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Practices of Linked Open Data in Archaeology and Their Realisation in Wikidata

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Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie and Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Department of Scientific IT, Digital Platforms and Research Tools, 55116 Mainz, Germany
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Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1010 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editors: Markos Katsianis, Tuna Kalayci and Apostolos Sarris
Digital 2022, 2(3), 333-364; https://doi.org/10.3390/digital2030019
Received: 20 April 2022 / Revised: 2 June 2022 / Accepted: 17 June 2022 / Published: 22 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bridging Digital Approaches and Legacy in Archaeology)
In this paper, we introduce Linked Open Data (LOD) in the archaeological domain as a means to connect dispersed data sources and enable cross-querying. The technology behind the design principles and how LOD can be created and published is described to enable less-familiar researchers to understand the presented benefits and drawbacks of LOD. Wikidata is introduced as an open knowledge hub for the creation and dissemination of LOD. Different actors within archaeology have implemented LOD, and we present which challenges have been and are being addressed. A selection of projects showcases how Wikidata is being used by archaeologists to enrich and open their databases to the general public. With this paper, we aim to encourage the creation and re-use of LOD in archaeology, as we believe it offers an improvement on current data publishing practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: linked open data; Wikidata; archaeology linked open data; Wikidata; archaeology
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Schmidt, S.C.; Thiery, F.; Trognitz, M. Practices of Linked Open Data in Archaeology and Their Realisation in Wikidata. Digital 2022, 2, 333-364. https://doi.org/10.3390/digital2030019

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Schmidt SC, Thiery F, Trognitz M. Practices of Linked Open Data in Archaeology and Their Realisation in Wikidata. Digital. 2022; 2(3):333-364. https://doi.org/10.3390/digital2030019

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Schmidt, Sophie C., Florian Thiery, and Martina Trognitz. 2022. "Practices of Linked Open Data in Archaeology and Their Realisation in Wikidata" Digital 2, no. 3: 333-364. https://doi.org/10.3390/digital2030019

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