Tuesday, 28 July 2015

OpenPompei and Open Data

It seems that we have not mentioned the group OpenPompei on BloggingPompeii before. So since I recently penned a guest blog post for them, its seemed a good time to note their web presence. Recently, they held an interesting event called the SCRIPTORIUM at Pompeii, and I've heard that a second such event with an eye to foreign contributions might be in the works. If you believe in Open Data or believe that the world of Pompeian archaeology could believe in it just a little more, then OpenPompei might be group to help make that happen.

Late last week, while still on site with the Porta Stabia team, it occurred to me that there might a unique opportunity to jump start any OA access at Pompeii because of the incredible volume of work being done for the Grande Progetto Pompei. That is, if one could insert the archaeological community into the process of data ingestion from the GPP, vast amounts of descriptive data might be made available rather than locked away. The practical people reading this will nudge me and know that I am dreaming. Yet idealism compels me to remember Margaret Mead, and to keep dreaming. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Upcoming Vesuvian Study Tour - sign up now!

From the Friends of Herculaneum website:
Huge success for our first Vesuvian Study Tour – places now available for the second edition!
The first edition of our Vesuvian Study Tour proved to be a huge success for all participants, as seen by the examples of feedback that we have posted below. The programme featured visits to the major World Heritage sites and hidden corners of the Bay of Naples with an expert team. The lucky members of this trial initiative enjoyed excellent small-group teaching from Pompeii expert Dr Joanne Berry and benefitted from years of experience on the ground that Christian Biggi has developed, along with his network of local contacts. The overwhelmingly positive comments that we received leave us in no doubt that the second edition, which will run 7-11 September 2015, will also prove to be another high-quality experience and we would encourage all those interested in taking part to sign up now before the 31 July deadline.
See here for more information and here for participant comments on the last course.

News: Pompei Festival, coristi denunciano fondazione: «Noi non pagati, date ridotte»

From Il Mattino:
Pompei Festival, coristi denunciano fondazione: «Noi non pagati, date ridotte»
Artisti non pagati, date ridotte da 36 a 7. I coristi del «Pompei Festival 2015» denunciano la Fondazione Carnovale cui era stato affidato il cartellone lirico e il maestro Alberto Veronesi, direttore artistico, di aver «sfruttato il brand Pompei, non mantenendo gli impegni e danneggiandone l'immagine nel mondo». 
Read the full article here. See also a similar article on Metropolisweb.it.

News: Pompei, il 25 luglio c'è Bolle agli scavi: ma i custodi scioperano

From Il Mattino:
Pompei, il 25 luglio c'è Bolle agli scavi: ma i custodi scioperano
Roberto Bolle a Pompei il 25 luglio e i sindacati scioperano. Il 25 luglio i custodi iscritti alla Cisl, Unsa ed Flp, incroceranno le braccia dalle 20 alle 22. Lo spettacolo tanto atteso nel magico Teatro Grande e' "minacciato" dall'assemblea. Il soprintendente Massimo Osanna, pur di garantire lo spettacolo, ha concovocato per domai una riunione urgente con i sindacati. 
Read the full article here.

Monday, 20 July 2015

News: Pompei, il mosaico del Cave Canem torna al suo splendore dopo i restauri

From R.it:


Pompei, il mosaico del Cave Canem torna al suo splendore dopo i restauri
See the pictures here.

Friday, 17 July 2015

News: Pompei, il 25 luglio c'è Bolle agli scavi: ma i custodi scioperano

From Il Mattino:
Pompei, il 25 luglio c'è Bolle agli scavi: ma i custodi scioperano 
Pompei. Roberto Bolle a Pompei il 25 luglio e i sindacati scioperano. Il 25 luglio i custodi iscritti alla Cisl, Unsa ed Flp, incroceranno le braccia dalle 20 alle 22. Lo spettacolo tanto atteso nel magico Teatro Grande e' "minacciato" dall'assemblea. Il soprintendente Massimo Osanna, pur di garantire lo spettacolo, ha concovocato per domai una riunione urgente con i sindacati. 
Read the full article here.
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