International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries

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Trismegistos: An Interdisciplinary Platform for Ancient World Texts and Related Information

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-08425-1_5

Volume 416 of the book series Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS)
Cite this paper as:
Depauw M., Gheldof T. (2014) Trismegistos: An Interdisciplinary Platform for Ancient World Texts and Related Information. In: Bolikowski Ł., Casarosa V., Goodale P., Houssos N., Manghi P., Schirrwagen J. (eds) Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries -- TPDL 2013 Selected Workshops. TPDL 2013. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 416. Springer, Cham

Abstract

Trismegistos (TM) is a KU Leuven coordinated metadata platform for the study of texts from the Ancient World. This article provides a survey of its development, from the roots in a prosopography of Ptolemaic Egypt to an all-encompassing database with information about texts from Egypt for the period from 800 BC to AD 800. The current technical setup is detailed in a next section, with special attention for the structure of the many interconnected relational databases. A final section presents the current expansion to include material from outside Egypt, particularly Latin (and to some extent also Greek) inscriptions, in the framework of the CIP-Europeana EAGLE project. It also discusses some potential technological innovations to facilitate data exchange in a linked Open Data environment.

Keywords

TrismegistosAncient history textsRelational databaseLinked open data

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group Ancient HistoryKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium