The Biographical Dictionary of Friulians - “Nuovo Liruti” Online

A Biographical Dictionary Based on Semantic Web and Linked Open Data
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 806)


Most biographical dictionaries today are becoming more and more online based. For example, Treccani has produced a digital edition of the Italian Biographical Dictionary, which is more readily available and more up-to-date than the paper edition. In fact, the traditional edition, which is organized according to an alphabetical order, has the entries relating to the letter “A” published in 1960 and those related to the letter “M” published in 2011; therefore it is currently obsolete. The Rosi Dictionary of the Renaissance Risorgimento is fully accessible online, as well as the Biography of Women and Men of Resistance of the National Association of Partisans of Italy, the Online Biography of Protestants in Italy of the Society of Studies Valdesi and many other examples that could be made. A similar trend amongst these is the American National Biography, the Diccionario Biogràfico Español, the Slovenska Biografija show, only to make some significant examples. However, these online dictionaries often don’t have an intuitive interface and often are not so “attractive” to entice the user into navigation. Moreover, semantic web tools are almost never used, but they can find their own special and interesting application in this particular field. The aim of this project was to realize not only a digital edition of the printed version of the “Biographical Dictionary of Friulians” (“New Liruti online”), but also one of the richest and structured cultural and historical information deposit on Italian web sites, thanks to the application of semantic web methodologies for the digital edition of biographical dictionaries, with the opportunity to reach a much more ambitious and potentially unlimited audience than the paper edition - as well as being one of the most important cultural initiatives within the broadest project on “Cultural Identity of Friuli (ICF)”. It is also an example of effective collaboration between humanists and computer scientists, without whom the project would not be possible.


Biographical dictionaries Biographies Semantic web RDF Linked data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università degli Studi di UdineUdineItaly
  2. 2.Dalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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