Semantic Technologies Enhancing Links and Linked Data for Archaeological Resources

Keith May, Ceri Binding, Douglas Tudhope, Stuart Jeffrey

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Outcomes from the STELLAR (Semantic Technologies Enhancing Links and Linked data for Archaeological Resources) Project are presented. The basis for this research is the need to widen access to archaeological datasets, many of which rarely reach publication. The tools and methodologies presented will allow archaeologists, other related domains, or non-specialist third parties to cross search different datasets using querying tools to ask new research questions of the previously un-connected data. Because the data has been ‘semantically enabled’ by mapping it to a Conceptual Reference Model (CRM), such research questions could be of greater complexity and at a broader perspective than previously possible. The conceptual reference modelling also opens possibilities to investigate the basis for more implicit relationships and interpretations not previously searchable in the underlying data. The semantic technologies employed are based on standard representations of domain vocabularies and the underlying core ontology, an archaeological extension (CRM-EH) of the CIDOC CRM. Methods for mapping data to the CRM and extracting semantic RDF representations from the datasets are described. STELLAR templates and online applications are presented. The need for controlled terminologies using SKOS W3C standards for Thesauri and vocabularies is emphasised and further work on developing a SKOS template and the potential of user-defined templates for further purposes is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevive the Past
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the XXX1X Conference in Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Beijing, China, 12-16 April 2011
EditorsMingquan Zhou, Iza Romanowska, Zhongke Wu, Pengfei Xu, Philip Verhagen
PublisherPallas Publications
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978 90 4851 686 5, 978 90 4851 687 2
ISBN (Print)978 90 8555 066 2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • archives
  • cidoc crm
  • cross-searching
  • digital
  • http
  • hypermedia
  • introduction and background
  • linked data
  • ontology
  • semantic interoperability
  • semantic web
  • the stellar project


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