Pelagios Visualisation Talk with Elijah Meeks

Via Gethin Rees and Elton Barker:
14 July, 9am PST, 5pm BST on Zoom
Elijah Meeks is a co-founder and Chief Visualization Officer at Noteable where he’s developing a new notebook platform with robust data visualization and management capabilities. He is also a co-founder and Executive Director of the Data Visualization Society, an international professional organization for data visualization with over 14,000 members. Prior to that, he worked at Netflix and Apple as a data visualization engineer and consulted with various companies on all aspects of data visualization practice and strategy. Earlier in his career, he worked in digital humanities at Stanford, creating such works as ORBIS and Kindred Britain.
In his talk, Elijah will discuss metric design and how data visualization is key to developing meaningful metrics that help us understand the subject matter rather than just naively present the data.
The talk will be preceded by a short introduction to the Pelagios Visualisation activity and how to get involved.
If you would like to attend please sign up here:
The talk has limited capacity with places allocated to those who sign up first.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Gethin Rees and Elton Barker

Call workshop organisation non-equilibrium systems and/or COVID-19

The below call to organise a workshop in Lausanne can be of interest to readers of the blog. CECAM-Lorentz offer generous funding and great organisational support.

Deadline 1 November 2020.

Call website

CECAM-Lorentz call

CECAM and the Lorentz Center annually organize a call to attract scientists who want to organize a computational science workshop. Every other year the workshop will be held at the Lorentz Center in Leiden or at CECAM in Lausanne.

The CECAM-Lorentz program plans to host a leading-edge workshop in computational simulation and modeling and its applications. Otherwise, the topic is open.

In 2021 the workshop will be held at CECAM HQ, Lausanne, Switzerland.

This year we would especially like to encourage applications in the areas of non-equilibrium systems and/or COVID-19 related scientific challenges.

What we seek
• an innovative scientific programme, that takes us beyond our current boundaries
• an open and interactive format, with few lectures

What we offer
• a 5-day workshop for up to 25 people in the second half of 2021
• travel and accommodation reimbursements and other organisational costs
• a professional support organisation

• a 1-page expression of interest by 1 November 2020
• a full application by 15 December 2020
• final decision mid-January 2021
• submit applications via:

Lorentz Center Evaluation committee

Marjolein Dijkstra, Utrecht University
Eberhard Gross, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics
Joost Kok, Leiden University / University of Twente
Evert Jan Meijer, University of Amsterdam
Please find answers to several FAQs here
Henriette Jensenius, scientific manager Lorentz Center,
Ignacio Pagonabarraga, director CECAM,

Digital Classicist seminar Berlin call for papers

The next seminar series will run from October 2020 until February 2021.

Abstracts can be sent until 31 July, details below:


We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the seventh series of the Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin, organised by the “Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt” of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities together with the Berliner Antike Kolleg. The seminar will run during the winter term of the 2020/21 academic year.
We invite submissions on any kind of research that innovativly employs digital methods, resources or technologies in order to enable a better or new understanding of the ancient world. We especially encourage contributions which show how computer assisted technologies provide answers to questions intrinsic to a field of research or to questions of interdisciplinary interest.

Presentations may cover one of the following topics which make the cultural heritage accessible and deepen our understanding of it: machine learning, linked open data and the semantic web, spatial and network analysis, natural language processing, image processing and visualisation, 3D developments, techniques to be used for an open science, digital (critical) editions, and any other digital or quantitative methods. Other and new ideas are very welcome!

Abstracts of 300-500 words max. (bibliographic references excluded) should be sent by midnight (CEST) on 31 July 2020 to Markus Schnöpf ( and will be anonymized in the review process. We do accept abstracts written in English as well as in German, and the presentations can also be held in either language. When submitting the same proposal for consideration to multiple venues, please do let us know.

Seminars will run fortnightly on Tuesday evenings (16:15-17:45) from October 2020 until February 2021. The full programme will be finalised and announced in August. We endeavour to provide accommodation for the speakers and contribute towards their travel expenses.


Wir freuen uns, hiermit den Call for Papers für die siebente Reihe des Digital Classicist Seminar Berlin im Wintersemester 2020/21 bekannt geben zu können. Diese Seminarreihe wird vom Zentrum Grundlagenforschung Alte Welt an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Berliner Antike Kolleg durchgeführt.

