Friday, December 15, 2017

Pleiades News: Improving Reference Citations

Improving Reference Citations  
Creators: Tom Elliott Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Dec 15, 2017 11:32 AM
Pleiades cites a wide variety of resources, both online and in print. New documentation and tools are making existing references better and easing the process of creating new ones.
One of the biggest challenges faced by new contributors to Pleiades (it's true for seasoned veterans too) is the adding of references to external resources in a manner that is consistent, complete, and that conforms to the expectations of the Editorial College. In recent months, several steps have been taken to improve this situation, including the integration of the Zotero citation management system through a curated Pleiades Zotero Library and the revision of our Editorial Guidelines. Today I'm happy to announce and solicit feedback on some additional steps.

This morning we deployed updates to the "References" portion of the "Add/Edit" form used when making additions and changes to Pleiades resources. Previously, this form offered some guidance for the content of individual fields on the form, but that guidance was incomplete and increasingly out-of-date. Now, every reference-related field provides fuller, more accurate guidance and, where appropriate, links to other explanatory materials. Several of the text fields themselves have also been widened in order better to accommodate average-sized content. Some minor whitespace adjustments have also been made for the sake of readability.

Behind the scenes, we've been developing software to examine existing references for completeness and conformance to editorial expectations. This software, which we've dubbed "PleiadesRefBot" not only adjusts the contents of reference fields, but adds new information as necessary. In particular, since many references in Pleiades predate the move to Zotero, PleiadesRefBot uses the information in the reference to try to make a match with a corresponding Zotero record and then updates the reference in Pleiades accordingly. The bot also checks links to external references as a guard against link rot, and reports "not found" errors and other problems to the human supervising its operation. But please don't be surprised if you come across legacy citations in Pleiades for months to come. We are moving slowly with, and checking behind, the bot in order to prevent mistakes or loss of data.
Meanwhile, the old Citation Guide, which was weighed down by a mass of deprecated examples, has been retired. The new Citation Guide is built in a modular format that lets the editors add examples for individual, frequently cited resources more easily. Software has also been written to help produce these entries, making use of the content in the Pleiades Zotero Library, the Classical Works Knowledge Base, the Perseus Catalog, and the heuristic rules employed by PleiadesRefBot. We hope that this provision will not only accelerate updates to the Citation Guide, but also help ensure consistency between the Guide and the actual references in Pleiades.

Non-contributing users of Pleiades stand to gain greatly from these initiatives as well. As legacy references are upgraded and new ones vetted, the path to accessing a cited work will become shorter. A higher percentage of Pleiades references will be linked directly to their online targets, and references to works still available only in print will make better use of the WorldCat union catalog and other systems to help you find nearby copies.

Further enhancements are planned, including search-as-you-type functionality for citing works already in the Pleiades Zotero Library and clearer guidance for primary sources and their editions. In the interim, critiques and suggestions are welcome via the Pleiades Community Google Group or the Pleiades Gazetteer Issue Tracker on GitHub.

Open Access Journal: Geniza Fragments

Geniza Fragments

The Newsletter of Cambridge University's Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library

These pages contain back issues of Genizah Fragments, our twice-yearly newsletter.

State Archives of Assyria Online

[First posted in AWOL 1 July 2010. Updated 15 December 2017]

State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo)
A pair of Assyrian scribes filing reports after the conquest of a Babylonian city, Nimrud, 8th century BC (BM ANE 118882)
State Archives of Assyria Online (SAAo) is an open-access web resource that aims to make the rich Neo-Assyrian materials found in the royal archives of Nineveh, and elsewhere, more widely accessible.
Based on an existing ASCII text database created by Simo Parpola and his team at the University of Helsinki, the online transliterations and translations are those of the standard editions in the series "State Archives of Assyria". All of the published volumes are accessible online, in addition to volume 2 of the companion series "State Archives of Assyria Studies", the edition of the Eponym Lists and Chronicles. The web presentation and linguistic annotation are carried out using tools and standards developed by Steve Tinney (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)...
Online portals provide context and explanatory materials for SAAo. Hence, the website "Knowledge and Power in the Neo-Assyrian Empire", created by Radner, Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge) and Tinney with funding from the British Higher Education Academy, is dedicated to the 7th century letters, queries and reports exchanged between kings Esarhaddon and Assurbanipal and their scholarly advisors; the companion corpus is Another such portal, "Assyrian Empire Builders" is devoted to the 8th century political correspondence as part of the UCL research project, with a companion corpus at Assyrian Empire Builders. Further portals are planned.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Attic Inscriptions Online Updates in 2017

