It's been a long time now since my last update here. However this website, the IOSA project and its head (that is, me) are not dead at all.
First of all, the good news. As some friends already know, I'm now a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Siena, with a research project about the anthropology and sociology of late antique societies as seen by an archaeologist (which first of all means pottery, pottery and again pottery). I'm going to stay in Siena 3 more years, but I'll make my best to travel around for conferences and studying purposes in general.
This partly explains the lack of news here, and why I've been really busy until now - not that I won't be from now on of course ... I'm doing a serious promise about PhD blogging, and I'm going to post regularly about my research and findings (if any).
The Quantitative Archaeology Wiki is perhaps one of the most important sub-projects of IOSA, and this explains for the continuous efforts made in enhancing the wiki platform, adding new content and enabling users and contributors to take advantage of this collaborative environment at its best.
I have been doing some work behind the scenes recently, and now I'd like to share the results with all iosa.it readers:
Last week I took some time to add a new feature to the Quantitative Archaeology Wiki, namely the Translation plugin. This allows for easy translation of the existing content while preserving the existing page names and structure. Just use the translation toolbar at top-right on each page, following the guidelines at http://wiki.iosa.it/wiki:translation .
For now I have added the following languages: German (de), Spanish (es), French (fr) and Italian (it). If you think you need more languages, just let me know.
I know there aren't many contributions to the wiki but the number of readers is always increasing so maybe translating some of the pages could be useful for making content more available.
Our effort to keep iosa.it always updated and filled with useful content keeps us very busy.
Some months ago, comments from non-registered users were disabled due to excessive spam load which we weren't able to manage. Now, we have found some time to work on the Drupal installation and anonymous comments are again enabled, with a (simple) captcha protection. Should we encounter again spam problems, we will raise the difficulty of the tests.
I hope this can lead to a more open discussion about our published works. Since 2004, when we started the IOSA project, the number of blogs about archaeology has been always increasing and now there are lots of them. Comments are an important part of the blog concept, and even tough iosa.it is not only a blog, a part of it looks much like it.
See you in the blogosphere, the IOSA team
IOSA.it is part of a larger project carried on by some volunteers of Gruppo Ricerche.
The IOSA project started in October, 2004 as an experimental research about the application of ICT to archeological problems, mostly focusing on these particular aspects of this large field of studies: