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Linking humanities data geospatially with Pelagios and Recogito

30 June 2015

I undertook a pre-conference workshop with Leif Isaksen and Mia Ridge in using the linked open data site Pelagios and annotating it with Recogito.

We learned how geospatial data can be developed from humanities sources, such as from old maps or from text in open source literature. The result is a ‘bottomless’ maps, always open for additional annotations, revisions and extensions.

An example of a research question thrown up by the use of this data might be – “Why are Rome, Athens and Constantinople always mentioned in texts together?”

Additional reading

Space and time, Leif Isaksen:

Relevance to the study

The key insight from Isaksen is in the treatment of ‘place’: place is not necessarily a location, or a name.

The thickest data is in the ancient world: but I thought it might be possible to search the site for mentions and locations of robots in ancient Greece.


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