Enhancing and Exploring Epigraphic and Archaeological Data through e-Science

In Association with eSI Thematic Programme: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities

10 February, 09 09:30 AM - 11 February, 09 04:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Stuart Dunn, Irene Polinskaya and Gabriel Bodard
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Any slides or other material generated as a result of this event can be found at: www.nesc.ac.uk/action/esi/contribution.cfm?Title=964

Rationale: The meeting will bring technical and editorial researchers participating in, or otherwise engaged with, the IOSPE (Inscriptiones Orae Septentrionalis Ponti Euxini = Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea Coast.) project together with researchers in related fields, both historical and computational. Existing projects, such as the Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica and Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, have explored the digitization of ancient inscriptions from their regions, and employed the EpiDoc schema as markup. IOSPE plans to expand this sphere of activity, in conjunction with an multi-volume publication of inscription data. This event is a joint workshop funded in part by a Small Research Grant from the British Academy, and in part by the eSI through the Arts and Humanities e-Science theme. The workshop will bring together domain experts in epigraphy, and specialists in digital humanities, and e-science researchers, which will provide a detailed scoping of the research questions, and the research methods needed to investigate them from an historical/epigraphic point of view.

The success of previous projects, and the opportunities identified by the IOSPE research team, raise questions of significant interest for the e-science community. Great interpretive value can be attached to datasets such as these if they are linked, both with each other, and with other relevant datasets. The LaQuaT project at King’s, part of ENGAGE, is addressing this. There is also an important adjunct research area in the field of digital geographic analysis of these datasets: again, this can only be achieved if disparate data collections can be meaningfully cross-walked.

Target Audience

This meeting is intended for epigraphists, archaeologists, classicists and ancient historians working with digital formats and technology; e-science/ICT researchers interested in cross walking issues and data interoperability.


This event is provisionally scheduled to start at 09:30 Tuesday 10 February 2009 and close at 16:00 on Wednesday 11 February 2009.

A programme is available at: http://wiki.esi.ac.uk/Epigraphy

A dinner is being held in The George Hotel on the 10 February at 19:30


Assistance with accommodation is offered once you have registered.


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Important Dates

16 Dec - Registration Opens
03 Feb - Registration Deadline
03 Feb - Date we will respond to your application by (Please note this is the latest date we will respond to your application. It is normal policy for us to respond within 5 working days where possible.)
10 Feb - Event Starts at 09:30hrs


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This event is sponsored by e-Science Institute in association with the following organisations:
  British Academy            
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