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Digital Classical Philology

Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution

Ed. by Berti, Monica

Series:Age of Access? Grundfragen der Informationsgesellschaft 10

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Sustaining Linked Ancient World Data

Cayless, Hugh A.


May 31st, 2018 marked the sixth anniversary of the Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI), a workshop funded by the US National Endowment For the Humanities. This makes it a good time to take stock of the Ancient World Linked Data initiatives that have been around for some time, as well as some that have foundered and some that are new. What makes for sustainable Linked Open Data? Why do some initiatives thrive while others fail? What resources do successful LOD sites need, and how may they be obtained? The promise of LOD is that it frees our information from the silos in which it is housed, permitting cross-system interactions that improve the quality and usefulness of the information in any single system. This article will take the broader view of the definition of Linked Data suggested by Tim Berners-Lee’s foundational “Linked Data - Design Issues” paper, as encompassing more types of data than simply RDF and other “Semantic Web” technologies. This view of LOD is pragmatic and leverages the strengths of semantic technologies while avoiding their weaknesses.

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Hugh A. Cayless (2019). Sustaining Linked Ancient World Data. In Monica Berti (Editor), Digital Classical Philology: Ancient Greek and Latin in the Digital Revolution (pp. 35–50). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110599572-004

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110599572

Online ISBN: 9783110599572

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC-ND 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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