A rock and a hard place: creating the Online Corpus of Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia

2 May 2017 1.00pm 2.00pm


Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (Map)


Daniel Burt




The Arabian Peninsula lies at the heart of the Middle East. Today, it is of enormous strategic and commercial importance and this was also the case in antiquity. Yet, most of what we know about its ancient history, languages and cultures comes from contemporaries looking at it from outside, such as the Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans, or from much later reports on what was considered the 'Age of Ignorance'.

This talk gives an overview of inscriptions found in North Arabia, and outlines the process of creating the Online Corpus of Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA) database. It will be of interest to anyone wanting to understand how complex databases are designed. In particular, it focusses on using FileMaker Pro for research databases.

Access: Please meet at 12.55pm by the Information desk in the Weston Library's Blackwell Hall to be taken to the Centre for Digital Scholarship. If you have a University or Bodleian Reader's card, you can also get there through the Mackerras Reading Room on the first floor of the Weston Library, around the gallery, having checked any bags into a locker (£1 returnable deposit) before you head upstairs.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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