero Bibliography for Big Ancient Mediterranean

As we read, use, and apply various articles, books, and volume chapters, we will post their bibliographic details to our Zotero group.!

BAM: The Iowa Canon of Latin Authors

The Iowa Canon of Latin Authors

The Iowa Canon of Latin Authors

The Iowa Canon of Latin Authors and Works is a catalogue and information repository for all extant Latin authors and their writings, including fragmentary texts, as well as translations into Latin, from the earliest period through the seventh century CE.  It includes geographic and chronological information, when available, and cross references to the PHI author list, the PL, the CPL, and DigiLibLT, an Italian database of non-Christian Latin authors from Late Antiquity.  The Iowa Canon was assembled this spring by members of my graduate seminar on distant reading Latin Literature, and will eventually serve as an important component of the Big Ancient Mediterranean project.

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