Ryan Horne (UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Big Ancient Mediterranean 

Ryan Horne (UNC-Chapel Hill)

The Big Ancient Mediterranean (“BAM”, https://bigancientmediterranean.wordpress.com/) integrates GIS tools, network analysis, textual annotation, and data mining capabilities to explore and visualize ancient texts in new ways. The site’s simultaneous presentation of these tools is designed to allow a deeper “reading” of texts by providing students, teachers, researchers, and the general public with an open-access portal wherein they can interact with maps, visualizations, and linked data. BAM aims to further connect and develop the digital resources and rich landscape of linked data developed in the field of ancient studies. These connections are facilitated by BAM’s commitment to 5-star data principles as outlined by Tim Berners-Lee, an accomplished through rich meta-data annotations following Dublin Core, the LAWD ontology for Linked Ancient World Data, and participation in the Pelagios project. This paper will detail BAM’s use of linked data, and the impact of BAM and other digital tools in a classroom setting.