Fitting Personal Interpretation with the Semantic Web: lessons learned from Pliny




In this paper we expand Stefan Gradmann’s question at WWW2012 "Thinking in the graph: will Digital Humanists ever do so?" to consider whether humanists, more generally than just "digital" ones, might do thinking that is, at least to some useful degree, "in the graph" too. Drawing on the experience of the Pliny project, and recent work done within that project to explore how Pliny materials might connect with the semantic web, we explore ways in which structured "graph-like" thinking might be revealed in — to "peek out" from — parts of humanities research that is common to digital and non-digital humanists alike. Out of this, we propose a number of different ways that scholars might engage with the Semantic Web, and provide examples – arising from the building of a prototype extension to Pliny – of how these engagements could be dealt with. We also explore the challenge of ambiguity and incompleteness in scholarship, explain how 2D space operates in Pliny to cope, to some degree at least, with these issues, and consider the boundaries between the expressiveness of 2D space and the formal graph model of the Semantic Web. We end by proposing several possible avenues for future work that arise from our work so far.

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John Bradley, Michele Pasin. Fitting Personal Interpretation with the Semantic Web: lessons learned from Pliny - Digital Humanities Quarterly January 2017 Volume 11 Number 1.


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Oct 2017

Data integration and disintegration: Managing Springer Nature SciGraph with SHACL and OWL.
Tony Hammond, Michele Pasin, Evangelos Theodoridis

Industry Track, International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC-17), Vienna, Austria, Oct 2017.

Jan 2017

Fitting Personal Interpretation with the Semantic Web: lessons learned from Pliny.
John Bradley, Michele Pasin

Digital Humanities Quarterly, Jan 2017. Volume 11 Number 1


Oct 2014

Linked data experience at Macmillan: Building discovery services for scientific and scholarly content on top of a semantic data model.
Tony Hammond, Michele Pasin

International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC-14), Riva del Garda, Italy, Oct 2014.


Jul 2013

Fitting Personal Interpretations with the Semantic Web.
John Bradley, Michele Pasin

Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Jul 2013.


Jul 2012

Annotation and Ontology in most Humanities research: accommodating a more informal interpretation context.
John Bradley, Michele Pasin

NeDiMaH workshop on ontology based annotation, held in conjunction with Digital Humanities 2012, Hamburg, Germany, Jul 2012.


Oct 2011

Semantic Web Approaches in Digital History: an Introduction.
Michele Pasin

Lecture slides from the Course on digital history, part of the master in Digital Humanities at King's College, London., Oct 2011.


Oct 2010

How do philosophers think their own discipline? Reports from a knowledge elicitation experiment.
Michele Pasin

European Philosophy and Computing conference, ECAP10, Munich, Germany, Oct 2010.

Aug 2010

Semantic Technologies for ELearning: A case study in the philosophical domain: representing Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta, Zdenek Zdrahal

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Aug 2010.

Jun 2010

Data integration perspectives from the London Theatres Bibliography project.
Michele Pasin

Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs (SDH-SEMI 2010), Montreal, Canada, Jun 2010.


Sep 2007

AquaLog: An ontology-driven question answering system for organizational semantic intranets.
Vanessa Lopez, Victoria Uren, Enrico Motta, Michele Pasin

Journal of Web Semantics, Sep 2007. Vol. 5, 2, (72-105), Elsevier

Aug 2007

PhiloSURFical: browse Wittgensteinʼs Tractatus with the Semantic Web.
Michele Pasin

Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information - Proceedings of the 30th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, Austria, Aug 2007. pp. 319-335

Jul 2007

Supporting Philosophers’ Work through the Semantic Web: Ontological Issues.
Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

Fifth International Workshop on Ontologies and Semantic Web for E-Learning (SWEL-07), held in conjunction with AIED-07, Marina Del Rey, California, USA, Jul 2007.


Jun 2006

A Task Based Approach to Support Situating Learning for the Semantic Web.
Michele Pasin, Martin Dzbor

International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SWEL-06), held in conjunction with Adaptive Hypermedia 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Jun 2006.

Jun 2006

Paving the way towards the e-humanities: a Semantic Web approach to support the learning of philosophy .
Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

Poster paper presented at the 3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC-06), Budva, Montenegro, Jun 2006.


Oct 2005

Semantic Learning Narratives.
Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SWEL-05), held in conjunction with KCAP-05, Banff, Canada, Oct 2005.

May 2005

AquaLog A Ontology-portable Question Answering interface for the Semantic Web.
Vanessa Lopez, Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

2nd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC05), Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 2005. pp. 546-562