Building a Linked Open Data Portal of War Victims in Finland 1914-1922

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This paper presents results from a project that publishes data about the
war victims in Finland in 1914–22 as a Linked Open Data service and a portal of tools called WARVICTIMSAMPO 1914–22 to explore and analyze the data. At
the same time, the data is extended with new information and cleaned from mistakes when found. The project is based on the database War Victims of Finland 1914–22 (“Sotasurmat 1914–22”) of the National Archives of Finland and related data compiled during the project. This database contains some 40000 death records, most of which are due to the Finnish Civil War but some are related to the First World War and the Kindred Nations Wars. In addition to the war victims, our data includes information about 1200 battles of the Civil War and various prisoner camps. A key novelty of WARVICTIMSAMPO 1914–22 is the integration of ready-to-use Digital Humanities tooling with the data service, which allows, e.g., studying information about wider prosopographical groups in addition to individual victims. We show by examples how using the tools of the portal the data can be better explored and analyzed for research and education purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 5th Conference
Subtitle of host publicationRiga, Latvia, October 21-23, 2020
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 17 Mar 202020 Mar 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)1613-0073


ConferenceDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries
Abbreviated titleDHN


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