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The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative: DL in DH

Englund, Robert K.

Presentation slides: The Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI): The CDLI was initiated at UCLA in 1998, and today it represents the efforts of an international group of Assyriologists, museum curators, and historians of science to make available through the internet the form and content of cuneiform inscriptions dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3350 BCE, until the end of the pre-Christian era. By creating a unified access to a highly representative corpus of early writing and using computing technology to facilitate its semantic interpretation, the CDLI is fostering an unprecedented scholarly cooperation between researchers and cultural institutions. At the same time, “lines of communication” to the heritage of pre-scientific civilizations dead many millennia are being opened to a networked public.

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