Using Biographical Texts as Linked Data for Prosopographical Research and Applications

Minna Tamper*, Petri Leskinen, Kasper Apajalahti, Eero Hyvönen

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This paper argues that representing texts as semantic Linked Data provides a useful basis for analyzing their contents in Digital Humanities research and for Cultural Heritage application development. The idea is to transform Cultural Heritage texts into a knowledge graph and a Linked Data service that can be used flexibly in different applications via a SPARQL endpoint. The argument is discussed and evaluated in the context of biographical and prosopographical research and a case study where over 13 000 life stories form biographical collections of Biographical Centre of the Finnish Literature Society were transformed into RDF, enriched by data linking, and published in a SPARQL endpoint. Tools for biography and prosopography, data clustering, network analysis, and linguistic analysis were created with promising first results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationDocumentation, Preservation, and Protection - 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Proceedings
EditorsEleanor Fink, Raffaella Brumana, Manolis Wallace, Anastasios Doulamis, Petros Patias, Marinos Ioannides, Joao Martins
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Digital Heritage - Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 29 Oct 20183 Nov 2018
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11196 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Heritage
Abbreviated titleEuroMed
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