Pelagios Commons Newsletter #1
Welcome to the new Pelagios Commons newsletter – a brief roundup of news from around the Pelagios Commons community. This is the only time you will receive an unexpected newsletter from us. You have received this message because you registered an account on Pelagios Commons. In the future, all newsletters will be sent via the Announcement mailing list, which you can join here. If you would like to dive deeper into our community, please join our discussion list here.
This month, we explain how the new Working Groups and Forums operate, highlight our Resource Development Grants, share news and roundups about awards and previous events, and explain some persistently puzzling terminology…
When is a SIG not a SIG?
When it’s a WG, of course… As some of you are already aware, the Pelagios Commons community has changed the way we work together. There was a general feeling that while the system of Special Interest Groups was a useful mechanism for getting people to sign up, it was tricky to maintain interaction. This is partly technical, due to the nature of the forums but also because the categories were defined in advance. So the community proposed a more radical change – replacing SIGs with a set of new Working Groups (WGs).
Each Working Group has a specific purpose and pre-defined programme of activity. They run for one year, and are proposed in connection with an annual call. There will be 4-5 WGs every year (depending on available funds), each of which will have two coordinators who will sit on the Pelagios Commons Committee. Network Events remain an important mechanism for improving the efficiency and impact of our communities activities, and will now be tied to Working Groups. WGs will be expected to hold at least one event (for which there will be funding) and contribute at least 4 blog posts over the course of the year to document their activity on the Pelagios Commons site.
The discussions and work done by the previous incarnations of SIGs will not disappear. Active sign-up will be closed, but the content of the discussions will be archived and saved, and remain accessible to members of those SIGs.
Speak to us and to each other – the new Pelagios Community Forums
Pelagios Commons is a community, but it hasn’t always been that easy for us to talk to each other. For technical reasons, the forums on the site fragmented conversations and the lack of an email response feature made it hard to have conversations which flowed. Our plan, then, is to reduce communication to two forums, both held on a platform that can be participated in via email, and has a public and discoverable archive.
Pelagios-announce is a one-way, announcement-only list for Pelagios Commons Investigative Team to make announcements about related activity. You’ll need to opt-in to this list, at the link above.
Pelagios-discuss is a general forum for topics which anticipate responses from other members. All topics related to Pelagios are acceptable, and all members of the community are free to post to this list. Threads which provoke extended conversation may be asked to branch off into a separate forum.This is also an opt-in list.
Pelagios Commons Resource Development Grants – closing soon!
Just a reminder that applications for the 2017 Resource Development Grants closes on April 9th, so don’t get caught out…
For details of the call for proposals, and how to apply, have a look at this post, and feel free to ask any questions of the Investigative Team via email. Last year we received more proposals than we could fund, and the projects which were funded produced outstanding results. We’re excited to see what 2017 has in store…
And the Winners Are…
Thanks to you, our fantastic community, we can now legitimately call Peripleo an award winning Digital Humanities tool! Last month, Peripleo was voted best DH Data Vizualisation in the annual DH Awards and Recogito was nominated in the Best DH Tool or Suite of Tools category. We’re delighted to have been recognised by the DH community in this way, and even more delighted to be featured alongside the other winning projects, all of which make the Big Tent of Digital Humanities a more interesting place to be.
Try the latest version of Recogito
Development on our new version of Recogito has wrapped for now. We’re pretty excited about what it can do, and in awe of how Rainer made it happen. Recogito now supports the upload of spreadsheet data in CSV format, too (using comma, semicolon, tab or | as a delimiting character, and UTF-8 character encoding). We’re keen to get feedback from people who are using it, so drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Linked Pasts 2016
The second Linked Pasts event took place at the end of 2016, in beautiful Madrid, where we were hosted by the Facultad de Filología, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. We’ve compiled a detailed round up of the event, and you can watch videos of all the presentations at the event on YouTube.Thanks to all who attended and to our hosts for a fantastic event. We hope to announce the 2017 event details soon.
Pelagios, Pleiades, Peripleo… A Guide for the P-erplexed
Sometimes, it can feel like there is a lot of terminology at Pelagios. And it can get confusing. This month, we thought we’d give you a couple of definitions to help you make sense of it all. This month it’s brought to you by the letter P…
Pelagios Greek for ‘of the sea’, Pelagios is a community network and infrastructure, which allows users to link online resources that document the past, based on the places they refer to.
Pleiades Pleiades is a community-built digital gazetteer and graph of ancient places. It’s not one of our projects, but is run by the fantastic people at the Ancient World Mapping Center, the Stoa Consortium, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. We’d (literally) be lost without them.
Peripleo Some people call it a visualiser. That’s ok, but really, we like to think of Peripleo as a search engine, which aggregates annotations. And a new version of it is on the way, so keep your eyes open…