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LetterSampo - Early Modern Letters on the Semantic Web
Background - Republic of Letters
SeCo participated in the Digital Humanities EU COST action Reassembling the Republic of Letters 1500-1800, 2014-2018, lead by prof. Howard Hotson (University of Oxford) and Dr. Thomas Wallnig (Universität Wien). Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG)) lead the Work Group 2 People and Networks in the initiative involving over 30 countries. Related to this topic, there was also the project Cultures of Knowledge, phase III (2015-2017), at Oxford where SeCo collaborated with Oxford and Stanford University with the goal of designing a Linked (Open) Data infrastructure, linked data service, and tooling for the underlying humanist scholarly community, based on the data harvested in the Early Modern Letters Online (EMLO) database and portal.
LetterSampo - Republic of Letters on the Semantic Web
Based on the EMLO Linked Data service prototype and the Bio CRM data model, the next step was designing and implementing a prototype semantic portal that supports Digital Humanities research on epistolary data. The goal is to develop a prototype called "LetterSampo - Republic of Letters on the Semantic Web", based on the Sampo" model and Sampo-UI" framework. LetterSampo is a new member in the Sampo series of semantic portals, a sister to, e.g., the Mapping Manuscript Migrations service of medieval and Renaissance manuscipts, and BiographySampo for biographical and prosopographical research.For a presentation and demonstration of the 1. version of "LetterSampo - Republic of Letters on the Semantic Web", see the video below:
In addition to collaborating with the EMLO developers and the Republic of Letters data providers, we collaborate here with the network scientists prof. Mikko Kivelä and Javier Urena Carrion of Aalto University, whose network analysis tooling will be integrated and used as part of the LetterSampo system.
At the moment, the EMLO data is not openly available due to copyright issues, but if these issues can be resolved, the Linked Data and data service can be opened for the research community and the public.
Prof. Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
Dr. Jouni Tuominen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
Petri Leskinen, Aalto University