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Applying Semantic Web Technologies to Medieval\ud Manuscript Research

By Toby Burrows


Medieval manuscript research is a complex, fragmented, multilingual field of\ud knowledge, which is difficult to navigate, analyse and exploit. Though printed sources\ud are still of great importance and value to researchers, there are now many services\ud on the Web, some commercial and many in the public domain. At present, these\ud services have to be consulted separately and individually. They employ a range of\ud different descriptive standards and vocabularies, and use a variety of technologies to\ud make their information available on the Web. This chapter proposes a new approach to\ud organizing the international collaborative infrastructure for interlinking knowledge and\ud research about medieval European manuscripts, based on technologies associated with\ud the Semantic Web and the Linked Data movement. This collaborative infrastructure\ud will be an open space on the Web where information about medieval manuscripts can\ud be shared, stored, exchanged and updated for research purposes. It will be possible to\ud ask large-scale research questions across the virtual global manuscript collection, in a\ud quicker and more effective way than has ever been feasible in the past. The proposed\ud infrastructure will focus on building links between data and will provide the basis\ud for new kinds of services which exploit these data. It will not aim to impose a single\ud metadata standard on existing manuscript services, but will build on existing databases\ud and vocabularies. The article describes the architecture, services and data which will\ud comprise this infrastructure, and discusses strategies for making th challenging and\ud exciting goal a reality

Topics: Generalities, Science, Data processing Computer science, Library and information sciences, Geography and history
Publisher: Books on Demand (BoD)
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:USBKOELN.ub.uni-koeln.de:4346

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