Pelagios Commons is governed by the Pelagios Commons Committee (PCC) and the Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB).
The PCC is comprised of the Pelagios Investigative Team and the Coordinators of its Working Groups (WGs) and is concerned with issues of general governance and strategic direction, and forms the principal governing structure for Pelagios. The SAB consists of a panel of experts with knowledge and experience of sustaining long term public-facing digital humanities initiatives, and advises on sustainability planning for the project.
The current Investigative Team are:
Project Director: Leif Isaksen (Senior Lecturer in History, Lancaster University)
Leif has overall responsibility for the organisation, administration and delivery of this latest phase of Pelagios—establishment of a Commons, consolidation of digital tools, and development of a sustainability plan. Leif’s research interests lie in two distant, but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating, combining and reformulating complex and heterogeneous ideas and information (including geography).
Community Director: Elton Barker (Reader in Classical Studies, The Open University)
Elton has overall responsibility for developing a Commons—facilitating the growth of Working Groups (WGs) dedicated to themes or technologies related to linking the places of the past online, and moderating discussion on the forums. Elton’s research explores the organisation and representation of geographic space in ancient Greek literature and culture, with a particular focus on the theory and practice of digital approaches to visualising and interrogating spatial concepts.
Technical Director, Rainer Simon (Senior Researcher, AIT: Austrian Institute of Technology)
Rainer has overall responsibility for the design, development and operation of the Pelagios Commons digital tools—the Recogito annotation platform and the Peripleo search engine. Rainer’s interest lies in the application of Linked Open Data principles, specifically with regard to geospatial data, in the Digital Library and Digital Humanities domains.
Developer: Andrew Lindley (Research Engineer, AIT: Austrian Institute of Technology)
Andrew contributes to the design and development of the Pelagios Commons digital toolset – especially the Recogito annotation platform and is responsible for managing the Pelagios Commons technical infrastructure, continuous software integration, delivery and testing. Andrew’s research is driven by digital preservation and personal archiving aspects, focusing on large datasets, sophisticated possibilities for information retrieval over heterogeneous data sources including geo and temporal selectors and most important secure and reliable data sharing.
Community Manager (data contributors): Rebecca Kahn (Researcher, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society )
Rebecca has everyday responsibility for promoting Pelagios Commons among new users and data contributors, facilitating their entrance into the community. In particular, she works with Museums, Libraries, Archives and other cultural institutions. Rebecca’s research interest is in the changes which occur when cultural heritage institutions digitise their collections and how these changes affect the narratives conveyed.
Community Manager (end users): Valeria Vitale
(Research Fellow, Institute of Classical Studies) Valeria has everyday responsibility for working with the current Pelagios Community, facilitating the access to the Pelagios’ digital tools and supporting their applications in different contexts, especially in educational environments. Valeria’s research focuses on the relationship between ancient places and their representations—in images and words— and the use of Linked Open Data as a means to enhance transparency in academic projects.
Former investigative team members:
Community Manager: Pau de Soto (Researcher, Institute of Catalan Studies)
Pau had everyday responsibility for working with the Pelagios Commons community and supporting the activity of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), such as providing advice and guidance in the production of annotations, and producing a range of GIS and basemap resources for different SIGs. Pau’s research focuses on GIS environments and classical sources for the study of communication routes such as historical maps, itineraries and Greek and Roman literature.