Pelagios Commons is governed by a Committee comprised of the Pelagios Investigative Team and the Coordinators of its Special interest Groups (SIGs).
The Investigative Team are:
Project Director: Leif Isaksen (Senior Lecturer in History, Lancaster University)
Leif has overall responsibility for the organization, 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 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) 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 organization and representation of geographic space in ancient Greek literature and culture, with a particular focus on the theory and practice of digital approaches to visualizing 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: Pau de Soto (Researcher, Institute of Catalan Studies).
Pau has everyday responsibility for working with the Pelagios Commons community and supporting the activity of the 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.
The Pelagios SIG Coordinators are:
Sarah Bond (Modern SIG)
Marianne O’Doherty (Medieval, Islamic & Byzantine SIG)
I am Associate Professor in English at Southampton University and I specialize in the Medieval period. My particular interests are medieval forms of spatial representation – particularly travel narratives, geographical writings and maps. So far, I’ve worked particularly with representations of India and the further east, and, more recently, on representations that emerge from the context of medieval Jerusalem pilgrimage. You can find full information about my research interests and a publications list at http://www.southampton.ac.uk/english/about/staff/mod1w07.page
Timothy Hill (Linked Pasts SIG)
Ruth Mostern (East Asian SIG)
Ruth Mostern is associate professor of history and founding faculty at the University of California, Merced. She specializes in spatial approaches to Chinese and world history with a special focus on long time frames and large geographical scales, human-environment interaction, and digital methods. She is the author of Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern: The Spatial Organization of the Song State (960-1276 CE) (Harvard Asia Center, 2011) and the co-editor of Placing Names: Enriching and Integrating Gazetteers (Indiana, 2016). She was co-PI of a 2013 NEH funded World-Historical Gazetteer project to hold a workshop and explore methods and collaborations in this domain.
Chiara Palladino (Ancient Greek & Roman SIGs)
Chiara is a PhD candidate at the University of Leipzig and the University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy). She is working on a born-digital critical edition of an ancient Greek geographical text, the ‘Sketch of Geography’ by Agathemerus, while writing a dissertation on the textual tradition of the so-called Minor Greek Geographers from the Byzantine to the Modern age. Her current research focuses on the representation of ancient geographical systems in the digital environment, specific lexicon and measurements of distances in Greek and Latin geography, textual transmission, and re-use.
Adam Rabinowitz (Archaeology SIG)
Adam is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Assistant Director of the Institute of Classical Archaeology at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an active field archaeologist and is involved with various projects related to the collection, management, and publication of digital archaeological data. He is also an active participant in efforts to build infrastructure for the Linked Open Data environment, as an associate editor of the Pleiades gazetteer and as co-PI of the NEH- and IMLS-funded PeriodO project to build a gazetteer of historical period definitions (http://perio.do).
Gimena del Rio Riande (Medieval, Islamic & Byzantine SIG)
Gimena is a Researcher at the Seminario de Edicion y Crítica Textual (IIBICRIT) of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Buenos Aires, Argentina and External professor at LINHD-UNED (Madrid). She is the vicepresident of the Asociación Argentina de Humanidades Digitales (AAHD). She coordinates the projects Diálogo Medieval, Obras Completas de José Luis Romero, and Methodologies of Digital Tools applied to Social Sciences and Humanities at CAICYT-CONICET.
Wolfgang Schmidle (Gazetteers SIG)
Wolfgang is a research fellow in the Scientific IT department of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin. He studied mathematics and German language and literature and has a PhD in computer science. He is currently working on a gazetteer of temporal terms called ChronOntology and is part of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project. His research interests include metadata exchange formats and semantic modelling.