Open for Contributions: the DiGA Thesaurus 1.0 is released!

Make some noise! The DiGA Thesaurus is now available in an updated version on SKOSMOS! We finally completed the long and painstaking task of digitizing the printed reference vocabulary for Gandharan art that is the Repertorio Terminologico per la schedatura delle sculture dell’arte gandharica, published in 2007 by Domenico Faccenna and Anna Filigenzi. The digital thesaurus that we now release was – as the name says – initially developed for the DiGA Project. During the first phase of DiGA, it was OCR’d, and converted into SKOS. A detailed description of the conversion process is available in this blog post.

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From print to LOD, part II: Extracting structure

As explained in the previous post, we want to transform the Repertorio Terminologico per la Schedatura delle Sculture dell’Arte Gandharica from a printed book to a SKOS vocabulary that we can use in a linked data context. In this post, we’ll describe our efforts and experience with the first steps: OCR’ing the Repertorio and extracting its content in structured form.

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From print to LOD: A vocabulary for Gandharan art

The core task of the DiGA project is the digitization of two collections of Gandharan sculptures. But in doing so, it aims at advancing the research of Gandharan art in the digital space. We start from established practices in the field of Gandharan studies and bridge them with best practices from digital cultural heritage studies. One central building block for this is the Repertory of Terms for Cataloguing Gandharan Sculptures, a central reference work, that we aim to bring into the Linked Open Data space.

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