Monday, September 16, 2019

Pelagios News: New Treasures Added…

New Treasures Added…

Sep 9 · 3 min read
It’s always a happy day when we can announce more content has been added to Peripleo, the Pelagios Linked Data search and visualisation engine. And today we’re able to announce not just one, but two new additions to the Linked Data ecosystem.
The first is a set of Pleiades annotations relating to ceramics of partners, made available through semantic reasoning between typologies, Kerameikos SKOS concepts, and Pleiades URIs. This works out to over 190 objects from a range of sources, including the Fralin Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology.

Kerameikos materials viewed in the Peripleo interface

The second is one of the datasets from the Crossing Frontiers project at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Crossing Frontiers is a travelling research seminar programme for Early Career Researchers interested in the medieval art and culture of the eastern frontier between Christianity and Islam, covering Anatolia, the Caucasus and the western Iranian world. The project, which investigates questions of cross-cultural exchange and international artistic production, is supported by the Getty Foundation. The dataset includes interactive plans, 360 degree views, textual descriptions and bibliographies for monument sites in Turkey, Armenia and Georgia.

Screenshot of the information page for one of the Crossing Frontiers sites now indexed in Peripleo

Both of these collaborations have been in the works for some months, and while Pelagios is not actively maintaining Peripleo, we are always interested in speaking to projects and institutions who do have Linked Data collections that they want to add to the general ecosystem. Collaborations, joint proposals and shared projects have always been the preferred way of doing things at Pelagios, and this hasn’t changed. There are several options available to make this happen:
  • Take a look at the World Historical Gazetteer — our friends at the WHG have been developing a comprehensive format for contributing Linked Data collections, it’s well documented here and you can see the details on GitHub
  • Consider joining the Pelagios Network. The Network is an independent association, run by independent Partners, connected by a common interest in the application of digital methods to the study of historical places and, in particular, to the use of semantic web technologies, such as Linked Open Data and gazetteers. It is open to all, with no membership fee, and it is possible to join as a Member by simply signing up to the mailing list, or as a Partner, by agreeing an MoU with one or more of the Network’s Charter activities. Partners have the opportunity to develop and coordinate work in the Network to plan for and implement better ways of connecting, exposing, visualising, querying and analysing Linked Open Data. For more information about how to do this, take a look at the Network’s Partners page.


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