The humanistic problem that the CDLI at UCLA addresses is “What did ancient cuneiform tablets look like and say?” This is a vital question in the area of language as well as history because cuneiform is the oldest recognized language, and it is the basis of Arabic. The CDLI uses images and transcriptions/translations housed in a searchable database. According to the footer on the website, “Support for the project has been generously provided by the Mellon Foundation, the NSF, the NEH, the IMLS and by the MPS and UCLA | Berlin Mirror.” The CDLI is structured as a “digital collection”—a standard structure used by many projects. Most digital collections (Including this one.) are available to be seen on a website (Like this one.) and can be searched for specific topics. Because the website is searchable, the back end structuring is implied to be a database—queries can’t really be run without a database. Industry connections to this project and our stout education are: Web design, programming, (humanities) research, and personally (From Ari’s perspective) digitalization / preservation.
-Written by Ari Kraemer from collaboration with Adam Jellings, Vicki Bedard and Theresa Ptak