DCH Session 5 Gazetteers
Sunoikisis Digital Cultural Heritage, Fall 2019
Session 5. Digital Gazetteers
Thursday Oct 31, 16:00 UK = 17:00 CET
Convenors: Johan Åhlfeldt (Gothenburg), Tom Elliott (New York University), Valeria Vitale (Institute of Classical Studies)
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Jmy64_CeZwI
This session will give a general introduction to historical gazetteers: collections of geographical information and the digital infrastructure behind Linked Open Data networks. Important issues such as the modeling of places, contributions, data sharing, and issues of granularity and focus will be illustration through two major case studies: the Pleiades Project and the Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire. Finally the semantic annotation tool Recogito will be introduced, which enables users to disabiguate place references and create visualisations, both at different levels. The practical exercise, involving the Recogito tool will be briefly discussed.
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- Create an account on Recogito
- If you need more information on the annotation and visualisation process, you can consult the online tutorial at https://github.com/pelagios/pelagios.github.io/wiki
- When creating tags, bear in mind that only the first tag is relevant in most visualisation options.
Upload on Recogito a document of your choice (either in text or image format) with a relevant number of place references. Think of a research question that you want to investigate, or a perspective that you want to highlight using map-based visualisation and tags. Perform the annotation and tagging and present your visualisation choices.
Download one of the following ancient accounts (translated in English) of the Second Punic War:
Perform a significant number of annotations, using tags to enrich them. Especially for longer text, like Livy's, you can team up with a number of colleagues and annotate collaboratively different sections of the same document, and/or exploit the value of automatic annotation and bulk mode.
Create a small research group with some colleagues and develop together a comparative research question. Upload two or more texts at the same time generating a single document on Recogito (see https://github.com/pelagios/pelagios.github.io/wiki/Recogito-Tutorial:-Uploading-modes) and proceed to annotate them. Choose the visualisation "by part" to highlight and analyse the differences in the place references. Feel free to use two or more of the files in Option 2, or any other bundle of your choice. You can compare text and images, if that is relevant to your research question.