Converting a Historical Architecture Encyclopedia into a Semantic Knowledge Base


Digitizing a historical document using ontologies and natural language processing techniques can transform it from arcane text to a useful knowledge base.

Index Terms

natural language processing, knowledge base management, ontologies, text mining, Handbook on Architecture, Handbuch der Architektur, cultural heritage data management, semantic Wiki, ontology population


René Witte, Ralf Krestel, Thomas Kappler, and Peter C. Lockemann. Converting a Historical Architecture Encyclopedia into a Semantic Knowledge Base. IEEE Intelligent Systems. Vol. 25, No. 1, January/February 2010, pp.58--66. doi:10.1109/MIS.2010.17

Bibtex entry (also for download):

  author = 	 {Ren{\'e} Witte and Ralf Krestel and Thomas Kappler 
                  and Peter C. Lockemann},
  title = 	 {{Converting a Historical Architecture Encyclopedia 
                  into a Semantic Knowledge Base}},
  journal = 	 {IEEE Intelligent Systems},
  year = 	 {2010},
  volume =	 {25},
  number =	 {1},
  pages =	 {58--66},
  month =	 {January/February},
  issn =	 {1541-1672},
  publisher =	 {IEEE Computer Society},
  address = 	 {Los Alamitos, CA, USA},
  doi = 	 {10.1109/MIS.2010.17}

Online Resources

The Wiki containing the historical architecture encyclopedia discussed in this article is freely accessible online. More information, including free access to all raw data, is available on the Durm project page.


Online version in the IEEE Digital Library.
Local copy: ieee-is-durm.pdf
MD5 checksum: 928db738d922003810fe1b383fc0fc77

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The work presented in this paper was funded by the German research foundation (DFG) under the title "Entstehungswissen" (LO296/18-1).