01 March 2006

Pleiades Viewed

I marvel at the Pleiades, when on clear evenings I look at the constellation in the night sky.

In today's Journal I read about another Pleiades, a project of the Ancient World Mapping Center at the University of North Carolina, which aims to put online, in an open-content manner, the resources and underlying research of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World.

From the Pleiades web page:

Combining open-content approaches (like those used by Wikipedia) with academic-style editorial review, Pleiades will enable anyone — from university professors to casual students of antiquity — to suggest updates to geographic names, descriptive essays, bibliographic references and geographic coordinates. Once vetted for accuracy and pertinence, these suggestions will become a permanent, author-attributed part of future AWMC publications and data services.
The Journal reports that Pleiades is off and running with a $390,000 NEH grant, awarded in January.