Aggregation and Curation of Historical Archive Information

Integrating archival information from different cultural heritage institutions to support historical research has been a commonly pursued goal among humanities digital research infrastructures. Due to the lack of standards in performing such processes, there is a need to provide guidance to interested parties and share knowledge deriving from successful practices. In this chapter, we introduce […]

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The Greek Landscape of Digital Humanities Initiatives

Presentation at Fiesole Retreat 2022, Athens, April 5 , 2022.

Over the last decade the Greek landscape of digital humanities has undergone considerable reframing. At the time of intense digitization, a significant number of cultural heritage institutions from across the country digitized and documented their collections, making them available online or locally for use by both specialists and wider audiences. This wave of digitization projects […]

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DH Goes Viral

ISBN: 978-618-85875-0-2
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5793151 (the digital version is free available under license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)).

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As a response to COVID-19 and while the onset of the pandemic was still in its very early stages, in April 2020 the Digital Curation Unit (DCU), Research and Innovation Center “Athena”, as co-ordinator of APOLLONIS, the Greek Infrastructure for Digital Arts, Humanities and Language Research and Innovation, organized a Twitter Conference under the title […]

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Interactive Online Guide for the transformation of structured data

The interactive Structured Data Transformation Online Guide provides guidance on the data mapping and transformation process that will facilitate the aggregation, unified access and successful management of heterogeneous data. It is intended for content providers who wish to transform their data and make it available to knowledge repositories, and is educational in nature. The online […]

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Interactive online guide for creating thesauri and connect them into a thesauri federation under a meta-thesaurus.

This is an interactive tutorial on how to create thesauri that will facilitate successful searches in information systems that contain documents or data records. It consists of several training modules with information relating to various thesauri issues. It aims to provide users with information on how to build a thesaurus and contains definitions regarding concepts and terms, as well as methodological principles and guidelines. The intended users of the tutorial include students, researcher, academics, museum, archives and other cultural institution professionals, as well as developers of systems that manage and maintain thesauri.

It was chosen to develop the online thesaurus guide in English in order to maximise its dissemination in the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH-EU).

Thesauri tutorial

Thesauri can be defined as “a controlled and structured vocabulary in which concepts are represented by terms, organized so that relationships between concepts are made explicit” (ISO 25964). However, originally, thesauri (derived from the Greek “θησαυρός”, meaning ‘treasury’ or ‘treasure house’) were not  structured vocabularies  but words grouped together in relation to their context. The […]

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The BBT meta-thesaurus model: building interoperable thesauri for humanities researchers

Controlled vocabularies and knowledge organisation for the digital humanities, Online workshop, 12 July 2021.
In Almeida, B., Costa, R., & Medeiros, F. (2021), Controlled vocabularies and knowledge organisation for the digital humanities: Proceedings, pp. 4-7.


This paper focuses on the Backbone Thesaurus (BBT for short), a coherent overarching meta-thesaurus for the Humanities, under which specialist thesauri and structured vocabularies used across scholarly communities can be integrated and form a thesaurus federation. Its core feature is that it promotes alignment of cutting-edge terminology to the well-formed terms of the meta-thesaurus capturing […]

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DARIAH Virtual Annual Event 2020: Scholarly Primitives.Book of Abstarcts

The Book of Abstracts contains all paper and poster submissions, as well as the proposals for the Working Group meetings and Workshops.

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BBT User stories. Benefits from joining the thesaurus federation (poster)

Συμμετοχή της ομάδας εργασίας Thesaurus Maintenance Working Group, που διευθύνουν η Ακαδημία Αθηνών και το Ίδρυμα Τεχνολογίας και Έρευνας στη διαδικτυακή έκθεση (poster exhibition) με αφίσα και διασυνδεδεμένο βίντεο με τίτλο BBT User stories. Benefits from joining the thesaurus federation. Στόχος της συμμετοχής υπήρξε η ανάδειξη επιτυχημένων περιπτώσεων χρήσης του μεταθησαυρού ΒackΒone Thesaurus (BBT), τον οποίον έχουν […]

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Integrating archival materials for the study of the turbulent Greek 40s

Humanities researchers often need to study heterogeneous digitized archives from different sources. But how can they deal with this heterogeneity, both in terms of structure and semantics? What are the digital tools they can use in order to integrate resources and study them as a whole? And what if they are unfamiliar with the methods […]

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BBT User stories. Benefits from joining the thesaurus federation

The paper briefly presents the benefits of joining the Backbone Thesaurus (BBT) federation and becoming part of a gradually growing community of thesauri maintainers. It focuses on the experience of DAI and FRANTIQ as use cases of existing thesauri holders that have aligned to the BBT. The latter is the research outcome of work undertaken […]

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