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CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

CORMSIS Seminar - Linked Open Geodata and the Pelagios Commons Event

16:00 - 17:00
28 April 2016
Room 3041 Building 2, Southampton Business School

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Event details

Abstract: Pelagios Commons is an international community-driven initiative concerned with the development of Linked Open Data methods, tools and services so as to better interconnect the vast and ever-growing range of historical resources online. Specifically, it uses the Open Annotation1 RDF ontology to associate place references within those resources to online gazetteers that offer URI-based identifiers for such places. The resulting graph is then exploited in a variety of ways to facilitate research, teaching and public engagement. Earlier phases of the Pelagios project addressed three critical challenges for stimulating activity in these areas. First, we developed user-friendly Web-based and Open Source software tools for the production and exploration of Pelagios LOD. Second we carried out much annotation both in house and by independent contributors. Third, we developed a mechanism for enabling different gazetteers to be interoperable, allowing for interlinking between data from divergent traditions. In parallel with these developments a community of practitioners has emerged with interests in a range of related activities: the annotation of curated or third-party content; the production of specialist gazetteers; the integration of place annotations with those of people, periods and things; and the visualization and analysis of graph-based data, to name but a few. This presentation will report on recent developments within the project which focus explicitly on increasing its technical and social decentralization.

Speaker information

Dr Leif Isaksen ,History, Lancaster University ,Bio: Leif is a Senior Lecturer in History at Lancaster University and Director of the Pelagios Commons project. He has been involved with a variety of geospatial and Linked Open Data initiatives within the humanities, including the Hestia, Google Ancient places and SNAP projects. He is an Executive Committee member of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH) and Chairs the Publications Committee of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). Before joining Lancaster University he was an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton and a co-Director of the Web Science CDT. He has degrees in Philosophy, Archaeology and Computer Science.

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