Monday, March 29, 2021

Repositories and Data Standards in Cuneiform Studies: A Survey

Form hosted by Uppsala University, open from 1 March - 30 April 2021

This form contains a survey intended to aid the formation of a metadata standards consortium in cuneiform studies. The initiative springs from a string of workshops held at Uppsala University in November 2020 jointly entitled 'Metadata in Assyriology'. The present survey seeks to obtain basic information on the character of digital data repositories in the field, what sort of data they include, and how they interrelate with other repositories, both within the field and outside.We structure the questions in the sections below around the concept of a repository. A repository is defined here as any discrete digital project database (for example the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative) or simply a collection of standardised digital records (for example the ANE.kmz). A repository may be devoted to data collections including one or several of five specific data types, namely linguistic (cuneiform texts) artefacts (physical inscriptions), spatial (proveniences), chronological (periods), or bibliographical (publications) data.In answering this form, we therefore assume that the respondent represents a specific data repository. The survey will ask basic questions about the repository and questions relating to these five different types of primary data entities. The final section will ask to preferences regarding the sharing and integration of metadata and the use of standardised, controlled vocabularies within the field of cuneiform studies.Submitted responses will be used as a basis for tracing and evaluating current preferences, trends, and needs relating to digital data formation, sharing, and integration in cuneiform studies. Insights from this and other surveys will aid the formation of a working group to develop data standards and shared vocabularies in cuneiform studies. To organise this initiative, we are planning a online workshop in July 2021. Get in touch with if you are interested in being part of this group.Naturally, the more responses we receive, the more comprehensive a picture we will be able to draw. Please feel free to forward this survey to other potential respondents. Should you have any questions, comments, or just an interest in hearing more about this initiative, please feel free to contact us.Rune Rattenborg, Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala UniversityÉmilie Pagé-Perron, Wolfson College, Oxford University
Available2021-02-24 – 2021-04-30
Person to contactRune Rattenborg, employed at Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi


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