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Exposing Humanities Data for Reuse and Linking - RED, linked data and the semantic web

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Presented at the workshop of the "Reading Experience Database" (RED) project - London - 25/02/2011.
Discussion on how linked data can benefit research in humanities, using RED and data.open.ac.uk as early examples.

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Exposing Humanities Data for Reuse and Linking - RED, linked data and the semantic web

  1. 1. Exposing Humanities Data for Reuse and Linking<br />RED, linked data and the semantic web<br />Mathieu d’Aquin<br />Knowledge Media Institute, the Open University<br />LUCERO project, http://data.open.ac.uk<br />
  2. 2. Motivation… <br />From my rather ignorant perspective, humanities research = collecting data and using it for research and teaching<br />RED is obviously a perfect example of this<br />Challenges:<br />How do we expose this data in such way that it makes all the potential uses of it feasible<br />How do we expose this data so that it can connect to other collections, open information resources, etc.<br />How do we benefit from other information resources to enrich this data, derive new research questions, connect it to aspects not originally thought about…<br />
  3. 3. Linked Data (tada!!)<br />As set of principles and technologies for a Web of Data<br />Putting the “raw” data online in a standard representation (RDF)<br />Make the data Web addressable (URIs)<br />Link with to other Data<br />
  4. 4. Linked Data<br />
  5. 5. Linked Data at the OU?<br />RAE<br />DBPedia<br />Data from <br />Research <br />Outputs<br />OpenLearn<br />Content<br />ORO<br />Archive of <br />Course <br />Material<br />Library’s<br />Catalogue<br />Of Digital<br /> Content<br />geonames<br />data.gov.uk<br />A/V Material<br />Podcasts<br />iTunesU<br />BBC<br />DBLP<br />
  6. 6. data.open.ac.uk<br />
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  8. 8. Example Application<br />
  9. 9. Linked data… and humanities<br />Still early stage, but<br />Can there be a Web of Data for humanities?<br />What are the implications? How can be we benefit? <br />Is this going to happen naturally, or should we make a particular effort<br />RED: an early example exploring the potential of linked data for humanities research<br />
  10. 10. Event<br />Location<br />locatedIn<br />subClassOf<br />subClassOf<br />Experience<br />City<br />Country<br />date: Date<br />readerInvolved<br />originCountry<br />textInvolved<br />occupation<br />givesBackgroundTo<br />Person<br />religion<br />gender<br />creator/editor<br />LinkedEvent Ontology<br />Document<br />CITO Citation Ontology<br />Dublin Core<br />title: String<br />description: String<br />published: Date<br />providesExcerptFor<br />FOAF<br />DBPedia<br />
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  14. 14. Conclusion<br />The benefits of exposing your research data as linked data is undeniable: allow for reuse and linking!<br />Still, requires efforts<br />The potential of linking to other data is very promising<br />Connect things that don’t need to aggregated any more. They are in the same data space: the Web…<br />With which come all the issues around provenance, quality, trust, etc.<br />This represents a serious conceptual shift in the way we manage and use academic/research/educational data<br />

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