Semantic Blumenbach: Exploration of Text–Object Relationships with Semantic Web Technology in the History of Science

TitleSemantic Blumenbach: Exploration of Text–Object Relationships with Semantic Web Technology in the History of Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsWettlaufer, Jörg, Christopher Johnson, Martin Scholz, Mark Fichtner, and Sree Ganesh Thotempudi
JournalDigital Scholarship in the Humanities (DSH)
Date Published10/2015
Abstract

There are many ways to model relationships between texts and objects. Creatingstatements with RDF triples is one of them. In the project ‘SemanticBlumenbach’, we have endeavoured to discover and render visible the innateconnections of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach’s (1752–1840) writings on naturalhistory with the physical objects studied and collected by him. After a carefulevaluation of existing frameworks for describing objects and texts, we decided totest the Scientific Communication Infrastructure (WissKI) for this purpose.During the project, new modules have been developed, and a workflow to connectextracted knowledge from Blumenbach’s texts with metadata of objects hasbeen established. The data modelling, the ingest workflow, and project evaluationin the context of the on-going discussion about Linking TEI and CIDOCConceptual Reference Model are subjects of this article.

DOI10.1093/llc/fqv047