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Prosop: a social networking tool for the past

Call for participants for the second Prosop database development workshop in Tallahassee (FL) on May 9.

What is Prosop? Prosop is a collaborative semantic web database of details about individuals in the past. Although it maps networks and discovers connections, it is not just facebook for dead people. In particular, it aims to:manage diverse types of data from different historical settings,aggregate of large quantities of person data,accommodate uncertain and conflicting information, andfacilitate data-driven study of historical systems of description and classification.

What kinds of data do we seek? We’re looking for information about relatively large sets of relatively ordinary people from the past. Typically, this information is extracted from archival records used by microhistorians. For example, the database contains the name, age, address, and physical description of 700 criminal court defendants from 1880s Egypt. Prosop is meant to work for all kinds of historical person data, and we are especially interested in data in unusual formats (linguistic, topical, or otherwise) that will help us to develop the flexibility of the system. Also, we are looking for participants who are willing to share their data with the community of researchers using Prosop.

It’s in Florida, peeps, don’t hesitate. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just a 3h 39min drive away. The new section with Diagon Ally, King’s Cross station and so much more won’t be open by then yet, but I could spend a whole day riding just The Forbidden Journey in the castle anyway, it’s just SO TOTALLY AWESOME!! And plus, then you have a reason to go back once the new part opens 😉

DataNinja @Hogwarts

More info here!

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(For those of you who are interested in the workshop, here‘s their website)

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