A Digital Periegesis: Implementing Spatial Research Infrastructures for Classical History and Archaeology

Foka, Anna; Barker, Elton; Konstantinidou, Kyriaki; Mostofian, Nasrin; Kiesling, Brady; Talatas, Linda; Cenk Demiroglu, O. and Palm, Kajsa (2023). A Digital Periegesis: Implementing Spatial Research Infrastructures for Classical History and Archaeology. In: Petrulevich, Alexandra and Skovgaard Boeck, Simon eds. Digital Spatial Infrastructures and Worldviews in Pre-Modern Societies. Collection Development, Cultural Heritage, and Digital Humanities - ARC. Leeds: ARC Humanities Press, pp. 205–223.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17302/CDH-9781802700794


Over the past ten years the spatial turn in the humanities in Scandinavia has resulted in a growing number of infrastructural projects aimed at facilitating interdisciplinary research into spatial aspects of a rich variety of materials, place-names, early modern inventories and cadastral maps, medieval literature and art, as well as Viking-Age and medieval runic inscriptions, to name just a few. This intensive development has brought about a number of challenges, as these projects differ with regard to their agendas, setups, and customized approaches to data, theories, and methods.

This volume provides the research community with an opportunity to revisit traditional research questions in the context of new infrastructural environments. Although primarily aimed at medievalists and scholars of the early modern period, the volume offers a broader spatial and temporal scope with a contribution from classical studies. The classics have in many ways pioneered the application of digital methods to narrative spatial analysis and developed strong collaborative engagement with infrastructure, producing Pelagios, an ever-growing platform for a plethora of spatial databases and gazetteers, as well as Recogito, a digital annotation tool. These two successful examples show a pressing need for community building around SRIs for early modern and medieval Scandinavia to ensure sustainable design, long-term preservation, and further collaborative development

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