Semantic Technologies for Historical Research: A Survey

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Albert Meroño
Ashkan Ashkpour
Marieke van Erp
Kees Mandemakers
Leen Breure
Andrea Scharnhorst
Stefan Schlobach
Frank van Harmelen

Responsible editor: 
Aldo Gangemi

Submission type: 
Survey Article
During the nineties of the last century, historians and computer scientists created together a research agenda around the life cycle of historical information. It comprised the tasks of creation, design, enrichment, editing, retrieval, analysis and presentation of historical information with help of information technology. They also identified a number of problems and challenges in this field, some of them closely related to semantics and meaning. In this survey paper we revisit the joint work of historians and computer scientists in the use of Semantic Web methods and technologies in historical research. We analyse to what extent newly emerging web technologies help in solving open problems on the agenda of historians, and we describe open challenges and possible lines of research pushing further a still young, but promising, historical Semantic Web.
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Review #1
By Monica Wachowicz submitted on 20/Jan/2014
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The revised paper has shown a substantial improvement and has addressed most of my comments. I recommend it for publication.

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By Jack Owens submitted on 14/Feb/2014
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I am pleased by this valuable article and urge its publication. The article is both informative and a gold mine of topics for future research.