Linked Data and Ontological Methods

Chair: Christian-Emil Smith Ore, c.e.s.ore@iln.uio.no

Co-chair: Sebastian Rahtz, sebastian.rahtz@oucs.ox.ac.uk

An important objective of the use and development of ontologies is in providing the semantic definitions and clarifications needed to transform disparate, localised information sources into a coherent resource, be it within a project, an institution or on the global level. In this way, the use of common or compliant ontologies enables information exchange and integration between heterogeneous sources of information by, for example, Open Linked Data.

The workshop on Ontology Based Annotation was held in July 2012 as part of the cluster of NeDiMAH events the Digital Humanities 2012 conference at Hamburg. The clustering of events assured good participation and fruitful interchange of ideas. The workshop was to present and discuss current ontology-­‐based annotation in text studies and to give participants an introduction and updated insight to the field and to throw light on the consequences and experiences of the data-­based approaches to computer assisted textual work, based on the developments over the last decade in text encoding as well as in ontological systems.  Participants and speakers totalled 91 from all over Europe and beyond. 

June 2013 saw the joint meeting of the CultureCloud Initiative, CIDOC working group for co-reference and the NeDiMAH working group for linked data and ontological methods, focussing on CultureCloud, linked data and Co-reference resolution. 15 speakers/participants from Greece, the Russian Federation, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, and Finland attended the workshop held at the Swedish National Archives in Stockholm.

In July 2014, the working group ran the Humanities Web of Data Workship at the Digital Humanities Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) which introduced the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web and showed how attendees can publish their research so that it is available as Linked Data, using distinct but interwoven models to represent services, data collections, workflows, and  so to simplify the rapid development of integrated applications to explore specific findings, the domain of an application. Topics covered included: the RDF format; modelling your data and publishing to the web; querying RDF data using SPARQL; choosing and designing vocabularies and ontologies; and more.  

Publications

All of the NeDiMAH working groups will produce publications related to their activities.  A full list of publications and forthcoming publications will appear on this page in November 2014.

Workgroup Reports

This workshop introduced the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web and showed how attendees can publish their research so that it is available as Linked Data, using distinct but interwo


 The workshop on ‘Ontology based annotation’ was held on 17th July 2012 at the University of Hamburg.