The Digital Classicist
The Digital Classicist is a decentralised and international community of scholars and students interested in the application of innovative digital methods and technologies to research on the ancient world. The Digital Classicist is not core funded, and nor is it owned by any institution. The main purpose of this site is to offer a web-based hub for discussion, collaboration and communication.
- Seminars sponsored by the Institute for Classical Studies, University of London since 2006 (and sessions and panels at various conferences) have so far led to three peer-reviewed publications. Related events are anticipated at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU), Leipzig Department of e-Humanities, Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities, DAI, Berlin, Tufts University, Boston and elsewhere.
- Discussion list: hosted by JISCmail, for the discussion of all aspects of Digital Humanties, e-Science, and cyberinfrastructure as they apply to the study of the ancient world; technical questions and advice; event, publication, and job announcements. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to sign up.
- Stoa Blog: founded by Ross Scaife and hosted by the University of Kentucky, the Stoa is a source for news and discussion of classical and digital matters, especially with a focus on web standards and Open Access/Open Source publication. Ross's work both predated and was the inspiration for the Digital Classicist.
- Wiki: the heart of the Digital Classicist website, supporting collaboratively contributed and edited materials of various kinds: digital tools for the study or manipulation of ancient data; classical projects that employ advanced computational methods; technical questions of interest to classicists and archaeologists. Reports on postgraduate dissertations and other works-in-progress are especially welcome. Wiki accounts need to be approved by an editor, but this is only to cut back on spam not to limit participation to any putative élite.
We seek to encourage the growth of a community of practice, which is open to everyone interested in the topic, regardless of skill or experience in technical matters, and language of contribution. Membership of the community is entirely open, and measured only by the numbers of users of our various sites. There is no formal executive or board; the most active members tend to take on administrative duties. As a general principle, key sections of the website or summaries of discussions will, where possible, be translated into the major languages of scholarship (dependent upon volunteer translators).
In Memoriam: Ross Scaife (1960-2008)