Gabii Project

Tools fit for purpose: Gabii on Fulcrum

by Charles Watkinson April 2, 2018

You wouldn’t use a fork to eat soup, a saw to cut bread, or a kettle to make stew. But the feeling of having an inappropriate tool for the job is too often the experience of scholars using ebooks. A passion for creating tools that allow specialist users to interact with scholarly publications in a way that is appropriate for their discipline drives the development of University of Michigan Press’s new Fulcrum reading platform, https://www.fulcrum.org, created with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open source software, Fulcrum supports bespoke reading experiences that fit the varying needs of different […]

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University of Michigan Press and Gabii Project Pioneer New Approach to Collaborative “Book” Publishing

by Charles Watkinson September 27, 2017

The University of Michigan’s excavations of the Early- and Mid-Republican site of Gabii have over the last few years focused attention on the origins of urbanism and rise of Rome, as a successful competitor to the city only 15 miles to the east. Thanks to the leadership of Nicola Terrenato, Marcello Mogetta, and Rachel Opitz the project has also been a pioneer in the application of digital technologies, especially 3D photogrammetry. The Gabii team was thoughtful from the start of the project in envisioning how the application of new tools in field research might be best represented in the final […]

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U-M Humanities Collaboratory funds “Book Unbound” project to improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities

by Charles Watkinson August 29, 2017

A group of five faculty members from English Language and Literature, Classical Studies, and Screen Arts and Cultures have been awarded $475,000 for a two year project starting September 1, 2017, to collaboratively study and improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities. The grant comes from the Humanities Collaboratory at the University of Michigan, established in 2015 by Provost Martha Pollack to provide resources for humanities scholars to experiment with collaborative, team-based approaches to humanities research, its communication to the broader public, and the training of the next generation of humanities scholars. Entitled “The Book Unbound” this ambitious […]

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Gabii and UMP Digital Publishing

by Charles Watkinson December 31, 2016
Cover image for A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

The University of Michigan Press exhibit at the Archaeological Institute of America / Society for Classical Studies joint Annual Meeting has for decades been a highlight of our year. It’s a great chance to exhibit the Press’s latest books, as well as distributed publications from distinguished partners such as the American Academy in Rome and the American Society of Papyrologists. And Dr. Ellen Bauerle, the senior acquiring editor for classics and archaeology, always has a full meeting schedule with current and prospective authors. This year’s meeting in Toronto (January 5-8) will feature the usual spread of bestselling books (including Eric […]

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“Throw Back to the Future” AAUP Blog Tour: Special University Press Week Post

by Jenny Geyer November 17, 2016

The University of Michigan Press is one division of what makes up the whole of Michigan Publishing, which is closely affiliated with the U-M Library. Because of this unique collaborative structure, we have many opportunities to work with scholars to develop innovative ways to present their research. Throw Back to the Future could not be a more appropriate theme under which to introduce two major projects from Michigan Publishing; the first being a digital, interactive scholarly monograph built on a video game platform developed by a team of archaeologists to record their excavation of an ancient Roman city; the second, […]

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