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Using Biographical Texts as Linked Data for Prosopographical Research and Applications

  • Minna Tamper
  • Petri Leskinen
  • Kasper Apajalahti
  • Eero Hyvönen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)

Abstract

This paper argues that representing texts as semantic Linked Data provides a useful basis for analyzing their contents in Digital Humanities research and for Cultural Heritage application development. The idea is to transform Cultural Heritage texts into a knowledge graph and a Linked Data service that can be used flexibly in different applications via a SPARQL endpoint. The argument is discussed and evaluated in the context of biographical and prosopographical research and a case study where over 13 000 life stories form biographical collections of Biographical Centre of the Finnish Literature Society were transformed into RDF, enriched by data linking, and published in a SPARQL endpoint. Tools for biography and prosopography, data clustering, network analysis, and linguistic analysis were created with promising first results.

Notes

Acknowledgements

Our research is part of the Severi project (http://seco.cs.aalto.fi/projects/severi accessed: 13 August 2018), funded mainly by Business Finland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)Aalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.HELDIG – Helsinki Centre for Digital HumanitiesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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