We arrived at our first destination
The Itiner-e Web Portal (http://itinere.recerca.iec.cat/)
After two blog posts and a talk in Mainz, we are ready to explain where we are being detained for the first time and what our next destination will be. At present, we have created the first online gazetteer of historical roads (www.itinere.recerca.iec.cat). This means that the trip that started thanks to a Pelagios Resource Development Grant has allowed us to reach the place where we had hoped to arrive.
The routes that have been digitized in detail in the Mercator-e project, funded by the European Commission through a Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship, have been used to populate the gazetteer with its first historical roads. These routes are concentrated, at the moment, in the Roman itineraries documented in different sources such as the Antonine Itinerary, the Vicarello Beakers and the Itinerario de Barro. In total, around 40 routes have been included. For all of them we compiled information, places, bibliography and photographs, and now this can be consulted and downloaded on the Itiner-e web portal.
Itiner-e ‘General map’ with all the places included in the Roman Iberian Roads
Santi Muxach has been the curator for the creation and maintenance of a whole new infrastructure that allows Itiner-e users to consult, access, search and download all the material that we have collected. Although it is still in a primitive phase of design, its functionalities are correctly implemented. From the Itineraries portal it is possible to search and locate (and of course, download) Roman roads from some of their various names, from a place included in their itinerary or from a general map where all the routes appear. It is interesting how an ‘endless’ hyperlinked system has been created where users can navigate through system interfaces and discover routes and routes.
Itiner-e navigation map inside one route sheet.
With all this work already completed, during the last weeks we have been improving the download system. This is complex due to the data structure that makes up the project, which includes both the alphanumeric information in a database and detailed tracings of the routes stored in KML format. This duality represents a complex element that requires important and accurate solutions.
For the “community” of the Itinerary project, our participation in the recent Linked Pasts IV meeting meant enabling the arrival to our first destination, through the creation of the online gazetteer of roads, its implementation and the first tests with the main Roman roads of the Iberian Peninsula.
But our journey continues…
Itiner-e can move forward a lot and in different directions. It has to grow in the number of roads, it also has to include secondary routes and it must cover more time periods and other territories. For all this, our community will accept new members who want to join on this fabulous journey to improve our online gazetteer of roads, each of us will reload our backpacks and we will resume our journey very soon…
The Itiner-e Team
P. de Soto, T. Brughmans, S. Muxach, J. Guitart