The Pelagios Network is a long-running initiative that links information online through common references to places.
To create and maintain these connections, Pelagios has developed:
- a method for creating semantic annotations, based on the W3C Web Annotation standard;
- tools and specifications for creating and making use of these annotations, most notably Recogito, an open-source platform for geo-annotating texts, images and databases;
- a community of individuals and organizations working with geographic data in humanities disciplines (history, language and literary studies, archaeology, etc.), and cultural heritage (galleries, libraries, archives and museums).
How does it work?
In order to sustain and further develop work in this area, the Pelagios Network focuses on six core Activities, which are:
- Annotation, which supports the use of semantic annotation to link and explore historical place information;
- Collaboration, which provides a forum for all Project Partners to share resources and collaborate;
- Gazetteers, which establishes core requirements for global authority files on historic places and their alignment;
- Pedagogy, which supports the use of linked data in education and cultural heritage;
- Registry, which establishes services for registering and discovering linked data collections for places;
- Visualisation which develops methods and tools which make use of semantic annotation.
How can I get involved?
Pelagios is a formal Network of equal and independent Partners who coordinate their work together, and a wider community of Members who have an interest in the Network’s outputs. Partners may nominate Representatives who can then have a say in the coordination of an Activity, and can become an Activity Coordinator.
- To become a Partner, individuals and institutions can jointly agree a set of contributions to one or more of the Activities with the Network’s governing Committee, formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding*;
- To become a Member, simply sign up to the Discussion list.
*MoUs are voluntary, there are no fees or subscriptions, and Partners remain in full control of their own work plans and resources.