Follow the progress of the Recogito tool on Pelagios

Fig.1. The Bordeaux Itinerary (Part 1) in Recogito (click on image to view map)

Fig.1. The Bordeaux Itinerary (Part 1) in Recogito (click on image to view map)

The Pelagios team have recently introduced Recogito, a tool they are developing in order to efficiently extract, annotate and verify geographic references in texts. 

Prior to the start of Pelagios 3, the team assembled a list of potential ancient sources to work on in each content work package. The sources  selected are specifically geographical works, i.e. documents where the authors give accounts of their world in their time. For some of the more extensive sources (such as Pliny’s Natural History), the team restricted themselves to only the specifically geographical chapters.

At the moment, the team are about halfway through the first content work package, dealing with the Latin tradition (3 months out of 6). Here are some of the texts the Pelagios team are currently working on:

Pomponius Mela: De Chorographia (around 43 AD): Map in Recogito

Laterculus Veronensis (AD 304-324?) » Map in Recogito

Avenius: Ora Maritima (AD IV) » Map in Recogito

Rutilius Namatianus: A Voyage Home to Gaul (AD 416) » Map in Recogito

Jordanes: Getica (AD VI) » Map in Recogito

Bede: The ecclesiastical history of our island and nation (AD 703) » Map in Recogito

Ammianus Marcellinus: Roman History (before 391) » Map in Recogito

In numbers, the Pelagios team have already progressed to a total of 20.164 annotations, with an overall verification rate of 37.3% (which means that more than 7.500 place references have been confirmed so far). More Latin sources will be addressed over the next three months. A Greek content work package is about to start as well.

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