Abzu is a guide to networked open-access data relevant to the study and public presentation of the ancient Near East and the ancient Mediterranean world. The editor of Abzu is Charles E. Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and research associate at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures at the University of Chicago and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at NYU. Contact the editor directly at cellwoodjones@gmail.com

Abzu has been available on the Internet since 5 October 1994. The current version of Abzu is hosted by Vanderbilt University and has been made possible with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In early 2009 Jones initiated a successor project to Abzu. Taking advantage of the tools of social media, AWOL: The Ancient World Online [ISSN 2156-2253] provides notice and comment on open access scholarly material relating to the ancient world.

Abzu and AWOL represent the longest sustained effort to map the development of open digital scholarship in any discipline.

© 1994-2017. The Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Research Archives and Charles E. Jones. ABZU and AWOL are made available for re-use under a Creative Commons Attibution-ShareAlice 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) license.