IET TCM Event: Pelagios2 Project

3 July 2012

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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Lynda Davies
2 March 2012

Abstract:  On-line resources that reference ancient places are multiplying rapidly, but users currently have no way of easily navigating between them or comparing their contents. Pelagios, a growing international collective of online ancient world projects, helps digital humanists make their data more discoverable and empowers real-world users (scholars, students and the general public) to find information about ancient places and visualize that in meaningful ways.

In this presentation I address these two major workflows. First, I outline the method by which partners prepare their data so that it can be linked together in an open and transparent manner: i.e. what are the processes that you should undertake if you want to make your data Pelagios compliant? Second, I consider the various ways in which the results can be visualized, paying particular attention to the tools and technologies used and the problems encountered. As well as demonstrating the value of taking a lightweight Linked Open Data approach to addressing problems of discoverability, interconnectivity and reusability of online resources, I also flag up a number of real-world practical concerns that continue to hinder our attempt to escape the ‘siloing’ mentality, which inhibits many other data integration initiatives.

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting room 1 Ground Floor

Presenter: Dr Elton Barker (ARTS) (10:15 start for this event only)

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Elizabeth FitzGerald
10:40am 5 July 2012


Thanks Elton - a really great talk (and yes I am part of the IET project team - best to declare this upfront :) )

I really felt like this talk joined up all the parts of Pelagios together and gave a fantastic overview of where it's come from and how it has evolved. Whilst I've been involved in the project from the latest round of JISC funding, it still made me think about a lot of the issues we've not even really started to explore yet, such as

  • Do visualisations of linked open data help us to understand ancient world data better than before? if so, how/why?
  • Does linked open data help people to better make connections between resources/interpret them better and delve more deeply into the resources OR might the sheer amount of connected data be overwhelming?
  • Does providing linked open data in this way foster deeper connections with the resources being studied (and hence provide “better”/“higher-quality”/“deeper” learning) or does it engender a more superficial skimming of the material? (and if so, is this necessarily a bad thing?)

Just throwing a few thoughts out there... ;-)

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