Thanks, Sebastian, this is really useful.
One thing it might be worth focusing on a little more is the
discussion we had at the work-sprint in Edinburgh on what we mean by a
"prosopography" vs a "list of attestations".
In brief (I'll try to write a fuller blog post about this) we agreed
on two main definitions, with one important corollary from these:
1. A prosopography is a database or other collection of name or person
references, that disambiguates and coreferences between references to
the same person *or has started the task of doing so.* Even if it is a
work-in-progress, or imperfectly executed, it is intended or
understood that in a perfect world, all entries in a prosopography
would be unique persons.
2. A list of attestations could be a list of names extracted from a
corpus, or a text with names marked-up or pointed out in some way, but
with no intention to link co-references or identify individuals in any
Both of these types of dataset have a potential relationship with
SNAP:DRGN -- "Prosopographies" will generate RDF of all their persons,
which will be ingested into the SNAP triplestore, identifiers assigned
to them, and (ideally) co-references with other datasets identified;
"Lists of Attestations" would on the other hand produce OAC
annotations aligning their name/person references to SNAP identifiers,
rather than being the source of new person records in their own right.
The other important decision that relates to this is that a
"prosopography" according to the definition above will be welcome to
contribute all their person records to SNAP:DRGN even if they are
completely overlapping with existing content, i.e. even if the vast
majority of their contribution will be in the form of co-references.
This is partly because we don't want to discriminate against datasets
that are contributed later than others, but even more importantly,
because one of the most important roles SNAP:DRGN can play is as a
source of concordance between the original datasets.
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