About the data
Pelagios links online material that have something in common with each other: that is, reference to place. It is important to note from the outset, therefore, that Pelagios is not a data aggregator or a search portal: all the data that can be found via Pelagios’s links are created, stored and managed by the community, for the community, and can be discovered via the community. What Pelagios does, which is the way these varied materials can be linked, is to provide a structured way for Web documents to describe in their metadata the places to which they refer. This process of providing additional information to a Web document is known as annotation. Pelagios has built a geo-annotation tool to assist in the process of annotating geographic concepts in Web documents: we call it Recogito. All annotations are released under a CC0 (“zero”) license, and are the means by which data of widely different provenance and type, but with references to places in common, can be linked.
Recogito – an Introduction
Recogito is an online platform for collaborative document annotation which helps users and researchers to build better linkages between online resources documenting the past.
Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials – texts and images – and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. Recogito enables you to make your work more visible on the Web more easily, and to expose the results of your research as Open Data. You don’d have to be a data expert to use Recogito; in fact, all you need to do is know how to upload a text document or an image and how to highlight certain parts of it.
Contribute via the Cookbook
Another way to produce data within Pelagios Commons is to share your dataset with us. Whether you manage a large database of ancient world objects, curate a personal Flickr stream of photos of ancient places or have built a gazetteer of place names, we’re always looking for new data curators to work with. In principle, any resource that is published online, and which contains references to places can be linked to the Pelagios network.
Our Cookbook provides a step-by-step guide for anyone who has a dataset who would like to incorporate it into Pelagios Commons