Junior RF wins 2023 Emerging Open Scholarship Award from ETCL

Published on
Monday 23 January 2023
Social Sciences

Junior Research Fellow Émilie Pagé-Perron has won the Emerging Open Scholarship Award from The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) for her contribution to Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative.

Assyriologist and Digital Scholar Émilie Pagé-Perron is the first Junior Research Fellow in Assyriology at Wolfson College and has just won the Emerging Open Scholarship Award from The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL). Her research interests encompass Mesopotamian social history, Sumerian philology, and Computational Linguistics of Cuneiform languages.

Émilie is co-director of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative for which she has won the award, sponsored by the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute and its partners.

The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) is driven by the mission to enable the collection, preservation, and accessibility of information— image files, textual annotation, and metadata—concerning all ancient Near Eastern artifacts inscribed with the ancient cuneiform script. With over 362,000 artifacts in their catalogue, they house information about approximately two-thirds of all sources from Cuneiform collections around the world. Their data is publicly available at https://cdli.ucla.edu (new version: https://cdli.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/), and their audience comprises primarily scholars, students, museum staff, and informal learners.

Scientists and scholars are actively developing CDLI infrastructure and enriching their dataset. As part of these endeavors, they are building a natural language processing platform to empower specialists of ancient languages to undertake the analysis and translation of Sumerian language texts, thus enabling data-driven study of the languages, culture, history, economy and politics of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. In this platform they are focusing on data normalization using Linked Open Data to foster best practices in data exchange, standardization and integration with other projects in digital humanities and computational philology.

To read more about the awards click here.