▶ Linked Data for the Humanities

"A semantic web of scholarly data"

Workshop Organiser: Kevin Page, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford


The work of a digital humanities researcher is informed by the possibilities offered in digital resources: in their ever increasing number and their distribution and access through the Internet. In this context, the Semantic Web can be seen as a framework to enables radical publication, sharing, and linking of data for, and by, researchers.

This workshop introduces the concepts and technologies behind Linked Data and the Semantic Web and teach attendees how they can publish their research so that it is available in these forms for reuse by other humanities scholars, and how to access and manipulate Linked Data resources provided by others. The Semantic Web tools and methods described over the week use distinct but interwoven models to represent services, data collections, workflows, and -- so to simplify the rapid development of integrated applications to explore specific findings -- the domain of an application. Topics covered will include: the RDF format; modelling your data and publishing to the web; Linked Data; querying RDF data using SPARQL; and choosing and designing vocabularies and ontologies.

The workshop comprises a series of lectures and hands-on tutorials. Lectures introduce theoretical concepts in the context of Semantic Web systems deployed in and around the humanities, many of which are introduced by their creators. Each lecture is paired with a practical session in which attendees are guided through their own exploration of the topics covered.


Times Monday 20 July
Tuesday 21 July
Wednesday 22 July
Thursday 23 July
Friday 24 July
11:00 - 12:30
Scaling Digital Humanities on (and utilising) the Web: The Semantic Web and Why You Should Care Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and Kevin Page
Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers: an example in Early English literature Part 2 Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus

The British Museum Semantic Web Collection Dominic Oldman
Hands on: advanced examples and use cases (Part 1) Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus
14:00 - 16:00
Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers: an example in Early English literature Part 1 Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus

Hands on: RDF Basics Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus
Hands on: Triplestores, and SPARQL Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus
Hands on: Building your own ontology John Pybus and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
Hands on: Exploring and using the British Museum Endpoint Dominic Oldman , Barry Norton , Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
myExperiment and other animals David De Roure

Hands on: advanced examples and use cases (Part 2) Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller and John Pybus
16:30 - 17:30
CLAROS: The World of Art on the Semantic Web Sebastian Rahtz
Linked Data for Musicology Kevin Page

Group Discussion and Solutions Surgery: how you might apply the semantic web to your work John Pybus , and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

There are 7 individual speakers in this workshop.

  • David De Roure
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, where he directs the multidisciplinary e-Research Centre. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, David has conducted research across disciplines in the areas of social machines, computational musicology, Web Science, social computing, and hypertext. He is a frequent speaker and writer on digital scholarship and the future of scholarly communications, and advises the UK Economic and Social Research Council in the area of Social Media Data and realtime analytics.

  • Barry Norton
    British Museum

    Dr. Barry Norton is the Development Manager for the ResearchSpace project at the British Museum. As a consultant Solutions Architect he was involved with ResearchSpace and a number of other large-scale Linked Data and text analytics solutions. He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and carried out Semantic Web research also at the Open University, the University of Innsbruck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Queen Mary University of London.

  • Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford e­-Research Centre. Her research involves the use of Linked Data and semantic technologies to support and diversity scholarship across a range of topics in the Digital Humanities.

  • Dominic Oldman
    British Museum

    Dominic Oldman is a Law graduate with a Master's degree in Digital Humanities from King's College, London. He is the Head of ResearchSpace (an Andrew W. Mellon funded project) developing a collaborative research environment) and Senior Curator. He is deputy co-chair of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model Special Interest Group.

  • Kevin Page
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Dr. Kevin Page is a researcher at the University of Oxford e­-Research Centre. His work on web architecture and the semantic annotation and distribution of data has, through participation in several UK, EU, and international projects, been applied across a wide variety of domains including sensor networks, music information retrieval, clinical healthcare, and remote collaboration for space exploration. He is principal investigator of the Early English Print in HathiTrust (ElEPHãT) and Semantic Linking of BBC Radio (SLoBR) projects, and leads Linked Data research within the AHRC Transforming Musicology project.

  • John Pybus
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    John Pybus works at the Oxford e-research Centre where he has been part of many projects building technology to support humanities research, with a particular interest in the application of semantic web technologies to humanities data.

  • Sebastian Rahtz
    IT Services, University of Oxford

    Sebastian Rahtz is Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford University IT Servicess, where he oversees the teams responsible for research support and open source. He has been closely associated with the Text Encoding Initiative for the last decade as a member of its Technical Council, architect of its revised metaschema system, and author of a library of XSL transforms for TEI documents (including the Guidelines documentation and its schemas). Since 2008 he has been part of the team developing CLAROS ("the world of ancient art on the semantic web") at Oxford, for which he leads the Metamorphoses sub-project which to manage its place and name linking. He is an advocate for open source, XML, TEI, XSL and (latterly) RDF and linked data. In past lives Sebastian has a degree in Classics and Modern Greek from Oxford and an MA in Archaeology from London. He worked as a field archaeologist, was a computer science lecturer at Southampton (where he was an early teacher of humanities computing, and archaeological computing), and had a stint as publication methods specialist for Elsevier Science. He spent much of the 1990s in the world of the TeX typesetting system. Sebastian has co-authored two books on TeX, edited many sets of conference proceedings, written many articles, is the author of a slew of TeX- and TEI-related software, has presented at many archaeological computing, TeX and XML conferences, and taught practical courses around the world.


Workshop Venue: All of your sessions will be in the Windrush room at IT Services. We'll make sure you know how to get there.

AM and PM Refreshment Breaks: All of your breaks will be in the Course Registration area at IT Services. Please go directly to IT Services after your lecture each morning.

Lunch Arrangements: Lunch each day will be in the Dining Hall at St Anne's.

Computer: Computers will be provided, but if you can bring a laptop one you may find it useful. Please read our information about using a laptop at the DHOxSS http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/registration.html#LaptopGuidance

Group Colour: Purple

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