After a period of some behind-the-scenes changes at Pelagios HQ (with institutional moves to Lancaster University and IEC and a new programmer extraordinaire in the form of Andrew Lindley, AIT) we’re delighted to tell you our exciting news. A new phase (technically, ‘Pelagios 6’) has begun and this time it’s all about you.
The last couple of years have seen a particular emphasis on technical developments and annotating early geographic documents so that we could apply a Linked Open Data approach beyond the classical Mediterranean. As we move forwards we will be wholly dedicated to growing and supporting our community: the Pelagios Commons. The principal mechanism for doing so is through 10 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) dedicated to inter-connecting resources across all periods and a variety of genres. The SIGs will have access to funding to hold international events and create resources, and they will also collectively direct our overall strategy as we move forwards through a new Pelagios Commons Committee.
We’re not turning our back on technical development either. We plan to make our flagship tools and resources – Recogito, Peripleo and our map tiles – easier than ever for people to use, and we’ll be integrating them in with other exciting projects in the Digital Humanities. Regular visitors will also notice that we’re sporting a new look and a new website. That’s partly so we can bring together most of our activity under one digital roof thanks to the marvellous Commons in a Box platform. We’ve still got the builders in so please excuse any mess for now, but we hope you’ll like the changes as much as we do.
We have once again been very generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation who will fund the project through 2016 and 2017. Over that period we will also continue to develop our long term sustainability strategy to ensure that the fruits of our collective effort will be around for the long haul.
So spread the word and join the fun. There’s never been a better time to get involved.