For researchers in the humanities, biographical data are central to most oftheir investigations and the sheer size and scope of biographical research hasproduced an enormous range of printed and digital information. One areaof major research interest covers the connections between people, and theirplace in social, intellectual and cultural networks, particularly in the past.This approach is increasing in importance, spurred on by a much wider andmore general interest in the phenomenon of networks and in their potentialas an explanatory framework for human behaviour. This kind of research intosocial, intellectual and cultural networks appears to pose a major challenge toexisting digital resources and to the metadata structures which underpin them.This paper investigates the extent to which existing metadata frameworks– particularly in the archival and library sectors – are able to present thistype of contextual information and looks at the potential value of new andemerging approaches. It also suggests some ways in which the latest semanticweb and Web 2.0 developments can be applied to build the next generation ofbiographical services for humanities researchers.
|Journal||Archives and Manuscripts|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|