Short presentations

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2014

Friday August 15th at 16:30, in Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Wilma Stefani (MA dissertation, King's College London)

Online narratives and public engagement: opportunities and challenges for Public Archaeology.

I am focusing on archaeological communication, analyzing how archaeology is narrated on line by cultural institutions and media; how the public connects with this content and creates meaning from the stories narrated; and if and how this process can challenge traditional practices and roles, and suggest new ways of displaying artifacts in archaeological collections. The British Museum's blog and the Mail Online are analyzed as places where different narratives intersect and develop, and posts, articles and users' comments are extracted and analyzed using automated techniques for online text mining.

Aikaterini Plati (MA dissertation, King's College London)

The Acropolis Museum and its digital engagement.

I will focus on the digital environment built by the Acropolis Museum and through appropriate research methods, represent all its advantages and disadvantages mentioned by international participants. Two research methods will be conducted; the method of usability testing which will be applied in order to examine whether the interface and the content of the website are effective enough and the method of questionnaires which will examine participants’ point of view on whether social media are necessary and useful to them when it comes to pay a visit to a museum or for general use.

Stavrini Ioannidou (MA dissertation, University College London)

Lessons to be learned from the Classicists: Instilling a Digital-Humanities mentality among the members of the Modern Greek Studies community.

This presentation focuses on how academics and researchers in the ailing field of Modern Greek studies can benefit from the examples set out by their fellow classicists in terms of appropriating and developing digital resources and tools.

Elisa Nury (MPhil/PhD chapter, King's College London)

Automated collation - is it for Classicists?

Automated collation tools have been created in order to facilitate the comparison of manuscripts. However, Classicists do not seem to feel the need to invest in digital critical editions created by means of an automatic collation of complete (or even partial) digital transcriptions of manuscripts. This could be due to an apparent lack of returns in terms of the time invested or that the current model is not suited to the activity classicists want to accomplish. It is thus important to assess the existing collation tools in order to ascertain that they respond to actual needs and to improve them, if required.


The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.