Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vitruvian design for scholarship in the humanities: Access to scholarly work

More insight on scholarly openness from Neel Smith at Holy Cross:

Vitruvian design for scholarship in the humanities: Access to scholarly work

At Furman, our undergraduates are pursuing important research. The vast majority of them will go on to important positions and rewarding careers outside of the academy. They value their research now because they see that it will increase the amount of useful knowledge in the world. Anything other than strict adherence to the principles of open access would destroy that value. That would be a grave disservice to the dedication and energy of the young scholars whose talents we are privileged to borrow for a few years.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A new papyrus!

Read about the newly published Bankes papyrus here. See it here. Congratulations to David Creasey, Kylie Elliott, Talley Lattimore, and Brett Stonecipher!

New Testament Transcriptions · Matthew

We are excited to announce the publication of transcriptions of the Gospel of Matthew from two medieval manuscripts. Leah Elder has finished transcribing and editing Matthew from the 1410 Wycliffe translation of the New Testament (see this earlier post). Tucker Hannah has completed an edition of Matthew from the St. Chad Gospel.

Both texts were encoded in TEI-conformant XML and are available through the Furman Classics Canonical Text Service.

Work progresses on indices associating chapter and verse from the transcriptions to regions-of-interest on images of the manuscripts. Our goal is to publish complete digital editions of both manuscripts with closely interrelated images, texts, translations, and other data.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Manuscript Research Update - September 8

Today we finally got going on our regularly, weekly meetings of the faculty and students doing manuscript research. We have been given a generous amount of space and time by the Studio Lab at the James B. Duke Library… thanks Diane and Mike!

The current state of projects is this:

Homeric Manuscripts

Katie Phillips is going to prepare editions, keyed to the manuscript images, of the one-line summaries of each Iliadic book that appear on the manuscripts Venetus B and Escorialensis 3.

Lichfield Manuscripts

Tucker Hannah has completed the transcription and image regions-of-interest for Matthew as it appears on the St. Chad Gospels manuscript. He is going to move on to the work, begun last year by T.J. Brown, on Mark. (The St. Chad Gospel contains Matthew, Mark, and the first three chapters of Luke).

Christopher Blackwell is going to prepare indices for Matthew: folio-citation, folio-image, and image-citation. He will also get the Matthew transcription into the Furman Classics CTS Service, which already hosts texts of the Latin Vulgate and the King James translation.

Leah Eldar and Blake Williams will continue their work on the Wycliffe Translation.

Homeric Papyri

We have updated the Homer Multitext’s library of homeric papyri with editions of fifteen new documents. We have about twenty more papyrological documents in the production pipeline.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Editing Ancient Papyri

The oldest complete texts of the Homeric Iliad are the Byzantine Manuscripts, several of which students of the Classics Department at Furman are editing and turning into digital facsimile editions. But the very oldest texts of the Iliad are fragments of papyrus, found in archaeological sites in Egypt. These papyri date from as early as the 3rd century BCE.

The Homer Multitext has published a growing library of  library of homeric papyri. Furman students have been editors of these documents from the beginning.

This week we have updated the Homeric Papyri site with editions of fifteen new documents. These include the Hawara Papyrus in a new edition by Amy Koenig of Harvard University. This text contains 547 lines of the Iliad, from Books 1 and 2. The remaining fourteen documents are the results of editorial work by Alexander Loney and Bart Huelsenbeck of Duke University, and Lia Campbell, Andrew Corley, David Creasy, Kylie Elliott, Talley Lattimore, Brett Stonecipher, and Blake Williams, undergraduate students of Greek at Furman University.

In all, the Homeric Papyri Digital Library now contains 30 edited texts, containing 3,142 lines of Homeric poetry. These lines include 2,706 unique citations. The collected documents include portions of 22 out of the 24 Books of the Iliad (Books 19 and 20 are the only ones not represented at all among these published fragments).

The Homeric Papyri library is exposed via the Canonical Text Services protocol (CTS). Its website offers two different human-readable presentations of each document, as well as direct access to the raw TEI XML.

Work on these papyri continues, and we are looking forward to increasing the holdings of this open-access digital library in the near future. We are grateful for the support of the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University.