This workshop introduces Recogito 2, a tool developed by Pelagios Commons that enables annotation of place references in text, images and data through a user-friendly online platform. The principal function of Recogito 2 is the ability to produce semantic annotations without the need to work with formal languages directly, while at the same time allowing the user to export the data produced as valid RDF, XML, and GeoJSON formats. Participants will experience all stages of using Recogito 2 to annotate different types of source documents: from uploading a file to the online platform, through annotation, to the download of the annotations in the available data formats.
Workshop attendees are invited to bring their own data and documents to annotate. Recogito currently has greatest support for ancient and modern sources (including most languages). Materials from other periods can also be annotated but the level and quality of georesolution may vary. The workshop will provide sample texts, imagery, and data for attendees without their own datasets. The workshop will show examples of annotations of different kind of sources and discuss their specific challenges. Throughout the workshop there will be opportunities for participants to discuss how Recogito 2 might be used to support their own research.
Leif Isaksen is a Senior Lecturer in Spatial History and Fellow of the Data Science Institute, Lancaster University. He is Director of Pelagios Commons, a community initiative dedicated to facilitating the creation and use of Linked Open Geodata in the humanities. Pelagios Commons is also the producer of the Recogito 2 semantic annotation platform, the principal focus of the workshop. In addition to this work, Leif’s research focuses on the history of geographic thought in antiquity an the middle ages. He is an executive committee member of the European Association for the Digital Humanities (EADH) and treasurer of the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap).