Scene details in Ancient Egyptian monuments: Oxford Expedition's electronic database and publications project (c.2960 - 2040 BC).
The resource known as the Linacre College Oxford Expedition: Scene-details Database was envisaged by its author in the early 1980s - but the opportunity to devise the initial framework and content of a database, and to undertake the academic and technical work necessary for its publication online, did not present itself until much later, in 2003. During that year the Expedition was fortunate enough to receive a substantial award from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, specifically to create the Phase One database by 2006 and to link this resource with a new series of books devoted to the photography and analysis of hundreds of scene details in Old Kingdom monuments, i.e. the Expedition's 'Egypt in Miniature' series. In order to ensure the longevity of the proposed resource our database team collaborated closely with highly skilled colleagues from the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), based at the University of York, part of whose responsibility is to store and maintain digital materials produced at universities throughout the UK. Thanks to their expertise, the completed OEE database was transformed into a web-readable format, and placed online in October 2007 for free international use.