Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Getty Publications Launches Free Online Catalogues In Multiple Digital Formats

Embracing the Digital Future of Art Books

Getty Publications has inaugurated a new series of open-access collection catalogues available online, as downloadable ebooks, and in print
Getty Publications online catalogues
Getty Publications has just launched two born-digital collection catalogues exploring groups of ancient objects in the Museum’s collection: Ancient Terracottas from South Italy and Sicily and Roman Mosaics. These two titles inaugurate a series of dynamic, user-friendly, technologically robust digital publications focusing on the Getty collections that complement our many distinguished print publications.

Terracottas and Mosaics

The Terracottas catalogue, by Italian scholar Maria Lucia Ferruzza, highlights sixty notable objects and includes an annotated reference by Museum curator Claire L. Lyons to the more than 1,000 other such works in the collection.
The Roman Mosaics catalogue documents the Museum’s complete collection of these works and is published in conjunction with the exhibition Roman Mosaics across the Empire, now on view at the Villa. Curator Alexis Belis organized the exhibition and wrote the catalogue, which also has contributions by other scholars.
Animated screencast of Roman Mosaics online catalogue features
The new Roman Mosaics online catalogue includes interactive maps, full-width zoomable images, and embedded glossary terms and reference illustrations.

Why Digital Catalogues?

Following the Getty Foundation’s successful Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), more and more museums have been looking to digital formats for their collection catalogues. Digital formats allow for greater access, more flexibility, and interactive features not possible in print books.
Several museums that were part of the OSCI project are moving forward with yet more digital catalogues. Other museums have joined these early pioneers in exploring an expanding range of ways to make scholarly research on their collections available online. The Getty itself made an early foray into online publishing with a catalogue on ancient ambers, which was released in 2012. In short, the field is embracing digital publications, and so are we.

What’s Inside?

Both publications offer features you might expect, like zoomable high-resolution images and interactive maps. But beyond these more obvious, splashy features are a number of quieter features that we hope will make a long-term contribution to digital publishing in the humanities.
An important part of our work at the Getty is to research our collections and disseminate information about them as broadly as possible. This content should be easy to find and should be preserved over the long term. But this seemingly simple mandate is actually quite complex, raising questions such as:
  • How are digital books found by readers when they live outside the traditional distribution stream, such as libraries?
  • How can an online book last decades or more, when the average lifespan for a website is more often measured in months?
  • What happens to a digital book when platforms and technologies inevitably change?
To address these questions, the team at Getty Publications built in four key features:
  • Each of these catalogues is published in multiple formats. While the primary edition is online, you can also download PDFs, ebooks for your Kindle or iPad, and image and data sets to use in your research and teaching. And for readers who prefer print, paperback copies are also available.
  • The content remains in a plain-text format and is fully accessible at the project repository (GitHub) for each publication.
  • Each publication features a permanent URL, and any revisions made are carefully documented so researchers can feel comfortable citing the work, knowing that their citations will be fully verifiable down the road.
  • These publications are issued under a Creative Commons license, continuing our efforts to make information available as widely as possible.
I hope you’ll explore the Terracottas and Roman Mosaics catalogues online, or will download them to dig into their rich content at your leisure. Look for more online publications in the coming months as our efforts continue!
Animated screencast of Terracottas online catalogue
Readers can dynamically search and sort among the sixty objects in the Terracottas online catalogue, view artworks in detail, and view select objects in full 360-degree rotation.

Open Access Journal: Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature

Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature
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The Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (AMPAL) is one of the largest postgraduate conferences in ancient literature in the UK. It attracts international speakers from all around the globe, and provides an opportunity for the worldwide postgraduate community to interact and share research. Although it is a perfect medium for PhD students in later stages of their research to receive constructive feedback, it is also an ideal first conference, as it enables students to present their work in a friendly environment, develop presentation skills and encourage professional development. In the past, papers have been published both as special issues of journals, and as collected volumes in book format. We hope to continue this tradition and offer presenters an opportunity to publish in a peer-reviewed medium.

