e-ternals.com is the publishing portal of Gunthard Mueller, a teacher/researcher/software developer in classics (Greek and Latin studies), Indian studies (focus on Vedic/Classical Sanskrit), linguistics/comparative philology and informatics/Digital Humanities. I also teach ethics/philosophy and music. Currently I am teaching at the University of Mainz, Germany, and two German Gymnasien (high schools). I have been trained and obtained degrees first from the University of Tuebingen, Germany, and subsequently from the University of Oxford. I am a former scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and of the Michael Foster Scholarship (twice) of the University of Oxford.
e-ternals.com is the home of other small entities as well, especially Nanos and Vamana, and of other philological software tools.
e-ternals.com was initially planned to be an open platform for sharing my digital publishing infrastructure with other scholars and research institutions to present their work digitally as well, following the truly pioneering work when e-ternals.com was the first retrospective digitization project and platform in Europe (then firmly in the hands of what I now lovingly refer to as the "microfiche mafia"). To this end, I spent several years evangelizing the idea of preserving cultural documentation of any sort in digital form, developed special hardware and workflows, and performed free digitization training classes in Germany and India. I either used my own equipment (Germany, France) or donated identical equipment to research institutions, even providing the transportation and customs processing free of charge (India). I provided in-depth information and technical consultancy to several research institutions and received technological certification by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek/Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin. However, subsequently, some colleagues have opted to clone our operations independently or set up similar projects, which, presumably, should be taken as a compliment. In two cases, valuable digitisation hardware and software worth five-digit US$ sums went unaccounted for after setup and training had been given, and this was not the only kind of personal disappointment encountered in the wider context of this work. As a result, I have since been concentrating on teaching and on my own research and software development, and there are no immediate plans to re-open e-ternals.com to third parties. However, I am willing to provide fee-based consultancy to other organisations in all matters concerning Digital Humanities.
To get in touch with me in matters relating to Digital Humanities, including my software tools, please write to info_at_e-ternals.com.
For academic matters, please contact me via my university e-mail account at muellgu_at_uni-mainz.de.
@ students: For digital course materials, please consult the Cisco Webex team space accessible via the link you have received through the respective university course website.
@ colleagues: Up-to-date materials and tools for Digital Humanities will be made available here again on e-ternals.com over the next few weeks.
@ fellow musicians: A new section with previously inaccessible sheet music and some recordings will be made available on e-ternals.com soon. During the Corona crisis, I am not performing at concerts, but occasionally streaming some rehearsals and jam sessions to/with friends and colleagues using a Dante-based digital music network.
-- A new version of Nanos is imminent. It will completely revolutionize the way Ancient Greek and Modern Greek can be input using standard non-Greek keyboards. The new version is vastly different from the previous version, adding numerous new innovations, options and algorithms for professional Greek scholars. It is the first dedicated software application for epigraphy, papyrology, textual criticism/editing, text quality endorsement and linguistic analysis for both Ancient and Modern Greek. New technology integrated in Nanos has never been available in any other software ever. Nanos is now completely installation-free on both Mac and Windows (other than a Java Runtime Environment -- either openjdk or from java.com) and comes with comprehensive Unicode font families.
-- While Nanos is now being made complete with new documentation and new download server facilities, we are moving to migrate the same revolutionary code engine to other applications, such as editing texts in Asian languages. We are planning to start with Indian writing systems, initially with high-speed no-learning-curve editing (first targets: ISO-15919 and Devanagari).
-- Some more totally unheard-of kinds of philological and musicological software applications are in the closing stages of development. They are scheduled to arrive within 2021.
-- Our online text archives are growing. Both graphical and textual editions will be listed here soon. Materials will be available on SSD drives or via inexpensive online subscriptions via your universities or colleges.
-- Over the next few days, I will post a proposal to extend the Leiden 1938 textual criticisms conventions -- as used passim in classics -- in order for it to be suitable for other disciplines as well, including Indian studies and other philological disciplines. This proposal has already been fully implemented by me in software tools and upgraded since 2016. Hence I am referring to it as "X2016". It is working for my purposes, spanning texts from the mediterranean to India, but it may need further enhancements or adaptations to cover over fields, such as Egyptian studies, etc. I invite all philological/linguistic colleagues who are interested to send me feedback. Suggestions, criticism, further ideas welcome!
Last update: 2021-06-01. Server development step: DEVREF:EID09.