From the ground to the cloud: digital edition of freshly excavated cuneiform tablets on Oracc

Eleanor Robson (University College London)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2016

Friday June 17th at 16:30, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Why edit texts using digital tools? And why produce online editions in an open access environment? This seminar explores the many benefits, from ensuring editorial consistency to maximising accessibility for readers and researchers. I will explore the principles and practice with examples from my current work, which happens to deal with newly excavated cuneiform tablets from southern Iraq, from a previously little-documented period of Babylonian history. But the same basic theories and methods are relevant to all periods, places, and genres of text, and are useful to think about for both creators and users of text editions.

Recommended readings:

Tinney, S. and E. Robson (2014). "About Oracc: essentials for Oracc users." The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus, http://oracc.org/help/about/

Ebeling, J. (2011). "The ETCSL: an all-in-one-corpus?" In Heather D. Baker et al. (eds.). Your praise is sweet: a memorial volume for Jeremy Black from students, colleagues and friends (pp. 53–67). London: The British Institute for the Study of Iraq. — On one of Oracc’s predecessors. http://bisi.ac.uk/sites/bisi.localhost/files/Baker_et_al_Your_Praise_Is_Sweet.pdf

Livecast at Digital Classicist London YouTube channel.

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