The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus in a new Linked Data interface
Posted on 17 December 2013
Talk: Agnes Thomas, Alexander Recht, Karen Schwane (Universität zu Köln), “The Hellespont Project: Integrating Arachne and Perseus in a new Linked Data interface”.
Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Time: starting at 18:00 c.t. (i.e. 18:15)
As a partner of the German Archaeological Institute, the CoDArchLab cooperates with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University to combine the digital collections of classical studies of both institutions.
Therefore, within the Hellespont Project we started a case study on integrating the two archaeological object databases Arachne and Perseus based on the CIDOC CRM (CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model). In addition, we chose one part of the ancient textual evidence for further annotation, the so-called Pentekontaetia in Thucydides 1.89-1.118. We thus focus on a limited historical period, the 50-year period in the history of Athens between the end of the Persian Wars (479 BCE) and the outburst of the Peloponnesian War (431 BCE). A both historical and linguistic analysis on the text enables us to extract main information of the narrative including events, historical persons and places mentioned by the author. With this approach we get a twofold list of events, one following the understanding of the text in modern research literature and one coming from a data-driven approach of linguistic annotation. This information of Thucydides’ text is mapped again using the event-based CIDOC CRM. All data output so far is available as RDF (Resource Description Framework) in XML Syntax and can be integrated in a Triple Store with related automatically extracted journal articles from JSTOR.
Combining archaeological and philological data with secondary research literature and historical information, we open up the broader context of related sources of a certain period and thus explore the idea of a VRE (Virtual Research Environment).
Therefore, in the second part of the paper, we want to present the connection between the Linked Data interface, GapVis, and also the links back to Arachne und Perseus as well the technologies behind.
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