About Pelagios Commons
What is Pelagios Commons
Pelagios Commons is a community of practice dedicated to facilitating and undertaking the semantic annotation of historical place references in digital resources. It operates through the activity of multiple Special Interest Groups (SIGs) dedicated to specific historical or technical topics. It is directed by a Commons Committee drawn from these SIGs. It is currently supported financially and administratively by the Pelagios 6 project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
What Pelagios Commons Does
Pelagios Commons offers an online forum, tools and support for the community. It is a space to:
- discuss issues of linked open data and share good practice;
- produce and host online documentation in the form of manuals, best practice examples, tutorials and installation guides;
- arrange workshops and other collaborative events;
- set priorities and offer feedback on community-produced resources;
- produce tools and resources;
- conduct outreach to potential users who might benefit from semantic annotation;
- establish interactions with related projects and communities in the fields of Linked Open Data and heritage;
- determine the future direction of the Pelagios initiative.
The Pelagios Commons Ethos
Pelagios Commons is first and foremost a collaborative endeavour driven by the collective interests of its members. It will target support towards those activities that are of most general benefit to the community at large. This in turn will be balanced with maintaining a clear and coherent scope that articulates well with other initiatives in the Linked Open Data ecosystem. While tools and resources may be used for any legal purpose or in any context, activities explicitly supported under the aegis of Pelagios Commons are defined principally by their focus on historical places.
What you can expect from the Commons
Pelagios Commons affords all its members and interested parties a convenient forum for debate and repository of expertise and support for all levels of engagement. It actively promotes openness, sharing and collaboration, without demanding that individual members conform to the same set of ideologies, technologies or practices.
What the Commons expects of its members
The Commons is only as useful as the extent to which its members engage in it. Collegiality and integrity are its core watchwords: advice should be requested, given and received constructively, and ideally with the aim of consensus-building and enriching the knowledge-base of the Commons as a whole. Since the Commons is not intended as a place for private or confidential exchanges, communications should always be conducted in a manner suitable for a public audience. The production and use of any tools or resources should be done with due consideration of relevant laws, and the authorship and ownership of annotated materials.