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Google funds project investigating the geography of the ancient world

A University of Southampton led project, exploring how people of antiquity viewed the geography of the ancient world, has been backed by $50,000 of funding from Google, Inc. via its Digital Humanities Awards Program. Google Ancient Places (GAP) is developing a Web application which allows users to choose a classical text or book (500BC - 500AD) and then search for references to ancient places within it, presenting the results in a user-friendly interface. Continue reading →

The Connected Past: people, networks and complexity in archaeology and history

A two-day collaborative, multi-disciplinary symposium The University of Southampton 24-25 March 2012   Sponsored by Archaeopress, The Classical Association, the Archaeological Computing Research Group, Oxford University Press, the University of Southampton USRG Complexity in Real-world Contexts, the University of Southampton Web Science DTC and the University of Southampton Faculty of Humanities     Conference objectives: To provide a forum for the presentation... Continue reading →

SMuRF: Multidisciplinary Research Conference for Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

The SMuRF event was fabulous. A room full of 80 or so ECRs devoted to multidisciplinary research. There was a range of facilitated sessions, including a discussion of peer review practice that I chaired. Other issues raised were methods for supporting multidisciplinary communities, issues of career progression and recognition for multidisciplinary activity and an outline of the University's general research strategy, and in particular multidisciplinary research. Continue reading →

Workshop on 3D Heritage on the mobile web – Part Three

'Mobile Heritage applications: the case of the Gorafe Dolmens' by Jon Arambarri, VirtualWare and Jaime Kaminski, University of Brighton Jon gave a short presentation on the VirtualWare services on virtual and augmented reality applications. (for more information go to This presentation considered how a mobile app has been used to augment a wider strategy of providing visitor information about the archaeological landscape in the region of Gorafe, Spain. Continue reading →

Workshop on 3D Heritage on the mobile web – Part Two

'Use and discoverability of 3d in the context of Europeana' by Jan Molendijk, Europeana Foundation Jan talked about Europeana, the discoverability service for Europe’s digital heritage objects ( and the links with 3D-COFORM. Also, he pointed out that ‘The New Renaissance’ report (2011) recommends ‘the reinforcement of Europeana as the reference point for European culture on-line. Continue reading →

Workshop on 3D Heritage on the mobile web – Part One

The workshop took place on the 7th of February at the University of Brighton and was organised as part of the 3D services on the Mobile Web project by members of the 3D-COFORM. This research project is funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) and aims ‘to establish 3D documentation as an affordable, practical and effective mechanism for long term documentation of tangible cultural heritage’. Continue reading →

Digital Humanities: Where Digital Technology and Music Collide

The sotonDH seminar as part of multidisciplinary research week was really good. This year we focused on DH and Music. Lots of interesting speakers. Here are a few of my tweets from the day. Details of the event Ben Oliver talking about cochlear implants and music at Southampton multidisiciplinary research week #sotonde— Graeme Earl (@GraemeEarl) February 8, 2012 Radiohead's Philip Selway involved in cool bit. Continue reading →

Visit to centre for e-research Leipzig

Last week Matteo Romanello and myself visited Marco Büchler and his colleagues in the eTraces project, based in Leipzig. We were introduced to the fascinating work on the interface between computer science and the Humanities done by the eTraces team and also got the opportunity to present our own work. Here some info about the eTraces project: Be it science or the everyday life - our language contains numerous trails of our cultural legacy in the form of winged words and quotations. Continue reading →

Digital Humanities: Where Digital Technology and Music Collide

Come and hear how our music researchers exploit digital technology within performance, musicology and composition. For example, creating interactive systems aiding music rehabilitation for cochlear implant patients. Presenters: Professor Jeanice Brooks, Dr Andrew Pinnock, Dr Richard Polfreman, Dr David Bretherton and Dr Ben Oliver After the presentations visitors will be invited to try out some of the systems for themselves and view the posters. Refreshments will be available. Continue reading →

Student Centredness Project Success – Digital Humanities Distributed Lab

We learned today that we were successful in funding for the development of a Digital Humanities lab. The application was focused on developing the existing Southampton digital humanities community via web and interaction technologies and will be led by sotonDH postgraduate students. It will develop two existing spaces, connect in several others and build social networking tools. Continue reading →