A Spatio-Temporal Linked Data Representation for Modeling Spatio-Temporal Dialect Data

  • Johannes ScholzEmail author
  • Emanual Hrastnig
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Collections of linguistic and dialect data often lack a semantic description and the ability to establish relations to external datasets, from e.g. demography, socio-economics, or geography. Based on existing projects—the Database of Bavarian Dialects in Austria and exploreAT!—this paper elaborates on a spatio-temporal Linked Data model for representing linguistic/dialect data. Here we focus on utilizing existing data and publishing them using a virtual RDF graph. Additionally, we exploit external data sources like DBPedia and, to specify the meaning of dialect records and make use of stable geographical placenames. In the paper we highlight a spatio-temporal modeling and representation of linguistic records relying on the notion of a discrete lifespan of an object. Based on a real-world example—using the lemma “Karotte” (engl. carrot) we show how the usage of a specific dialect word (“Karottn”) changes from 1916 until 2016—by exploiting the expressive power of GeoSPARQL.


Linked Data Dialect Linguistics Spatio-temporal modeling 



Parts of this work were funded by Austrian Research Fund (Project Nr.: L323-G03) and Austrian Nationalstiftung (Project Nr.: DH2014/22).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Scholz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emanual Hrastnig
    • 1
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Geodesy, Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, Austrian Academy of SciencesWienAustria

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