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APIS News & Updates

August 14, 2008: Texts published in A. Arjava, M. Buchholz and T. Gagos (eds), The Petra Papyri, Vol. III (Amman 2007) have been added to the database.

August, 13 2008: Papyri from Lund University are now available.

March 4, 2008: NEH awards two years of funding for continued development of APIS and the Papyrological Navigator (www.papyri.info).

October 2, 2007: The British Museum has joined APIS. Records from the Museum's important collection will be added to the site in the coming months.

September 27, 2007: Images of texts found in O.Berenike II [Bagnall, R.S., C. Helms, and A. Verhoogt, Documents from Berenike II: Texts from the 1999-2001 Seasons (Pap.Brux. 33, Brussels 2005)] are now available.

August 24, 2007:  The University of Pennsylvania has added ca. 100 new records to APIS.

August 15, 2007:  The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Duke University to support the development of a portal to provide integrated access to three major papyrological databases, the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (DDbDP), APIS, and the Heidelberger Gesamtverzeichnis der griechischen Papyrusurkunden Ägyptens (HGV).

March 23, 2007:  Papyri housed at the Princeton Theological Seminary can now be found in APIS.  They include several biblical texts and Christian prayers, all from Oxyrhynchus.

June 29, 2006:   The APIS Annual Meeting will be held November 18-19, 2006, at Duke University.   This will be the first meeting of APIS members under the new governance structure (announced Jan. 16, below).  For more information write to: to: apis-comments@columbia.edu

March 24, 2006:   APIS received coverage in Science magazine (vol. 311, p. 1685, 24 March 2006) in a piece entitled "Reading the Reeds" on its "Netwatch"  page.

February 8, 2006:  Announcing new APIS participants: the University of Athens, the Smithsonian Institution, Petrie Museum (University College, London), University of Lund and the BYU/BNN Herculaneum Papyrus Project.

January 16, 2006:   APIS is now formally an organization with an Executive Committee and a set of bylaws.

December 9, 2005:    The APIS look & feel is being updated.

November 3, 2005:  Columbia has launched a new, faster APIS search system using Apache Lucene, a Java-based full-text search engine. The new search system improves keyword searching response time dramatically, to under one second for most searches, even those run against large result sets and translations..

In addition, a Lucene-based keyword-in-context display has been added to the keyword result screen to provide a faster ways to scan large result sets for words and phrases.

Several of the main top-level pages were also updated to reflect new APIS participants, institutional contacts and papyrological resources.

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