Open Access Journal: Roman Legal Tradition: A Journal of Ancient Medieval and Modern Civil Law

[First posted in AWOL 14 May 2914, updated 4 May 2016]

Roman Legal Tradition: A Journal of Ancient Medieval and Modern Civil Law
ISSN 1943-6483
A Journal of Ancient Medieval and Modern Civil Law
Roman Legal Tradition is a peer-reviewed journal published online by the Ames Foundation and the University of Glasgow School of Law. ISSN 1943-6483.
The journal aims to promote the study of the civilian tradition in English. The editors welcome contributions on any aspect of the civilian tradition in ancient, medieval, and modern law.
All articles and reviews published in Roman Legal Tradition are available from this site free of charge. In addition, all articles and reviews are also available to subscribers of HeinOnline. We encourage readers to use and distribute these materials as they see fit, but ask readers not to make any commercial use of these materials without seeking the consent of the editors and relevant authors.
Contents. The contents for all issues are here. The articles are in PDF format. They may be saved and printed without restriction.
Index of Sources. A full index of primary sources cited in the first five volumes are here.
Guidelines for Contributors. These guidelines are provided mainly for the benefit of those who are providing final copy to the editors.
Contact Information and Subscriptions. This page contains details for editorial communication with the editors, subscriptions, and purchase of back issues.
The first three volumes were published by the Roman Law Society of America, with the support of the University of Kansas Law School, and appeared both online and in print under ISSN 1551-1375. Back issues of Volumes Two and Three are available from from the link to the left. 
Volume 11 [2015]
This volume contains contributions by Thomas A. J. McGinn and Halcyon Weber.
Volume 10 [2014]
This volume contains contributions by Timothy G. Kearley, Barbara Biscotti, Tammo Wallinga, Carmen Tort-Martorell, and Jorge Menabrito Paz.
Volume 9 [2013]
This volume contains contributions by Ernest Metzger, Judith Evans Grubbs, and O. F. Robinson.
Volume 8 [2012]
This volume contains contributions by Linda Jones Hall, Timothy D. Barnes, and Simon Corcoran and Benet Salway.
Volume 7 [2011]
This volume contains contributions by Morris Silver, M. Floriana Cursi, and Thomas Finkenauer.
Volume 6 [2010]
This volume contains contributions by Martin Avenarius and Andrea Colorio.
Volume 5 [2009]
This volume contains contributions by Simon Corcoran, Eric Descheemaeker, James Lee, and Daniele Mattiangeli.
Volume 4 [2008]
This volume contains contributions by Carlos Amunátegui Perelló, Paul du Plessis, and Joshua C. Tate.
Volume 3 [2006]
This volume contains contributions by David J. Bloch, Robert M. Frakes, Tony Honoré, Ernest Metzger, Bernardo Periñán, P. J. du Plessis, Lourdes Salomon, and Helen Scott.
Volume 2 [2004]
Law for All Times. Essays in Memory of David David Daube, edited by Ernest Metzger. This volume contains contributions by John W. Cairns, Mark Godfrey, Cornelius van der Merwe, Ernest Metzger, Alan Rodger, Joseph Georg Wolf, and Reuven Yaron.
Volume 1 [2002]
This volume contains contributions by James A. Brundage, M. H. Hoeflich, Jasonne Grabher O'Brien, Bernardo Periñán, Salvo Randazzo, and Andreas Wacke.

Open Access Journal: Revue des études byzantines

[First posted in AWOL 17 December 2010. Updated 4 May 2016]

Revue des études byzantines
(259 Issues, 9021 Articles)
eISSN: 2261-060X
La Revue des études byzantines est l’unique revue française consacrée au monde byzantin. Elle fait suite aux Échos d’Orient (1897-1942), elle est éditée depuis 1943 et est ouverte à tous les chercheurs désirant publier travaux, études et notes portant sur les divers domaines de l’histoire et de la civilisation byzantine.
 The Revue des études byzantines is the only French journal entirely devoted to the Byzantine world. As a successor publication to the Échos d’Orient (1897-1942), it has been published since 1943 by the Institut français d’études byzantines (more details here). It is opened to all scholars wishing to publish studies and notes on various fields of Byzantine history and civilization. A 5-year restriction will be applied to online publication. Our N° 66 (2008) will be available in 2013. The access to previous years is free. Subscriptions to more recent, printed issues remain unchanged (publisher De Boccard). The Échos d’Orient will soon be digitalized and put on line on this website.

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1943 - 1945 - Études byzantines

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