Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service

EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service (beta)

The aim of EThOS is:

* To offer a 'single point of access' where researchers the world over can access ALL theses produced by UK Higher Education
* To support Higher Education Institutions through the transition from print to e-theses
* To help UK Higher Education Institutions expand available content by digitising paper theses
* To demonstrate the quality of UK research and help attract students and research investment into UK HE

To achieve this, EThOS offers a coherent and consistent interface by implementing a central 'hub' comprising an e-store and a digitisation suite at The British Library site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire. The hub automatically harvests e-theses from Institutional Repositories and digitises paper theses from participating institutions to offer the single point of access..

Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so download of their digital and digitised theses is free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitisation.

Where a thesis must be digitised before supply, you can expect a short delay. However, you will be informed when the thesis is ready for collection and you can then log on to the system and download it.

EThOS can only offer the theses of participating institutions. While we expect a large number of institutions to take part, we cannot supply from an institutions which chooses not to. In this case, you should approach the institution's library directly to gain access to a thesis
A search of the keyword "ancient", limited to items available for immediate download, yields a findset of thirty-nine dissertations, mostly in Classics, Mediterranean Archaeology and Egyptology. Other keywords will get you equally interesting findsets, and the collection is growing.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens - Open Meeting 2009

The ASCSA has published a videocast and transcript of the March 13, 2009 Open Meeting of the School, presentated in Cotsen Hall on the campus in Kolonaki Athens.

The Director of the ASCSA, Jack Davis, summarized the accomplishments of the departments of the School and its sponsored and affiliated excavations, followed by Thomas Brogan, Director of the INSTAP Study Center in East Crete. Dr. Brogan discussed the tastes and smells of Minoan Crete, as revealed by recent excavations at three sites.

Jack Davis' presentation discussed Excavation and Survey projects at:
The Athenian Agora
and the five projects which were affiliated with the School in 2008: a new survey at Plakias in the Rethymnon district of Crete; continuing excavations at Koutsoungila-Kechries in the Corinthia, at Mt. Lykaion in Arkadia, and at Mitrou in East Locris; and survey and architectural studies at Korphos in the Corinthia.
Shorter reports on publication, study for publication, and conservation at older excavations throughout Greece included: Isthmia Museum, Nemea, Samothrace, Gournia Survey, and the Azoria Project

Tom Brogan's presentation included discussion of Mochlos, Papadiokambos, and Chrissi Island.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

One off Journal Issues: French archaeology abroad

Occasionally issues of journals where one might not normally think to look produce thematic issues of interest. Availablity online makes them much more discoverable. A case in point:

Numéro 5 // novembre 2001
of La revue pour l’histoire du CNRS is a special issue entitled Des laboratoires à l'étranger. Its contents include an interesting set of articles on French archaeological missions:

Girolamo Ramunni

Ève Gran-Aymerich
L’archéologie française à l’étranger
Méditerranée, Afrique et Proche-Orient (1945-1970). Vers un nouvel équilibre

Catherine Nicault
Le CNRS dans l’« Orient compliqué »
Le Centre de recherche français de Jérusalem

Nicolas Grimal
La mission permanente de Karnak

Other one off journals in AWOL are here, here, here, here, here, here, here

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) web site survey

Dear CDLI Contributors and Users:

The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) began working with the UCLA Library in 2007 to ensure long-term digital storage and preservation of and enhanced access to digital content offered through the CDLI Web site (http://cdli.ucla.edu/). This collaboration has been supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

As part of the effort to enhance access to this digital collection, the UCLA Library would like to better understand the current strengths and weaknesses of the CDLI Web site, as well as learn more about the audience of the CDLI content. Please assist us by completing a short survey available at http://tinyurl.com/bzfhjc. The survey is 10 short questions and takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

We appreciate your help as we work to improve the CDLI Web site. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact UCLA Librarian Sharon Shafer at sshafer [at] library.ucla.edu.

Best regards,

Elizabeth McAulay and Sharon Shafer
UCLA Library

Monday, March 2, 2009

Serving the Word & The Sources of Biblical Narrative

After a hiatus of nearly four years, one of my old favorite blogs, Serving the Word: The Hebrew Bible and related matters ancient and modern, through the lenses of philology, anthropological linguistics and political theology, has come back to life. In a posting this morning, "The first source-critical Bible goes online", Seth Sanders discusses Tzemah Yoreh's new open access project
The Sources of Biblical Narrative:
This could be a watershed in the history of Bible criticism: the first online source-critical presentation of the Hebrew Bible, through II Samuel 5, went up this weekend.