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Using Pleiades Data

Creators: Brian Turner, Tom Elliott Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Jul 07, 2016 08:42 PM
Everything in Pleiades is free to reuse under the terms of an open license. Here's how to do things like search, browse, and map our content; how to download our data for use in a GIS; how to cite Pleiades content in a paper or web page.
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map compass icon New users will benefit from reading our Conceptual Overview in order to familiarize themselves with the structural and conceptual underpinnings of Pleiades.

The list below provides links to a variety of help documents addressing various aspects of Pleiades use. Please if there's a topic you'd like to see added here.


Title Description
Conceptual Overview An introduction to Pleiades and the types of information resources it contains.
Do I need to login to see published Pleiades content? No. Anyone with a web browser and access to the World-Wide Web can access all published Pleiades content.
How to search for things in Pleiades Learn how to find a place by its ancient or modern name, and in other ways.
Using Advanced Search In addition to our ubiquitous "Live Search", Pleiades provides a sophisticated "Advanced Search" form for more complicated queries. Here are some tips for using...
How to cite Pleiades Guidance on citing either the entire gazetteer or individual entries.
Download the Full Dataset Get complete and regular shapshots of all Pleiades resources, available in multiple formats including CSV, KML, and RDF.
What are Pleiades URIs? Pleiades uses Uniform Resource Identifiers to identify (uniquely and permanently) each distinct place, location, name, and connection in the gazetteer.
Is there a big map showing all the places? Pleiades has a couple of internal options for maps with multiple places on them. Some of our partners also provide other options.
Getting Coordinates for a Place Coordinate information is stored in Pleiades "location" resources, which are grouped inside the "place" resources. We also calculate "representative points" (ce...
Tracking changes in Pleiades Pleiades provides a number of ways for keeping track of what's recently been added to or changed in Pleiades. Here's an overview.
Citation Types This document explains the various citation types that are assigned to bibliographic references in Pleiades places, names, locations, and connections.
Open Pleiades CSV in QGIS A quick, step-by-step tutorial on opening the Pleiades "latest places" CSV dump in QGIS.
Representative Points What are "representative points" in Pleiades, what are they good for and how does one get access to them?