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Spatial distribution of toponyms annotated in CWP1 - Latin Tradition - Pelagios project

The Pelagios project has recently completed its first content workpackage (CWP1), dedicated to Early Geospatial Documents from the Latin Tradition, and have decided to share the annotation data that they have compiled so far. Overall, Pelagios has completed annotating place references in 33 documents (41 including additional language versions of the same document). Within these documents, they have identified 19,880 toponyms, and were able to establish mappings to the Pleiades gazetteer in 15,721 cases (79%).

You can find the complete list of the annotated documents, along with a download link for the data on the Pelagios blog. The annotations are stored in CSV format – i.e. they can be opened in a spreadsheet application, or imported into a database or GIS.

An additional part of the Pelagios work in CWP1 has been to identify additional relevant documents. This list of “geospatial documents” is included in the Pelagios annotation tool Recogito. You can follow their status directly on Recogito’s Latin Tradition landing page.

Pelagios are keen to get your feedback, in particular on

  1. What use is made of the data they are sharing
  2. Suggestions on early Latin geographical documents they may have missed
  3. Volunteers to help Pelagios find places in the incomplete documents. Please get in touch with Pelagios, who may be able to provide you with a Recogito account. Recogito is not a ‘community tool’ as such (with features such as full moderation, user profiles, etc) so please be aware that there may be a wait if the project gets many applications.