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Date:         Tue, 4 Nov 2008 08:46:01 +0000
From: Humanist Discussion Group <willard.mccarty-AT-MCCARTY.ORG.UK>
Subject: 22.309 new on WWW: Digital Archimedes Project
To: humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 309.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 08:38:04 +0000
         From: Willard McCarty <>
         Subject: Digital Archimedes Palimpsest

From: Lynn Ransom
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:37:13 -0400

Dear colleagues,

I post this on behalf of a friend.

Lynn Ransom

Ten years ago today, a private American collector purchased the
Archimedes Palimpsest. Since that time he has guided and funded the
project to conserve, image, and study the manuscript. After ten years of
work, involving the expertise and goodwill of an extraordinary number of
people working around the world, the Archimedes Palimpsest Project has
released its data. It is a historic dataset, revealing new texts from
the ancient world. It  is an integrated product, weaving registered
images in many wavebands of light with XML transcriptions of the
Archimedes and Hyperides texts that are spatially mapped to those
images.  It has pushed boundaries for the imaging of documents, and
relied almost exclusively on current international standards.  We hope
that this dataset will be a persistent digital resource for the decades
to come.  We also hope it will be helpful as an example for others who
are conducting similar work. It published under a Creative Commons 3.0
attribution license, to ensure ease of access and the potential for
widespread use.  A complete facsimile of the revealed palimpsested texts
is available on Googlebooks as łThe Archimedes Palimpsest˛.  It is hoped
that this is the first of many uses to which the data will be put.

For information on the Archimedes Palimpsest Project, please visit: <>

For the dataset, please visit: <>

We have set up a discussion forum on the Archimedes Palimpsest Project.
Any member can invite anybody else to join. If you want to become a
member, please email:

I would be grateful if you would circulate this to your friends and

Thank you very much
Will Noel
The Walters Art Museum
October 29th, 2008.


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