SENESCHAL

Semantic ENrichment Enabling Sustainability of arCHAeological Links

seneschal n. 1. Historical the steward or major-domo of a medieval great house. 2. chiefly historical a governor or other administrative or judicial officer

Origin ME: from OFr., from med. L seniscalus, from a Gmc compound of words meaning ‘old’ and ‘servant’.(From Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 10th edition, Oxford University Press. ed. Pearsall, J. ISBN 0-19-860572-2)

SENESCHAL is an AHRC funded project led by the University of South Wales Hypermedia Research Group in collaboration with the Archaeology Data Service and project partners, Bespoke HER User Group, Historic England, RCAHMS, RCAHMW, Wessex Archaeology.

SENESCHAL is a one year Knowledge Exchange project based on enhanced vocabulary services that aims to make it significantly easier for vocabulary providers to make their vocabularies available as Linked Data and for users to index their data with uniquely identified (machine readable) controlled terminology that is semantically enriched and compatible with Linked Data. It builds on outcomes and tools from the previous AHRC funded STAR and STELLAR projects. Doug Tudhope is PI and Ceri Binding is the Research Fellow on the project.

Background

While the STAR and STELLAR research objectives were met,  we encountered a lack of vocabulary control (with unique identifiers) that hindered the full potential of the resulting Linked Data. Although STELLAR tools are capable of generating controlled types, the resulting linked data currently employ free text strings.

Thus the resulting linked data are not connected to other data via thesauri. This acts as a break on the impact of semantic technologies. Major thesauri act as informal standards but currently lack the unique identifiers that would allow them to act as vocabulary hubs for the Web of Data.

Aims

  • Knowledge Exchange based on enhanced vocabulary services
  • Make it significantly easier for data providers to index their data with uniquely identified (machine readable) controlled terminology
  • Make it easier for vocabulary providers to make their vocabularies available as Linked Data

Objectives

  • Widening access to key vocabulary resources. Making these resources more openly accessible as Linked Data will encourage wider adoption of standard terminology and will engender useful community feedback on possible improvements to the vocabularies.
  • Improving the consistency of existing metadata. This will be achieved by exemplar bulk semantic enrichment operations to align legacy datasets with controlled vocabulary resources for Linked Data.
  • Improving the consistency of future metadata. Better integration of controlled vocabulary resources in the data creation workflow will be facilitated via web services and interface widgets generating unique identifiers for Linked Data .

SENESCHAL is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council

Arts & Humantities Research Council

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