Annotating and resolving geographical names in historical sources

Chiara Palladino (Leipzig & Bari)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2016

Friday July 8th at 16:30, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This seminar will focus on ancient Greek and Roman texts containing geographical information referred to real-world space. These sources challenge our perspective on way-finding and navigation, as the way they interpreted and expressed space was substantially different from ours. We will inspect currently existing strategies for the representation geospatial documents in the digital environment, focusing on the topics of Named Entity Recognition, semi-automatic and geo- annotation. We will highlight existing problems in the encoding of geospatial patterns in ancient geographical descriptions, focusing on what is currently available and what can be done to improve this research.

Recommended readings:

Tom Elliott & Sean Gillies, “Digital Geography and Classics”, Digital Humanities Quarterly, 2009 3.1:

Eyal Oren et al. (2006), What are semantic annotations? (

Rainer Simon, Elton Barker, et al. (2015). “Linking early geospatial documents, one place at a time: annotation of geographic documents with Recogito.” e-Perimetron, 10.2, pp. 49–59. Available:

Livecast at Digital Classicist London YouTube channel.