An Ontology and Data Infrastructure for Publishing and Using Biographical Linked Data

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This paper describes the ontology model and published datasets of a digitized biographical person register. The applied ontology model is designed to represent people via their enduring roles and perduring lifetime events. The model is designed to support 1) prosopographical Digital Humanities research, 2) linking to resources in semantic Cultural Heritage portals, and 3) semantic data validation and enrichment by using SPARQL queries. The linked data approach enables to enrich a person’s biography by interlinking it with space and time related biographical events, persons relating by social contacts or family relations, historical events, and personal achievements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web (WHiSe II)
Subtitle of host publicationco-located with 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017)
EditorsAlessandro Adamou, Enrico Daga, Leif Isaksen
Place of PublicationVienna, Austria
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Semantic Web Conference - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 21 Oct 201725 Oct 2017
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


ConferenceInternational Semantic Web Conference
Abbreviated titleISWC


  • Semantic Web
  • Linked Open Data
  • Actor Ontology
  • Digital Humanities
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Prosopography
  • Biographical Representation


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