[Lod] Coinage of the Roman Republic Online: Something for Roman Numismatists to “CRRO” about

Richard Light richard at light.demon.co.uk
Tue Jan 20 17:50:55 CET 2015

Brilliant: thank you!


On 20/01/2015 15:58, Ethan Gruber wrote:
> Nomisma.org grew organically beginning in 2010 without a rigorous set 
> of rules. Within two weeks, the new nomisma.org <http://nomisma.org> 
> will be launched in a completely new architecture with a new OWL 
> ontology (authored primarily by Karsten Tolle at the University of 
> Frankfurt), with properties and classes that conform to the standards 
> established by the semantic web community. The Turtle delivered in the 
> current framework is from the RDFa 1.1 distiller. In the new 
> framework, RDF/XML, Turtle, and JSON-LD are completely consistent. If 
> you are interested in reading more about the new framework, I wrote a 
> paper for CAA 2014 on Kerameikos.org, which is nearly architecturally 
> identical to nomisma: 
> https://www.academia.edu/9739936/Linked_Open_Greek_Pottery
> As for data availability, there are links to the dumps in the Pelagios 
> v3 data model and the [old] nomisma model on the CRRO home page. You 
> can also get a variety of serializations via conneg and REST. See more 
> information at http://numismatics.org/crro/apis
> By early February, CRRO, OCRE, and all of our other projects will have 
> shifted to exporting into the new nomisma ontology.
> Best,
> Ethan
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 10:31 AM, Richard Light 
> <richard at light.demon.co.uk <mailto:richard at light.demon.co.uk>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     This looks really good as regards the item descriptions, but I
>     don't see how to get to the underlying typology as Linked Data. 
>     Is it possible?
>     While looking, I have found the nomisma.org <http://nomisma.org>
>     ontology.  This is great in that it is a SKOS-based Linked Data
>     resource, but there seems to be less cohesion within it than I
>     would ideally like.  For example, there isn't a skos:conceptScheme
>     (or two) to tie the whole thing together, with appropriate
>     skos:inScheme links pointing to the concept scheme.  Also, the
>     information in the various serializations isn't consistent.  The
>     turtle serialization of ephesus includes the assertion that it is
>     an instance of a mint, while the RDF/XML one lacks this information.
>     Richard
>     On 15/01/2015 18:13, Ethan Gruber wrote:
>>     Today, in collaboration with the British Museum and the
>>     Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the ANS launches
>>     another major new tool to aid in the identification, research and
>>     cataloging of the coins of the ancient world.
>>     *Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO)
>>     <http://numismatics.org/crro>* continues the precedent set by
>>     Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE)
>>     <http://numismatics.org/ocre> in presenting, in an easily
>>     searchable form, all the varieties of the coinage issued in the
>>     Roman Republic. Six online collections containing over 20,000
>>     specimens of Roman Republican coinage spread across 2,300 coin
>>     types, in addition to hundreds of hoards from Coin Hoard of the
>>     Roman Republic (CHRR) <http://numismatics.org/chrr> and
>>     additional individual findspots provided by Berlin are now
>>     available for research.
>>     The site presents a basic description of each published variety
>>     based on Michael Crawford’s 1974 publication /Roman Republican
>>     Coinage/ (RRC), which remains the primary typology used for the
>>     identification of Roman Republican coin types. Since its
>>     publication there have been significant revisions to the dating
>>     of the series following the discovery of new hoards, but no
>>     attempt has been made to reflect these, or to make any other
>>     amendments to the published typology at this stage.
>>     The descriptions are based on the typology set out in RRC, but
>>     have been modified to meet the standards of the British Museum’s
>>     collection management system by Eleanor Ghey and Ian Leins. These
>>     were previously published in Ghey and Leins 2010, which forms an
>>     update to the 1910 catalogue of the collection by Grueber.
>>     Additional types not in the British Museum’s collection were
>>     added to this database by Richard Witschonke of the ANS.
>>     Many of these coin types are linked to specimens present in the
>>     British Museum’s collection
>>     <http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/rrc/roman_republican_coins/roman_republican_coinage.aspx>,
>>     Münzkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
>>     <http://ww2.smb.museum/ikmk/>, the ANS
>>     <http://numismatics.org/search/>, and elsewhere, and where
>>     available, to images. Searches are made straightforward through a
>>     series of facets, presented in a way that will already be
>>     familiar to users of other ANS search tools. Traditional searches
>>     of familiar numismatic categories such as obverse and reverse
>>     legends and types are provided, as well as the ability to search
>>     by deity, in the hope that CRRO will provide an identification
>>     tool useful to collectors, dealers, curators, and field
>>     archaeologists. Researchers can now list all coin types found
>>     within a country and any regional division below the country
>>     (E.g., Liguria, down to the town or city).
>>     ANS database developer, Ethan Gruber, says that, "like OCRE and
>>     all of our other digital projects at the ANS, CRRO uses Linked
>>     Open Data methodologies to aggregate information from disparate
>>     institutions and present the information in an interface
>>     available in more than 10 languages with advanced mapping and
>>     metrical analysis features. CRRO is a fully functional research
>>     portal for Roman Republican numismatics."
>>     The ANS acknowledges the contribution of Michael Crawford to the
>>     project, and also thanks Michael Sharp of Cambridge University
>>     Press for allowing us to use the numbering system of Roman
>>     Republican Coinage.
>>     For further information contact Joanne Isaac
>>     <mailto:jisaac at numismatics.org> or call (212) 571 4470 ext. 112
>>     <tel:%28212%29%20571%204470%20ext.%20112>.
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>     -- 
>     *Richard Light*

*Richard Light*
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