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EGI Conference on Challenges and Solutions for Big Data Processing on Cloud

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Amsterdam, 24-26 September 2014 This year the aim of the EGI Autumn conference will focus on the open issues related to the efficient processing of big data towards the realization of the EGI vision of the Open Science Commons, and will feature user-orientated sessions, as well as a rich track on Cloud. Continue reading → (0)

Last chance to enter round 2 of the eCreative Challenges!

On 28 August, applications close for the current Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges on Tourism and Social Networks. So if you have an idea for a new app that uses Europeana content relating to these themes, enter now at http://ecreativechallenges2014.istart.org/ Need a creativity boost? Look at the Tourism pilot VanGoYourself or the beautiful visualisation of bird songs by the Australian artist Andy Thomas. (0)

Augmented Reality exhibition explores a rare eye disorder through ‘Fractured Visions’

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Tamiko Thiel teams up with a psychiatrist and clinical lecturer from University of London American media artist Tamiko Thiel will launch a new exhibition this September entitled ‘Fractured Visions’, which uses Augmented Reality and smartphones to explore alternate ways of viewing reality. Continue reading → (0)

Digital replica of 14th Century Chinese map raises question of ‘authenticity’ in art and design

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Are digital methods distorting the notion of authentic work? A digital replica of a 14th Century Chinese map of great historical importance will be on show at the Iziko Museums of South Africa. The museum is to host the World Design Capital 2014 exhibition. The exhibition, entitled ‘Patterns of Contact: Designs from the Indian Ocean World’ explores the visual artwork in East Asia, mapping historical pieces from over 1,000 years ago. Continue reading → (0)

Postcards from the field: Studying the Neolithic figurines from Koutroulou Magoula, Greece

Clay Neolithic figurines are some of the most enigmatic archaeological objects, which depict in a miniature form humans, animals, other anthropomorphic or zoomorphic beings, and often hybrid or indeterminate entities. Figurines have excited scholarly and public imagination, and have given rise to diverse interpretations. The assemblage from Koutroulou Magoula, a Middle Neolithic site – 5800-5300 BC – in central Greece (excavated under the co-direction of Prof. Yannis Hamilakis – University of Southampton/British School at Athens […]

H-Net Commons Quick Start Guides #2

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A series of guides from the H-Net Help Desk to get started using the new H-Net Commons. #2: Subscribing to a Network Subscribe to Get Email and to Post - Anyone with an account can request subscription to any network. (0)

Re: Have a favorite Digital History web site? Tell us about it!

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I have compiled a long list of Digital Humanities GIS projects and websites, of which the majority are historical investigations: http://anterotesis.com/wordpress/mapping-resources/dh-gis-projects/   John   (0)

Three More Books of Hours

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In one of our blog posts last week, we featured the Wardington Hours, a relative newcomer to our collections. Three other Books of Hours have been acquired by the British Library since 2000, each of particular interest to art historians and scholars. Add MS 74754: ‘The Small Bedford hours’ In… (0)

Open Access Archaeology Digest #516

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A nice batch of Open Access (free to read) Archaeology articles: Notice of Remains of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus, Linn.) found in the Bed of an old Loch near Dundas Castle, Linlithgowshire; with Notes of Remains of Red Deer found in different Localities in the South of Scotland.http://bit.ly/10khpRK Notice of Sculptured Stones at Kilbride, Kilmartin, and Dunblane.http://bit.ly/10khpRK Ervenica – part of a Vučedol culture settlement http://bit.ly/1pymBjr Drinks by the riverhttp://bit.ly/17eoIld Learn more about Open […]

Jurassic Welsh mammals were picky eaters, study finds

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For most people, mere mention of the word Jurassic conjures up images of huge dinosaurs chomping their way through lush vegetation – and each other. However, mammals and their immediate ancestors were also around in the Jurassic period (201-145million years ago), albeit as rather less spectacular creatures. These shrew-sized, early Jurassic mammals were thought to have been confined to the ecological margins, eating whatever insects they could find. However, this was also the time when […]

New Open Access Journal: Civitas Avgvstiniana: Revista internacional sobre Agostinho de Hipona e a tradição agostiniana

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Civitas Avgvstiniana: Revista internacional sobre Agostinho de Hipona e a tradição agostinianaISSN: 164/2012   Revista internacional de estudos agostinianos. Promove estudos em todas as dimensões da obra de Agostinho de Hipona no seu tempo e na tradição posterior 2012 v. 1, n. 1 (2012) v. 1, n. 2 (2012) See the full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies (0)

SNAP and VIAF

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We’ve had a couple of meetings with Karen Smith-Yoshimura and Thomas Hickey, of the Scholars Contributions to VIAF group, to discuss possible collaborations, exchange of information, and mutual benefits of sharing standards between the SNAP:DRGN project and VIAF (the Virtual International Authority File, a federated authority list of persons from library catalogs, mostly from author or subject fields). We considered two main questions: What can SNAP:DRGN benefit from VIAF data or formats? Most concretely, what […]

Crowd-Funded Research in Archaeology

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Just yesterday, a friend of mine asked me what I thought about crowd-funded archaeological projects and sent me a link to a recently funded project on Kickstarter to support excavation in Nicaragua. A quick search at Kickstarter and another crowd funding site, Indiegogo, revealed quite a few other archaeological projects looking to raise funds for their work. For those unfamiliar with the internets, the way these crowd-funding sites work is that the fundraiser asks for […]

Emulation as a Service (EaaS) at Yale University Library

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The following is a guest post from Euan Cochrane, ‎Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library. This piece continues and extends exploration of the potential of emulation as a service and virtualization platforms. Increasingly, the intellectual productivity of scholars involves the creation and development of software and software-dependent content. For universities to act as responsible stewards of these materials we need to have a well-formulated approach to how we can make these legacy works of scholarship […]

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