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Standards for Networking Ancient Person-data: Digital approaches to problems in prosopographical space

Citation: Bodard, Gabriel and Cayless, Hugh and Depauw, Mark and Isaksen, Leif and Lawrence, K. Faith and Rahtz, Sebastian (2016) Standards for Networking Ancient Person-data: Digital approaches to problems in prosopographical space. eTOPOI . ISSN 2192-2608 (Submitted)

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Prosopographies disambiguate names appearing in sources by creating lists of persons, but the progress of scholarship now makes these lists difficult to maintain. In a digital context unique stable identifiers can be reshuffled ad libitum when searching and ordering information. Digital data increasingly brings together complementary research outputs: the Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies project takes on the challenge of creating an aggregated resource, adopting a Linked Open Data approach. In this paper we shall present three case studies highlighting the promise and problems of encoding unambiguous identities, titulature and other disambiguating information, and treating divine figures as person-data, respectively. Digital approaches are tools for research, assisting rather than replacing the historian, who remains central to the research endeavor.

Creators: Bodard, Gabriel (0000-0002-8566-6666) and Cayless, Hugh and Depauw, Mark and Isaksen, Leif and Lawrence, K. Faith and Rahtz, Sebastian and
Official URL: http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi/index
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Subjects: Classics
History
Divisions: Institute of Classical Studies
Dates:
  • 30 June 2016 (submitted)

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