Converting the Ure Museum data
The Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology in Reading, is one of the most recent Pelagios partners. I have just started work on converting the collection data into a Pelagios-compliant format with the help of the curator, Amy Smith.here
- Found on Mount Helicon with an arrowhead, 26.7.13
- Northern Boeotia (?), provenience unknown
- From a burial somewhere in the Argolid.
- Thought to be from Cyprus: T.146.II. From Poli? Cf. JHS 1890.
- Unknown, similar to Larnaca, Kamelarga finds
- From Carthage (or other North African site)
- Central Italian, possibly from the vicinity of Rome.
- Cast from an original in the Acropolis Museum, Athens
- Said by vendor to have come from between Thebes and Chalcis
1) Uncertainty in the data
2) Location-based adjectives
3) Disambiguating placeshttp://pleiades.stoa.org/places/707617/this Salamis
4) Granularity of annotations
If we have an object from Salamis in Cyprus, do we annotate it with both Salamis and with Cyprus or just with the more precise location, Salamis? You wouldn’t necessarily expect every item from Rome to also be annotated with Italy so using the more precise location feels sensible. On the other hand it may not do any harm to annotate with both and if we do have two places associated with an object, how do we tell that one is contained within another? Pleiades has information about which places ‘connect with’ other places and according to Sean Gillies of Pleiades, ‘you’d almost never go wrong in Pleiades by inferring containment between a precisely located place of small extent and a much more extensive place’ if you used this data. However, there is a great deal of connection information missing from Pleiades, so in practice this approach is unlikely to work well.
5) Pleiades locations enclosed in text not related to the locationhttp://pleiades.stoa.org/places/324652/Artemis
6) Alternative toponyms not in Pleiades+
7) Vague geographical data
8) The historical scope of Pelagios
9) Spelling mistakes in the data
10) Dealing with updates to the data
Next stagesOnce I have finished on the special cases, the next stage will then be to turn the data into OAC annotations and arranging where the data is going to be hosted.