Reassembling the republic of letters - A linked data approach

Jouni Tuominen, Eetu Mäkelä, Eero Hyvönen, Arno Bosse, Miranda Lewis, Howard Hotson

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Between 1500 and 1800, a revolution in postal communication allowed ordinary men and women to scatter letters across and beyond Europe. This exchange helped knit together what contemporaries called the respublica litteraria, or Republic of Letters, a knowledge-based civil society, crucial to that era's intellectual breakthroughs, and formative of many modern European values and institutions. To enable effective Digital Humanities research on the epistolary data distributed in different countries and collections, metadata about the letters have been aggregated, harmonised, and provided for the research community through the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) catalogue. This paper discusses the idea and benefits of using Linked Data as the basis for a potential future framework for EMLO, and presents our experiences with a first demonstrator implementation of such a system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDHN 2018 : Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 3rd Conference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 3rd Conference, Helsinki, Finland, March 7-9, 2018
EditorsEetu Mäkelä, Mikko Tolonen, Jouni Tuominen
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries - University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 7 Mar 20189 Mar 2018
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherRWTH Aachen University
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


ConferenceDigital Humanities in the Nordic Countries
Abbreviated titleDHN


  • Correspondence
  • Digital humanities
  • Early modern
  • Linked open data
  • Reconciliation
  • Semantic web


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