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De scriptorio

SCRIPTORIVM is a hackathon about Pompeii and cultural heritage that takes place in Pompeii itself on 19 and 20 June 2015.

We aim to build online tools to allow better access to a part of Pompeii' wealth of knowledge: geographic and archaeological data, articles, photos and other kinds of usefull information for scientists, citizens, visitors and lovers.

The Scriptorivm' four tracks have these goal: a online tool for referring scholary articles by time and space location of their archaeological subject, an archive of geo-referenced digital photos of Pompeii' streets and an other archive of archaeological maps georeferenced and vectorialized with proper metadata and a new website to respond better to visitors’ needs.



I - Archeologica Academia

We aim to build online tools to allow better access to research results in archaeology. To this end, we start a 4D map of Pompeii that associates artifacts to the scholarly articles that refer to them. Thanks to our map, articles will be geo- and chrono-referenced: they will have 4D coordinates! Based on this, researchers will be able to search the literature not only by keyword or author, but also by time and space location of the artifact they refer to. We start with Pompeii but aim to go global: you are welcome to reference your articles, even if they are not about Pompeii.

II - Imagines Pompeiorum viarum

The remains of Roman Pompeii are a legacy for the whole of humanity, one of the planet’s best known and best loved places. Pompeii is enjoyed by people of all ages and from all cultures. And it looks great! So, we aim to create an archive of geo-refereneced digital photographs of the Roman city of Pompeii, that people all over the world can use to enjoy a “virtual visit” of the site. We will use Mapillary, a crowdsourced catalogue of images. All you need to participate is a smartphone: install the Mapillary app, explore, take pictures and upload them. We will coordinate among us to make sure the whole area is covered.

III - Pompeiorum libera tabula

Over two centuries of digging, archaeologists have been creating maps to reference their discoveries. These maps are now locked into their original supports – paper, largely. We aim to digitize them, turn them into data and returned to citizens and the scientific community.In this track, we are going to georeference the archaeological maps already published, in respect their authors’ intellectual property rights. We will also vectorialize them, build proper metadata, and disseminate them. This information was created to be public, let’s make it easy to access! Anyone can contribute, with even the most basic GIS skills.

IV - Ad faciendum certiores hospites

The current Pompeii’ institutional web-site doesn't seems to respond perfectly to visitors’ needs. In order to overcoming this gap, during the last Spaghetti Open Data meeting an hackathon starts up to remake web site, remixing all available data under a licence allowing the re-use. So a little community (comupter-scientists, mappers, archaeologists, story-tellers, lovers) working togheter have organised a web-site in beta phase with available contents (photos, videos, maps, films, books and other usefull information): WePompei.it.