Friday, August 14, 2020

Conference: Linked Pasts 6, University of London and British Library, December 2-16, 2020

Linked Pasts 6, University of London and British Library, December 2-16, 2020

Mediterranean map
A portolan nautical chart of the Mediterranean Sea. Second quarter of the 14th century. Anonymous, probably Genoan. Library of Congress.

The annual Linked Pasts conference, which has previously been held at KCL, Madrid, Stanford, Mainz and Bordeaux, brings together scholars, heritage professionals and other practitioners with an interest in Linked Open Data as applied to the study of the ancient and historical worlds. Panels and working groups at Linked Pasts are more goal-oriented than a conventional academic conference, and activities and agendas are often proposed, developed and revised by all participants at the event itself.
The sixth installment of Linked Pasts, hosted by the University of London and British Library in December 2020, will be a fully remote and online event, with events taking place over two weeks rather than an intense three days of in-person sessions. Other than welcome, keynotes and wrap-up at the beginning and end of the conference, most activities will be asynchronous, with work or discussion taking place in whatever medium is most appropriate to the activity and community in question. Participation in the conference is free, but advance registration is required.

Call for activities
There will be space for suggestion and selection of activities at the conference, but we also welcome proposals for research activities, which may include (but are not restricted to): development of standards, ontologies and research applications; discovery and integration of datasets; enrichment and annotation of textual collections; collaboration, pedagogy and community expansion; other relevant undertakings with a focus on Linked Open Data and the historical world. To propose a stream or working group for the conference programme, please fill in the form at ( with a max. 200-word abstract outlining your suggestion, type of activity and the medium in which it will be run, and some indication of the likely participants (e.g. names, community or expected stakeholders) by end of Friday October 2, 2020.

Programme Committee
  • Jonathan Blaney (University of London)
  • Gabriel Bodard (chair) (University of London)
  • Carmen Brando Lebas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)
  • Paula Granados García (British Museum)
  • Piraye Hacigüzeller (Ghent University)
  • Federico Nanni (Alan Turing Institute)
  • Gethin Rees (British Library)
  • Valeria Vitale (British Library)

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