Greek Epigraphic Squeezes: Developing a Digital Environment

Title Greek Epigraphic Squeezes: Developing a Digital Environment
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 3 Years
Initiation 04/01/2014
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2014/2015
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Gwynaeth McIntyre
Year 1: Funded Amount 12,330
Year 1: Project Status Active
Year 1: Team Members

Larissa Ringham, Digital Projects Librarian, UBC Library
Maude Côté-Landry, Graduate Student, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts

Year 1: Summary

This CNERS student-driven project will collaborate with UBC Library to digitize approximately 700 epigraphic squeezes (paper impressions of ancient Greek stone inscriptions), and develop the descriptive content necessary to deliver a comprehensive online collection. Once digitized, the materials will be introduced to approximately 135 upper-graduate and graduate students through classroom assignments in an online environment, and engage them in translation exercises that will introduce them to the Digital Humanities environment.

Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Gwynaeth McIntyre
year-2 funded-amount 15,000
Year 2: Project Status Active
Year 2: Team Members

Larissa Ringham, Digital Projects Librarian, UBC Library
Maude Côté-Landry, Graduate Student, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts

Year 2: Summary

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) holds an extensive collection of approximately 1000 epigraphic squeezes, paper impressions of ancient Greek stone inscriptions. The collection is comparable to few in North America and is a valuable pedagogical source of material; however, the materials are not accessible in their current fragile physical state.

Over the last year, this CNERS student-driven project has collaborated with the UBC Library to begin to digitize the squeezes collection and this will be completed by April 2015. The next stage is to develop the descriptive content necessary to deliver a comprehensive online collection. The materials will be used to introduce approximately 300-330 upper-undergraduate (depending on course rotation) and graduate level students to the primary sources each year through classroom assignments in an online environment, and engage them in translation exercises that would give them an introduction to the Digital Humanities environment.

Year 3: Principal Investigator Kevin Fisher
Year 3: Funded Amount 28,875
Year 3: Project Status Active
Year 3: Project Year Year 3
Year 3: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 3: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 3: Team Members

Larissa Ringham, Digital Projects Librarian, UBC Library
Maude Côté-Landry, Graduate Student, Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts

Year 3: Summary

The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies (CNERS) holds a collection of approximately 700 epigraphic squeezes (paper impressions of ancient Greek stone inscriptions). The collection is comparable to few in North America and is a valuable pedagogical resource which, until now, has not been accessible due to their fragile physical state. The Department has recently acquired access to collections of ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern artifacts, which also have tremendous pedagogical potential—if they can be made accessible to instructors and students.

This student-driven project has been collaborating with the UBC Library to digitize these materials and develop the descriptive content necessary to deliver comprehensive online collections. These materials are now being integrated into classroom learning in an online environment, with the potential to reach approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate students--engaging them in assignments that provide a valuable hands-on introduction to Digital Humanities research.