Recent Developments in Digital Assyriology - Zoom Workshop, Helsinki, August 26-27 2020

The “Recent Developments in Digital Assyriology” workshop is organized by Prof. Saana Svärd and Team 1 at the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires (ANEE) at the University of Helsinki. The focus of the workshop is particularly on text-based studies. General themes addressed in the presentations include producing electronic text data, annotating texts, visualizing textual information, and using the text data.


26th August

15.45-16.00 Signing in to Zoom

16.00-16.10 Saana Svärd: “Opening remarks”

16.10-16.40 Keynote by Niek Veldhuis: “Changing the Business of Assyriology: Data and Data Analysis”

Session 1: Creating and enriching text data

16.40-17.00 Jamie Novotny: “Recent Work on State Archives of Assyria online: Making the Invisible Visible”

17.00-17.20 Aleksi Sahala: “BabyFST - A Finite-State Morphological Analyser for Akkadian”

17.20-17.40 Louise Quillien & Bruno Gombert: “Open access edition of late Babylonian texts on report and perspectives”

17.40-17.55 BREAK

17.55-18.15 Aino Hätinen: “The Electronic Babylonian Literature Project: the first two years”

18.15-18.35 Mikko Luukko: "Treebanking Assyrian Royal Inscriptions"

18.35-18.55 Jakob Andersson, Seraina Nett, & Rune Rattenborg: “The Big Picture: Large-Scale Trends in the Distribution and Composition of the Cuneiform Corpus”

18.55-19.15 Émilie Page-Perron: "Open science at the CDLI: focus on collaboration and accessibility".

27th August

Session 2: Prosopographical work

15.45-16.00 Signing in to Zoom

16.00-16.20 Melanie Gross: "Prosobab: Online Prosopography of Babylonia (620-330 BCE)"

16.20-16.40 Heidi Jauhiainen & Tero Alstola: ”Neo-Assyrian Social Networks: Work in Progress”

16.40-17.00 Heather D. Baker: “PNAo: Towards a Digital Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire”

17.00-17.20 Adam Anderson & Laurie Pearce: “mārē BPS: the offspring of a prosopography project”

17.20-17.40 BREAK

Session 3: Using Text Data, Publishing and Digital Assyriology

17.40-18.00 Saana Svärd: “Meaning in Networks of Words? ‘Fear’ as a case study”

18.00-18.20 Heather D. Baker: “MTAAC: Machine Translation and Automated Analysis of Cuneiform Languages”

18.20-18.40 Alessandro Di Ludovico and Vanessa Bigot-Juloux: “The State of Publication of Ancient Near Eastern Researches using Digital and Computational Approaches”

18.40-19.00 Adam Anderson: “AI and Assyriology: Deep-Learning Ontologies for Bibliometrics in Near Eastern Studies”



The event is open to registered audience members and there will be time for audience questions. The timetable allows scholars to participate from the US and Canada as well.

Registration is free of charge and closes on August 19th. Anyone interested in the event can fill in the e-registration form: