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LetterSampo - Letters on the Semantic Web
Background - Republic of Letters on the Semantic Web
SeCo participated in the Digital Humanities EU COST action Reassembling the Republic of Letters 1500-1800, 2014-2018, led by prof. Howard Hotson (University of Oxford) and Dr. Thomas Wallnig (Universität Wien). Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University and University of Helsinki (HELDIG)) led 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.
Next Step: LetterSampo - Letters on the Semantic Web
Inspired by the international collaborations on the Republic of Letters and the Bio CRM data model, SeCo group moved on to designing and implementing a prototype framework and semantic portal demonstrator that supports Digital Humanities research on epistolary data. For this purpose, a new LetterSampo project was started at Aalto university and HELDIG. Our goal is to develop a prototype called "LetterSampo - 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. LetterSampo can be used for analysing epistolary data in different data repositories in different countries, or for aggegated international datasets, such as Republic of Letters Data. LetterSampo project is an independent new initiative in SeCo group funded by Aalto and the HELDIG Centre.
We welcome collaborations with researchers in humanities regarding epistolary data, and have started to collaborate with the network scientists prof. Mikko Kivelä and Javier Urena Carrion of Aalto University, with the goal of applying their temporal network analysis tooling in epistolary data. Collaborations with the Dutch researchers developing the ePistolarium system and German researhers working on the correspSearch system are underway.For a presentation and demonstration of the "LetterSampo - Historical Letters on the Semantic Web" system, see the video below:
Prof. Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
Dr. Jouni Tuominen, Aalto University and University of Helsinki
Petri Leskinen, Aalto University