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CALL. 01.03.2017: [PANEL 8 at ASOR 2017] Encoding Data for Digital Discovery - Boston (MA, USA)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Westin Boston Waterfront (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Vanessa Juloux (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes); Amy Gansell (St. John´s University)

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Data encoding entails an analog-to-digital conversion in which the characteristics of an object, text, image, or archaeological site can be represented in a specialized format for computer handling. Once encoded, data can be stored, sorted, and analyzed through a variety of computer-based techniques ranging from specialized data-mining algorithms to user-friendly mobile apps. Especially when using linked open data, researchers around the world can collaborate on the collection, encoding, and analysis of data. A single encoded corpus could be analyzed concurrently by multiple projects, and encoded data can be linked across corpuses to facilitate broader, potentially interdisciplinary, studies. This three-year session offers a venue for the presentation of methodologies, projects, and discoveries based on encoding or encoded data. We describe and demonstrate a wide spectrum of research that will include studies of stratigraphy, object typologies, provenance, cultural heritage, epigraphy, e-philology, and prosopography. Ultimately we will show the value of cyber-research as a powerful resource for revealing otherwise imperceptible information about ancient Near Eastern time. We welcome art historians, historians, epigraphers, philologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists, including prehistorians, Bible scholars, Hittitologists, Egyptologists, Aegeanists, and Byzantinists. This session will inspire new networks and designs for digital collaboration. This year ASOR will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, November 15-18. Abstracts (250 words or less) must be submitted electronically by March 1th: Note that ASOR membership and conference registration are required at the time of abstract submission: For European student registration: if these fees present an obstacle, please be in touch with one of us: Vanessa Juloux ( or Amy Gansell, PhD (

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