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Eero Hyvönen
Publishing and Using Cultural Heritage Linked Data on the Semantic Web

San Rafael, Calif. Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 2012, 161 pages
Series: Synthesis lectures on the semantic web, theory and technology

Eero Hyvönen. Publishing and Using Cultural Heritage Linked Data on the Semantic WebEero Hyvönen is director of the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (Heldig) and professor of semantic media technology at the Aalto University, Department of Computer Science, where he directs the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) specializing on Semantic Web technologies and applications. Since 2001 a major recent theme in his research has been development of the national level semantic web infrastructure and its application in different areas —and a semantic web content infrastructure on a national scale in Finland.

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Eero Hyvönen has published nearly 400 research articles and books and has got several international and national awards. He acts in the editorial boards of Semantic Web - Interoperability, Usability, Applicability, Semantic Computing, International Journal of Metadata, Semantics, and Ontologies, and International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems, and has co-chaired and acted in the programme committees of tens of major conferences.

With his SeCo group, he has received several international and national awards, including the SemanticWeb Challenge Award (in 2004 and 2008), World Summit Award (WSA) (2010), and Apps4Finland – Doing Good with Open Data (2010). He acts on the editorial boards of Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability, Semantic Computing, and International Journal of Metadata, Semantics, and Ontologies, and has co-chaired and acted on the program committees of tens of major international conferences and workshops, such as ESWC, ISWC, IJCAI,WWW, ICSC, etc.

Cultural Heritage (CH) data is syntactically and semantically heterogeneous, multilingual, semantically rich, and highly interlinked. It is produced in a distributed, open fashion by museums, libraries, archives, and media organizations, as well as individual persons.

Managing publication of such richness and variety of content on the web, and at the same time supporting distributed, interoperable content creation processes, poses challenges where traditional publication approaches need to be re-thought.
Application of the principles and technologies of Linked Data and the Semantic web is a new, promising approach to address these problems. This development is leading to the creation of large national and international CH portals, such as Europeana, to large open data repositories, such as the Linked Open Data Cloud, and massive publications of linked library data in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Cultural Heritage has become one of the most successful application domains of Linked Data and Semantic web technologies.

Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (Heldig)
University of Helsinki
Faculty of Arts

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