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Towards Interoperable Network Ontologies for the Digital Humanities

Langmead, Alison and Otis, Jessica M and Warren, Christopher N and Weingart, Scott B and Zilinksi, Lisa D (2016) Towards Interoperable Network Ontologies for the Digital Humanities. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 10 (1). 22 - 35. ISSN 1753-8548

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<jats:p> Scholars have long been interested in networks. Networks of scholarly exchange, trade, kinship, and patronage are some of the many such longstanding subjects of study. Recent and ongoing digital humanities projects are now considering networks with fresh approaches and increasingly complex datasets. At the heart of these digital projects are ‘network ontologies’ — functional data models for distilling the complicated, messy connections between historical people, objects, and places. Although scholars creating network ontologies necessarily focus on different types of content, if these networks are to form a coherent body of scholarship in the future, we must work towards the creation interoperable ontological structures, rather than yet another set of competing standards. </jats:p><jats:p> Here we examine the methodological considerations behind designing such interoperable ontologies, focusing primarily on the example of Early Modern historical networks. We argue that it would be infeasible to adopt a single ontological standard for all possible digital humanities projects; flexibility is essential to accommodate all subjects and objects of humanistic enquiry, from the micro-level to the longue-durée. However, we believe it possible to establish shared practices to structure these network ontologies on an ongoing basis in order to ensure their long-term interoperability. </jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Langmead, Alisonadlangmead@pitt.eduADL400000-0002-9159-9797
Otis, Jessica M
Warren, Christopher N
Weingart, Scott B
Zilinksi, Lisa D
Date: March 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing
Volume: 10
Number: 1
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Page Range: 22 - 35
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3366/ijhac.2016.0157
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1753-8548
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 19:39
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 14:55


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