The afterlife of the “Book of the Dead”

motive “fetish of Abydos”

The “Book of the Dead” was a research project of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, concerned with the collection of metadata and images of objects (mainly papyri) bearing spells which were part of the Egyptian book of the dead.

From 2011 to 2012 a digital project was brought into being at the Cologne Center for eHumanities, accompanying the main project during its remaining life span. Now it is the year 2016!

Both projects have ended officially, people have moved on, but the website, technical system behind it and contents are still there. And people are still interested in the site, now and then egyptologists from around the world write an email and ask for small updates of the content.

Who cares about the “remains”? (A typical question for DH projects?)

During the last half our, I participated in a meeting discussing that question. My warning bells rang: “I cannot, may not, should not invest any time here” (and I will not in the near future because I am doing my PhD in W├╝rzburg). But as I was responsible for the programming back then, the least I can do is to be available for questions about the system which a new staff member of the Center has who tries to make overdue updates…

By the way, this same meeting has been documented by Patrick Sahle in this post:

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