What we did over the summer…

Judging by the lack of recent activity on our blog, it rather looks like the GAP team spent our summer after #dh11 surfing the waves in California. I’m happy to report that we’ve been up to far more interesting stuff than that…

1. Upon our return to the UK, Leif and I gave a GAP presentation at the hugely popular Digital Classicist seminar based at the Institute of Classical Studies, London, details of which can be found here: http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2011.html. You’ll also be able to download a pdf of our presentation and even an mp3 for your ipod, should you want to hear the pair of us whittling on in the comfort of your own home.

2. We have also been hard at work getting GAP data compatible with another project which Leif and I are running: Pelagios. Pelagios is a growing international alliance of groups doing ancient world research, who have clubbed together in order to find a way of linking their data in an open and transparent way. (Partners include the likes of Pleiades, Perseus and CLAROS, for example.) Our aim is to enable researchers and the general public to discover all kinds of interesting stuff related to ancient places and visualize it in fun and meaningful ways. Eric will shortly be posting an explanation of how we at GAP have done this: but, if you’re interested, check out the latest from the Pelagios blog: http://pelagios-project.blogspot.com/.

3. Lastly, for the time being, I’d like to welcome another new member to the GAP team: Nick Rabinowitz. Nick is a tech wizard whom Leif and I know from HESTIA, for which he developed his timemap.js for reading Herodotus’s Histories (see: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/hestia/herodotus/basic.html). The basic concept is that a split reading pane allows the user to read through Herodotus’s narrative and see all the places mentioned in it pop in and out of a map view. Nick is now applying and refining this technology for reading through the GAP texts – I for one can’t wait to see the results. Watch this space!

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About eltonteb

Lecturer in Classical Studies at the Open University
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