About the blog

The IDCS was set up in the course of the HRK early career researcher competition “Rare Disciplines: Visibly Innovative!” by young researchers from both Mainz University and University of Applied Science. The Initiative especially addresses early career researchers from both Assyriology and Computer Science. The aim is to establish a lasting cooperation profitable for both fields.

Due to the sheer mass of cuneiform texts and their diversity as regards content, Assyriology stands out among ancient studies. In contrast, the awareness of the cuneiform sources in public as well as in other academic fields is rather low. The rapidly increasing importance of digital methods and information channels provides the opportunity to change this lack of awareness. In an equal measure, the cuneiform sources, once digitally edited, provide plenty of useful data for several branches of computer science.

However, digital methods and theory are only rarely part of the academic training of early career Assyriologists. For this reason, the IDCS wants to boost the cooperation of young Computer Scientists and Assyriologists. In this blog we present digital tools and resources useful for cuneiform studies, updates to our own research projects with an emphasis on digital aspects and relevant academic events to the topic. At the same time, the blog provides a platform for discussion and mutual exchange.








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