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Research project: Pelagios

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PELAGIOS stands for 'Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems' - its aim is to help introduce Linked Open Data goodness into online resources that refer to places in the Ancient World.

The Pelagios project is dedicated to using the power of Linked Open Data to connect all kinds of online documents about the ancient world - texts (ancient and modern), databases, maps, images and anything else - through the common places they refer to. Pelagios is a community-driven project that aims to find efficient, scalable, and straightforward ways to allow independent parties to make their work more accessible and more interconnected with the resources of others.

Why would we want to do this? There are many advantages: It allows us to make a wide array of diverse Web content discoverable not only through a search engine, but from related resources as well. It permits us to visualize documents in new ways, such as their narrative flows through space, or differentiating areas which form the focus of their exposition, from those which are peripheral. It enables us to compare and contrast maps not only with other maps, but also the texts which are often their original sources. We can also observe how place names change through time and across language, as well as how they are become related to one another, whether geographically, politically or conceptually.

Pelagios is an evolving work-in-progress that is at the forefront of a growing ecology of inter-related projects known as the Graph of Ancient World Data (GAWD). You can find out more about Pelagios at the website.

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