Sie sind herzlich dazu eingeladen, Beiträge einzureichen, welche die innovative Anwendung moderner digitaler Methoden, Ressourcen und Techniken in den verschiedensten Bereichen einer weitgefassten Altertumswissenschaft thematisieren. Wir begrüßen insbesondere Vorschläge, aus denen hervorgeht, wie dank der Anwendung computergestützter Technologien sowohl fachimmanente als auch fachübergreifende Fragen beantwortet werden können.
Die Vorträge können beispielsweise folgende Themenbereiche zur Erschließung und dem vertieften Verständnis des kulturellen Erbes behandeln: Maschinelles Lernen, Linked Open Data und Semantic Web, Raum- und Netzwerk-Analyse, Techniken für Open Science, Bildverarbeitung und Visualisierung, 3D-Entwicklungen, moderne Editionstechniken, maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung etc. Weitere, neue Ideen sind sehr willkommen!

Vorschläge im Umfang von 300-500 Wörtern (bibliographische Angaben ausgenommen) können bis spätestens Mitternacht (MESZ) am 31. Juli 2020 an Markus Schnöpf ( gesendet werden und werden vor dem review process anonymisiert. Ihre Zusammenfassung des geplanten Vortrages kann in deutscher oder englischer Sprache eingereicht werden, die beiden Sprachen sind auch die Arbeitssprachen im Seminar. Bitte teilen Sie uns mit, ob der gleiche Vortrag bereits bei anderen Veranstaltungsreihen oder Konferenzen eingereicht wurde.

Die Seminare werden von Oktober 2020 bis Februar 2021 alle 14 Tage jeweils dienstags um 16.15-17.45 Uhr stattfinden. Das vollständige Programm wird im August bekannt gegeben werden. Die Vortragenden werden so weit wie möglich bei der Finanzierung ihrer Reise- und Unterkunftskosten unterstützt. Nähere Informationen dazu werden bei der Veröffentlichung des Programms mitgeteilt.

Nordic CAA Conference 2020, Oslo, 8-9th October 2020

Submit your abstract now for the CAA Nordic conference. Deadline 10 August 2020. The event will be both virtual and in-person.

Nordic CAA Conference 2020, Oslo, 8-9th October 2020

The conference will be dual format with digital and in-person participation

Call for papers is open until the 10th August 2020.

CAA-Norway are proud to be hosting a Nordic CAA conference in 2020, in collaboration with CAA-Sweden and CAA-Denmark. The conference will take place in Oslo, on the 8-9th of October.

Abstracts of 2-300 words can be submitted for papers on digital solutions in archaeological research and heritage management. Critical reflections, theoretical approaches, new research, and future challenges on a range of fields are welcomed, including remote sensing, 3D solutions, photogrammetry, GIS solutions, big data, field documentation, collections and digital resource management. We would like to see a broad range of approaches represented, so feel free to send in abstracts on themes not explicitly mentioned above.

Abstracts and papers can be in any Scandinavian language, or English.

Abstracts can be submitted using the link below, or by following the link of CAA Norges facebook/ webpage:

Registration for those who would like to attend without presenting is also open:


The Venue

The conference will be held at the University of Oslo’s conference venue, Professorboligen, located in central Oslo. The venue is a short walk from many good hotels, and has excellent transport links nearby.

Further information will be posted on the CAA website and facebook pages. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. Contact information: Rebecca J S Cannell ( or

Digital event: Network analysis for the humanities

The end of this month I will be teaching a workshop as part of the online event ‘network analysis for the humanities’ organised by the Aarhus University Centre for Digital History (CEDHAR). Very much looking forward to it. I think it would be a great event if you wish to get some skills and inspiration for your network analysis work. Details on their website.

You can register for free online.

Date Fri 26 Jun
Time 09:10 12:00
Location Zoom Link to be provided to registered participants

Join us for the following talks in Session 1 of this event: 

9:10 – 9:30 Short introduction to network analysis – Antonio Rivero Ostoic

9:30 – 10:30 The Vistorian: Exploring Archaeological Networks – Tom Brughmans. This will be a Q&A session on a pre-recorded tutorial (to be circulated beforehand)

10:40 – 11:40 Exploratory Network Analysis with Pajek Part I: Genealogies – Anja Žnidaršič

11:45 – 12:00 Software for Network Analysis Showcases: Pajek XXL, Pajek 3XL, R packages multiplex and multigraph

Additional Information:

All are welcome, don’t be afraid to drop in and check it out! We’re asking for registrations for this event as the zoom link won’t be made public, it will only be sent to registered participants.

This is the first of two sessions we’re hosting on network analysis. Check out the panel for Session 2 here: …and don’t forget to sign up for both events! The deadline for registration is June 24.

We are thankful for the support of the Research Programme at Aarhus University’s Department of History and Classical Studies.

Date Tue 30 Jun
Time 09:10 12:00
Location Zoom link to be provided to registered participants

Here is the program for the second day of our Network Analysis event:

9:10 – 11:10 Exploratory Network Analysis with Pajek Part II: Citations – Anja Žnidaršič

11:20 – 12:00 Algebraic Analysis and Visualisation of Complex Networks using R – Antonio Rivero Ostoic

Additional Information:

All are welcome, don’t be afraid to drop in and check it out! We’re asking for registrations for this event as the zoom link won’t be made public, it will only be sent to registered participants.

