Making Practical Use of Linked Open Data

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The CAA2021 "Digital Crossroads" conference was moved to a virtual online-only event due to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time.

This presentation reports on the use of cultural heritage Linked Open Data (LOD) within the context of an ongoing international archaeological data integration project. It describes techniques to improve interoperability and reusability by use of data enrichment and mapping to external LOD resources.

Cultural Heritage data is routinely aggregated and archived on a national basis in many European countries – the UK Archaeology Data Service (ADS), Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) in the Netherlands and the Swedish National Data Service (SND) are examples of such national data aggregation services. With increasing emphasis on collaborative, cross domain working and the potential for reuse of resources both in research/academia and in industry there is a move towards larger-scale (international) integration of metadata e.g.
Europeana (Museums), EAGLE (Epigraphy) and ARIADNE/ARIADNEplus (Archaeology).

With this, plus initiatives such as FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) comes an expectation of integration, interoperability and reusability of the data. However, aggregation does not automatically mean integration, and integration does not automatically lead to interoperability. Data integration can be achieved through use of common data schema; interoperability is achieved through use of common data types, and by reference to common vocabularies – providing shared understanding and expectation of the context, scope and meaning of the data.
Period14 Jun 202118 Jun 2021
Event titleCAA2021 Conference: Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational