Tombros Lecture to highlight linked open data in the humanities

The University Libraries will hold a lecture on “Linked Open Data and Humanities Scholarship: A Report from the (Archaeological) Field," at 4 p.m. March 20, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. This is the first Tombros Lecture on the Ancient World, and it will be presented by Sebastian Heath, clinical assistant professor of ancient studies, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University.

Heath is project manager of the NEH-funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute, which describes linked open data as “an approach to the creation of digital resources that emphasizes connections between diverse information on the basis of published and stable web addresses that identify common concepts and individual items.”

At ISAW, the focus of Heath’s work is the role of technology in scholarly communications. His research interests include Roman pottery, numismatics and the role of digital humanities in the study of the ancient world, and he has participated in excavation and survey in Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

The Tombros Lectures on the Ancient World are sponsored by Charles Jones, the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. One of six endowed faculty positions in the University Libraries, the Tombros Librarian for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies was created in 2009 by Ann and Peter G. Tombros.

The event is free and open to the public. For questions about the physical access provided, contact Martha Ney, 814-863-5447/, in advance of participation.

Last Updated January 10, 2015