Dr Gabriel Bodard is trained as a classicist, with training and experience in both papyrology and epigraphy as part of his doctoral research (dissertation title, "Witches, Cursing and Necromancy: Archaic and Classical Greek Representations of Magic"). While a graduate student he acquired extensive undergraduate and postgraduate teaching experience in both classics and computer skills.
His first employment after leaving University was at the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae at the University of California, one of the oldest major Digital Humanities projects dealing with Classical texts (and one that shared standards and practices with the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri and Cornell Greek Epigraphy (PHI), of similar pedigree). He has been an editor on the Suda Online project since its inception in 1998. Since then he has built upon his experience in text encoding and markup with work on various digital projects in London, especially the Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (of which he is co-author), Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, and now the Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea. In the process of working on these projects at the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London he has acquired broad and in-depth knowledge of text encoding and processing, especially the use of TEI XML and the processign language XSLT.
He founded the Digital Classicist, a community of expertise in the application of Digital Humanities to the study of the ancient world, and is an administrator of the Stoa weblog. He was on the steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society from 2007-2012, and has been involved in many training events for digital epigraphy and papyrology. He was an elected member from 2008-2013 of the Technical Council of the TEI, an academic group that advises and makes decisions on guidelines and other technical development issues. He is one of the lead authors of the EpiDoc Guidelines, and has organised and taught several formal EpiDoc Summer Schools over the past several years.
He was the principal investigator on the KCL team subcontracted by Duke under the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Integrating Digital Papyrology project (2007-2008) to convert the DDbDP and other papyrological materials into EpiDoc XML, bringing his experience of both epigraphic markup in XML and the use of conversion tools, and overseeing the building of open source software to crosswalk from DDbDP's legacy format to validating TEI XML, and was a consultant on the second and third phases of the IDP project.
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
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Boris Karloff Building
London WC2B 5RL
- 'EpiDoc Guidelines' (with Tom Elliott, Charlotte Tupman, Elli Mylonas, Simona Stoyanova, Scott Vanderbilt, et al.), version 8, Stoa Consortium, 2011-, available: http://www.stoa.org/epidoc/gl/latest/
- 'Digital Epigraphy and Lexicographical and Onomastic Markup' (composed 2003, archived at Stoa Consortium, Sept 2010), available: http://www.stoa.org/archives/1226
- 'EpiDoc: Epigraphic documents in XML for publication and interchange' in ed. Francisca Feraudi-Gruénais, Latin on Stone: Epigraphic Research and Electronic Archives, Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Rowan & Littlefield, 2010), 1-17. (PDF)
- Digital Research and the Study of Classical Antiquity, with Simon Mahony (Ashgate Press, 2010) (intro+several chapters archived)
- Concordia Final Report, with Charlotte Roueché, Tom Elliott, JISC, 2009, available: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2009/concordiafinalreport.aspx
- 'Realising Interoperability for Digital Classics Resources' with T. Blanke, M. Hedges, (et al.), in ed. Gerhard Heyer, Text Mining Services (Leipzig, 2009)
- 'Building Bridges between Islands of Data: An Investigation into Distributed Data Management in the Humanities', with M. Antonioletti, T. Blanke (et al.), Fifth IEEE International Conference on e-Science (2009), 33-39 (PDF)
- 'Open Source Critical Editions: A Rationale' with Juan Garcés, in edd. Marilyn Deegan & Kathryn Sutherland, Text Editing, Print, and the Digital World (Ashgate Press, 2009), 84-98 (Google Books) (PDF)
- "Though much is taken, much abides": Recovering antiquity through innovative digital methodologies with Simon Mahony, Digital Classicist special issue, Digital Medievalist 4 (2008), available: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/4/
- 'The Inscriptions of Aphrodisias as Electronic Publication: a user's perspective and a proposed paradigm' in Digital Medievalist 4 (2008), available: http://www.digitalmedievalist.org/journal/4/bodard/
- 'The EpiDoc Example Stylesheets' (2005--) with Zaneta Au, Tom Elliott (et al.), available: http://sourceforge.net/p/epidoc/wiki/Stylesheets/
- Inscriptions of Aphrodisias (2007) with J. Reynolds, C. Roueché, available http://insaph.kcl.ac.uk/iaph2007/
- 'Workshop report: Open Source Critical Editions' with Juan Garcés (2006), Methods Network, available: http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/act9report.html
- Contributions to C. Roueché (2004), Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity: The Late Roman and Byzantine Inscriptions, revised second edition, available http://insaph.kcl.ac.uk/ala2004
- 'The EpiDoc Aphrodisias Pilot Project' (with C. Roueché), Forum Archaeologiae Zeitschrift für klassische Archäologie 23/VI/2002, available: http://farch.net
- Open Source and Open Access (UCL Department of Information Science, 2010-2013)
- A View on Digital Classics Collaboration: from a cacophony of epigraphic databases to a citizens’ web of inscriptions (plenary seminar, Berlin, Tuesday, 23 October 2012) (video)
- Interview with Classics Confidential (video)
- Scholarly Publishing and Web 2.0 (MA in Digital Humanities, October 25, 2010)
- Integrating Digital Papyrology (British Museum, September 4, 2010)
- Digital Epigraphy, Interoperability and Linked Data on the Web (Brown University, May 8, 2008)
- Epigraphic Interoperability (British School at Rome, February 28, 2008)
- Epigrapher as Encoder (International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Oxford, September 6, 2007)
- Collaborative Text Editing (on-demand video) (e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, June 20, 2007)
- Markup for Open Source Critical Editions (Methods Network workgroup/workshop, King's College London, September 22, 2006)
- Founder editor of the Digital Classicist community, promoting collaboration between computer science and the study of the ancient world. Administrator and editor of the Stoa Consortium weblog.
- Organised Digital Classicist Summer seminar series at the Institute of Classical Studies (2006-2013), and panels at various conferences (Classical Association 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011; Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts, 2008; Digital Humanities, 2009, 2011; American Philological Association, 2010)
- Organizer of the internal seminar series, Department of Digital Humanities (2005-present)
- Organizer of the History Down the Pub seminars (2013-).
- Member of the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative (2007-2013)
- Member of the steering committee of the British Epigraphy Society (2005-2012)
- One of the architects of the EpiDoc Collaborative, schema and guidelines for the encoding of ancient epigraphic and papyroological documents in XML
- Technical Observer on the Pleiades Project, providing geographical information on the ancient world
- Co-organiser of the Open Source Critical Editions workshop, sponsored by the Methods Network (September 2006)
Previous projects include
- Consultant, Integrating Digital Papyrology, 2008-11.
- Research Associate and co-author, Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica, 2007-12.
- Research Associate, Supporting Productive Queries for Research (SPQR), 2010-11.
- Researcher, Authorship Attribution for Lysiac Corpus, 2010.
- Domain researcher, Linking and Querying Ancient Texts (LaQuAT), 2008-9.
- Domain researcher, gMan, 2010.
- Technical Lead, Concordia, 2008-9.
- Principal Investigator, DDH subcontract, Integrating Digital Papyrology, 2007-8.
- Research Associate and co-author, Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, 2004-7.
- Research Assistant and technical adviser on the Imagines Italicae project, Institute of Classical Studies (2003-2004)
- Research Assistant on the Liber Vitae Dunelmensis project (2003-2004)
- Research Associate on the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae, University of California, Irvine (2000-2001)
- XML and XSLT work with the DDH research Team
- Has also taught Greek language and literature at several colleges both in London and elsewhere.