Saturday, November 20, 2004

Scholarly search - Google engineers new scholarly search - Nov 19, 2004: "Google Inc., the leader in online search engines, is setting out to make better sense of all the scholarly work stored on the Web.
The company's new service, unveiled late Wednesday, draws upon newly developed algorithms to list the academic research that appears to be most relevant to a search request. Mountain View-based Google doesn't plan to charge for the service nor use the feature to deliver text-based ads, the primary source of its profits.
'Google has benefited a lot from scholarly research, so this is one way we are giving back to the scholarly community,' said Anurag Acharya, an engineer who helped develop the new search tools.
Although Google already had been indexing the reams of academic research online, the company hadn't been able to separate the scholarly content from commercial Web sites."

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

looters charter

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Archaeologists fear 'looters' charter': "Archaeologists fear 'looters' charter'

John Hooper in Rome
Tuesday November 9, 2004
The Guardian

Archaeologists were yesterday aghast over a plan by MPs loyal to Silvio Berlusconi to legalise the private ownership of archaeological treasures in Italy. One called the measure a 'looters' charter'. "

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

PCA Inscription

PCA - Sites - Highlights - Tabard Square Inscription

This has been interpreted by one of the leading Latin epigraphic scholars Dr Mark Hassall, of the Institute of Archaeology in London as meaning:

To the spirits of the emperors (and) the god Mars Camulos, Tiberinius Celerianus, ranking moritex of the (traders) of London, set this up.

The inscription appears to have been set up by the trader or negotiator Tiberinius Celerianus who originated from the Rheims district in France. As well as providing a named individual and his status the inscription's importance is magnified by the word Londiniensium. [cont.]