Pelagios Commons offers the community:
- Forums in which Special Interest Groups (SIGs) can discuss specific historical or technical topics;
- A blog, offering outreach to related projects and communities in the fields of linked open data and heritage;
- A wiki for producing and hosting online documentation in the form of manuals, best practice examples, tutorials and installation guides;
- Grants for SIGs to produce tools and resources;
- Financial support for SIGs to arrange workshops and other collaborative events.
Joining the Community
Participation in the Pelagios Commons is entirely free. Simply register on the website, and then sign up to any of the SIGs that appeal to you. Pelagios Commons is governed by a Commons Committee composed of representatives from each SIG.
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.
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.