Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Updates

Several updates were pushed to the production server this morning. Downtime was less than 5 minutes.

  • Trismegistos searches on records with multiple TM numbers now return results correctly.
  • Some highlighting bugs have been fixed.
  • HGV browse now displays in the correct order.
  • Removed Google Font API from PN display due to bugs in font rendering.
New Features:
  • Links to Greek Law in Roman Times (GLRT) are displayed on relevant pages (see e.g.;2;373).
  • Search results display date and place information, when available.
  • Papyrological Editor updated to v1.0.8-rc9.
  • Updated Mulgara triple store to v. 2.1.9.
  • New data from the HGV database has been added.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Job Opportunity: Programmer for Digital Papyrology Project

New York University

New York University's Division of the Libraries seeks a Programmer/Analyst to work on the "Papyrological Navigator" ( and associated systems. is a web-based research portal that provides scholars worldwide with the ability to search, browse and collaboratively edit texts, transcriptions, images and metadata relating to ancient texts on papyri, pottery fragments and other material. The incumbent will work closely with the Project Coordinator and with scholars involved in the project at NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, Duke University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Heidelberg, as well as with NYU Digital Library Technology staff.

The incumbent's initial responsibilities will include: close collaboration with project team members to enhance and extend a robust production environment at NYU for the ongoing ingest and processing of new and updated text transcriptions, metadata and digital images; performing both analysis and programming of any required changes or enhancements to current PN applications.
Candidates should have the following skills:
  • Bachelor's degree in computer or information science and 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination
  • Must include experience developing web applications using Java
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Java, Javascript, Tomcat, Saxon, Lucene, Apache, SQL, XML, XSLT
  • Experience with metadata standards (e.g. TEI, EpiDoc)
  • Experience working in Unix/Linux environments
  • Preferred: Experience with Apache Solr, RDF triple stores (e.g. Mulgara), Clojure
  • Preferred: Experience designing, building, and deploying distributed systems
  • Preferred: Experience working with non-Roman Unicode-based textual data (esp. Greek)
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills
Applicants should submit resume and cover letter, which reflects how applicant's education and experience match the job requirements.

NYU offers a competitive salary and superior benefit package, which includes tuition benefits for self and eligible family members, generous vacation, medical, dental, and retirement plans. For more information about working at NYU visit our website at:

To apply:
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NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sosin's address to the 2010 Papyrological Congress in Geneva

The text of Josh Sosin's address, delivered at the 26th Congress of the International Association of Papyrologists, 19 August 2010, in Geneva, has been posted to the Stoa Consortium blog. Gabriel Bodard has added a useful comment collecting bibliography related to the papyrological editor software described therein.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Papyrological Navigator Release

Later today, Friday, October 22nd, we will release the long-awaited update to the Papyrological Navigator. PN 2.0 is a complete rewrite of the PN system, with tight integration of the data, display, and search capabilities.
New features include:
  • Cleaner interface
  • More search options
  • Browse by collection
  • Search across metadata, transcriptions, and translations simultaneously
  • New image viewer
  • Improved performance
All of the Duke Databank and HGV texts are released under a Creative Commons Attribution license and the APIS data is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
We hope you will enjoy using the new system. Look for more frequent updates in the future!

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