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Linking Islands of Data

Linking Islands of Data will create a research network based around centres of excellence that study the Classical World on both sides of the Atlantic and build upon the legacy of the National Endowment for Humanities funded Linked Ancient World Data Institute.

This network will focus on classics, archaeology, epigraphy and museology and create a variety of digital and analogue outputs - including an application programming interface (API), documentation and guidance for best practice in the use of Linked Open Data and high resolution document handling - using established and emergent technological methods and communities of practice based around 3 workshops held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Brown University and Open Context.

These research project web pages will document our progress, host examples of what we generate and provide an archive of activity whilst ultimately leading towards the Fitzwilliam’s Being an Islander: Art and Identity of the large Mediterranean Islands exhibition which was orginally scheduled for 2021 and is now to be held in 2023. 

This project which is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and can be found under grant number AH/S012478/1.

The portion of the chart used as the image header is a Portolan chart from Cambridge University Library collection and is used under a CC-BY-NC license.

Project information

Outcomes of the project

The project's timescale was thrown off course heavily by the Covid 19 Pandemic, University Strikes and parental commitments. It therefore was extended over 3 years to deliver what it could to meet the original aims, bearing in mind that international travel which was to form the backbone of this network was curtailed.

Therefore. this project realised the following:

  1. Two international workshops held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, St John's College and St Edmund's College with over 90 people attending.
  2. Two animated explanatory videos about the use of Linked Open Data
  3. The implementation of IIIF images within the Fitzwilliam Museum's infrastructure, which enabled to aggregate Greek vessels with deep zooming images
  4. A prototype mapping interface for exploring linked open usable data (LOUD) for objects in the museum's Antiquities collection
  5. Geocoded placenames for the Museum's place thesaurus
  6. Implementation of Linked Art for all museum objects
  7. A variety of presentations at AIA, Linked Pasts and beyond. 

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