Mapping Manuscript Migrations on the Semantic Web: A Semantic Portal and Linked Open Data Service for Premodern Manuscript Research

Eero Hyvönen*, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, Jouni Tuominen, Toby Burrows, Lynn Ransom, Hanno Wijsman

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This paper presents the Mapping Manuscript Migrations (MMM) system in use for modeling, aggregating, publishing, and studying heterogeneous, distributed premodern manuscript databases on the Semantic Web. A general “Sampo model” is applied to publishing and using linked data in Digital Humanities (DH) research and to creating the MMM system that includes a semantic portal and a Linked Open Data (LOD) service. The idea is to provide the manuscript data publishers with a novel collaborative way to enrich their contents with related data of the other providers and by reasoning. For the end user, the MMM Portal facilitates semantic faceted search and exploration of the data, integrated seamlessly with data analytic tools for solving research problems in manuscript studies. In addition, the SPARQL endpoint of the LOD service can be used with external tools for customized use in DH research and applications. The MMM services are available online, based on metadata of over 220 000 manuscripts from the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (University of Pennsylvania), the Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries, and Bibale of Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes in Paris. Evaluation of the MMM Portal suggests that the system is useful in manuscript studies and outperforms current systems online in searching, exploring, and analyzing data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web – ISWC 2021 - 20th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAndreas Hotho, Eva Blomqvist, Stefan Dietze, Achille Fokoue, Ying Ding, Payam Barnaghi, Armin Haller, Mauro Dragoni, Harith Alani
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Semantic Web Conference - Virtual, Online
Duration: 24 Oct 202128 Oct 2021
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12922 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Semantic Web Conference
Abbreviated titleISWC
CityVirtual, Online


  • Digital humanities
  • Linked data
  • Manuscripts
  • Semantic portals


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