Linked Data for Digital Humanities

Publishing, querying, and linking on the Semantic Web

Convenor: Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

Lead Trainer: John Pybus

Hashtag: #LD4DH and #DHOxSS20

Computers: Please bring your own laptop (no tablets please) 

Abstract

 

This workshop will introduce you to the concepts and technologies behind Linked Data. There are a combination of theory sessions, which provide the basis for the hands on sessions. Most days also have a guest speaker, who can talk about the application of Linked Data in their specific project and area of specialisation.

Intended outcome

 

Participants will gain an understanding of the technical principles that underpin Linked Data. They will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises and to complete some of the tasks incolved in the Linked Data workflow.

Experience necessary

No prior technical knowledge necessary

Computer and software requirments

 

Please bring your own laptop (no tablets)

Advanced Reading List:

https://programminghistorian.org/en/lessons/intro-to-linked-data

https://www.e-flux.com/journal/60/61026/is-a-museum-a-database-institutional-conditions-in-net-utopia/

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0725513616689388

https://www.oapen.org/download?type=document&docid=1000352#page=364

Convenor

Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Centre for Digital Humanities Research at the Australian National University. Her research involves the use of Linked Data and semantic web technologies to support and diversify scholarship across a range of topics in the Digital Humanities.

She says, "Our aim for LD4DH is to equip our learners with a theoretical understanding, some hands-on experience, and a set of methods and resources for future investigation and learning.  The week is an intense experience, tailored specifically to an interdisciplinary audience and taught by people who have, like the participants, come from a humanities background, or otherwise worked extensively on Digital Humanities projects.

 

The Summer School is a wonderful place to teach because it gives me the chance to talk all week long about a specific niche in the digital humanities that I’m very passionate about. I think the Summer School is an amazing, really in many ways unique, opportunity for members of the digital humanities global community to get together. The workshops promote a sense of camaraderie and community with people which goes beyond the experience of trying to network at a conference "

"The workshop was inspiring and challenging (in the best way). Terhi, John, and Graham were so generous with their time and knowledge."

DHOxSS 2018 participant

TIMETABLE

 
 
Monday
08:00-09:00
Registration (Sloane Robinson building)
Tea and coffee (ARCO building)
09:00-10:00

Opening Keynote (O'Reilly lecture theatre)
10:00-10:30

Refreshment break (ARCO building)
10:30-12:00

Introduction to #LD4DH workshop at DHOxSS
 

​This session is an introduction to the Linked Data workshop. It includes introductions, and an overview of the course. This is an opportunityt for the participants to outline their aims for the workshop as well. We will discuss the practical requirements of setting up, completing, and mainintaining a Linked Data project, and compare Linked Data to other alternatives such as relational databases and XML.

Speakers: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

 

12:00-13:30

 
LUNCH (Dining Hall)

13:30-15:30

Introduction to Linked Data - in theory

​Introduction to Linked Data - in theory ​This session is an overview of the RDF data model, and the most theory-heavy session of the week. We will discuss jargon, acronyms, the triple datamodel, and look at examples of knowledge graphs. We will discuss how the components of instance level RDF, ontologies, SPARQL queries, and triplestores all form part of a cohesive workflow.

Speakers: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
 
16:00-17:00

Sharing the wealth, Linking Discipline: Linked Open Data for numismatics 

Participants carry out follow-your-nose explorations of known Linked Data projects

Tuesday
09:00-10:30

 

Ontologies - in theory

 

In this session, we discuss the purpose and functionality of ontologies, and look at some well-known examples of ontologies used in Digital Humanities projects and the GLAM sector. We will discuss OWL and RDFS, SKOS, and Schema.org as well as several other ontologies and vocabularies, and look at different online tools for finding appropriate ones.

Speakers: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

10:30-11:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
11:00-13:00

Ontology - in practice

 

Participants will develop an ontological structure of their own in groups, capturing the knowledge within a given sample dataset, or or a dataset of their own (if applicable).

Speakers: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

13:00-14:30

 
LUNCH (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30

Unicorns and Linked Data 

Talk description TBC

 

Speaker: David Lewis TBC

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
16:00-17:00
 
Addidtional sessions (various venues)
Wednesday
09:00 -10:30

Instance-level RDF versus Schema-level RDF - in theory

In this session, we will compare and contrast instance and schema level representation of information and how these different types of information are represented visually. We will explore the differences between data templates, and specific instances of Classes.

