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10/26/2018 “Syriac Studies: New Conversations” Panel at Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast (ReLACS), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Syriaca.org general editor, David Michelson moderated a panel on “Syriac Studies: New Conversations” as part of the Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast (ReLACS) held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN with panelists Samuel Barry (Eastern Tennessee State University) and Tina Shepardson (University of Tennessee). Among the projects discussed were: http://syriaca.org/ https://sedra.bethmardutho.org/lexeme/search http://syri.ac/ https://syriaccorpus.org/index.html http://www.csc.org.il/db/db.aspx?db=SB…

Posted by on October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized


8/21/2018 Perseids User Summit Presentation: Syriaca.org and Perseids Editorial Review

On 8/21/2018, Syriaca,org editors Nathan P. Gibson, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University; and Daniel L. Schwartz, Texas A&M University will present on “Syriaca.org and Perseids Editorial Review” a presentation on how Syriaca.org is implementing the Perseids platform for editorial review (http://www.perseids.org/). A copy of the slides from the presentation are here.

Posted by on August 21, 2018 in Uncategorized


5/8/2018 David A. Michelson lightening talk @SHARE: “Syriaca.org and Distributed Data & Aggregation””

Syriaca.org General Editor David A. Michelson presented a lightning talk at the site visit “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web” held at Vanderbilt University by the the project team for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Advancement Grant “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE”. For more information see: http://www.share-research.org/2018/01/integrating-digital-humanities-into-the-web-project-update/ A…

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Uncategorized


3/23/2018 Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent Lecture @CUA: “Enslaved Saints, Monastic Lineages, and the Computer: Digital Horizons for the Study of Syriac Hagiography.”

On March 23, 2018, Syriaca.org Associate Director Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent will give a public lecture at the Catholic University of America in the School of Theology and Religious studies entitled “Enslaved Saints, Monastic Lineages, and the Computer: Digital Horizons for the Study of Syriac Hagiography.” More details are posted here: Saint-Laurent-CUA-2018.

Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


3/12-13/2018 #LinkSyr2018: Workshop: Linked Data and Syriac Sources – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Syriaca.org editors Daniel Schwartz, David Michelson, and Jamey Walters presented at the workshop: Linked Data and Syriac Sources at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 12–13 March 2018. The workshop is sponsored by the CLARIAH project “LinkSyr“. As part of that project the following presentation was given: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16N9Py1mZYrLPWWd9sZM42B_Czv-DvIxpDYCV2u29FNw/edit?usp=sharing Also demo videos related to Syriaca.org (as requested at…

Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Uncategorized


2/23/2018 “Linking Manuscripts from the Coptic, Ethiopian and Syriac domain” @Universität Hamburg

On 2/23/2018 Syriaca.org General Editor David Michelson will give two presentations at the workshop “Linking Manuscripts from the Coptic, Ethiopian and Syriac domain: Present and Future Synergy Strategies.” Michelson will present on “The Syriac Gazetteer” and “New Handbook of Syriac Literature & A Guide to Syriac Authors” and their potential for using linked open data…

Posted by on February 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


09/24/17 “Manuscripts as Data” @Heidelberg DH Summer School

On 09/24/17, Syriaca.org General Editor David Michelson will present on “Manuscripts as Data” as part of the “1st Summer School of Digital Humanities: Distant Reading – Potentials and Applications” held at Heidelberg University. The presentation is available here. Links and projects mentioned in the talk are listed below for reference of those attending the presentation….

Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


Interview with Peter Brown and David Michelson about Syriaca.org: Il mondo siriaco ritrovato

Balzan.org recently spoke with Professor PETER BROWN, 2011 Balzan Prizewinner for Ancient History (Graeco-Roman World), about the Project he undertook with the half of the Prize devoted to research. Since 1986, Peter Brown has been the Phillip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, at Princeton University. Previously he was Professor of Modern History at Royal…

Posted by on March 29, 2017 in Uncategorized


Vanderbilt University Press Release: Preserving the history of Syriac Christianity in the Middle East

Vanderbilt University has issued a press release about recent publications by Syriaca.org. via Preserving the history of Syriac Christianity in the Middle East.

Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Uncategorized


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New Publication: A Guide to Syriac Authors

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce the release of a new online publication: A Guide to Syriac Authors Editors: David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University Nathan P. Gibson, Vanderbilt University A Guide to Syriac Authors is a scholarly manual with entries on nearly 1,000 authors who wrote in Syriac or otherwise had an influence on Syriac literature….

Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


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New Publication: Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce the release of a new online publication: Qadishe: A Guide to the Syriac Saints Editors: Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Marquette University David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University Qadishe (from the Syriac word meaning “saints”) is a scholarly catalogue of over one thousand persons venerated in the Syriac Christian traditions. Qadishe includes entries…

Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


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New Publication: Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce the release of a new online publication: Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica Editors: Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, Marquette University David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University P. Ugo Zanetti, Monastère de Chevetogne Claude Detienne, Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Goias The Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica (BHSE) is a guide to over one thousand Syriac stories, hymns,…

Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


8/20/2016 “Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations (SPEAR)” @Symposium Syriacum XII, Pontificio Instituto Orientale

Syriaca.org editor Prof. Daniel L. Schwartz will present a paper, “Syriac Persons, Events, and Relations (SPEAR)”, at the Symposium Syriacum XII, held at the Pontificio Instituto Orientale in Rome, Italy on August 20, 2016. The abstract for the paper is below: Recent prosopographical work within the fields of Late Antique, Byzantine, and Anglo-Saxon studies have…

Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Uncategorized, , ,


8/20/2016 “The New Handbook of Syriac Literature: Bringing Syriac Literature into the Digital Landscape” @Symposium Syriacum XII, Pontificio Instituto Orientale

Syriaca.org editor Dr. Nathan Gibson will present a paper, “Syriaca.org: Frameworks for Digital Research in Syriac Studies”, at the Symposium Syriacum XII, held at the Pontificio Instituto Orientale in Rome, Italy on August 20, 2016. The abstract for the paper is below: For generations, Syriac scholars have relied on literature histories (such as Baumstark’s) and…

Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Uncategorized, , ,


8/20/2016 “Syriaca.org: Frameworks for Digital Research in Syriac Studies” @Symposium Syriacum XII, Pontificio Instituto Orientale

Syriaca.org editor Prof. David A. Michelson will present a paper, “Syriaca.org: Frameworks for Digital Research in Syriac Studies”, at the Symposium Syriacum XII, held at the Pontificio Instituto Orientale in Rome, Italy on August 20, 2016. The abstract for the paper is below: Syriaca.org is a set of digital tools and reference resources designed to…

Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Uncategorized, , ,


8/19/2016 “Prologues in Syriac Hagiographies” @Symposium Syriacum XII, Pontificio Instituto Orientale

Syriaca.org editor Prof. Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent will present a paper, “Prologues in Syriac Hagiographies”, at the Symposium Syriacum XII, held at the Pontificio Instituto Orientale in Rome, Italy on August 19, 2016. The paper draws on research in Syriac hagiographical prologues undertaken using Syriaca.org’s newly published Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica of which she is an…

Posted by on August 19, 2016 in Uncategorized, , ,


6/7/2016 “Syriaca.org: Bridging the digital gap between libraries, specialists, and the public” Big Ancient Mediterranean #BAM2016 @ U of Iowa

Syriaca.org editor David Michelson will present “Syriaca.org: Bridging the digital gap between libraries, specialists, and the public” as part of the workshop: Linking the Big Ancient Mediterranean held at the University of Iowa: June 6-8, 2016 (#BAM2016). An abstract of the paper is as follows and a full link to the presentation is posted below:…

Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


6/2/2016 “Syriaca.org: Meeting Digital Infrastructure Needs for Endangered Cultural Heritage” @ Vanderbilt U. “Cultural Heritage at Scale” #CHAS16

