Public Annual Meeting Report, October 24, 2015
Publications and Digitization – Andrew Reinhard
Andrew Reinhard began his tenure as the Director of Publications on December 1, 2014, and has reinvigorated the Society’s mission of distributing numismatic research through a hybrid approach of print and digital media, and an increased online, collaborative footprint.
Four books were published in FY14/15, with companion digital editions available upon request:
Kushan, Kushano-Sasanian, and Kidarite Coins, by David Jongeward and Joe Cribb with the ANS’s Peter Donovan. The catalogue presents all the Kushan coins in the ANS, and includes major revisions of chronology and organization of this coinage.
Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, by Scott H. Miller. Miller catalogues the history of medals created by the ANS in this second entry to the series Studies in Medallic Art.
Kαιρός: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Basil Demetriadi, edited by Ute Wartenberg and Michel Amandry. This Festschrift includes 21 new essays on the numismatics of the ancient Greek world.
Fides: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke, edited by Peter van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and Michel Amandry. This Festschrift includes 20 new essays on the numismatics of the Roman world and greater italic peninsula.
Four issues of the ANS Magazine (Peter van Alfen, editor) were published, the latter two by a new printer-partner, Transcontinental, in Canada. This move has seen an improvement over previous issues in both quality and customer service, along with an average savings of nearly $3,000/issue in printing costs. Beginning in 2015, the magazine is also available as a digital edition, the first of which is available as Open Access.
Volume 26 of the American Journal of Numismatics (Oliver Hoover and Andy Meadows, editors) was published in July 2015, and volume 27 is currently in production.
Three issues of the Colonial Newsletter (Oliver Hoover, editor) were also published.
At this writing, one book is at-press and two additional books are about to go to press for and end-of-2015 publication: Monuments in Miniature, by Nathan T. Elkins; The Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia, by Michael E. Bonine and edited by Jere L. Bacharach; Irritamenta: Numismatic Treasures of a Renaissance Collector, by John Cunnally.
The ANS’s main website, numismatics.org, has undergone a facelift for an improved user experience.
Five new online resources are now available:
1. Pella numismatics.org/pella/) focuses on the ANS’s extensive holdings of Argead (-type) coinage—nearly 13,000 specimens—many of which have never been catalogued or photographed for public use before, including the vast series of Babylonian Alexander types that were the subject of former ANS curator Nancy Waggoner’s unfinished study.
2. Coinage of the Roman Republic Online (CRRO) (numismatics.org/crro) harnesses Linked Open Data to provide links across digital projects in Roman numismatics and beyond. At its launch CRRO provided access to six online collections containing over 20,000 specimens of Republican coinage.
3. The ANS has also been collaborating with Jere Bacharach for nearly three years on a digital catalog of mainly Islamic coins at the Egyptian National Library. Much work has been done this summer to create hundreds of Islamic numismatic concepts in Nomisma.org (rulers, dynasties, mints, and other political entities), which will make an English-Arabic multilingual interface possible for the database. These are the first Islamic concepts to be published in Nomisma, and should have far-reaching implications for aggregating collections within the field. The public interface launched in October 2015 and is available here: enl.numismatics.org.
4. Seleucid Coins Online (numismatics.org/sco) is a new research tool that will provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Seleucid Coins, beginning with the first volume—not only the entries in the main catalogue, but also pieces presented separately in the appendices (e.g., plated issues, non-Seleucid coins bearing Seleucid countermarks, etc.). While the Seleucid coins in the ANS collection (some 5,129 pieces) will serve as the core of the searchable catalogue, all types in the original publications will be included in the database, ultimately with links to coins (many of which are unique) in the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the British Museum, the Munzkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and private collections. Links to relevant bibliography in DONUM, the ANS online library catalogue, and eventually to PDF articles are envisioned for the future in order to make Seleucid Coins Online virtually a one-stop research tool for Seleucid numismatics.
5. The ANS’s Digital Library (working title of “ETDPub”, temporary URL of http://admin.numismatics.org:8080/orbeon/etdpub/) begins as a home for unpublished doctoral numismatic research, a global clearinghouse for PhD theses and dissertations that would ordinarily be difficult for anyone to locate and use. The system currently allows for searching across all dissertations and provides free downloads to readers under a suite of Creative Commons licensing. Future content will include scanned auction catalogues and ebooks of ANS monographs.
Work continues on the NEH-funded Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) project (numismatics.org/ocre). Over 13,000 images of coins in this database have been published online as of this writing.
In early 2015, a new version of Nomisma.org was launched. We have implemented the new ontology created by our partner Karsten Tolle, a computer scientist at the University of Frankfurt, and the software framework adheres to modern web standards. Nomisma has evolved into one of the most heavily used cultural heritage information resources, behind web services provided by OCLC and the Library of Congress. The new system features more efficient data updates from project partners and a streamlined system for large scale ID creation by Nomisma editors, using Google Sheets. Nomisma is integral to all ANS digital projects and is the backbone of the discipline of numismatics moving forward.
Two additional scanning projects are also underway. Thanks to the generous donation of Keith Barron, the ANS has begun to OCR-scan its collection of auction catalogues beginning with those featuring Roman coins. The resulting PDFs will be placed in the ETDPub portal and linked to corresponding MANTIS and DONUM records.
The ANS also partnered with JSTOR to create high-resolution scans of all volumes of the American Journal of Numismatics and Numismatic Notes and Monographs, to which libraries will be able to subscribe, generating additional revenue for the ANS. The scans created by JSTOR may also be used for other future Linked Open Data projects conceived of by the ANS.
The new version of numismatics.org is nearing completion for launch at year’s end.Return to the 2015 Annual Report