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CALL. 15.02.2018: [PANEL 19 at ASOR 2018] Encoding Data for Digital Discovery - Denver (CO, USA)




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver (CO, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Amy Gansell (St. John’s University); Vanessa Juloux (École Pratique des Hautes Études and Paris Sciences et Lettres Research 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 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 on topics such as 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 the ancient Near East. We welcome art historians, historians, epigraphers, philologists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and others, including prehistorians, Bible scholars, Hittitologists, Egyptologists, Aegaeanists, Byzantinists, and Islamicists. This session hopes to inspire new networks and designs for digital collaboration. The call for papers is now open: The deadline for submission is February 15, 2018. If you are interested in participating, please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words directly to ASOR’s Online Abstract Management System: Note that in order to present a paper at the Annual Meeting, you must be a current member of ASOR ( and must register for the Annual Meeting when submitting your abstract (

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