Department of Classics

Congratulations to Adam Rabinowitz!

Fri, April 4, 2014
Congratulations to Adam Rabinowitz!

Adam Rabinowitz is grateful to be the recipient of one of 20 Digital Humanities Start-up Grants from the Office of Digital Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant has been awarded for the project “Periods, Organized (PeriodO): A gazetteer of period assertions for linking and visualizing periodized data”.

With Co-PI Ryan Shaw of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina and consultant Eric Kansa of OpenContext, Rabinowitz will create a gazetteer of scholarly assertions about the spatial and temporal extents of historical, art-historical, and archaeological periods. This gazetteer will allow data-linking and chronological reconciliation between datasets that define periods differently. It will also help scholars and students see where period definitions overlap or diverge. In the long term, we hope it will help researchers to extract temporal coordinates from documents that use undefined period terms.

Our partners and contributors include the British Museum, the German Archaeological Institute, the Archaeology Data Service (UK), English Heritage, the Hypermedia Research Unit at the University of Glamorgan, the Pleiades spatial gazetteer, the Pelagios project, Fasti Online, the ArcheoInf project at the University of Goettingen, Oxford's CLAROS project, and the UCLA Encylopedia of Egyptology. A preliminary discussion of the issues involved is forthcoming in ISAW Papers 7 (preprint link here), and the project will be presented later this month at the 2014 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference in Paris (abstract here).

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