Galaxy Zoo Meets the Oxyrhynchus Papyri?

Saw this inter alia in a piece in Time Magazine:

Researchers from other disciplines have begun approaching the Galaxy Zoo team for help sorting their own masses of information. With Galaxy Zoo’s assistance, the Royal Observatory Greenwich just launched Solar Stormwatch, which asks volunteers to track solar explosions captured on video by NASA’s STEREO spacecraft. The idea is eventually to be able to predict these flare-ups, which interfere with satellites and endanger astronauts. Another project will task volunteers with translating the famous Oxyrhynchus Papyri, a cache of 50,000 Ptolemaic-era manuscript fragments from Egypt. Yet another will analyze footage of the New Caledonian crow in the wild. (It’s one of the few nonprimate species to create and even modify tools.)

via Classifying Every Known Galaxy — in Just Three Weeks – TIME.

Anyone know anything about this? I can’t find any mention about Oxyrhynchus at the Zooniverse project page

4 thoughts on “Galaxy Zoo Meets the Oxyrhynchus Papyri?

  1. I know it was mentioned in a recent job advert for the project that part of the job would involve working with galaxy zoo in setting up some kind of education thing. It wasn’t real specific, though.

    1. Thanks for all the comments. One of thigns I worry about as I talk with folks in the UK about digitization projects is that the Crown Copyright/non-Bridgeman regime is going to make this kind of opener (but still restricted) use the best we can hope for. As Chris Lintott points out, Ancient Lives is a massive advance in openess despite the restrictions.To the extent such thigns are possible, I think that the case for openness should be made to rights-holders. One of the side effects of restricted use is that a project limits its user contributions to only the kinds of activities permitted. A good example of the downside of this may be seen in the comments to the . There are three separate comment threads bemoaning the copyright on the images (, , ). What’s interesting is that in addition to general grouching about closed projects, two of the posts discuss computational approaches to assembling and analyzing the papyrus fragments in terms of “what would happen if we put the images through X?” This is a form of public participation which was likely never envisioned as it’s well outside the scope of Ancient Lives tool, but it’s prohibited nonetheless.

  2. Ok. found the bit in the job particulars:

    “The successful candidate will also assist the Zooniverse team ( in the development of the web-based interface, which will provide tutorial instruction and basic testing before users are asked to classify and transcribe documents in graded tiers of difficulty. The role of the candidate will be to work with the programming team to manage the data produced by the volunteer transcribers and oversee its incorporation in the Project’s database. Familiarity with imaging of papyri (formats, storage), transcription and markup of papyrus texts (betacode, Epidoc), relational databases (Excel), and of protocols for cataloguing of papyri (metadata fields), and/or experience in dealing with large data sets will be required. “

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