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Research project: Google Ancient Places

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Google Ancient Places (GAP) is a Digital Humanities project that is exploring the possibilities for automatically identifying and visualizing place references in digital texts.

Funded under a Google Digital Humanities Award, the first phase of the project uses the Edinburgh Geoparser and Pleiades gazetteer of ancient places to geo-tag and identify place references in primary and secondary literature about antiquity from the Google books Corpus. The results are visualized and made available online using the GapVis interface.

The second phase of the project is abstracting these principles into the Geographic Annotation Platform - a toolkit that will allow anyone to geoparse their own texts and make them available online. The Geographic Annotation Platform is Open Source and will be available from summer 2013. You can find out more about GAP at Google Ancient Places website.

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