[globaloutlookDH-l] Announcing The Syriac Gazetteer (http://syriaca.org/geo/) a Digital Gazetteer Project

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Thu Apr 10 14:26:38 MDT 2014

Congratulations! Successes like these vindicate for us the work we put into
this community, and I'm glad to hear we were a part of it.

I just added the project to the AroundDH global list. Much success going


On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:50 PM, Michelson, David Allen <
david.a.michelson at vanderbilt.edu> wrote:

>    Dear Global DH community,
>  Many of you on this list have patiently helped members of our team, so I
> am pleased to let you all know that we have now officially published our
> historical gazetteer. A press release is below.
>  A special thanks goes to Tom Elliott and Winona Salesky our XML
> architects.
>  Thank you to the Global DM community for all of your help and your
> encouragement to projects like ours seeking to do multilingual DH work,
>  Dave
>  David A. Michelson
> Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity
> Vanderbilt University
>   Press Release 04/08/2014 Syriaca.org publishes The Syriac Gazetteer (
> http://syriaca.org/geo/)
> Editors: Thomas A. Carlson and David A. Michelson
> Senior Programmers: Winona Salesky and Thomas Elliott
>  ------------------------------
>  Syriaca.org <http://syriaca.org/> is pleased to announce publication of The
> Syriac Gazetteer <http://syriaca.org/geo/>(http://syriaca.org/geo/), an
> online geographical dictionary to document Syriac culture in the Middle
> East, Asia, and around the globe. The Syriac Gazetteer<http://syriaca.org/geo/> is
> a born-digital publication employing eXistDB, TEI XML, and Linked Open Data
> URIs. All publications of Syriaca.org are made available online in a free
> and open format using the Creative Commons <http://creativecommons.org/>licenses.
> Project data and code are available in a public Github repository<https://github.com/srophe/>
> .
>  What is Syriac?
> Syriac is a language which once flourished on the Mesopotamian plateau. A
> dialect of Aramaic, Syriac was widely used during much of the first
> millenium of the common era. Syriac speaking communities could be found in
> what today would be Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, India, Central
> Asia, China, and Mongolia. Sources in Syriac hold immense value for
> increasing our historical understanding of the Mediterranean, the Middle
> East and Asia. In particular, Syriac sources document key moments in the
> development and interaction of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other
> religions of Late Antiquity.
>  What is The Syriac Gazetteer?
> The Syriac Gazetteer <http://syriaca.org/geo/> is the first in a suite of
> reference works to be published as a part of Syriaca.org: The Syriac
> Reference Portal <http://syriaca.org/>. The gazetteer contains
> multilingual entries (in English, Syriac, and Arabic) covering over 2400
> places relevant to Syriac Studies, from ancient centers of Syriac culture
> (such as the city of Edessa <http://syriaca.org/place/78>) to modern
> diaspora communities (such as the monastery of Mor Awgen<http://syriaca.org/place/680> in
> Switzerland). The  Syriac Gazetteer <http://syriaca.org/geo/> is an
> ever-expanding resource created by and for users based on the principles of
> Linked Open Data. This publication is intended to serve a broad scholarly
> audience including students of Middle Eastern studies, classics, medieval
> history, religious studies, biblical studies, and linguistics as well as
> Syriac heritage communities and the interested general public.
>  Users are encouraged to begin exploring The Syriac Gazetteer<http://syriaca.org/geo/> through
> these links:
> Main page: http://syriaca.org/geo/
> About the Gazetteer: http://syriaca.org/geo/about.html
> Browse the Collection: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html
> Browse via Interactive Map: http://syriaca.org/geo/browse.html?view=map
> Edessa, the model entry: http://syriaca.org/place/78
> Documentation: http://syriaca.org/geo/help/
>  Related Online Resources
> Syriaca.org <http://syriaca.org/> is also preparing a number of other
> publications:
>    -
>    Clavis Syriaca: A two volume reference guide to Syriac authors and
>    their works for use in cataloguing Syriac manuscripts. An initial fasicule
>    has already been published as part of The Virtual International
>    Authority File<http://viaf.org/viaf/search?query=local.names+all+%22ephrem%22+and+local.sources+any+%22srp%22&sortKeys=holdingscount>
>    .
>    -
>    The Syriac Prosopography: A text-based prosopography similar to the The
>    Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE) <http://www.pase.ac.uk/>.
>    -
>    Gateway to the Syriac Saints: A two volume reference guide to Syriac
>    saints and their vitae.
>    -
>    Digital Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts in the British Library: A
>    digital catalogue of Syriac manuscripts using the TEI XML standards<http://jtei.revues.org/372> for
>    manuscript cataloguing.
>    -
>    A Union Catalogue of Syriac Manuscripts: A digital catalogue of Syriac
>    manuscripts following the model of the Fihrist<http://www.fihrist.org.uk/> union
>    catalogue.
>  These publications are the result of the collaboration and good will of
> the many scholars who have helped create them. Technical design of the
> project was completed by Winona Salesky and Thomas Elliott, Senior
> Programmers. Funding has come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
> Fondazione Internazionale Balzan, and the National Endowment for the
> Humanities (U.S.A.).
>  The editors of the project welcome inquiries from the media and offers
> of collaboration from the scholarly community. They may be reached at
> info at syriaca.org.
>  Sincerely,
> David A. Michelson, Vanderbilt University, Co-editor
> Thomas A. Carlson, Princeton University, Co-editor
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