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


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