Integrating Historical Person Registers as Linked Open Data in the WarSampo Knowledge Graph

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Abstract

Semantic data integration from heterogeneous, distributed data silos enables Digital Humanities research and application development employing a larger, mutually enriched and interlinked knowledge graph. However, data integration is challenging, involving aligning the data models and reconciling the concepts and named entities, such as persons and places. This paper presents a record linkage process to reconcile person references in different military historical person registers with structured metadata. The information about persons is aggregated into a single knowledge graph. The process was applied to reconcile three person registers of the popular semantic portal "WarSampo -- Finnish World War 2 on the Semantic Web". The registers contain detailed information about some 100,000 people and are individually maintained by domain experts. Thus, the integration process needs to be automatic and adaptable to changes in the registers. An evaluation of the record linkage results is promising and provides some insight into military person register reconciliation in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSemantic Systems. In the Era of Knowledge Graphs - 16th International Conference on Semantic Systems, SEMANTiCS 2020, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationIn the Era of Knowledge Graphs. SEMANTiCS 2020
EditorsEva Blomqvist, Paul Groth, Victor de Boer, Tassilo Pellegrini, Mehwish Alam, Tobias Käfer, Peter Kieseberg, Sabrina Kirrane, Albert Meroño-Peñuela, Harshvardhan J. Pandit
Pages118-126
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-59833-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Semantic Systems - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Sep 202010 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume12378
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Semantic Systems
Abbreviated titleSEMANTICS
CountryNetherlands
City Amsterdam
Period07/09/202010/09/2020

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