Playing with Linked Open Data

We were privileged to host a workshop facilitated by Associate Professor Tim Sherratt (University of Canberra), when he was in Perth recently to speak at #LODLAM18, a one day Digital Humanities symposium organised by Prof. Erik Champion and held at the Curtin HIVE.

The pre-event Makerspace workshop was entitled “Enriching Historical Narratives with Structured Data” and was centred around Tim’s LODBooks project. As Tim argues, much of the research of historians is focussed on documenting the relationships between people, places, events, and sources, but the data is “squeezed out of publications”. The LODBooks project is “an attempt to put the data back into historical narratives”. There is a LODBook demo site (with the full version of ‘John Minahan’s Homecoming’, written by historian Kate Bagnall, being published perhaps as soon as September).

 

In the workshop we were invited to see “under the hood” of the LODBooks project, before creating our own narrative that embedded information about people, places and organisations as Linked Open Data. We even managed to produce (with Tim doing some code magic) a LODBooks page that had similar features to the demo site.

In the second part of the workshop, Mafkereseb Bekele, one of Prof. Champion’s PhD students, demonstrated how geodata can be used in the Microsoft HoloLens.

The symposium held the following day, “Landscape Data Art & Models as Linked Open Data” (funded by a Pelagios 2018 [Working Group] grant, looked at a range of mapping and cultural collections projects. One of the themes was how LInked Open Data can create “useful and reusable cultural content and research between humanities, IT and the GLAM sector in Australia”. The speakers (and topics) were:

Erik Champion, Curtin: LOD and Cultural heritage

Bill Pascoe, University of Newcastle: Digital Maps and the Colonial Frontier Massacre Project 

Katrina Grant ANU: Art Data and geodata 

Andrew Wood, The HIVE, Curtin: Historic panoramas and geolocation

Sven Ouzman, Discipline Chair, Archaeology, UWA: The art of using maps to get lost: Indigenous & archaeological contexts in Australia and Southern Africa

[Conal Tuohy, GLAM consultant: National Museum of Australia Collection API

Tim Sherratt, University of Canberra: LOD for historians: enriching narratives with structured data     

Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, ANU Spatio-temporal ambiguity in the Humanities

Susan Fayad, Ballarat City (HUL): Transforming global heritage & city management practice – UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape pilot programme & Ballarat

Mafkereseb Bekele, Curtin: HoloRecogito: Integrating Recogito and Mixed Reality (via a HoloLens)

Ikrom Nishanbaev, Curtin: LOD-3D schema for Australian virtual heritage

David McMeekin, Spatial Science, Curtin: The Semantic Web

Rainer Simon: Austrian Institute of Technology: Introduction to Pelagios and Recogito

There were alot of highlights, but one worth mentioning was the delicious lunch at the tavern, which was paid for by Curtin Library.