MEDEA Panel @ DH 2016 in Krakow
1Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, United States of America; 2Centre for Information Modeling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at Karl University, Graz, Austria; 3University of Regensburg, Germany; 4Vanderbilt University, United States; 5University of Kiel, Germany; 6University of Passau, Germany
Since the Semantic Web offers opportunities to collect and compare data from multiple digital projects, the MEDEA project looks to the potential of developing broad standards for producing semantically enriched digital editions of accounts. Because the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offer a method for creating stable humanities-oriented data from textual sources, MEDEA explores models for building on them to test ways to publish data on commodities, wages, and prices susceptible to comparative analysis.
The MEDEA project looks also to CIDOC-CRM and RDF/OWL as sites to begin consideration of the kinds of taxonomies and ontologies that will produce standard machine-readable values to express some of the semantic values found in accounts–especially information about commodities and currencies–that are relevant to humanities scholars.