A brief hardware and software history, in reverse order, of the Oriental Institute’s website:
- CURRENT CONFIGURATION: On March 30, 2004, the Oriental Institute’s website was moved to a Sun SPARC web server operated by Networking Services and Information Technologies (NSIT), at the University of Chicago.
- On December 30, 1999, the Oriental Institute’s Unix-based, Sun SPARCstation 10 web server was upgraded to Solaris 2.7, using its accompanied Disk Suite to implement RAID storage to dual 8.3 GB hard disks.
- On March 21, 1997 the database was moved to a Unix-based, Sun SPARCstation 10 computer, running the NCSA httpd program, version 1.5.2a. This server has 96MB of RAM, and 2.5 GB of online disk storage.
- In June, 1996 the database was moved to a Unix-based, Sun SPARCstation IPX computer (with an 80MHz Ross RISC processor), running the NCSA httpd program, version 1.4. This server had 64MB of RAM, and 1 GB of online disk storage.
- In July, 1995 the database was moved to a Unix-based, Sun SPARCstation 1+ computer, running the NCSA httpd program, version 1.4. This server had 40MB of RAM, and 1 GB of online disk storage.
- The database was moved to the Oriental Institute’s Computer Laboratory in November, 1994, initially residing on a Macintosh Performa 636CD computer, running the MacHTTP program, version 1.0. This server had 20MB of RAM, and 250 MB of online disk storage.
- The Oriental Institute World-Wide Web (WWW) database started in April 1994, residing on a Macintosh computer operated by the University of Chicago’s Computer Science Department Macintosh Laboratory.
Development of the OI WWW database was a collaboration between John Sanders, Head of the Oriental Institute Computer Laboratory, and Charles Jones, Oriental Institute Research Archivist. We had a single objective in creating this database: to have information about the Oriental Institute reach a world-wide audience through the medium of electronic publication; to make available descriptions and publications of the projects in ancient Near Eastern archaeology and philology by the faculty and staff of the Oriental Institute and its various units, the Oriental Institute Museum, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), the University of Chicago.
The OI WWW database originally contained electronic versions of three Institute publications.
- Highlights From The Collection
- 1991-92 Annual Report
- 1992-93 Annual Report
The part of the database entitled “Highlights from the Collection” contains registration and descriptive information along with digital images for 65 artifacts from the Oriental Institute Museum. These artifacts represent a cross-section of the cultural regions and historical periods contained in the museum’s entire collection.
The Oriental Institute Annual Report entries in the database include information about the Institute’s museum, research projects, and the individual scholarship of faculty and staff members. These reports are arranged in the following categories:
- Oriental Institute Museum
- Oriental Institute Research Projects
- Individual Scholarship
- Oriental Institute Departments
- Oriental Institute Faculty and Staff
Since placing the database on-line, we have expanded our sources to include project specific publications and other printed material, computer software, and information on internet resources for ancient Near Eastern studies.
Original network publications available only via the internet became a part of our WWW database in October 1994, with the creation of ABZU. ABZU is a series of indexes which include hypertext links to all known Internet resources (not just those local to the OI or other University of Chicago servers) of specific relevance to those concerned with the ancient Near East.
- ABZU: GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR THE STUDY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET.
Information on these and other Oriental Institute publications may be obtained by contacting the Oriental Institute Publications Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Oriental Institute Museum (email@example.com).