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Align Pleiades to Gsell's Atlas archéologique de l'Algérie

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Last modified Jul 24, 2012 07:37 PM
DIA/Arachne are putting online both the maps and text from Stéphane Gsell's archaeological atlas of Algeria. BAtlas referred heavily to the AAA, and therefore so does Pleiades. Converting our plain-text AAA references into links would put a wealth of additional information at the fingertips of Pleiades users.

Volunteers/collaborators are sought for this work.

Over 1,300 Pleiades place resources in Pleiades cite Gsell's AAA. These references are generally constructed like "AAA #.#" wherein # denotes some integer. The number preceding the period (.) indicates the map sheet number and the number following indicates the numeric label used for that location on the map. An accompanying text, using the same numbering scheme, provided additional information and description.

Arachne has digitized and posted online the entirety of both the textual volume and the maps. Individual pages/sheets in both are addressable. So, the following example is illustrative of what we could potentially do with all such references.

Consider the unnamed place represented by http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/208942616. Therein we find a citation for AAA 28.39. Generating a link to the corresponding scanned map sheet (AAA Sheet 28 Aïne Beïda = Arachne Gsell 1911 Maps Scan 30) at Arachne would be straightforward if someone were to make a list of equivalences between AAA sheet numbers and the individual scan URIs employed by Arachne). Making the linkage to the text volume pages would be harder.