Pelagios Working 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.
The Pelagios Working Groups and Coordinators for 2017 are:
Linked Pasts Working Group (Coordinators: Timothy Hill & Karl Grossner)
The intention of the Linked Pasts Community & Sustainability Working Group (WG) is to bootstrap Linked Pasts into becoming a viable, long-term and self-sustaining project.
Ultimately the aim is to stimulate the start of a virtuous cycle – for Linked Pasts to foster a scholarly community, and in turn provide it with tools enabling this community to contribute to and develop Linked Pasts. In order to achieve these aims, the WG proposes to:
- Scope, and develop a Linked Pasts online publication, complete with plans for implementing a commissioning, review and technical platform
- Develop a high-level exploration plan for a technical infrastructure for Linked Pasts and linked data stores.
Multilingualism Working Group (Coordinator: Gimena del Rio Riande & Juan Manuel Escourido)
Pelagios Commons Multilingualism Working Group is an interdisciplinary network of researchers from different countries who gather to work on:
- Translating relevant tool interfaces (Pelagios Commons, Recogito/Peripleo and tutorials) that may help non English speakers to use Pelagios Commons tools.
- Opening the use of Pelagios tools to different projects about times and geographies around the world.
- Creating communities of users working in different languages.
- Helping those communities to understand and use Pelagios Commons tools in personal and collective research projects or teaching through specific documentation and the Working Group forum.
This group works closely with the Pedagogy Working Group, since they produce tutorials and specific literature in order to assist in the use of Pelagios for research and teaching.
Pedagogy Working Group (Coordinators: Sarah Bond & Chiara Palladino)
This group arose out of discussions around the difficulties faced by small-size projects (particularly those within Universities and High Schools) who lack teaching resources for acquainting students with GeoHumanities-related disciplines, who do not have platforms for sharing and making showcases or are unable to benefit from the existence of a platform for publishing results of their work. Therefore this group aims to:
- Promote the integration of Pelagios into course syllabi by effectively providing a range of resources for individual and institutional users
- Establish independent workshops to facilitate integration and the creation of open access content which allows for adaptable “ready made” exercises for students.
- Create and maintain lasting relationships with classroom-focused digital projects
- Maintain a platform of communication and education, by involving users and institutions already interested in spatial humanities projects and learning
- Advance the current situation of Pelagios Commons within a more general audience of non-experts, involving educational distance-learning institutions, Libraries, consortia, and individual users with an interest in self-learning geospatial humanities.
Time Working Group (Coordinators: Adam Rabinowitz &Wolfgang Schmidle)
Temporal concepts and vocabularies, including periods and events, are a natural counterpart to geographic places. Although the temporal component is sometimes ignored in place gazetteers, it is desirable to find ways in which place and period gazetteers can work together and inform each other. This may lead to a unified data model for place gazetteers and period gazetteers based on spatio-temporal entities, such as the extent of a given city at a particular moment. This temporal component fits closely with the place-based goals of Pelagios, but it has not yet been fully integrated into the Pelagios environment. Therefore this working group aims to:
- Create a directory of existing LOD period gazetteers, standards, and data models, so that Commons members know where to find these resources;
- Develop simple rules for working with these period gazetteers and developing new ones, in terms of both adding data and using identifiers in local datasets
- Promote the connection of LOD gazetteers for periods to each other and to LOD gazetteers for places.