Pelagios Commons offers several ways to get involved in the community. Participation in the Pelagios Commons is entirely free. Simply register on the website, and then you have a choice to join the Announcements list, which will keep you up to date with general Pelagios news, or the Discussion list, which is for more in-depth discussions.
If you have a specific interest, you might want to join one of the Working Groups that appeal to you. These groups consist of members of our community who are dedicated to working on particular historical periods or creating new tools, services and resources for discovering and representing historical geography. WGs also play an important role in the governance of Pelagios through its Commons Committee. They have access to funds in order to hold international workshops and create resources such as maps, datasets or software.
What you can expect from the Commons
Pelagios Commons affords all its members and interested parties a convenient forum for debate and repository of expertise and support for all levels of engagement. It actively promotes openness, sharing and collaboration, without demanding that individual members conform to the same set of ideologies, technologies or practices.
What the Commons expects of its members
The Commons is only as useful as the extent to which its members engage in it. Collegiality and integrity are its core watchwords: advice should be requested, given and received constructively, and ideally with the aim of consensus-building and enriching the knowledge-base of the Commons as a whole. Since the Commons is not intended as a place for private or confidential exchanges, communications should always be conducted in a manner suitable for a public audience. The production and use of any tools or resources should be done with due consideration of relevant laws, and the authorship and ownership of annotated materials.
The Pelagios Commons Ethos
Pelagios Commons is first and foremost a collaborative endeavour driven by the collective interests of its members. It will target support towards those activities that are of most general benefit to the community at large. This in turn will be balanced with maintaining a clear and coherent scope that articulates well with other initiatives in the Linked Open Data ecosystem. While tools and resources may be used for any legal purpose or in any context, activities explicitly supported under the aegis of Pelagios Commons are defined principally by their focus on historical places.