PELAGIOS stands for ‘Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems’. The idea behind the project is simple, even if the actions to fulfill it – and the acronym – are not. On-line resources that reference ancient places are multiplying rapidly, bringing huge potential for the researcher provided that they can be found; but, even then, the user currently has no way of bringing the data together. PELAGIOS has teamed up with an international consortium of leading research groups to trial a method of linking open data (LOD) that will enable scholars and enthusiast alike to discover all kinds of stuff related to ancient places and then to visualize it in accessible and meaningful ways.
- Google Ancient Places (Open University, University of Southampton)
- LUCERO (The Open University)
- Pleiades (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU)
- Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)
- Arachne (University of Cologne)
- SPQR (King’s College, London)
- Digital Memory Engineering (Austrian Institute of Technology)
- Open Context (UC Berkeley)
We’ll be aiming to post the project’s many turns pretty regularly (say, every other week or so), since we believe that the process as much as any outcome itself may be of interest to the community. Above all, since a project of this size and nature will only succeed if it has the input from those who are going to use it as a resource (i.e. you guys), we welcome your feedback. So join us in going places, ancient style.Pelagios is funded by JISC as part of their #jiscGEO programme.