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New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
Thomas R. Elliott (Project Director: February 2015 to present)

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Digital Humanities

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$322,615 (approved)
$322,615 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2015 – 8/31/2019

Pleiades 3

Substantive changes to the technical and editorial infrastructure for the Pleiades gazetteer project, a geographic dataset for the ancient Mediterranean world. 

This proposal responds to new provisions in the Implementation Grant guidelines that invite “substantive changes to the design, technical architecture, and dissemination and preservation strategies” of established digital humanities projects. We seek support to renovate the Pleiades gazetteer of the ancient world (, which provides open access to the most comprehensive geospatial dataset for antiquity available today. Although Pleiades is valued by scholars, students, and the public, its potential impact and long-term sustainability are being held back by the limits of its architecture. We propose, therefore, to transform Pleiades from an overloaded website into a collection of related applications. We will split the current monolithic system into four parts whose performance and capacity can be managed independently and we will refine the structure of the database in order to document and analyze relationships between the ancient places we catalog.