Attic Inscriptions Online Updates in 2017
15 September 2017: This release further enhances coverage of key documents of 403-353 BC, adding or revising: RO 25 (Silver coinage law), RO 26 (Grain tax law), RO 33 and RO 34 (Dionysios of Syracuse), RO 35 (Protest to Aitolian League), RO 36 (Sales of confiscated property and mine leases), RO 38 (Menelaos the Pelagonian), RO 41 (Alliance with Peloponnesian cities after Mantinea), RO 44 (Thessalian federation). Also new are the funerary monument for the midwife and doctor, Phanostrate (4th cent. BC), IG II2 6873, and a dedication newly identified as probably relating to the same woman, IG II3 4, 700; dedications relating to the doctor, Jason of Acharnai (2nd cent. AD), IG II3 4, 808 and 836; further 4th cent. BC dedications by the Council or Assembly: IG II3 4, 1; 2; 4; 5; 6; some significant 3rd cent. BC inscriptions from Rhamnous (translations only): I Rham. 1 (Soldiers honour unit leaders), 3 (Honours for general Epichares), 4 (Honours for general and soldiers), 6 (Honours for demarch), 7 (Divine honours for king Antigonos), 10 (Honours for general), 17 (Honours for Dikaiarchos of Thria); three inscriptions of 4th cent. AD: IG II2 5, 13252, 13253, 13293. We are also pleased to announce the start on 1 Oct. of the 4-year AHRC-funded project, Attic Inscriptions in UK Collections (AIUK).
12 July 2017: In this release we continue to expand and deepen coverage of key documents of 403-353 BC, revising and/or adding notes to: RO 17 (Athenian relations with Erythrai), RO 18 (Klazomenai), RO 19 (Phanokritos of Parion), RO 20 (Chios), RO 21 (Straton of Sidon), RO 22 (Prospectus of Second Athenian League), RO 23 and RO 24 (early agreements with League allies), RO 29 (Paros), RO 31 (Mytilene), RO 33 and RO 34 (Dionysios of Syracuse), RO 39 (Ioulis), RO 52 (Andros); adding new translations of the decrees for the seer, Sthorys of Thasos, IG II2 17, and regulating the export of ochre from Keos, RO 40; and adjusting notes to other inscriptions of 403-353 BC. Also new are a dedication of a statue of Democracy by the Council of 333/2 BC, IG II3 4, 3; two markers of properties mortgaged to friendly societies (eranistai), IG II2 2721 and Agora XIX H84; the extensive epigraphical record of the cult of the "Thracian" deity, Bendis, IG I3 136, IG II2 1255, 1256, 1283, 1284, 1324, 1361, 1317b, SEG 44.60, SEG 59.151, 152, 155, IG II3 4, 591; and some significant 3rd cent. BC inscriptions (translations only), Agora XV 69, IG II2 1225, I Eleus. 182, 184, 193, 196.
12 June 2017: Today we publish AIO Papers 8, which includes an introduction to inscribed Athenian decrees of the 5th century BC and historical discussion of two important documents of the Athenian Empire, the Chalkis decree (IG I3 40) and the tribute reassessment decree ("Thoudippos' decree", IG I3 71). We have also upgraded the Browse facility to enable browsing by date and introduced an Advanced Search.
9 March 2017: Today we publish 186 new translations, completing our coverage of the decrees of the Council and Assembly of 200/199-168/7 BC, IG II3 1, 1258- IG II3 1, 1461. Every inscription published to date in IG II3 1 has now been translated on AIO. Two of the new translations include small new changes to texts printed in IG II3, explained in the sidenotes: IG II3 1, 1281 (honouring a cavalry commander); IG II3 1, 1387 (honouring service to the Eleusinian deities). Translations and notes published previously have also been updated, mainly, but not only, those in the range IG II3 1, 1256- IG II3 1, 1461. Other new translations are of the choregic monument of Lysikrates, IG II3 4, 460, and some hellenistic inscriptions relating to the cavalry and their commanders: Agora XVI 270/1; I Eleus. 183; IG II2 1264; SEG 21.525; SEG 46.167; IG II3 4, 281.
10 January 2017: This update completes coverage of the revision of Athenian law at the end of the 5th century BC: sacrificial calendar of Athens (including new readings), SEG 52.48A and SEG 52.48B; law about the trierarchy, IG I3 236a; law about taxes or contributions, IG I3 237; law fragment, SEG 39.18; revised notes to Draco's homicide law, IG I3 104. It also begins revising and expanding coverage of key historical inscriptions of 403-353 BC: decrees of 401/0 BC honouring Athenians and foreigners who resisted the Thirty, SEG 28.45, RO 4; alliance with Boeotia, 395 BC, RO 6; memorials of infantry and cavalry killed in Corinthian War, 394 BC, IG II2 5221, IG II2 5222, IG II2 6217; restoration of Piraeus walls, 395/4-394/3, IG II2 1656, 1657; honours for Dionysios of Syracuse, 394/3 BC, RO 10; for Euagoras of Salamis, 394/3 BC, RO 11; decree relating to Klazomenai, 387/6 BC (with new fragment), RO 18. The update also includes the following further inscriptions relating to religion: law on repairs of sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron, SEG 52.104; provisions for priests and priestesses (in Aixone?), SEG 54.214; dedication of a house and garden to Asklepios, IG II2 4969; decree of Aixone awarding honours for management of a festival, SEG 46.154; tribal decree honouring a priest of Asklepios, IG II2 1163; honours for religious officials at Aixone, IG II2 1199; decree regulating cult, IG II2 1234; two commemorative herms of the 3rd cent. A.D., IG II2 3764, IG II2 3960; a choregic dedication (from Aixone?), IG II3 4, 498; and a funerary columella, IG II2 9160. Image links have been expanded to include images on the Agora excavations website and on Wikimedia Commons.

