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Even though  the Romanisation debate seems to be  already over  in English scholarly literature, other countries,  such  as  Spain,  have  only  just  started  to revise  traditional  discourses.   During  the  1900s, Spanish studies on Romanisation were mainly focused on  documentation of the immense amount of evidence  always  from  the  Imperial  point  of  view. This  meaningful, though  -mainly  descriptivescholarship established Roman archaeology in the Iberian Peninsula. Today, this work is beginning to be re-examined by incorporating new methodologies and perspectives. Within this paradigm shift, novel initiatives are emerging that aim  to provide a new scenario by looking at this cultural  encounter from the eyes  of the colonised agent. My research "Cultural Contact in  Early  Roman Spain through Linked Open Data" explores the possibilities offered by  Linked Open Data and the Semantic Web to connect, share  and  make  available  large  amounts  of archaeological  data regarding  the  question  of  cultural interaction. Using Linked Open Data resources and other digital technologies, this study  aims  to make effective relations between  large  amounts of data. These connections  will provide the basis to interpret, reuse  and  contextualise  the information  more  broadly  to understand  the dynamics  of a  colonial encounter where the data is fragmentary, heterogeneous and interdisciplinary, and therefore, advance current scholarship.
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Current scholarship regarding the question of cultural interaction in Early Roman Spain is producing significant amounts of data that need to be managed at an ever-growing scale. Nevertheless, initial research has identified several barriers to the access and consumption of this data. In most cases, archaeological databases constitute closed-world data silos that allow very little access to the information and impede data querying and processing. The findability of content is restricted to browsing facilities on the respective Web portals, and even then, the functionality offered by these resources is far from ideal.  
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My research deploys Linked Open Data technologies to overcome the impediments regarding data processability, accessibility and interoperability in archaeological scholarship with the aim to investigate the question of Cultural Contact in Early Roman Ulterior Baetica from 3rd ct. BCE to 1st ct. AD. With this aim, I have created the Early Roman Ulterior Baetica dataset (ERUB), a dataset of almost 3 million RDF triples integrated by data gathered online from LOD databases such as Pleaides, Nomisma.org and EDH and a whole set of new triples generated ex novo based on a subset of data collected from Spanish institutional catalogues and secondary scholarship using python scripts. During the modelling of the data, dissatisfaction with the existing domain ontologies for capturing data related to cultural phenomena has motivated the development of the Cultural Contact Ontology (CuCoO). CuCoO defines main concepts related to cross-cultural interaction in antiquity and explores different ways of perceiving and modelling cultural contact phenomena.
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The Git-Hub repositories for both can be seen at:
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• Repository for the ERUB dataset: https://github.com/paulagranados/CulturalContactBaetica
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• Repository for the CuCoO ontology: https://github.com/paulagranados/CuCoO
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Revision as of 10:26, 13 March 2019

Author

PhD dissertation 2016-2019

Student: Paula Loreto Granados Garcia (Open University, Department of Classical Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

Supervisors: Phil Perkins, Open University (first supervisor), Ursula Rothe, Open University (second supervisor), Gabriel Bodard, Institute of Classical Studies (external supervisor), Alessandro Adamou, The Insight centre for Data Analysis (external supervisor).

Working title

Cultural Contact in Early Roman Spain through Linked Open Data.

Abstract

Current scholarship regarding the question of cultural interaction in Early Roman Spain is producing significant amounts of data that need to be managed at an ever-growing scale. Nevertheless, initial research has identified several barriers to the access and consumption of this data. In most cases, archaeological databases constitute closed-world data silos that allow very little access to the information and impede data querying and processing. The findability of content is restricted to browsing facilities on the respective Web portals, and even then, the functionality offered by these resources is far from ideal.

My research deploys Linked Open Data technologies to overcome the impediments regarding data processability, accessibility and interoperability in archaeological scholarship with the aim to investigate the question of Cultural Contact in Early Roman Ulterior Baetica from 3rd ct. BCE to 1st ct. AD. With this aim, I have created the Early Roman Ulterior Baetica dataset (ERUB), a dataset of almost 3 million RDF triples integrated by data gathered online from LOD databases such as Pleaides, Nomisma.org and EDH and a whole set of new triples generated ex novo based on a subset of data collected from Spanish institutional catalogues and secondary scholarship using python scripts. During the modelling of the data, dissatisfaction with the existing domain ontologies for capturing data related to cultural phenomena has motivated the development of the Cultural Contact Ontology (CuCoO). CuCoO defines main concepts related to cross-cultural interaction in antiquity and explores different ways of perceiving and modelling cultural contact phenomena.

The Git-Hub repositories for both can be seen at:

• Repository for the ERUB dataset: https://github.com/paulagranados/CulturalContactBaetica • Repository for the CuCoO ontology: https://github.com/paulagranados/CuCoO