Geography: Shared Effort across Projects and Disciplines

Tom Elliott (NYU)

Digital Classicist Occasional Seminars

Friday June 25th 2009 at 11:30, Digital Humanities Conference, University of Maryland, College Park ("Re-use of Open Source and Open Access Publications in Ancient Studies" panel)

Pleiades ( gives scholars, students and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create and share historical geographic information about the Greek and Roman World. Pleiades is a joint project of three organizations: the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (New York University), the Ancient World Mapping Center (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and the Stoa Consortium for Electronic Publication in the Humanities (University of Kentucky). Our goal is a continuously updated, authoritative digital gazetteer for the ancient world, supporting the widest possible range of third-party digital projects and publications through open, standards-based interfaces. From its earliest concept days, Pleiades was intended to be broadly collaborative: employing, modifying and engendering open-content information and open-source software to accomplish its mission. This paper reports on the associated provisions and assesses their reach and effects within our user community, and beyond.

Video recording of seminar (Vimeo)