Using Wikibase for Managing Cultural Heritage Linked Open Data Based on CIDOC CRM

Joonas Kesäniemi*, Mikko Koho, Eero Hyvönen

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This paper addresses the problem of maintaining CIDOC CRM-based knowledge graph (KG) by non-expert users. We present a practical method using Wikibase and specific data input conventions for creating and editing linked data that can be exported as CIDOC CRM compliant RDF. Wikibase is a proven and maintained software for generic KG maintenance with a fixed but flexible data model and easy-to-use user interface. It runs the collaboratively edited Wikidata KG, as well as increasing amount of domain specific services. The proposed solution introduces a set of data input conventions for Wikibase that can be used to generate CIDOC CRM compliant RDF without programming. The process relies on the aforementioned data input rules combined with generic mapping implementations and metadata stored as part of the KG. We argue that this convention over coding makes the system more easily approachable and maintainable for users that want to adhere to the CIDOC CRM principles, but are not ontology experts. As part of the preliminary evaluation of the proposed solution, an example on managing Cultural Heritage data in the military history domain with discussion on the limitations of the approach is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Database and Information Systems - ADBIS 2022 Short Papers, Doctoral Consortium and Workshops
Subtitle of host publicationDOING, K-GALS, MADEISD, MegaData, SWODCH 2022, Proceedings
EditorsSilvia Chiusano, Tania Cerquitelli, Robert Wrembel, Kjetil Nørvåg, Barbara Catania, Genoveva Vargas-Solar, Ester Zumpano
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783031157424
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems - Turin, Italy
Duration: 5 Sept 20228 Sept 2022
Conference number: 26

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1652 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems
Abbreviated titleADBIS


  • Cultural heritage
  • Knowledge graph
  • Linked data
  • Wikibase


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