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Your Digital Media Won’t Last Forever: The Pitfalls of Storing Data on Compact Disk

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 Earlier this week NPR’s All Tech Considered explored the question, “How Long Do CDs Last?”  Since the 1990s an increasing amount of data began to be stored on CDs.  According to Michele Youket, a Library of Congress preservation specialist quoted in the story, there is considerable variation in manufacturing standards for CDs.  This means there aren’t standard tools for preservation that will work on all CDs. So, as these CDs age and decay, the data […]

On this day: Aubrey Beardsley is born

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Aubrey Beardsley, Le Morte D’Arthur; “La Beale Isoud at Joyous Gard”, 1893. Image and catalog data provided by Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Aubrey Beardsley was born on August 21, 1872. Despite dying of tuberculosis at the young age of twenty-five in 1898, the artist managed to have a brilliant career full of controversy and scandal. He shot to fame with his illustrations for Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur in 1893, and then became […]

Computational Intelligence in Archaeology

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As some of you may know, my masters topic was “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Archaeological Data”. As Masters sometimes do, that topic ended up having to change, removing the archaeology and resulting in just “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Data”. Removing the archaeology also meant removing everything from the literature study relevant to archaeology, except maybe some examples I managed to keep in. This post contains the literature that had to […]

Computational Intelligence in Archaeology

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As some of you may know, my masters topic was “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Archaeological Data”. As Masters sometimes do, that topic ended up having to change, removing the archaeology and resulting in just “A Computational Intelligence Approach to Clustering Temporal Data”. Removing the archaeology also meant removing everything from the literature study relevant to archaeology, except maybe some examples I managed to keep in. This post contains the literature that had to […]

Cambridge University Press Publishes The Geography of Strabo

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  Duane W. Roller’s remarkable new English translation of Strabo’s Geography is now available from Cambridge University Press ( ISBN: 9781107038257; e-book ISBN: 9781139950374). To accompany it, the Center has produced a seamless, interactive online map which is accessible free: http://awmc.unc.edu/awmc/applications/strabo.  The map is built on the Antiquity À-la-carte interface, and has immense coverage because it plots all the locatable geographical and cultural features mentioned in the 17 books of this fundamentally important Greek source – over 3,000 […]

European ICT Proposers’ day 2014

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Florence, 9-10 October 2014 On 9-10 October 2014, at Fortezza da Basso, in Florence, is being held the ICT Proposers’ Day 2014: a networking event to promote European ICT Research & Innovation, focusing on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2015. The event is organised by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT in cooperation with the Italian Presidency of the EU, the Region of Tuscany, the Municipality of Florence and the University of Florence. Continue reading […]

Historical Maps into Minecraft: My Workflow

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The folks at the New York Public Library have a workflow and python script for translating historical maps into Minecraft. It’s a three-step (quite big steps) process. First, they generate a DEM (digital elevation model) from the historical map, using QGIS. This is saved as ‘elevation.tiff’. Then, using Inkscape, they trace over the features from the historical map that they want to translate into Minecraft. Different colours equal different kinds of blocks. This is saved […]

Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery Online Publications

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery: Collections Research Archaeology Luristan Bronzes in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (PDF document). The collections of ‘Luristan’ and other Iranian bronze artefacts. Catalogue of Inscribed Shabtis in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (PDF document). Birmingham Cuneiform Texts – Translations The tablets translated in Birmingham Cuneiform Texts – Translations Part 1 (PDF document) were first published in Watson, P.J., Catalogue of Cuneiform Tablets in Birmingham City Museum Volume 1 – Neo-Sumerian Texts from Drehem (Aris & Phillips, Warminster, 1986). The majority of […]

The Jade Room and Other Forgotten Museum Spaces

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Senior Digital Asset Specialist Stephanie Post highlights a selection of Museum spaces that live on only in the Main Building’s rich history. (0)

Conserving the pottery, terracotta and tablets from Ur

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Duygu Camurcuoglu, conservator, Ur Project, British Museum My job is to assess the condition of the objects from Ur being studied as part of the Ur digitisation project, conserve them if necessary, and guide the project team on handling and safe storage of the objects before/during photography and further digitisation work. I joined the project in August 2013 to lead the conservation and my first responsibility was to assess and conserve the terracotta objects and […]

Update on Philanthropy

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One of the topics we examined in TrendsWatch 2013 was the “Changing Face of Giving.” Though the economy, and giving overall, continues to rebound, there’s wide agreement that we aren’t going to return to the world that existed pre-2008. We are seeing a fundamental shift in who has money to give, the criteria used to select who to give to, and what causes actually get support. Here are a few recent reads exploring the shape of the new […]

Forthcoming event highlights

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Here’s the must-know information for some of the forthcoming Europeana partner and cultural heritage key events. Interested? Follow the links to find out more or to register. Two gossiping women taking tea at a small round table. Wellcome library, CC BY Enter the Europeana Creative Open Innovation Challenges, deadline 28 August We’re looking for creative developers and entrepreneurs to use the Europeana collections to create applications for the following themes – tourism and social networks. […]

World War One posters and artwork

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I’m a huge believer in the power of visuals to encourage critical thinking and to support long-term retention. As social studies teachers we need to do a better job of finding ways to integrate visuals such as art and propaganda posters into our instructor. Stuck for ideas and resources? Try the Smithsonian. Recent online articles from the Smithsonian focus on posters from World War One and artwork created by illustrators sent France by the US […]

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)

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