WarSampo

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Title: WarSampo
Team: Eero Hyvönen Erkki Heino Esko Ikkala Mikko Koho Petri Leskinen Eetu Mäkelä Minna Tamper Jouni Tuominen


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WarSampo publishes massive collections of heterogeneous, distributed data about the WW2 on the Semantic Web. The datasets are harmonized using event-based modeling and are enriched semantically with each other’s contents and external data. WarSampo has two components: 1) WarSampo Linked Open Data service of over 9M triples for Digital Humanities research and for creating applications. 2) WarSampo Semantic Portal, based on the data service, allowing both historians and laymen to study war history and destinies of their family members in the war from 7 interlinked perspectives. The portal had nearly 20,000 visitors during the first few days after its publication.

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WHAT IS WARSAMPO?
According to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel “we learn from history that we learn nothing from history”. The ultimate goal of WarSampo is to prove that he was wrong. We believe that peace can be promoted by making reliable data about the war openly available for everybody to learn. The WarSampo system and project is motivated and described at the home page http://seco.cs.aalto.fi/projects/sotasampo/en/ including links to additional videos, short descriptions of the datasets, of the modeling principles, and of the implementation. There is also a description of the underlying national consortium of the participating organizations in the initiative. WarSampo is part of the Centenary of Finland’s Inpendence 2017 programme, coordinated by the Prime Minister’s office.

LINKED OPEN DATA SERVICE AND APPLICATION PORTAL
The WarSampo end-user portal is available at http://www.sotasampo.fi/en/ and the underlying Linked Open Data service at http://www.ldf.fi/dataset/warsa The data in use is in Finnish but the graphical user interface is available in English, too.

UNDERLYING RESEARCH
WarSampo is based on rigorous scientific technological research that has been reported in 11 international papers and theses in 2015-2017. These publications (listed below) are available online at the end of the WarSampo homepage for more detailed descriptions of the system and its data:

PUBLICATIONS

2017
Eero Hyvönen: Cultural Heritage Linked Data on the Semantic Web: Three Case Studies Using the Sampo Model. 2017. Invited talk, VIII Encounter of Documentation Centres of Contemporary Art: Open Linked Data and Integral Management of Information in Cultural Centres. Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, October 19-20, 2016. (Submitted for publication)

Minna Tamper, Petri Leskinen, Esko Ikkala, Arttu Oksanen, Eetu Mäkelä, Erkki Heino, Jouni Tuominen, Mikko Koho and Eero Hyvönen: AATOS – a Configurable Tool for Automatic Annotation. Proceedings, Language, Technology and Knowledge 2017. June 19-20, Galway, Ireland, Springer-Verlag, February, 2017.

Erkki Heino, Minna Tamper, Eetu Mäkelä, Petri Leskinen, Esko Ikkala, Jouni Tuominen, Mikko Koho and Eero Hyvönen: Named Entity Linking in a Complex Domain: Case Second World War History. Proceedings, Language, Technology and Knowledge 2017. June 19-20, Galway, Ireland, Springer-Verlag, February, 2017.

2016
Petri Leskinen: Sotilashenkilöiden ja joukko-osastojen mallintaminen ja käyttö toimijaontologiana. MSc Thesis (in Finnish), Aalto University, School of Science, Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering, Dec, 2016.

Minna Tamper: Extraction of Entities and Concepts from Finnish Texts. MSc Thesis (in English), Aalto University, School of Science, Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering, Dec, 2016.

Esko Ikkala: Suomalainen historiallisten paikkojen ja karttojen ontologiapalvelu. MSc Thesis (in Finnish), Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering, Degree Programme of Automation and Systems Technology, August, 2016.

Eero Hyvönen, Erkki Heino, Petri Leskinen, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, Minna Tamper, Jouni Tuominen and Eetu Mäkelä: Publishing Second World War History as Linked Data Events on the Semantic Web. Proceedings of Digital Humanities 2016, short papers, pp. 571-573, Kraków, Poland, July, 2016.

Mikko Koho, Eero Hyvönen, Erkki Heino, Jouni Tuominen, Petri Leskinen and Eetu Mäkelä: Linked Death – Representing, Publishing, and Using Second World War Death Records as Linked Open Data. The Semantic Web: ESWC 2016 Satellite Events (Harald Sack, Giuseppe Rizzo, Nadine Steinmetz, Dunja Mladenić, Sören Auer and Christoph Lange (eds.)), Springer-Verlag, June, 2016.

Mikko Koho, Eero Hyvönen, Erkki Heino, Jouni Tuominen, Petri Leskinen and Eetu Mäkelä: Linked Death – Representing, Publishing, and Using Second World War Death Records as Linked Open Data. Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web (WHiSe), CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May, 2016. Vol 1608.

Eero Hyvönen, Erkki Heino, Petri Leskinen, Esko Ikkala, Mikko Koho, Minna Tamper, Jouni Tuominen and Eetu Mäkelä: WarSampo Data Service and Semantic Portal for Publishing Linked Open Data about the Second World War History. The Semantic Web – Latest Advances and New Domains (ESWC 2016) (Harald Sack, Eva Blomqvist, Mathieu d Aquin, Chiara Ghidini, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Christoph Lange (eds.)), Springer-Verlag, May, 2016.

2015
Eero Hyvönen, Jouni Tuominen, Eetu Mäkelä, Jérémie Dutruit, Kasper Apajalahti, Erkki Heino, Petri Leskinen and Esko Ikkala: Second World War on the Semantic Web: The WarSampo Project and Semantic Portal. Proceedings of the ISWC 2015 Posters & Demonstrations Track, CEUR-WS Proceedings, Bethlehem, PA, USA, October, 2015. Vol 1486.

Country: Finland

 

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