The aim of the projects presented here is to make available as much information as we can to support the study and preservation of the rich historic heritage of Libya.
The Heritage Gazetteer of Libya is designed to provide a tool for recording that heritage, by brining togehter as much data as we can about the location of heritage sites. For each location we are providing as many variant names as we can identify; we are also providing a unique identifier (URI) – a descriptor which can be read by a computer. We will be using those URIs in the catalogue of the Society’s archives; they may also be used in labelling other materials uploaded by us, or by anyone else, to the Internet, in order to make such materials more easily discoverable. This gazetteer is designed to be interoperable with other specialist gazetteers and other reliable online resources.
The core data are drawn from the publications of the Society, including two guidebooks to Tripolitania (2009) and Cyrenaica (2013) by Philip Kenrick; further information is being added from the Archives of the Society, and from other publications by members. There is an option for others to register, and contribute further information.
The SLS Archives began to be assembled in 1988, and have been growing steadily ever since: see Vitoria Leitch and Julia Nikolaus, 'The Society of Libyan Studies Archives: past, present and future', available at https://doi.org/10.1017/lis.2014.7. They are presented here in a easily searchable format, to enable users to explore these rich resources. Our aim is to encourage use of the archives, and to enable a steady enrichment of the data.