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December 4, 2012: Crowdsourcing Ancient Texts

Nita Krevans and James Brusuelas (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) and Lucy Fortson (Physics and Astronomy)

Krevans, Fortson, and Brusuelas report on the substantial progress that has been made so far in deciphering hundreds of thousands of unpublished Greek papyrus fragments, enlisting the help of more than a hundred thousand online volunteers, and refining the results with increasingly resourceful computer software. For general background information about the project see Kirsten Weir, “You, too, can translate ancient documents: Technology plus a cast of thousands open windows onto Ancient Greece,” Reach (Summer 2012).

This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 58.2 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 298.0 MB).

Question and Answer Session

Audio download (.mp3 – 24.2 MB) Video podcast (.m4v – 121.4 MB)

Digital Humanities 2.0 invites all interested parties at the University of Minnesota to join in advancing artistic creation and scholarly research in the humanities by exploring digitization and Web 2.0 technologies. This IAS collaborative builds on strengths across the University to envision the next generation of digital humanities tools, techniques, and approaches. Excerpts from the proposal to launch the collaborative are posted here; they include citations of several key statements about digital humanities today. You can follow the Digital Humanities Collaborative on Twitter @DH2pt0 and we also maintain a UThink blog. You can also email us at dh2@umn.edu.

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