As you probably know, the pilot SNAP:DRGN project ended in December 2014, and although there are nearly seven hundred thousand person records visible through the public triplestore (SNAP 1 – SNAP 673934), we are currently lacking a user-friendly way to search within and find these records. (We’re working on this, as we’ll report here soon.) Most of the person records in SNAP so far are from LGPN, Trismegistos and PIR, but if you have a reference to PIR² M 436, say, or LGPN V.2 Θουκυδίδης 11, and want to find the SNAP URI with which to annotate your texts, there’s no obvious way to know that these are SNAP 9024 and 33624 respectively. Continue reading How to find people in the SNAP graph
Broadly speaking, there are three categories of project that deal with ancient person or name data which we would like to see collaborating with SNAP:DRGN. For the sake of argument I’ll call these “prosopographies”, “person and name authorities” and “digital editions containing named entities.” Continue reading Different types of SNAP partner projects
- AB Meeting 3 minutes (pdf)
SNAP:DRGN Advisory Board (AB)
3nd meeting Skype (voice only) 2015-02-23
Present: Øyvind Eide (ØE, chair), Fabian Koerner (FK), Robert Parker (RP), Laurie Pearce (LP), Charlotte Roueché (CR, until 17:35), Rainer Simon (RS), Gabriel Bodard (GB, principal investigator) Continue reading Third Advisory Board meeting minutes
As we come to the end of the first year of SNAP:DRGN funding, and start planning applications for follow-up funding, it is worth rehearsing the main academic and other benefits of the SNAP:DRGN projects and the prosopographical-onomastic graph that we hope it feeds into. Continue reading Who does SNAP:DRGN serve?
We have often been asked:
“SNAP” contains the word “Ancient,” which suggests a rather inclusive definition of classical antiquity, but “DRGN” includes “Greco-Roman”, which implies more traditional restriction. Are you interested in prosopographies from outside the strictly Greek and Roman world?
Yes! (Short answer.)
Longer answer is in two parts: Continue reading FAQ: What are the limits of SNAP content?
With the end of the pilot project scarily in sight it is time to review where we are and where we hope to be by the end of December.
The big news is that (hopefully) the first set of SNAP identifiers are now frozen!
What this means is that for the first 5 datasets have now been ingested and had SNAP identifiers linked to each of the persons and those identifiers are fixed. There may still be a few tweaks to the RDF descriptive data coming in from the projects but the identifiers will remain the same. Continue reading State of the Snap-Nation
SNAP:DRGN Advisory Board (AB)
2nd meeting Skype (voice only) 2014-08-27
Present: Øyvind Eide (ØE, chair), Fabian Koerner (FK), Laurie Pearce (LP), Charlotte Roueché (CR), Rainer Simon (RS), Gabriel Bodard (GB, principal investigator)
Apologies: Sonia Ranade, Robert Parker.
The meeting lasted one hour.
Minutes written by Øyvind Eide based on notes from Laurie Pearce. Continue reading Minutes of second advisory board meeting
SNAP:DRGN uses the LAWD ontology to define persons and other person-like entities in our contributing datasets. A LAWD Person is a CIDOC-CRM E21_Person.
LAWD defines a top-level class “Agent” (lawd:Agent), and four sub-classes:
Being a conversation between Gabriel Bodard, Yanne Broux and Silke Vanbeselaere about the SNAP:DRGN project and Social Network Analysis
Cross-posted to Data Ninjas: http://spaghetti-os.blogspot.be/
Gabriel Bodard: So, tell me what is Social Network Analysis, and how is it useful for prosopography projects?
Silke Vanbeselaere: Social Network Analysis (SNA) is basically the study of relationships between people through network theory. First used in sociology, it’s now become popular in many other disciplines, with a budding group of enthusiasts in (ancient) history.
What it does, is focus on relations (of whatever kind) instead of on the actors individually. Through visualisation of the network graph and the network statistics, information can be obtained about the structure of the network and the roles of the individuals in it. Continue reading (SNA)P
At the SNAP:DRGN project meeting in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, we decided on a couple of definitions that will impact on the ways in which partner datasets interact with the project. Our current thinking is that we need to distinguish between two kinds of data:
(1) The first kind, which we’ll loosely call a “prosopography”, is a curated database of person records, with some ambition to be able to be used as an authority list. Prosopographies such as PIR, Broughton, PBW, etc. would be obvious examples of this category, as would the controlled vocabulary of persons in a library catalog like VIAF, Zenon, British Museum persons, Trismegistos Authors, the Perseus Catalog, etc. Even if the task of co-referencing persons is incomplete (as with Trismegistos, say), the intention to disambiguate qualifies the dataset as a “prosopography”. Continue reading Are you a prosopography?