Pelagios Linked Pasts Colloquium, 20-21 July

Matthew Paris: Itinerary from London to Jerusalem. CC0 (

Matthew Paris: Itinerary from London to Jerusalem. CC0

The Pelagios project is pleased to announce a two-day colloquium on the subject of “Linked Pasts”. Bringing together leading exponents of Linked Data from across the Humanities and Cultural Heritage sector, the colloquium will address some of the challenges to developing a digital ecosystem of online open materials, through two days of position papers, discussion and breakout group activity. Day 1 will tackle the themes of Time, Geo and People, and issues of Open Data, Classification Schemes and Infrastructure. Day 2 will be devoted to two parallel structured activities, one exploring Niches (space, time, people), and the other Nutrition Cycles (open data, classification, infrastructure). For details of the line up of talks and contributors, see below.

Refreshments (tea/coffee, lunch) will be provided, along with a reception on Monday evening.

The event is free of charge but places are limited. Please reserve your place through Eventbrite.

Day 1
Welcome – Pelagios: A Linked Pasts Ecosystem?
Keynote – Sebastian Heath (NYU), Does a Linked Future Mean Past Understanding?

Session 1
Time – Ryan Shaw (UNC), An Ecosystem of Time Periods: PeriodO
Geo – Ruth Mostern (UC Merced), An Ecosystem of Places: Gazetteers
People – Gabriel Bodard (KCL), An Ecosystem of People: SNAP

Session 2
Open Data – Mia Ridge (OU), Trends and Practice within Cultural Heritage
Classification schemes – Antoine Isaac (Amsterdam), Europeana

Day 2 
Session 3: Towards an Infrastructure
Rainer Simon (AIT): The Recogito Annotation Platform
Humphrey Southall (Portsmouth): PastPlace gazetteer
Guenther Goerz (Erlangen): WissKI
Holly Wright/Doug Tudhope: Ariadne

Session 4
Structured Activity 1: Niches (Space, Time, People)
Structured Activity 2: Nutrition Cycles (Open Data, Classification, Infrastructure)

Wrap up: feedback, next steps + community actions
The colloquium is made possible by the generosity of the Pelagios funders, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the AHRC