Introducing the Data for History Lectures

As of this semester, the Open Research Colloquium on Digital History (via Zoom) features a special series of lectures, the so-called Data for History Lectures. We are pleased to inform you that the program for this particular series is now complete. There will be three lectures:

 

2 December 
Eero Hyvönen (University of Helsinki/ Aalto University)
Linked Data in Action: Sampo portals for Digital Humanities

13 January
Leon van Wissen, Veruska Zamborlini, Charles van den Heuvel
(University of Amsterdam)

Toward an ontology for archival resources: Modelling persons, objects and places in the Golden Agents research infrastructure

24 February
James Baillie, Tara Andrews, Maxim Romanov, Daniel Knox, Maria Vargha
(University of Vienna)

Modelling Historical Information with Structured Assertion Records

 

This series of lectures in the context of our colloquium is organised by Torsten Hiltmann (HU Berlin) and Francesco Beretta (Lyon) on behalf of the consortium Data for History. This international consortium, founded in 2017, focuses on modelling and the provision of interoperability for historical data – which, as we all know, is not an easy task. Based on semantic web technologies, it aims to discuss and establish common methods for the modelling, curation and management of data in historical research.

We are currently in a crucial phase in which a great deal of data is being produced and published in the field of historical research and will thus lay the foundation for the research of generations to come. Therefore, we should avoid from the start to build limits and constraints into our data, but rather ensure that this data is to some extent interoperable and thus shareable beyond the scope of our individual projects and the boundaries of our regional or national contexts. To this end, the consortium brings together an international community of historians and computer scientists to jointly develop and maintain ontological models that enable domain-specific, semantically robust data integration and interoperability. Most importantly, it is intended to be a place of exchange for the challenges and problems that come with it.

But to thrive, a community needs a place where it can exchange and discuss such ideas. This series is meant to be one such place. In addition, the consortium organises meetings and conferences and will soon offer a regular series of workshops which will focus on concrete hands-on implementation.

If you would like to join the consortium, please write to contact@dataforhistory.org.

The lectures are organised as video conferences via Zoom. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact us at: digitalhistory@hu-berlin.de    


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