Pelagios and the emerging graph of ancient world data

Leif Isaksen, Rainer Simon, Elton T.E. Barker, Pau De Soto Cañamares

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This paper discusses an emerging cloud of Linked Open Data in the humanities sometimes referred to as the Graph of Ancient World Data (GAWD). It provides historical back- ground to the domain, before gong on to describe the open and decentralised characteristics which have partially char- acterised its development. This is done principally through the lens of Pelagios, a collaborative initiative led by the au- thors which connects online historical resources based on common references to places. The benefits and limitations of the approach are evaluated, in particular its low barrier to entry, open architecture and restricted scope. The pa- per concludes with a number of suggestion for encouraging the adoption of Linked Open Data within other humanities communities and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
JournalWebSci 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Web Science Conference
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Geospatial
  • Humanities
  • Linked open data


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