BiographySampo – Publishing and enriching biographies on the semantic web for digital humanities research

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussavertaisarvioitu



  • HELDIG - Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Finnish Literature Society


This paper argues for making a paradigm shift in publishing and using biographical dictionaries on the web, based on Linked Data. The idea is to provide the user with enhanced reading experience of biographies by enriching contents with data linking and reasoning. In addition, versatile tooling for (1) biographical research of individual persons as well as for (2) prosopographical research on groups of people are provided. To demonstrate and evaluate the new possibilities, we present the semantic portal “BiographySampo – Finnish Biographies on the Semantic Web”. The system is based on a knowledge graph extracted automatically from a collection of 13 100 textual biographies, enriched with data linking to 16 external data sources, and by harvesting external collection data from libraries, museums, and archives. The portal was released in September 2018 for free public use at


OtsikkoThe Semantic Web - 16th International Conference, ESWC 2019, Proceedings
ToimittajatAmrapali Zaveri, Alasdair J.G. Gray, Karl Hammar, Pascal Hitzler, Vanessa Lopez, Krzysztof Janowicz, Miriam Fernández, Armin Haller
TilaJulkaistu - 2 kesäkuuta 2019
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaExtended Semantic Web Conference - Portorož, Slovenia
Kesto: 2 kesäkuuta 20196 kesäkuuta 2019
Konferenssinumero: 16


NimiLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Vuosikerta11503 LNCS
ISSN (painettu)0302-9743
ISSN (elektroninen)1611-3349


ConferenceExtended Semantic Web Conference

ID: 34716808