Dr Leif Isaksen

Senior Lecturer in History (Digital Humanities)

Research Overview

My research interests lie in two distant but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating and connecting complex information. For the former I have undertaken theoretical and digital analyses of specific documents from ancient world, including the Geographike Hyphegesis of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman Itineraries. In the latter I apply Web-based (and Linked Open Data) technologies to annotate, connect and revisualize geographic aspects of the past through its textual and material culture, most notably as Director of the Pelagios Commons. In addition to these I am investigating a hilltop enclosure in Moray, Scotland.

Pelagios
Simon, R., Isaksen, L., Barker, E.T.E., de Soto Cañamares, P. 4/08/2016 In: Placing names. Indiana University Press p. 97-109. 13 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Peripleo: a tool for exploring heterogenous data through the dimensions of space and time
Simon, R., Isaksen, L., Barker, E.T.E., de Soto Cañamares, P. 28/01/2016 In: Code4Lib. 31
Journal article

Introduction: creating new worlds out of old texts
Barker, E.T.E., Bouzarovski, S., Isaksen, L. 2016 In: New worlds from old texts. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 1-21. 21 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

New worlds from old texts: revisiting ancient space and place
Barker, E.T.E., Pelling, C., Bouzarovski, S., Isaksen, L. 2016 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 416 p. ISBN: 9780199664139.
Book

Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web co-located with 13th ESWC Conference 2016 (ESWC 2016)
Adamou, A., Daga, E., Isaksen, L. 2016 CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 96 p.
Book

Telling stories with maps: digital experiments with Herodotean geography
Isaksen, L., Barker, E.T.E., R. Ogden, J. 2016 In: New worlds from old texts. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 181-224. 44 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

The hilltop enclosure on Cluny Hill, Forres: description, destruction, disappearance
Isaksen, L. 2016 , 108 p.
Working paper

Linking early geospatial documents, one place at a time: annotation of geographic documents with recogito
Simon, R., Isaksen, L., Barker, E.T.E., de Soto Cañamares, P. 2015 In: e-Perimetron. 10, 2, p. 49-59. 11 p.
Journal article