Lecture, Computers and the Humanities Users Group (Providence, RI, USA)

The Computers and the Humanities Users Group, Computing and Information Services, and The Center of Digital Epigraphy


Interoperability between Epigraphic and Papyrological Databases:
The Epidoc Scenario

Dr. Gabriel Bodard
Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King’s College London

12:30, Thursday, May 22
169 Angell St., Main Conference Room,

Crosswalking–the automated mapping of metadata from one schema to another–has emerged as a crucial tool in the digital landscape, and is particularly useful for integrating data from multiple sources or projects. This talk will focus on the use of crosswalks in epigraphical and papyrological research development. Within these domains, a number of corpora have been developed using different technologies and data structures, and driven by different user needs. There are collections that use the Epidoc XML schema, which is based on TEI, collections like the Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy that are served from SQL databases, and older projects which use specialized information structures. Dr. Gabriel Bodard will present some of the strategies that he and his colleagues, Tom Elliott and Hugh Cayless, have devised to perform such transforms. He will then describe in more detail the Integrating Digital Papyrology project, whose purpose is to dynamically transform and integrate the Duke Databank and Heidelberg Gesamtverzeichnis collections into a single EpiDoc collection, and some of the technical and theoretical lessons learned from this process.

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