Linked Open Data vocabularies and identifiers for medieval studies

Toby Burrows, Antoine Brix, Doug Emery, Arthur Mitchell Fraas, Eero Hyvönen, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, David Lewis, Synnøve Myking, Kevin Page, Lynn Ransom, Emma Cawlfield Thomson, Jouni Tuominen, Hanno Wijsman, Pip Willcox

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This paper examines the use of Linked Open Data in the research field of medieval studies. We report on a survey of common identifiers and vocabularies used across digitized medieval resources, with a focus on three internationally significant collections in the field. This survey has been undertaken within the “Mapping Manuscript Migrations” (MMM) project since 2017, aimed at aggregating and linking disparate datasets relating to the history of medieval manuscripts. This has included reconciliation and matching of data for five main classes of entities: Persons, Places, Organizations, Works, and Manuscripts. For each of these classes, we review the identifiers used in MMM’s source datasets, and note the way in which they tend to rely on generic vocabularies rather than specialist medieval ones. As well as discussing some of the major issues and difficulties involved in conceptualizing each of these types of entity in a medieval context, we suggest some possible directions for building a more specialized Linked Open Data environment for medieval studies in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 5th Conference
Place of PublicationLatvia
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDHN 2020: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries: Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 5th Conference - Riga, Latvia
Duration: 21 Oct 202023 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen * Lehrstuhl Informatik V
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


ConferenceDHN 2020: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries


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