Linked Pasts: Connecting Islands of Content

Leif Isaksen, Keith May


While ever more archaeological and historical content is available online, direct connectivity between independent resources remains comparatively rare. Semantic Web and Linked Data approaches are just some of the possible mechanisms which can facilitate interconnections and this session will be dedicated to presenting concrete examples of any activities which promote cross-navigations, discovery and integration of heterogeneous content. Topics for papers may include, but are not restricted to:
• Interface development and user support for ingestion, annotation and consumption
• Management, publication and sustainability of Linked Data resources
• Building cross and inter-domain Linked Data communities
• Processes for establishing usage conventions of specific terms, vocabularies and ontologies
• Alignment processes for overlapping vocabularies
• Engage non-technical users with adopting semantic technologies
• Licensing and acknowledgment in distributed systems (especially those across multiple legal jurisdictions)
• Incorporation within other software paradigms: TEI, GIS, plain text, imaging software, VR, etc.
• Access implications of integrating open and private content
• Mapping the Field – what components are now properly in place? What remains to be done?
Papers should try to provide evidence of proposed approaches in use across multiple systems wherever possible. Purely theoretical papers and those dealing solely with a single data system are explicitly out of scope for this session. Papers which address both social and technical issues, or bridge between archaeology and other disciplines are especially welcome.