Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity by Simon Mahony, Gabriel Bodard

By Simon Mahony, Gabriel Bodard

This publication explores the demanding situations and possibilities awarded to Classical scholarship through electronic perform and assets. Drawing at the services of a group of students who use leading edge equipment and applied sciences, it exhibits that routinely rigorous scholarship is as critical to electronic examine because it is to mainstream Classical reports. The chapters during this edited assortment hide many matters, together with textual content and information markup, information administration, community research, pedagogical idea and the Social and Semantic net, illustrating the variety of tools that improve the numerous features of the learn of the traditional global. This quantity exemplifies the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature that's on the center of Classical stories.

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A problem with very many archaeological reports which are derived from the analysis of paper records only is that, because the data are so numerous, it is impossible to reconcile their total reporting with economic printed publication. Hence for many excavations it is not possible to reassess results without recourse to examining the physical archive, wherever that might be located. In the case of Silchester Insula IX it was evident from the first season in 1997 that the preservation of the stratigraphy was very good and that the number of contexts would certainly lie in the high hundreds, if not the thousands.

6 31 Screenshot of the Late Roman section of Source: © University of Reading. An issue with both the ‘Victorian’ and ‘Late Roman’ website is their sustainability and reliability for the user. Interruptions of service such as migration to a new server can have significant and unforeseen impacts on the service, typically breaking links. Some users report problems but the responsibility lies with the providers of the service to ensure continuing full functionality. Deep checking of the website links and fixing of ‘bugs’ needs to be undertaken on a regular basis and this requires appropriate resourcing, a need, like that of maintaining the security of the website, unforeseen at the outset.

34 Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity Conclusions The above summarizes for the first time the development of the engagement of the Silchester Town Life Project with ICT over the thirteen years since its inception in 1997. It is clear that there is always more to improve in all areas: the capture of field-generated data on site; the development of tools to exploit and manipulate that data; the development of tools, such as for 3D visualization, to enable the larger research team of specialists researching the finds and environmental data of the project to make better use of and also enhance the capacity of the Silchester IADB.

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