LiLa: Linking Latin

Building a Knowledge Base of Linguistic Resources for Latin


Linked Pasts 7 proposal accepted

We’re delighted to announce that we are going to organize a new activity at the Linked Pasts VII Symposium. The seventh installment of Linked Pasts in December 2021 will be hosted by the Ghent Centre for Digital Humanities and CLARIAH Flanders Open Humanities Service Infrastructure consortium (an interdisciplinary team from Universities of Ghent, Antwerp, Leuven and Brussels). Our specific activity is co-organized by Marco Passarotti, Valeria Vitale (Alan Touring Institute), Elton Barker (Open University) and Rainer Simon (Austrian Institute of Technology).

Due to corona related measures, Linked Pasts 7 will move from a hybrid event to an online event with activities taking place remotely (online) over two weeks (December 13-21).

Abstract: The LOD paradigm opens outstanding avenues in the study of ancient civilizations by interlinking all extant manifestations in a comprehensive network of knowledge. However, the main domains related to the ancient world, the more text-based domain of Classics and the more artefact-oriented domain of archaeology, remain surprisingly disjoint. One of the barriers in creating an interconnected web of resources lies in the approach to ancient languages. Annotators can use Recogito to link references to places with gazetteers, but the tool cannot automatically match a Latin inflected form to a toponym without lemmatization. Linguists can use LiLa’s lemmas to connect texts to lexicons, but cannot disambiguate a reference to e.g. a city or locate it on a map. We propose an activity to discuss how to integrate Pelagios and LiLa, how to enable their annotation tools (the TextLinker and Recogito) to talk to each other and, possibly, become part of an integrated workflow. We host a brief presentation of the two projects, followed by a hands-on session of annotation focused on place names. Our aim is to collect the use cases from the two communities and from the audience and to list the requirements for a shared strategy of interaction.