About Pelagios Commons

What is Pelagios Commons

Pelagios Commons is a community of practice dedicated to facilitating and undertaking the semantic annotation of historical place references in digital resources. It operates through the activity of multiple Special Interest Groups (SIGs) dedicated to specific historical or technical topics. It is directed by a Commons Committee drawn from these SIGs. It is currently supported financially and administratively by the Pelagios 6 project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

What Pelagios Commons Does

Pelagios Commons offers an online forum, tools and support for the community. It is a space to:

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.