Speakers: TBC

10:30-11:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
11:00-13:00

Instance-level RDF versus Schema-level RDF - in practice

This session is a hands-on activity in which particupants will be asked to translate between visual and RDF representations of the same ontology, and of the same instance level set of triples.

Speakers: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

13:00-14:30

 
LUNCH (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30

Linked Data and Digital Musicology

 

This talk will introduce applications of Linked Data to Digital Musicology, illustrated through four case studies. The first shows how RDF can help structure the complexity of a complete live annotation of Wagner's Ring, while the second addresses the challenges and benefits of linking and reconciling independent resources describing Early Music. Our third project uses SPARQL to combine metadata and computational audio analyses of the Internet Archive Live Music Archive, while our final example uses Linked Data annotations to realise a contemporary classical composition and performance.

 
Speaker: Kevin Page
15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
16:00-17:00
 
Additional sessions (various venues)
Thursday
09:00-10:30

SPARQL - in theory

 

In this session, the participants are introduced to the SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language. We will discuss the similarties between Turtle (a RDF syntax) and SPARQL, look at examples of SPARQL queries, and cover the syntax of SPARQL.

Speaker: Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, John Pybus

10:30-11:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
11:00-13:00
SPARQL - in practice

 

Participants will engage in following a set a exercises for learning SPARQL, as well as graduating on to writing their own SPARQL queries against one of several possible endpoints.

 

13:00-14:30

 
LUNCH (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30

Linked Conservation Data

 

This session will look into the principles behind modelling with CIDOC-CRM and its use in integrating heritage collection data. Examples from Oxford collections will be presented (Bodleian conservation and Ashmolean conservation). The potential benefits of large-scale reasoning and inference will be discussed in relation to knowledge progression and argument making.

Speaker: Athenasios Velios

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
16:00-17:00
 
Additional sessions (various venues)

Friday

09:00-10:30

Research Space:  Linked Data at the British Museum

Talk description TBC

Speakers: Dominic Oldman, Diana Tanase

 

10:30-11:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)
11:00-13:00
Research Space: Linked Data at the British Museum

Talk description TBC

Speakers: Dominic Oldman, Diana Tanase

13:00-14:30

 
LUNCH (Dining Hall)
14:30-15:30
Research Space: Linked Data at the British Museum

 

Talk description TBC

Speakers: Dominic Oldman, Diana Tanase

15:30-16:00

Refreshment break (ARCO Building)

16:00-17:00
Closing keynote (O'Reilly lecture theatre)
​Speaker biographies:

 

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

Kevin Page is a senior researcher at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, where he applies Linked Data to the Digital Humanities through several research projects. He is PI of the AHRC 'Unlocking Musicology' project and a Co-I of 'Digital Delius', 'Mapping Manuscript Migrations', and 'Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis'. As Technical Director of Oxford Linked Open Data (OXLOD) he works with collections across the Gardens, Libraries, and Museums of the University, and has participated in W3C activities including the Linked Data Platform (LDP) working group. From 2012-15 he convened the Linked Data workshop at DHOxSS, where he now runs the Digital Musicology course.

 

Dominic Oldman is Head and Principal Investigator of the ResearchSpace project at the British Museum, and a Senior Curator in the department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in cultural heritage information systems and produced the Museum's first collection online system and Semantic data interface. He has researched and developed Semantic Web applications and their underlying theoretical frameworks for the last 7 years. He is co-deputy chair of the CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group and is currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, History Department.

Diana Tanase is a computer scientist and a Senior Curator at the British Museum working on the development of the ResearchSpace platform. Her research expertise is situated in the domain of artificial intelligence in particular knowledge representation of expert domains. She has previously taught at the School of Design, Royal College of Art (2005-2017) and University of Westminster (2004-2012) running workshops and courses that ranged from mathematics fundamentals, programming, to Social and Semantic Web languages and technologies. Some of her other projects include development work on the The Webby Award winner Computational Science Education Reference Desk and a number of web-based collaborative tools for teaching.

Athanasios Velios works at the University of Oxford's e-Research Centre as OxLOD Data Architect, developing a workflow for data integration across the collections in Oxford. He was trained as a conservator and has worked in the field of museum documentation with particular interest in conservation documentation for the last 15 years. He was part of the St. Catherine's Library conservation project, led the development of the Language of Bindings Thesaurus and was the webmaster of the International Institute for Conservation from 2009 until 2017.

 
 
 
 
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