[open-humanities] Fwd: [Antiquist] "Linked Open Data for the Ancient World" at CAA 2012

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Nov 14 10:55:47 GMT 2011


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From: Matteo Romanello <matteo.romanello at gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM
Subject: [Antiquist] "Linked Open Data for the Ancient World" at CAA 2012
To: antiquist at googlegroups.com


With apologies for cross-posting.
Dear antiquistas,
This is an invitation for submitting papers to the session "Linked
Open Data for the Ancient World" at the Computer Applications and
Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference to be held next
year in Southampton (26-30 March 2012).
This session aims to explore the opportunities, challenges and
methodological consequences related to the Linked Open Data approach
for the study of the ancient world.
We welcome multi-disciplinary submissions dealing with the following
or related aspects of Linked Open Data: URIs for Cultural Heritage
objects, methodological consequences of LOD, projects publishing data
as LOD, relevant tools and live applications based on LOD, digital
libraries and their content in relation to ancient world objects,
other approaches of making data interoperable and interlinked.
The abstract is attached below this email. You can download the
complete list of accepted sessions with abstracts from the conference
website <http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/submissions/CAA2012_proposed_sessions.pdf>.
The deadline for abstract submission is 30 November. For more details
and to read the Call for Papers, see
<http://www.southampton.ac.uk/caa2012/submissions/index.html>.
Best regards,
Matteo Romanello (Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London / Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin)
Dr. Felix Schäfer (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin)
Dr. Prof. Reinhard Förtsch (CoDArchLab University of Cologne)

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Linked Open Data for the Ancient World (abstract)
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[session code: Data1]
The study of the Ancient World is by nature a rich soil for the
adoption and exploitation of the Linked Opden Data (LOD) approach.
Indeed its long tradition, the diversity of materials and resources as
well as the high level of disciplinary specialisation lead to a
situation where silos of knowledge, even when available online and
under open access licenses, are isolated from each other. This
situation is also reflected by the segmentation that the study of the
Ancient World has reached with the inevitable tendency to favour one
single perspective in despite of others. On the contrary, the LOD
approach allows us to integrate heterogeneous sources of information
by means of links and persistent identifiers while preserving the
disciplinary specificity of data.
The recent adoption of the LOD principles by projects such as Pelagios
[1], SQPR [2] and the British Museum [3], in acceptance of the
CIDOC-CRM’s Linked Open Data Recommendation for Museums [4], are
important steps towards a future of interoperable data in archaeology
and classics. There is a variety of ways in which different resources
are related to each other: an inscribed stone, for instance, will be
linked to the edition of the text, to the building and location it
belonged to, to different photographs of the object, to a record in
the museum catalog and to related literature. Having those different
pieces of information interconnected would allow us to overcome to
some degree the mentioned fragmented view on antiquity by rendering a
more wholistic image of the past.
In this session we shall discuss the advantages and disadvantages of
LOD for the study of the Ancient World, look at available data,
existing tools and live applications (beyond the status of being
testbeds) and question which steps should be taken to overcome
existing obstacles to increase the amount of LOD. Furthermore we
welcome reflections on the opportunities, challenges and
methodological consequences for the disciplines involved. In
continuity with past sessions of the conference on related topics,
this section addresses issues including but not limited to:
* URIs for Cultural Heritage objects
* methodological reflections on consequences of LOD
* experiences of projects publishing their data as LOD
* discussion of relevant tools and live applications based on LOD
* digital libraries and their content in relation to Ancient World objects
* other approaches of making data interoperable and interlinked

[1] http://pelagios-project.blogspot.com/
[2] http://spqr.cerch.kcl.ac.uk/
[3] http://collection.britishmuseum.org/About
[4] http://www.cidoc-crm.org/URIs_and_Linked_Open_Data.html


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