Note: Updated with links. Syriaca.org General Editor David Michelson will present on “Syriaca.org: Meeting Digital Infrastructure Needs for Endangered Cultural Heritage” as part of “A Semantic Web Symposium: Cultural Heritage at Scale,” June 2-3, 2016, Vanderbilt University · Nashville, Tennessee (http://heritage-at-scale.info/). Those attending the conference may use the following link (with caveats!) to view the…

Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Uncategorized


4/19/2016 Syriaca.org Developing Linked Open Dataset

During the spring 2016 semester, Syriaca.org received support from Vanderbilt University’s Jean & Alexander Heard Library for the project “Linked Data from the Medieval Middle East.” The project was funded as part of the Library Dean’s Fellows Program (http://library.vanderbilt.edu/about/deans_fellows/df_projects.php). The goal of the project was to enhance the digital data of Syriaca.org by serializing (rendering)…

Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


10/01/2015 Dr. Nathan Gibson Appointed as Postdoctoral Scholar @ Vanderbilt University & Syriaca.org

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Nathan P. Gibson as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities, effective October 1, 2015. Dr. Gibson will undertake a two-year research project at Vanderbilt University under the direction of Prof. David A. Michelson as part of the Syriaca.org research group….

Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


10/1/2015 “Imagining Digital Scholarship & Learning: A Symposium” at Marquette University

Syriaca.org editor, Professor Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent will be presenting on the Gateway to the Syriac Saints at “Imagining Digital Scholarship & Learning: A Symposium” at Marquette University on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 am in Raynor Library. A demo link for this presentation is found here.

Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized


09/06/2015 “Doktoranden-Workshop Syrologie” an der Universität Konstanz

Syriaca.org assistant director Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent will present a workshop on the two volumes of Gateway to the Syriac Saints (Volume I: Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica or BHSE on hymns, homilies, and lives of Syriac saints, and Volume II: Qadishe on the persons or the saints themselves). The workshop is part of a symposium held…

Posted by on September 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


8/12/2015 “Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica- Syriac Saints Lives” @Oxford University

Syriaca.org assistant director Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent will present a paper “Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica-Syriac Saints Lives ” as part of the  XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University on 8/11/2015. This is part of a two panel session on Digital Humanities and the Study of Patristics. A demo link for this presentation is…

Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


8/11/2015 “Quid ergo Silicon Valley et Hierosolymis? Potential and Perils of the Digital Humanities for Patristic Studies” #oxpats15 @Oxford University

Syriaca.org general editor David A. Michelson will present a paper “Quid ergo Silicon Valley et Hierosolymis? Potential and Perils of the Digital Humanities for Patristic Studies” as part of the  XVII. International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University on 8/11/2015. This is part of a two panel session on Digital Humanities and the Study…

Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


6/24/2015 “Syriac Studies and Digital Research” Panel at #NASS7

Syriaca.org editors will be presenting on their work in the digital humanities in sessions at the 2015 North American Syriac Symposium held June 21-24, 2015 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Details are here  and here. On Wednesday, June 24 from 9:00-10:30 AM, these same scholars will be participating in a panel…

Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized, , , , , ,


6/21/2015 Live Demo of Syriaca.org at #NASS7

Syriaca.org editors will be giving a live demo session of the project in conjunction with the 2015 North American Syriac Symposium held June 21-24, 2015 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Details are here  and here. The demo will occur on Monday June 22 at 7:30 P.M., David A. Michelson, Jeanne-Nicole Mellon…

Posted by on June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized


6/18/15 Syriaca.org Featured in Presentation at ATLA 2015 Conference

A discussion on the important role of librarians in collaboration on Syriaca.org was part of a presentation given by Vanderbilt University library staff as part of “Mining the Information Landscape” the 2015 annual meeting of the American Theological Library Association held June 17-20, 2015 in Denver Colorado. The presentation, “Doing Digital Humanities in Theological Libraries,”…

Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized, , , , ,


Open Position: Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities

Vanderbilt University and Syriaca.org invite applications for the open position of Visiting Research Assistant Professor in Syriac Studies and Digital Humanities. The term of appointment is one full year, beginning in fall 2015, with the possibility of renewal for one further year. The Visiting Research Assistant Professor will work full time under the direction of Prof. David…

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized


3/31/15 Presentation: “Nineveh No More: Cultural Genocide in Contemporary Iraq and Syria.”

