Reassembling and enriching the life stories in printed biographical registers: Norssi high school alumni on the semantic web

Eero Hyvönen*, Petri Leskinen, Erkki Heino, Jouni Tuominen, Laura Sirola

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This paper presents the idea to enrich printed biographical person registers with linked data related to events that took place after the register was published. By transforming printed historical documents into structured data, semantic search to written texts can be provided for the reader. Even more importantly, life stories of historical persons can be extended based on data linking by extracting semantic structures from printed texts, and by combining this data with external datasets and data services. Such linking provides an enriched context for prosopographical research on people in the register, as well as an enhanced reading experience for anyone interested in reading the biographies. As a concrete case study, a register 1867–1992 of over 10 000 alumni of the prominent Finnish high school “Norssi” was transformed into RDF, was enriched by data linking, was published as a linked data service, and is provided to end users via a faceted search engine and browser for studying lives of historical persons and for prosopographical research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage, Data, and Knowledge - First International Conference, LDK 2017, Proceedings
Number of pages7
Volume10318 LNAI
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Language, Data, and Knowledge - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 19 Jun 201720 Jun 2017
Conference number: 1

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10318 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Language, Data, and Knowledge
Abbreviated titleLDK


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