Recogito Sprint: space and time in Periegesis

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Karin Boye Library, Spektrum
  • Organiser: Uppsala universitetsbibliotek, Digital Humanities Uppsala
  • Contact person: Karolina Andersdotter
  • Phone: 018-471 70 49
  • Seminarium

For this sprint we will work with the second-century CE Periegesis ("Description of Greece") by Pausanias. Using Recogito, we will explore Pausanias' "thick" description of Greece's human landscape, paying particular attention to the mapping of spatial entities, the intersections of space and time, and the use of tags for organising a systematic analysis of the spatialility in the text.

Recogito is a web-based environment for collaborative semantic annotation, developed by the Pelagios initiative. Its open source software provides support for working with either text or image documents, including those served via the IIIF protocol. Originally the tool was designed for geographic annotation, i.e. the transcription, marking up and geo-resolving of maps and geographical texts (such as itineraries and travel reports) in the context of historical scholarship (e.g. to map or extract data from a source, or to prepare a digital edition). Over time, however, Recogito’s feature set has grown to provide more general annotation functionality, broadening the scope for further potential application areas.

For this sprint we will work with the second-century CE Periegesis ("Description of Greece") by Pausanias. Using Recogito, we will explore Pausanias' "thick" description of Greece's human landscape, paying particular attention to the mapping of spatial entities, the intersections of space and time, and the use of tags for organising a systematic analysis of the spatial form of, and the forms of space within, the text.

No knowledge of programming languages is required . The event should be of interest to linguists, archaeologists, historians, geographers, and heritage scholars, especially those interested in the history and culture of ancient world.

The sprint is organised by the research project The Digital Periegesis in collaboration with DH Uppsala and Uppsala University Library.

N.b. Bring your own laptop!