ToposText Presentation in Athens, December 7
Brady Kiesling (Pleiades community member and architect of the ToposText app) writes with news of the following event, which will no doubt be of interest to Pleiades users and contributors in the greater Athens (Greece) area:
I would be very grateful if you would spread the word among your classically/topographically/digitally inclined friends who might be in Greece next week. We will be uploading a considerably improved ToposText.org website this weekend – faster, lots more texts (531, 12 million words), places, and tags, more usable links, tags of personal names (11000 names, 330000 instances, most not disambiguated but a start). It should be a pleasant evening, and the Laskaridis Foundation has its own interesting collections as well as a large and growing library. The Android and iOS versions are on their respective app stores, with a substantial upgrade in speed and user-friendliness planned for April 2017.
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is pleased to invite you on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7 pm to a presentation on a new cultural/educational project of the Foundation:
ToposText is a large database of ancient texts and places relevant to the Greek world. The ToposText website and free mobile application allow scholars, students, and travelers to read on the spot all the ancient sources that give every community in Greece (and the Hellenic Mediterranean) unique importance in world history and mythology.
Among those presenting ToposText and the academic and cultural context in which it is relevant are
- Dr. Eleni Korka, General Director of Antiquities, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Athletics
- Brady Kiesling, compiler of ToposText, former U.S. diplomat, and member of the American School of Classical Studies
- Dr. Elton Barker, Reader at the Open University (UK), and co-founder of the Pelagios Project, a key initiative in the Digital Humanities movement.
- Dr. Stavros Paspalas, Acting Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute
Please stay afterward to explore the rich historical collections of the Foundation, have a glass of wine and meet the presenters.
The presentation will take place on at the Historical Library of the Laskaridis Foundation, B’ Merarchias and Aktis Moutsopoulou, in Piraeus