Linking Women Editors of Periodicals to the Wikidata Knowledge Graph

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Katherine Thornton
Kenneth Seals-Nutt
Marianne Van Renmoortel
Julie M. Birkholz
Pieterjan De Potter

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Special Issue Cultural Heritage 2021

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Stories are important tools for recounting and sharing the past. To tell a story one has to put together diverse information about people, places, time periods, and things. We detail here how a machine, through the power of Semantic Web, can compile scattered and diverse materials and information to construct stories. Through the example of the WeChangEd research project on women editors of periodicals in Europe from 1710 - 1920 we detail how to move from archive, to a structured data model and relational database, to a Linked Open Data model and make this information available on Wikidata, to the use of the Stories Services API to generate multimedia stories related to people, organizations and periodicals. As more humanists, social scientists and other researchers choose to contribute their data to Wikidata we will all benefit. As researchers add data, the breadth and complexity of the questions we can ask about the data we have contributed will increase. Building applications that syndicate data from Wikidata allows us to leverage a general purpose knowledge graph with a growing number of references back to scholarly literature. Using frameworks developed by the Wikidata community allows us to rapidly provision interactive sites that will help us engage new audiences. This process that we detail here may be of interest to other researchers and cultural heritage institutions seeking web-based presentation options for telling stories from their data.
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