An Ecosystem for Linked Humanities Data

  • Rinke Hoekstra
  • Albert Meroño-Peñuela
  • Kathrin Dentler
  • Auke Rijpma
  • Richard Zijdeman
  • Ivo Zandhuis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9989)


The main promise of the digital humanities is the ability to perform scholarly studies at a much broader scale, and in a much more reusable fashion. The key enabler for such studies is the availability of sufficiently well described data. For the field of socio-economic history, data usually comes in a tabular form. Existing efforts to curate and publish datasets take a top-down approach and are focused on large collections. This paper presents QBer and the underlying structured data hub, which address the long tail of research data by catering for the needs of individual scholars. QBer allows researchers to publish their (small) datasets, link them to existing vocabularies and other datasets, and thereby contribute to a growing collection of interlinked datasets. We present QBer, and evaluate our first results by showing how our system facilitates three use cases in socio-economic history.


Digital humanities Structured data Linked Data QBer 



This work was funded by the CLARIAH project of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and the Dutch national programme COMMIT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinke Hoekstra
    • 1
    • 5
  • Albert Meroño-Peñuela
    • 1
    • 4
  • Kathrin Dentler
    • 1
  • Auke Rijpma
    • 2
    • 7
  • Richard Zijdeman
    • 2
    • 6
  • Ivo Zandhuis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.International Institute of Social History, KNAWAmsterdamNetherlands
  3. 3.Ivo Zandhuis Research and ConsultancyHaarlemNetherlands
  4. 4.Data Archiving and Networked Services, KNAWThe HagueNetherlands
  5. 5.Faculty of LawUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  6. 6.University of StirlingStirlingUK
  7. 7.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands

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