Description: The purpose of this Dean’s Fellow project is to build a linked open data set for the study of the Middle East and to explore various means for visualizing and querying the data. This RDF data set will be extrapolated from the existing XML data set of approximately 6,000 digital objects published in Syriaca.org: The Syriac Reference Portal. Syriaca.org is a collaborative research project hosted by the Jean and Alexander Heard Library on the culture, history, and literature of Syriac communities from antiquity to the present. A dialect of Aramaic, Syriac was widely used in the Middle East during much of the first millennium of the common era. Sources in Syriac hold immense value for increasing our historical understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Syriaca.org’s primary purpose is to serve as the URI naming authority for linked open data in the field of Syriac studies. The creation of Syriaca.org was designed to occur in three steps:
1. minting URIs for Syriac entities (persons, places, titles of works, etc.),
2. creating XML authority files which define these URIs,
3. Serializing this data as RDF triples in an environment that allows easy visualization, query and API interaction with data sets that also use the Syriaca.org URIs.
Syriaca.org has largely completed steps one and two and this Dean’s Fellow project will complete much of step three. The Dean’s Fellow working on this project will develop skills in working with linked data, particularly in serializing data as triples, in visualizing and querying data in an online linked data application (Callimachus), and in integrating related linked data sets. The Dean’s Fellow will also have the opportunity to interact with several digital projects (both in the US and Europe) who wish to link their data to Syriaca.org.
Skills Needed or To Be Developed:
David Michelson, Assistant Professor, Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion, firstname.lastname@example.org, 343-3990
Dates of Employment: Spring semester 2016
Contact: David Michelson, or 343-3990
Please follow the Application Process to apply for this fellowship. Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2015.