“Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day”

This open-access book by Alison Babeu, Digital Librarian and research coordinator of the venerable Perseus Project, is available for download as a searchable pdf from the website of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).  The full title is:

“Rome Wasn’t Digitized in a Day”: Building a Cyberinfrastructure for Digital Classics (August, 2011):

http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/reports/pub150

The book offers the most complete overview I know of the digital humanities and their connection to Classics (including the Ancient Near East); it includes both a historical survey and an analysis of the resources currently available.  It also clearly shows the prominent place that the Classics have enjoyed in the emerging field of Digital Humanities, stretching back to James McDonough’s 1959 article, “Computers and Classics,” which contrasted James Allen’s concordance of Euripides, a life’s work of 43 years, to the “12 hours” necessary for the IBM to accomplish the same task.  Of course, all that Euripides text has to be entered (and checked) by somebody, but Classicists have continued to explore various possibilities for digital research, as chronicled by Babeu over 318 pages.  Highly Recommended.

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