A Semantic Wiki Approach to Cultural Heritage Data Management


Providing access to cultural heritage data beyond book digitization and information retrieval projects is important for delivering advanced semantic support to end users, in order to address their specific needs. We introduce a separation of concerns for heritage data management by explicitly defining different user groups and analyzing their particular requirements. Based on this analysis, we developed a comprehensive system architecture for accessing, annotating, and querying textual historic data. Novel features are the deployment of a Wiki user interface, natural language processing services for end users, metadata generation in OWL ontology format, SPARQL queries on textual data, and the integration of external clients through Web Services. We illustrate these ideas with the management of a historic encyclopedia of architecture.

Online Wiki

Our Durm Wiki containing the example from the paper—a volume from a 19th-century encyclopedia of architecture—is available online. It was developed as part of the Durm project. The complete dataset is available as well as part of the Durm Corpus.


René Witte, Thomas Gitzinger, Thomas Kappler, and Ralf Krestel. A Semantic Wiki Approach to Cultural Heritage Data Management. Language Technology for Cultural Heritage Data (LaTeCH 2008), Workshop at LREC 2008, June 1st, 2008, Marrakech, Morocco.

Bibtex entry (also for download):

   author = {Ren\'{e} Witte and Thomas Gitzinger 
             and Thomas Kappler and Ralf Krestel},
   title = {{A Semantic Wiki Approach to 
             Cultural Heritage Data Management}},
   booktitle = {Language Technology for 
             Cultural Heritage Data (LaTeCH 2008)},
   month = {June 1st},
   year = {2008},
   address = {Marrakech, Morocco}

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Our paper (PDF format): durm-latech2008.pdf.
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Also available: Complete LaTeCH 2008 Proceedings.