On 3/31/15, Syriaca.org general editor David Michelson gave a presentation, “Nineveh No More: Cultural Genocide in Contemporary Iraq and Syria,” as part of the Spring Faculty Assembly at Vanderbilt University. The presentation focused on the current cultural and political crises in Iraq and discussed the cultural preservation work of Syriaca.org. A press release from Vanderbilt…

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


Syriaca.org Receives NEH Implementation Award

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities under the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program. The award to be directed by Daniel Schwartz (Texas A&M University) will be used to develop three new resources: 1. an open-source data curation and editorial module which will allow…

Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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3/26/15 Presentation “Syriaca.org: Preserving the Lost History of Christianity in Syria and Iraq”

Syriaca.org general editor David Michelson will present on the research of Syriaca.org in a guest lecture at Texas A&M University, hosted by the Department of History and the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. The lecture will be held on March 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in 311 Glasscock and is free and open to…

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized


3/7/15 Syriaca.org Introductory Workshop

In conjunction with Hugoye Symposium IV, Syriaca.org will be holding a one day workshop for interested collaborators on 3/7/15 at Rutgers University. The workshop will introduce the linked open data sets and open-source software created by Syriaca,org and demonstrate how it can be re-used for related projects. The workshop will also include an opportunity for…

Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


3/6/15 Hugoye Symposium IV: Syriac and the Digital Humanities

Syriaca.org is pleased to be a co-sponsor of Hugoye Symposium IV: Syriac and the Digital Humanities which will be held on 3/6/15 at Rutgers University. The symposium will feature thirteen presentations by scholars working in varied aspects of Syriac studies including corpus linguistics, digital libraries, manuscript cataloging, and prosopographical research. An online program is here:…

Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized


2/2/15 Introductory Session on TEI for Manuscripts @Vanderbilt University

Syriaca.org editor David Michelson will present to an informational session on on TEI for Manuscripts at Vanderbilt University on 2/2/2015. These are the links for that presentation XML: http://dh.obdurodon.org/what-is-xml.xhtml Gentle Introduction that shows TEI in use: http://uvatango.wordpress.com/class-materials/tei-handout-poetry-edition/ Simple and sample exercise for using TEI for manuscripts: http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/Talks/2009-04-galway/exercise-D2_describing-a-manuscript.xml   Examples: http://wwwb.library.vanderbilt.edu/manuscripts/index.html Sample Entry: https://github.com/srophe/manuscripts/blob/master/747.xml Sample file:…

Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


1/4/15 Syriaca.org Editors Present at the American Historical Association: “The Digital Humanities and the Study of Christianity in Late Antiquity”

On January 4, 2015 Syriaca.org editors Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent, David Michelson and Daniel Schwartz along with Syriaca.org research assistant James Walters participated in a panel on “The Digital Humanities and the Study of Christianity in Late Antiquity: Reflections on a Disciplinary Intersection” at the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. The panel was…

Posted by on January 4, 2015 in Uncategorized


11/24/14 AAR/SBL Panel on “Eastern Christian Spirituality: Perspectives on Ecology, Nature, the Body, and States of the Soul”

Syriaca.org editor David Michelson will present a paper on 11/24/14 at the American Academy of Religion meeting in San Diego, California. The title of the paper is “The Syriac Gazetteer (www.syriaca.org/geo): A New Reference Work for the Geographic Environment of Middle Eastern Christianity”. For those following the talk live, here is a list of the…

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


11/23/14 SBL Panel “Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies”

Syriaca.org editors Jeanne-Nicole Mellon Saint-Laurent and David Michelson will present at the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, California on 11/23/14 as part of the panel “Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish, and Christian Studies” Their talk will be entitled “Using Linked Open Data to Explore Manuscript Collections: A Case Study from Syriaca.org”. For those following…

