Pelagios Commons newsletter #2
Dear Member of Pelagios Commons,
Welcome to the mid-year edition of the Pelagios Commons newsletter – our brief roundup of news from around the Pelagios Commons community. If you would like to dive deeper into our community, please join our Announcement and Discussion lists, or alternatively you can join the conversations currently taking place in the 2017 working groups. New participants are always welcome!
Here’s what’s been happening in the Pelagios Commons community over the last few weeks:
2017 Resource Development Grantees announced
We’re delighted to announce that the following four projects have been awarded Resource Development Grants for 2017:
- Annotating Place Names in the Chronicle of Gälawdewos – Pietro Liuzzo and Solomon Gebreyes Beyene (Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies, University of Hamburg)
- KIMA02: Towards a Sustainable Gazetteer – Sinai Rusinek (Haifa University), Glauco Mantegari (independent researcher) and Dimid Duchovny (The Hebrew University)
- Pelagios al sur – Gimena del Rio Riande (IIBICIRIT and CAICYT, CONICET), Carina Zubillaga (IIBICRIT, CONICET), Melisa Martí (IIBICRIT, CONICET), Romina de León (CAICYT, CONICET), Diego Ferreyra (CAICYT, CONICET), Nicolás Quiroga (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata), Elena González Blanco (LINHD-UNED), Clara Martínez Cantón (LINHD-UNED), María Luisa Díez Platas (LINHD-UNED), James Blake Wiener (Ancient History Encyclopedia)
- Roman Empire Vector Map – Petr Pridal is (Klokan Technologies), Ida Storm and Johan Åhlfeldt (Lund University)
We received over a dozen proposals, requesting three times the amount of money that we could grant. We’re taking this as a good sign: there is a lot of exciting work taking place in our community, and we wish we could have funded all of it. The project directors will be blogging about their activity over the next few weeks, and you can read more about the projects in the announcement post.
Behind the Maps: Who is Using Recogito?
Dr Marianne O’Doherty is Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton, UK and a member of the Pilgrim Libraries Project Network. She’s also a former Pelagios Commons Committee Member. Marianne has used Recogito in her work on mapping pilgrims itineraries from the Middle Ages, and has written about the experience here.
Neven Jovanovic (who was a Resource Development Grant recipient in 2016) and a group of 4th year Latin and Greek students from the University of Zagreb recently presented a session for SunoikisisDC in which they presented their work using Recogito to annotate people and places in Aristophanes and Ovid. It’s a great presentation, and especially useful for showing how important it is to have human decision-making in the annotation process, and showing how the annotations force us to think critically about about ancient texts. You can watch the full video here.
Scary DH words explained!
Intimidated by TEI? Having trouble differentiating between a schema and an ontology? You’re not alone! The Pelagios Commons Pedagogy Working Group is putting together a short vademecum* of scary words in the Digital Humanities. Thanks to all who admitted their fears, and shared their definitions – more are always welcome!
*Vademecum: va-de-me-cum, a handbook or a guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.
In case you missed it: New on the blog
- Sarah Middle’s excellent report on Linked Pasts 2016.
- Find out more about the results of our collaboration with the British Library and the medieval maps now available online.
- Katie McDonough’s piece on using annotations in the study of the book trade in the early modern period (paprika octopus tapas also make an appearance…).