This is the second of two sessions we’re hosting on network analysis. Check out the panel for Session 1 here: … and don’t forget to sign up for both events! The deadline for registration is June 24.

We are thankful for the support of the Research Programme at Aarhus University’s Department of History and Classical Studies.

UBICS webinars complex systems and COVID-19

The University of Barcelona’s Institute for Complex Systems is hosting a series of webinars on complex systems and COVID-19, which looks great and certainly plenty of networks. More details on their website.

11 June – Manlio de Domenico, CoMuNe Lab, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

“Tackling complexity: foundations and appplications.”

Link webinar:

18 June – Nuria Oliver, Data-Pop Alliance & ELLIS (The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems)

“Data Science to fight against COVID-19”

25 June – Santiago F. Elena, Instituto de Biología Integrativa de Sistemas, CSIC

“Identifying early-warning signals for the sudden transition from health to disease stages by dynamical network biomarkers”

02 July – Alex Arenas, DEIM, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

“Epidemics and mobility”

Job: Durham lecturer classical and landscape archaeology

All details about this job here.

Lecturer in Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology (Fixed Term) (Job Number: 20000333)

Department of Archaeology

Grade 7: – £33,797 – £40,322

Fixed Term – Part Time

Contract Duration: 1 year

Contracted Hours per Week: 17.5

Closing Date

: 08-Jul-2020, 12:59:00 AM

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, and comprises a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.

The Department

The Department of Archaeology at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the fixed term role of Lecturer.  We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Classical Archaeology and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on applied methods in landscape archaeology, in particular Geographic Information Systems (QGIS).

This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of excellent research and teaching within an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at

Lecturers (Fixed term) at Durham

The role of a fixed term Lecturer at Durham provides the opportunity to deliver outstanding education and research within an inclusive and supportive environment that is staffed by world class colleagues.  Lecturers will be supported to develop their academic careers by training and financial support in research and education, guided by a designated mentor.

The primary focus of this role is on research and teaching but there will also be the opportunity to engage in wider citizenship within the University and beyond.

This role of Lecturer is for a fixed term of 1 year and to provide cover for a colleague who will be undertaking another role in the department. The need to extend the role beyond this fixed term period will be reviewed towards the end of the contracted period.

Lecturer in Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology

Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Classical Archaeology and Applied Landscape Archaeology, with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

Key responsibilities:

  • Pursue research in the field of Classical Archaeology that is, or has the potential to be, world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour;
  • Undertake teaching and research supervision, and contribute to ongoing curriculum development;
  • Contribute to the citizenship and values of the Department;
  • Deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels in both Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology (QGIS), with the opportunity to teach more widely within the Department, as well as engaging in related activity such as assessment;
  • To fully engage in and enhance the values of the Department and University;
  • To carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.

Person specification

Bringing excellent communication skills and teaching experience, the successful candidate will complement the research and teaching by our Roman and Near Eastern specialists. They will contribute to teaching in Classical Archaeology and Applied Landscape methods across our undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes, contributing to the BA (Hons) Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations, the MA Archaeology (Classical and Roman Strand) and the BA Joint Hons programme in Ancient History and Archaeology.

Candidates will normally have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria.


Candidates must have capacity for and be progressing towards the independent development of internationally excellent research that produces high quality outcomes, including some work that is recognised as world class.

The essential research criteria for this post are:

  • A good first degree and a PhD in Archaeology or a related subject (which may be completed or under examination).
  • Experience, skills and/or achievements which demonstrate experience of or the potential to produce high quality outputs, some of which is recognised as world-class.
  • Evidence of a personal research plan which supports and enhances the Department of Archaeology’s research strategy.


Candidates must demonstrate the development and delivery of high quality teaching that contributes to providing a world class learning environment and curricula which enables students to achieve their potential.

The essential teaching criteria for this role are:

  • Candidates have the ability to attain the rank of Fellow of HEA*
  • Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to deliver high quality teaching in the fields of Classical and Applied Landscape Archaeology, in particular Geographic Information Systems (QGIS).
  • Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to innovate in the design and delivery of high quality teaching or assessment of learning including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment
  • Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to engage in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led
  • Evidence of strategic teaching development – engagement in the design of excellent teaching programmes which are research informed and led

Services, Citizenship and Values

Candidates must positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

The essential services, citizenship and values criteria for this role are:

  • Experience, skills and/or achievements that demonstrate experience of or the potential to participate in the collegial/administrative activities or an academic Department, Faculty or University
  • Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.

Contact Information

Department contact for academic-related enquiries

Dr Mark Shaw,

How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

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