Archiving and sharing data for reuse is crucial to the development and deployment of large‐scale digital research infrastructure. For Humanities, however, the very concept of ‘data’ can be problematic. It is often assumed that primary source materials (particularly in digital form) and ‘data’ amount to the same thing in Humanities. This paper argues that a more sophisticated understanding of ‘data’ is necessary –together with a more rigorous modelling of research processes – if Humanities are to build the kind of data‐centred workflows and data integration services central to ‘virtual laboratories’. The paper will review existing efforts to develop an analytical model of Humanities research processes and will examine the types of data produced by those processes, including annotations, tags, links, associations, ratings, reviews, and comments. The central common thread in these processes is the entities to which they refer: concepts, persons, places, objects, events, and so on. A data‐centred ‘virtual laboratory’ for Humanities needs to include services for identifying these semantic entities and their relationships, and for capturing and sharing the annotations and other scholarly outputs which refer to them. The Linked Data technical framework is the obvious basis upon which to build such services. While this approach is a relatively recent development, there are already a number of projects and services underway in Europe, North America, and Australia, which demonstrate the viability and value of this approach. The paper will look at these case studies and will identify some key architectural and technical issues affecting the use of Linked Data for designing large‐scale eResearch environments for Humanities.
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2012|
|Event||Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 Conference: Building, Mapping, Connecting - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia|
Duration: 28 Mar 2012 → 30 Mar 2012
|Conference||Digital Humanities Australasia 2012 Conference: Building, Mapping, Connecting|
|Period||28/03/12 → 30/03/12|