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized, , , ,


NEH Humanities Magazine Article on Syriaca.org

The official magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities has a short article on The Syriac Gazetteer in its “Curio” section. The author, Steve Moyer, notes: “These days, most speakers of Syriac come from Syria and Iraq, two countries which are wracked by civil war and from which many Syriac speakers are fleeing. An NEH-funded…

Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


9/16/14 National States Geographic Information Council Annual Meeting

In September, Anthony Davis, a Ph.D. student at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and a Syriaca.org research assistant, introduced Syriaca.org to state Geographic Information Officers from around the country in his presentation, “Geographic Texts: Using Machine Reading to Markup Geographic References in Texts” at the National States Geographic Information Council 2014 Annual Conference in…

Posted by on September 20, 2014 in Uncategorized, , , , ,


Syriaca.org Editor Daniel Schwartz Receives SEC Faculty Travel Grant

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Schwartz of Texas A&M University has received a grant from SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. The SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. Funding from the SEC was used by Prof. Schwartz to travel…

Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized,


6/9-6/20/2014 Syriaca.org Developers Participate in the NEH Xquery Summer Institute

Syriaca.org is excited to be one of the projects featured as a sample project at http://xqueryinstitute.org/. Senior programmer Winona Salesky and general editor David Michelson are both serving as institute faculty. Syriaca.org is built using the XQuery functional language and eXist-db native XML database.

Posted by on June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized, , , ,


Biblical Archeology Society Comments on Digital Gazetteers

Sarah Bond of the University of Iowa has written an interesting round up for the Biblical Archeological Society on digital gazetteer projects for the ancient world including The Syriac Gazetteer. Her article notes: “The utility of historical geography in uncovering early Christian communities can also be seen in a number of projects currently on the web….

Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized, , ,


5/23/2014 Syriaca.org Editors Present Panel at North American Patristics Society

Three of the Syraica.org editors will participate in a panel “Introducing Syriaca.org: New Online Tools for the Study of Syriac Christianity” as part of the 2014 annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society in Chicago, Illinois. A copy of the handout from the presentation is here: NAPS2014SyriacaorgHandout The full program is here: http://patristics.org/annual-meeting/program/ May…

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


5/16/2014 David Michelson and Syriaca.org Graduate Assistants present “Finding Colophons in Syriaca.org: Exploring the TEI Encoding Model” at the 2014 Hugoye Symposium (Rutgers University)

On 5/16/2014 David Michelson and Syriaca.org Graduate Assistants Justin Arnwine and Anthony Davis will present a paper “Finding Colophons in Syriaca.org: Exploring the TEI Encoding Model” at the 2014 Hugoye Symposium (Rutgers University). The full program is at http://www.bethmardutho.org/index.php/hugoye/hugoye-conference.html A handout for the presentation can be found here: Handout for Hugoye Symposium III Colophons in…

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


3/30-4/1/2104 Syriaca.org Editors Participate in a Workshop on Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies

Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies: Data and Relations in Greco-Roman Names (SNAP:DRGN) is a collaborative Digital Humanities project to address the problem of linking together large collections of material (datasets) containing information about persons, names and person-like entities managed in heterogeneous systems and formats. SNAP is funded by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council…

Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


3/29/2014 Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent will participate in a roundtable “Syriac Studies: What’s still Missing and What’s To Come”

Prof. Saint-Laurent will discuss her digital humanities work with Syriaca.org among other aspects of Syriac studies as part of The Fifth Dorushe Graduate Student Conference on Syriac Studies to be held in 2014 at Duke University. Here are some demonstration links for that presentation: The Syriac Gazetteer: http://syriaca.org/geo/ Additional Documentation: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html http://syriaca.org/geo/about.html Sample Full Entry:…

Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized,


3/18/2014 David Michelson will give a workshop: “Introduction to Digital Humanities and Syriaca.org” at Gordon College, Mass.

