Linked data brokering service for historical places and maps

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This paper presents a new Linked Open Data brokering service model HIPLA for using and maintaining historical place gazetteers and maps based on distributed SPARQL endpoints. The model introduces several novelties: First, the service facilitates collaborative maintenance of geo-ontologies and maps in real time as a side effect of annotating contents in legacy cataloging systems. The idea is to support a collaborative ecosystem of curators that creates and maintains data about historical places and maps in a sustainable way. Second, in order to foster understanding of historical places, the places can be provided on both modern and historical maps, and with additional contextual Linked Data attached. Third, since data about historical places is typically maintained by different authorities and in different countries, the service can be used and extended in a federated fashion, by including new distributed SPARQL endpoints (or other web services with a suitable API) into the system. To test and demonstrate the model, we created the first prototype implementation of the HIPLA model. is based on four Finnish datasets in SPARQL endpoints totaling some 840,000 geocoded places on 450 historical maps from two atlas series aligned on modern maps, and on the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) SPARQL endpoint in the US. As a first application, a part of the data service has been applied in creating a 5 million triple semantic portal of historical Second World War data with tens of thousands of end users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWHiSe 2016 Humanities in the Semantic Web
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web co-located with 13th ESWC Conference 2016 (ESWC 2016)
EditorsAlessandro Adamou, Enrico Daga, Leif Isaksen
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorkshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web - Anissaras, Greece
Duration: 29 May 201629 May 2016
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


WorkshopWorkshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web
Abbreviated titleWHiSe
OtherCo-located with 13th ESWC Conference 2016 (ESWC 2016)

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