The Digital Infrastructure department’s ‘Geo-team’ would like to invite you to a public talk by Dr. Karl Grossner (World History Center, University of Pittsburgh) on the World Historical Gazetteer (WHG) platform (https://whgazetteer.org). The talk will be held on Tuesday, 13 September between 12:30-14.00 in Room 2.18 of the KNAW Humanities Cluster, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam. Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for further, informal discussion with Dr. Grossner alongside a light catered lunch. Please register online for the event and free lunch via the online form
During his talk, Dr. Grossner will demonstrate the main features and tools of the WHG, with a particular focus on the WHG “Dutch Global History” dataset collection now in development by Dr. Rombert Stapel (IISG). The WHG project was initiated in 2017 under a 3-year grant from the US National Endowment of the Humanities, and has since been in continual development with support from several sources, including the KNAW Humanities Cluster. The WHG aggregates contributions of place data drawn from historical sources by researchers from numerous fields in the humanities and social sciences and provides record-level access to them as dataset publications and as Linked Open Data via its web site and an application programming interface (API). The system presently holds records for c. 1.8 million places with roughly 5 million name variants, and there is a long queue of additional, prospective contributions in preparation at various stages of the accessioning pipeline. This growing data store will be invaluable for research and teaching activities that involve the annotation and georeferencing of textual and tabular sources, mapping, and spatial analysis.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Thomas Vermaut (HuC-DI) thomas.vermaut [at] di.huc.knaw.nl.