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Peter McKeague peter.mckeague at rcahms.gov.uk
Fri Jul 19 20:40:05 UTC 2013

Posted on behalf of Professor Doug Tudhope and Project partners

English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Scotland, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Wales, the Archaeology Data Service and the University of
South Wales are pleased to announce that cultural heritage thesauri and
vocabularies are now freely available as Linked Open Data as a preliminary
outcome of the SENESCHAL project at:  http://www.heritagedata.org.

The vocabularies, which include concepts relating to monument types,
archaeological objects, events and time periods and maritime craft are also
available for download in SKOS format.


These major heritage thesauri and vocabularies have been widely used as
informal standards but until now have lacked the persistent Linked Open
Data (LOD) URIs needed to allow them to act as vocabulary hubs for the Web
of Data.

The AHRC funded SENESCHAL project aims to make vocabularies available
online as Semantic Web resources. The project begins with the current
Heritage Data vocabularies and intends to make other vocabularies
available.  In the next phase, RESTful web services will be established to
make the vocabulary resources accessible and searchable. This will include
provision to allow users to suggest new terms. A series of case studies
will explore use of these web services as part of indexing tools and

SENESCHAL is coordinated by the Hypermedia Research Unit at the University
of South Wales, together with the Archaeology Data Service as
Co-Investigators. Project collaborators include English Heritage, RCAHMS,
RCHAMW, the Bespoke Historic Environment Record User Group and Wessex
Archaeology Ltd.

For more information:

Comments and suggestions are very welcome via email or the heritagedata blog

Contact: ceri.binding at southwales.ac.uk

Vocabulary contacts
EH: Phil Carlisle Philip.Carlisle at english-heritage.org.uk
RCAHMS: Peter McKeaguePeter.McKeague at rcahms.gov.uk
RCAHMW: Dave Thomasdavid.thomas at rcahmw.gov.uk

Professor Douglas Tudhope
Hypermedia Research Unit
University of South Wales
Pontypridd CF37 1DL
Wales, UK
Tel +44 (0) 1443-483609
Fax +44 (0) 1443-482715

Peter McKeague

Database and GIS Projects Manager
Direct Line: +44 (0) 131 651 6744

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