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26th International Congress of Papyrology II

I will not give feedback for all the papers of the session Digital Technologies and Tools of the Trade 1, even if most of them presented important projects from leading institutions in the field. I will focus here on two which are particularly appropriated to be mentioned on this blog.
Both are dealing with project where at some stage of their research they propose to present geographical data with the help of the possibilities provided by Google Maps.

  • Bart Van Beek: Papyri in bits & bytes – electronic texts and how to use them

The speaker was presenting a project from the University of Leuven. The case study he was discussing in his paper was about prosopography and the project highlights the methodological different use one can make of the available databases. In particular he presented the possibilities a database, based on the new standards such as XML-encoding and especially EPIDOC-elements, can offer. In such an environment search-tool can find an amazing number of results. The speaker gave an example about the many possible renderings in Greek of an Egyptian name. The result was at the end displayed on a map of Egypt provided by Google Maps and several elements, such as the geographical distribution of the occurrences or the chronoloigcal evolution of it.

A similar approach was presented in the second paper.

  • Herbert Verreth: Topography of Egypt online

The project is part of the Trismegistos Portal . It is focusing on Egypt and the many toponyms contained in documents from Egypt. These toponyms are gathered in a database which can be searched through. For each name found in the database, information about the broader context as well as a bibliography is given. Further the project’s intention is to add to this the possibility to distinguish the place names from the places where the documents were found from those were the documents were written. Finally the project also works on the possibility to visualize the results on Google Maps.

Further information on the whole sessions on digital technologies, can be found under Stoa

26th International Congress of Papyrology

Apart from the section on Digital Technologies and Tools of the Trade 1 which will be hold on Thursday, there are two other among the many very inspiring papers, I would like to mention here :

  • F. Montanari / D. Muratore / F. Reiter : Scholia Minora auf Wachstafeln der Berliner Papyrussamlung : ein deutsch-italienisches Editionsprojekt

The speakers presented the edition-project which is a collaboration of German and Italian scholars. The German scholars are focusing on the decipherments whereas the Italian experts, under the direction of Prof. F. Montanari, will deal with the philological interpretation of the preserved texts.

The second paper was about a digitalisation-project of the ostraca from the University of Leipzig.

  • N. Quenouille : la collection d’ostraca de la bibliothèque de l’Université de Leipzig.

The project can be found under  PapyrusPortal. This web-page will also be presented in the section on Digital Technologies and Tools of the Trade 1. The project aims at making available 3D presentation of the ostraca. They also will provide infrared images which make the decipherment much easier.


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