Linked Data in Research Practices in the Humanities - Final Mini Symposium CEDAR Project

Symposium, 8 June 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Use of Linked Data in Research Practices in the Humanities CEDAR is a project of the Computational Humanities Programme of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hosted at the eHumanities group, this project looked into 200 years of the Dutch Historic Census. Very early on, CEDAR held once a year a mini-symposium with international experts. At this final event, we welcome national and international speakers to discuss the use of Linked Data approaches in humanities research practices.

In the afternoon, former project members will reflect on four years of research in census data harmonization and Semantic Web technology. But they will also lookout to the incorporation of data and tools in the datalegend, Clariah’s Structured Data Hub. The day closes with a roundtable looking into future challenges for Linked Data for Humanities. The CEDAR event takes place in the International Institute of Social History (IISH, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam) on June 8, 2016 (programme below).

Please register with ashkan.ashkpour at for attendance

9.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee

Chair: Richard Zijdeman
10.00 - 10.30 Welcome by Henk Wals (Director IISH) and Sally Wyatt (Programme leader of the eHumanities group)
10.30 - 11.00 Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University, Finland) Linked Life and Death: Reassembling the Life Stories of Second World War Soldiers on the Semantic Web Abstract: The talk presents an in-use Linked Data service and the WarSampo semantic portal on top of it, where massive heterogeneous datasets regarding WW2 history in Finland are linked together and provided for end-users and historians to study history of war.
11.00 - 11.30 Marieke van Erp (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) The domain as unifier, how focusing on social history can bring technical fields together
11.30 - 12.00 Kevin Page (Oxford e-­Research Centre, UK) A Web of Semantic Annotation: perfectly imperfect? Abstract: Many activities can be viewed as acts of annotation, ranging from cataloguing and classification, through to judgements of scholarship and subsequent discourse. Linked Data provides a flexible, reusable, and repurposable distributed information substrate for semantic annotations, offering apparently limitless possibilities for combination of knowledge from different specialisms, disciplines, and processes. We illustrate this through experiences from three diverse projects studying early printed books, opera performance, and live audio recordings, but also consider the challenges this raises for digital scholarship: of authority, automation, judgement, provenance, and reduction.

Lunch break 12.00 - 13.30

Chair: Sally Wyatt
13.30-14.00 Peter Doorn (DANS, The Hague) Beyond CEDAR
14.00-14.30 Albert Merono Penuela, Ashkan Ashkpour, Reinier de Valk, Andrea Scharnhorst (eHumanities group, Amsterdam) CEDAR legacy - Why do we need archives in such projects?
14.30-15.00 Albert Merono Penuela, Ashkan Ashkpour, Richard Zijdeman (IISH, Amsterdam) CEDAR the future and its transition to CLARIAH

15.00-15.30 Coffee and tea

15.30-16.00 Jan Kok The universe of socio-historical data (ClioInfra, Thombos and beyond)
16.00-17.00 Roundtable Structured Data and the Web - Challenges for the Future - plenary discussion with local and international guests Moderated by Kathrin Dentler and Stefan Schlobach

17.00 - 18.00 Reception