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Linking archaeological data

Isaksen, Leif, Earl, Graeme, Martinez, Kirk, Keay, Simon and Gibbins, Nicholas, (2010) Linking archaeological data Frischer, Bernard and Fischer, Lisa (eds.) In Proceedings of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. 8 pp.

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The concept of Linked Data (—information structured using a variety of public schemas and data sources—is beginning to take the Semantic Web out of the laboratory and into real-world applications. However, successful integration of legacy data sets requires the separation of the instances, terminologies and (frequently implicit) ontologies that constitute them so that each can be dealt with appropriately. This paper will discuss recent doctoral research seeking to provide practical solutions to this process and give some early examples of its potential benefit to archaeology.

The case study presented deals with a number of different databases pertaining to amphora and marble distribution that are being collated as part of the University of Southampton/British School at Rome “Roman Ports in the Western Mediterranean” Project. This data will be used to help understand the flow of ancient trade networks. In order to do this, a guided process, sufficiently intuitive for a wide range of archaeologists, is required to perform the mappings. Steps for mapping both amphora classification and excavation location have already been developed and temporal information will be introduced in the next phase of development.

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Published date: 2010
Venue - Dates: CAA 2009 : 37th Annual International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, United States, 2009-03-22 - 2009-03-26
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Keywords: semantic web, linked data, rdf
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 204529
PURE UUID: 627d2594-885d-420a-bc2b-b1e6123551d4
ORCID for Graeme Earl: ORCID iD
ORCID for Kirk Martinez: ORCID iD
ORCID for Nicholas Gibbins: ORCID iD

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:05

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Author: Leif Isaksen
Author: Graeme Earl ORCID iD
Author: Kirk Martinez ORCID iD
Author: Simon Keay
Author: Nicholas Gibbins ORCID iD
Editor: Bernard Frischer
Editor: Lisa Fischer

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