Using linked data for prosopographical research of historical persons: Case U.S. congress legislators

Goki Miyakita*, Petri Leskinen, Eero Hyvönen

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This paper shows how biographical registries can be represented as Linked Data, enriched by data linking to related data sources, and used in Digital Humanities. As a use case, a database of 11 987 historical U.S. Congress Legislators in 1789–2018 was transformed into a knowledge graph. The data was published as a Linked Data service, including a SPARQL endpoint, on top of which tools for biographical and prosopographical research are implemented. A faceted browser named U.S. Congress Prosopographer with visualization tools for knowledge discovery is presented to provide new insights in political history.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationDocumentation, Preservation, and Protection - 7th International Conference, EuroMed 2018, Proceedings
EditorsAnastasios Doulamis, Eleanor Fink, Marinos Ioannides, Raffaella Brumana, Manolis Wallace, Petros Patias, Joao Martins
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030017644
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)
Volume11197 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Heritage
Abbreviated titleEuroMed
Internet address


  • American history
  • Biography
  • Digital humanities
  • Linked data
  • Prosopography
  • Visualization


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