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Information about the NEH-ODF funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI) in the form of a FAQ. This page is under construction and feedback is welcome.

Practical Information

  • When: LAWDI will take place from May 31 to June 2nd, 2012. There will be another session in 2013 at Drew University in New Jersey.
  • Where: New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at 15 East 84th St., New York City.
  • Is there funding to attend?
    • Yes! LAWDI is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. LAWDI can cover travel, lodging and per-diem meal expenses for 20 participants. We have budgeted for travel within the United States, but LAWDI funds can be put towards travel from overseas.
  • When are applications due? When will applicants be informed of the results?
    • Applications are due on February 17, 2012. We will reply in a timely fashion after that date.
  • What should the application look like?
    • Applications should be in the form of a single-page statement of interest. This can describe ongoing or planned work relavent to the use of Linked Open Data in the Ancient World.
  • Who can apply?
    • LAWDI will welcome applications from faculty, university staff, graduate students, archivists, librarians, museum professionals and anyone else with a serious interest in the creation of resources for the study of the Ancient World. We are hoping to have a mix of technical experts, disciplinary experts, and people who are both so that everyone benefits from interaction between LAWDI participants.
  • What do you mean by "Ancient World"?
    • At LAWDI we mean the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Near East. Greece, Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Biblical Studies, Aegean Pre-history and any related fields. The goal is to construe those categories as broadly as reasonably possible.
  • Is LAWDI for technical experts, "content" experts, or somebody else?
    • Both and all. If you are a technically competent expert already creating stable resources for the study of the Ancient World, come to LAWDI and you'll meet other like minded people as well as potential users who may be interested in linking their resources to yours. If you have a project in mind that you think could benefit from looking and acting like the projects listed in the page Very clean URIs, then come to LAWDI and be introduced to some of the basic principles that will allow you to move forward with confidence. The LAWDI faculty represent a mix of technical competence, project leadership, and expertise in the Ancient World. We are all looking forward to interacting with everyone who will be there.

About Linked Open Data

For linked open data and RDF see the relevant FAQ entry. For the difference between URIs and URLs see the relevant FAQ entry.