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A talk for the Moore Institute for Humanities -
People and documents are of enduring interest. Documents may be generated by individuals, collective groups, and administrations, on any number of topics. We are particularly interested in the relationships between people and documents. The most important relationships are creation (authors, illustrators, translators, ...), usage (e.g. association copies), and topic-of (e.g. people may be the subjects of biographies).
In this lecture, we will talk about several approaches for modeling, or representing, people and documents. We pay particular attention to computer-based approaches to organization, and to organizing information for websites. We will talk briefly about TEI and XML, and the focus on my area of research expertise: modeling "linked data", a widely adopted approach for interlinking data. Adopted by the UK and US governments and search engines such as Google and Yahoo!, linked data has also been widely used in the digital humanities and by libraries, archives, and museums. It consists in naming objects of interest (be they authors, documents, or whatnot) and using standard data formats to enable interlinking.