Together with Florian Thiery I gave a talk on a side project by the Research Squirrel Engineers, a working group of Research Software Engineers. Our aim in this project is to digitize a catalogue on Ogham stones and put it online in a linked and open way. At the Graph Technologies in the Humanities conference we were invited to present our work. Here is a short version.
There are some things that are great in theory. In practice, though…
It’s actually cool, too. I just need to learn how to use it.
“Digitalisation” is a buzzword in the humanities, closely connected to the Digital Humanities, to open access, reproducibility, sharing heritage and so forth. I believe it is a very important step to a better and more open science. There is one point though, that is important to me: I’ve worked with books 115 years old. How can we make sure people will be able to read our digital output in another 115 years?
It is 2018! Time to document our archaeological digs digitally, wouldn’t you say? We have it all: CAD to draw plans; GIS for maps; photogrammetry / structure from motion for 3D models and rectified photos; databases to connect all this with feature description… why use paper at all?
Academia.edu. Who doesn’t know it? By now this “facebook for academics“ is one of the first places students search for literature. Well known professors put their stuff there, you can find whole PhD-dissertations, loads of articles by almost anyone in any (archaeological) field. It is easy to “follow” someone and to get a message if they put something new online, you see recommendations and and and… and it is free and for everyone!