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 www.princeton.edu/humanist/ Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 08:38:04 +0000 From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> 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. Sincerely, 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: www.archimedespalimpsest.org <http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org> For the dataset, please visit: www.archimedespalimpsest.net <http://www.archimedespalimpsest.net> 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: wnoel-AT-thewalters.org I would be grateful if you would circulate this to your friends and colleagues. Thank you very much Will Noel The Walters Art Museum October 29th, 2008.
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