David Michelson will present a workshop for students at Gordon College on 3/18/2014: “Introduction to Digital Humanities and Syriaca.org” Below are some notes for the presentation which will introduce Syriaca.org, the broader field of digital humanities, and discuss the Text Encoding Initiative’s guidelines for cataloging manuscripts. Outline Alphabet Soup: Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal Linked…

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


02/07/14 Thomas Carlson to present: “Syriaca.org: Religious Geography Over Time and the Challenges of Digital Classification”

Dr. Thomas Carlson will be presenting a paper, “Syriaca.org: Religious Geography Over Time and the Challenges of Digital Classification” as part of the Religion and Digital Technologies Workshop hosted on February 7, 2014 by the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University. A Program for the event is here.

Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized, ,


12/3/2013 Building Tools for Digital Collaboration: A Case Study from Syriaca.org (Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University)

On Dec 3, Syriaca.org general editor David Michelson will be presenting a demonstration of the Syriaca.org collaborative tools to the Digital Humanities Seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. A general overview of the entire Syriaca.org project is here. A very rough visualization of the data architecture can be…

Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized, ,


Co-Editor Thomas Carlson Awarded Digital Humanities Prize for Research with Syriaca.org

Syriaca.org is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Carlson, postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University and co-editor of the Syriac Gazetteer, has been awarded Second Prize in the Global Digital Humanities Essay competition sponsored by the University of Lethbridge, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, and the journal Digital Studies/Le champ numérique. An announcement of the winners is…

Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Uncategorized, ,


11/23/13 SBL AAR Demo

The Syriaca.org team will be giving a private demo at the AAR SBL. Temporary links to the demo site for that presentation are: The Gazetteer homepage may be viewed at demo.syriaca.org A list of all places is viewable as a Browse Menu. Our model entry is Edessa. A general overview of the entire Syriaca.org project…

Posted by on November 23, 2013 in Uncategorized,


11/15/13 Vanderbilt Geographic Imagination and the Spatial Humanities Seminar

On November 15, David Michelson will give a presentation of the Syriac Gazetteer to the Geographic Imagination and the Spatial Humanities Seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. Temporary links to the demo site for that presentation are: The Gazetteer homepage may be viewed at demo.syriaca.org A list of all places is…

Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized,


11/1/13 SEC Workshop Presentation (Univ. Tenn.)

On Nov. 1, David Michelson will be presenting a demonstration of the Syriaca.org tools to the SEC regional faculty workshop “Cultures of the Late Antique Mediterranean” hosted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Temporary links to the demo site for that presentation are: A general overview of the project is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hh9HjEPrfluHUCRDOLSU7DXrU3CkPnakkvWk0nwV5kE/pub The Gazetteer homepage…

Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized,


4/2/13 Workshop on using TEI for Syriac MSS (Gordon College, Mass)

David Michelson presented a workshop for students at Gordon College on using TEI for Syriac MSS. Links for the presentation include: Alphabet Soup: Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal Linked Open Data RDF (Resource Description Framework) URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) Cyberinfrastructure Authority Control Virtual International Authority File XML (eXtensible Markup Language) TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) EAC…

Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized, ,


Irreconcilable differences? Name authority control & humanities scholarship, a joint reflection on Syriaca.org/Viaf collaboration

This post is co-authored with Karen Smith-Yoshimura, OCLC Research. [ Ed. note: The Syriac Reference Portal has been privileged to collaborate with OCLC Research for the past two years on preparing an author authority file for Syriac Studies. We recently took time to write up some joint reflections. This same blog post also appears at…

Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Uncategorized


3/19/2013 Recommend Resources for Digital Humanists (Presentation at Vanderbilt University Digital Humanities Seminar)

The following link provides links and a list of key terms for understanding the technical standards and design of Syriaca.org. This list was prepared for a presentation about Syriaca.org on 3/19/2013 at Vanderbilt University and is not intended to be exhaustive. Click here for Links and Further Reading  

Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized