Meet the Team

The following are the current faculty and graduate students at UBC who have worked to bring this project together:

Chelsea Gardner got the ball rolling on the digitization project back in 2012, during the second year of her PhD in Classical Archaeology. After learning about the artifact and squeeze collections, she saw in them a unique opportunity for student collaboration and enlisted help from other graduate students to submit a proposal to the CNERS department to make the collections accessible to the larger academic community. Together with Lisa Tweten, Chelsea obtained and organized the artifact collection and their current storage system, and met with Lab of Archaeology representatives to discuss storage and database options.  While studying in Athens during the 2013-2014 academic year, Chelsea contributed to the From Stone to Screen blog with “Squeeze Making in the Athenian Agora”, “The Athens Epigraphical Museum: Where it all began…”, and recruited an expert for the latest research on the ATL’s with “Guest Post by Bram ten Berge: New Research on the Athenian Tribute Lists”. Now that Chelsea is back in Vancouver, she is responsible for uploading all of the squeeze images and metadata to the DI collections website. Along with Lisa, she is currently overseeing student involvement and academic output of From Stone to Screen. Chelsea was a collaborating author on both our guest blog post on the Biblical Archaeology Review’s Biblical History Daily and the poster presented at the EAGLE conference in Paris, and recently co-authored a submitted manuscript for Digital Humanities Quarterly. In January, Chelsea and Kat will be presenting the poster ‘From Stone to Screen: Putting the Squeeze on Digital Epigraphy’ at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans, LA.

Lisa Tweten has been involved in the project from its inception in 2012. This summer she presented the team’s work at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, which led to an invitation to Open Access Week at UBC’s Okanagan campus this fall, as well as the chance to co-author a submission for an upcoming  issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly featuring more in-depth looks at the work presented at DHSI. Lisa just returned from the EAGLE Conference in Paris, where she presented the digital imaging techniques pioneered by our project to the international community of epigraphists. She is currently working at Digital Initiatives to complete photography and editing of the epigraphic squeeze collection. At the end of September, Lisa pitched an idea for the development of a companion mobile app that will provide a visual complement to aid the study of our epigraphic squeezes with relevant historical context at the I3 Challenge, co-hosted by UBC’s Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) Lab and GRAND-NCE and was granted a three-month mentor-ship with MAGIC.

Kat Solberg became involved with the project in 2013 when she started her MA in Classical Archaeology at UBC.  She helped with various fundraising opportunities over the year and this summer wrote a guest post for the blog, “Cleaning Dirt Off of Dirt: When Archaeological Students Learn What Archaeology Actually Is” which was featured on Word Presses’ ‘Freshly Squeezed’.  She also accepted her current position as the TA for the 2014-2015 academic year.  She is the Communications Officer for From Stone to Screen and is in charge of the various social media accounts for the project, including the blog, Facebook page and Twitter account.  She was a collaborating author for the guest post on the Biblical Archaeology Review’s Biblical History Daily.  In January she will be presenting, along with Chelsea Gardner, the poster  ‘From Stone to Screen: Putting the Squeeze on Digital Epigraphy’ at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans, LA.

Maude Côté-Landry joined the project in its early stages in 2012, and participated in the initial appraisal and organisation of the collections. She has presented the team’s work at the 2014 UBC archaeology day, as well as at the EAGLE Conference in Paris, where she presented the digital imaging techniques pioneered by our project to the international community of epigraphists alongside Lisa Tweten. She is the project’s Chief Financial Officer, and has been involved in fundraising and grant applications, including the successful TLEF grant. During the summer of 2014, she also worked at Digital Initiatives to begin the compilation of metadata for the collection. She is currently involved in promotion of the project and finding financial support.

Brad Morrison is presently in the terminal year of the MA Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology program at the University of British Columbia. His contributions to the project include fundraising efforts and the co-ordination of a classroom outreach program within the University of British Columbia in order to raise awareness of the importance of the From Stone to Screen project. Brad is currently auditing the vast amount of meta-data that has been compiled in cataloguing the over 1,000 epigraphic squeezes we have been digitizing.  As an archaeologist on a budget, Brad is passionate about the digitization of artifacts and collections from around the world!

Bethany Brothers is currently a 4th year Phd Student in Classical Archaeology at the University of British Columbia.  She is enthusiastic about participating in the From Stone to Screen Project and will be assisting with researching the bibliography for the artifacts to assist with future research. Bethany views the digitization of collections such as those held by UBC to be of the utmost importance in a modern scholarly environment. Projects such as From Stone to Screen will allow scholars and individuals from all over the world to access materials that would previously have been unavailable to them.  She is very excited to see where this project will go and how it will affect research in the years to come!

Emma Hilliard is working towards an MA in Classics at the University of British Columbia. With her studies primarily focusing on philology, she was drawn to From Stone to Screen as a way to expand her knowledge of material culture, and is particularly excited to explore its uses in the classroom. Her involvement to date has included co-presenting a guest lecture to undergraduates at UBC and assisting with preparations for the poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Archaelogical Institute of America in New Orleans, LA.

Other Current Contributors:

Haley Bertram

Heather Odell

Natalie MacDougall

Faculty Advisors:

Siobhan McElduff      Faculty Advisor

Nigel Kennell     Faculty Advisor

Gwynaeth McIntyre      Faculty Advisor

Lisa Cooper      Faculty Advisor

 

Former students who contributed to the project include:

David Assaf worked on the project from its inception in 2013 until his graduation from the Classical Archaeology program in Spring 2014.  He worked on establishing the online database for the artifact collection, and was a collaborating author for the guest post on the Biblical Archaeology Review’s Biblical History Daily.

Andrei Mihailiuk was involved with the project from the beginning as our first Public Relations officer until his graduation in 2014 from the classical Archaeology program.  He helped deliver the first From Stone to Screen seminar in early 2014 and helped with various fundraising efforts as well.

Patricia Taylor began working on the project in 2013 until her graduation from the Classical Archaeology program in 2014.  She helped photograph the artifact collection and compiled the metadata in Spring 2014.

 

I K Barber Library

I K Barber Library

We have been lucky in that all the resources we need to digitize our artifact and squeeze collections are already up and running in other departments at UBC. We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Lab of Archaeology (Artifact Collection) and the UBC Library’s Digital Initiatives (Squeeze Collection).

Our project has thus far been generously funded by the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies  at UBC. They have provided funds to purchase archival storage for both collections, as well as the computer program needed to create the database. We are using Filemaker Pro 12 to create the database.

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