Digital commenting on place names in early modern Latin texts
From a name to structured comments
From a comment to names
Conclusion: from combinations to knowledge
Neel Smith and Christopher Blackwell (2006, ongoing)
We have set out to annotate place names in selected Croatian
Latin texts from the Renaissance.
These texts use named entities from antiquity to denote places in later periods as well.
Our comments qualify the
of place names,
describe their linguistic form,
link the words to things (real or imaginary places),
and locate the things in time (which is culturally determined, and which can be real or imaginary too).
We were able to put it all together by connecting annotations to
text segments via URNs.
We used the CITE Architecture as a blueprint for our infrastructure.
Multi-word expressions denoting places may present different conceptual challenges:
Alba Regia, Asia Minor, Scythia Asiatica, urbes Asiae
(see the wiki)
Names do not always match places in geological space: the Spanish Empire is coterminous neither with "Spain", nor with the Iberian Peninsula;
names are dependent on time (they are cultural constructs)
Both space and time can be real or imaginary or both (imaginary space: the Underworld;
imaginary time: mythical ages),
and all combinations in the matrix may occur in a text
Which (knowledge) resources are missing:
for the Early Modern period?
for regional history?
Which (existing) platform can support our annotation process, minimizing the technical complexity of the process, so that the annotators can concentrate on texts and contexts?
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