Linked Open Data Vocabularies and Identifiers for Medieval Studies

Toby Burrows, Antoine Brix, Douglas Emery, Arthur Mitchell Fraas, Eero Hyvönen, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, David Lewis, Synnøve Myking, Kevin Page, Lynn Ransom, Emma Cawlfield Thomson, Jouni Tuominen, Hanno Wijsman, Pip Wilcox

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This paper examines the use of Linked Open Data in the research field of medieval studies. We report on a survey of common identifiers and vocabularies used across digitized medieval resources, with a focus on three internationally significant collections in the field. This survey has been undertaken within the “Mapping Manuscript Migrations” (MMM) project since 2017, aimed at aggregating and linking disparate datasets relating to the history of medieval manuscripts. This has included reconciliation and matching of data for five main classes of entities: Persons, Places, Organizations, Works, and Manuscripts. For each of these classes, we review the identifiers used in MMM’s source datasets, and note the way in which they tend to rely on generic vocabularies rather than specialist medieval ones. As well as discussing some of the major issues and difficulties involved in conceptualizing each of these types of entity in a medieval context, we suggest some possible directions for building a more specialized Linked Open Data environment for medieval studies in the future.
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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