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Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) at Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG) invites you to join the webinar:

Digital Humanities in Action:
Sampo Model and Portals for Cultural Heritage

Thursday 29.10.2020, 13:00–17:00 (12:00-16:00 CET)
Online webinar (register below to get the Zoom link)

This open and free webinar presents results of joint research at Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG), Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo), on building an open national Semantic Web infrastructure with applications for Digital Humanities. In particular, the Sampo model and series of Sampo portals have been created that have had millions of users on the Web. The seminar presents key elements of the infrastructure and tools, and ten latest Sampo portals, five of which are already online, and five under development in ongoing research projects

To get a glimpse on what "Sampos" and the underlying data infrastructure are in practice, have a look at the short videos below:

  1. From Reassembling the Republic of Letters 1500-1800 to LetterSampo
  2. BiographySampo - Artificial Intelligence Reading Biographies for the Semantic Web
  3. AcademySampo – Finnish Academic People 1640-1899
  4. WarSampo – Finnish World War II on the Semantic Web
  5. Building a National Level Linked Open Data Infrastructure for Digital Humanities in Finland

This webinar continues SeCo group's tradition since the symposium "Semantic Web Kick-off in Finland 2001" in organizing open seminars, related to the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data.


13:00-13:15 Vision, History, and Realization

  1. Sampo Model and Sampo Series of Semantic Portal
    Eero Hyvönen, HELDIG and Aalto
    video, slides (to appear)

13:15-14:00 Infrastructure and Tools

  1. Linked Open Data Infrastructure for Digital Humanities in Finland (LODI4DH)
    Jouni Tuominen, HELDIG and Aalto
    slides (to appear)
  2. Extracting Knowledge from Finnish Texts
    Minna Tamper, HELDIG and Aalto
    slides (to appear)
  3. Sampo-UI Framework for Semantic Portal Interfaces
    Esko Ikkala, Aalto
    slides (to appear)

14:00-14:10 Coffee Break

14:10-16:50 Forging Ten New Sampos

  1. BiographySampo - Finnish Biographies on the Semantic Web
    Eero Hyvönen, HELDIG and Aalto, and Kirsi Keravuori, Finnish Literature Society (SKS)
    video, slides (to appear)
  2. NameSampo - Workbench for Toponomastic Research
    Esko Ikkala, Aalto, and Helinä Uusitalo, Institute for the Languages of Finland (Kotus)
    slides (to appear)
  3.  WarVictimSampo 1918-1922 - Finnish Civil War on the Semantic Web
    Heikki Rantala, Aalto, and Ilkka Jokipii, National Archives
    slides (to appear)
  4. MMM - Mapping Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Migrations
    Mikko Koho, HELDIG and Aalto, and Toby Burrows, University of Oxford
    slides (to appear)
  5. AcademySampo - Finnish Academic People 1640-1899
    Petri Leskinen, Aalto
    video, slides (to appear)
  6. Short Coffee Break

  7. FindSampo - Archaeological Finds of Metal Detectorists
    Mikko Koho, HELDIG and Aalto, and Ville Rohiola, Finnish Heritage Agency
    slides (to appear)
  8. LawSampo - Finnish Legislation and Case Law on the Semantic Web
    Minna Tamper, HELDIG and Aalto, and Aki Hietanen, Ministry of Justice
    slides (to appear)
  9. ParliamentSampo - Finnish Parliament on the Semantic Web
    Jouni Tuominen, HELDIG and Aalto, and Päivikki Karhula, Parliament of Finland
    slides (to appear)
  10. LetterSampo - Historical Letters on the Semantic Web
    Petri Leskinen, Aalto
    slides (to appear)
  11. HistorySampo - A Finnish Time Machine
    Heikki Rantala, Aalto
    slides (to appear)

16:50-17:00 Discussion and Conclusions


The webinar is open and free for everyone to join. Register using the form below to get your Zoom link for the webinar:

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