Celtic Inscribed Stones Project

Celtic Inscribed Stones Project
The Celtic Inscribed Stones Project is based in the Department of History, and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
The database includes every non-Runic inscription raised on a stone monument within Celtic-speaking areas (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Dumnonia, Brittany and the Isle of Man) in the early middle ages (AD 400-1000). There are over 1,200 such inscriptions. In dealing with such a large corpus limitations of time have meant that, for this version of the database, the entries for Wales, Scotland, Dumnonia, Brittany and the Isle of Man, are fuller than those for Ireland. These problems will be rectified before the final version is released (June 2001). The final release will also see the search facility greatly enhanced.
Information on the stones has been broken down into three main types - SITE, STONE, and INSCRIPTION.
SITE: Includes information on the physical character and/or history of the site.
STONE: Includes information on discovery, location, condition, size, form and decoration.
INSCRIPTION: Includes information on legibility, position, script, linguistics and readings.

Within each of these you can find bibliographic references that are linked to the bibliography
Links to IMAGES of many of the stones can be found within the INSCRIPTION pages.
CISP has given each site, stone and inscription a 'unique identifier' to aid searching. Thus each stone and each inscription from each site has been placed in sequential order beginning with 1. An example of this follows:

    CLMAC - This is the five-letter code for the site of Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
    CLMAC/1 - This is the code for the 1st stone with an inscription from this site.
    CLMAC/200 - This is the code for the 200th stone with an inscription from this site.
    CLMAC/1/1 - This is the code for the 1st inscription on the 1st stone from this site.
The modes of browsing the database are: SITE, REGION, CISP CODE, PERSONAL NAME, NAME OF STONE (i.e. Men Scryfa) and CORPORA NUMBER. SITE: The sites with inscriptions have been listed alphabetically (including alternative names, and names in the modern Celtic vernaculars). These can be found with links to the main entries through the Site Index - Alphabetical.
REGION: Listings of all the sites with inscriptions have also been grouped by county and country (Ireland is treated as a whole, and Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man are treated individually). These can be found with links to the main entries through the Site Index - Geographical.
CISP CODE: Working on the above explained principle, a list of CISP site codes, with links to the main entries, can be found by looking at the Site Index - CISP code.
PERSONAL NAME: All the personal names within the database have been listed alpabetically (including fragmentary names). These can be found, with links to the main entries, through the Name Index - Alphabetical. This will by-pass the site entry and take you straight to the INSCRIPTION entry.
NAME OF STONE: Some stones, such as Men Scryfa, are also known by a particular name. These can be found, with links to the main entries, through the Stone Index - Named Stones.

Open Access Journal: Kazı Sonuçları Toplantıları

[First posted in AWOL 18 March 2011, updated 14 December 2017]

Kazı Sonuçları Toplantıları
ISSN: 1017-7655


          Open Access Journal: Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi

          [First posted in AWOL 18 March 2012, updated 14 December 2017]

          Türk Arkeoloji Dergisi
          ISSN: 0564-5042