Some example RDF fragments

In the process of working with a few of our partner projects, we have produced some sample RDF fragments, which we thought might be useful as an illustration of SNAP RDF format for other projects currently planning to expose a version of their data via our graph. We hope to include at least some examples of this kind in a later version of the SNAP:DRGN Cookbook.

First off, the most simple and minimalist example possible (even more sparse than the PIR data which contains little more than headwords). The Zenon database is the library catalog of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), which has an authority list of some 360 ancient authors. The RDF of this authority list (encoded in SKOS natively), will contain very little information except for URI and preferred name (sample in GDoc):

	rdf:type lawd:Person ;
	dc:publisher <> ;
	foaf:name "Platon"@de .

(Translated to English: “<this URI> is a person, according to the DAI, called Platon in German.”)

The next example is from the Prosopography of the Byzantine World, a project published by King’s College London. This is a full prosopography, on the “factoid model,” that contains much more richness of information and biographical data than SNAP:DRGN has any aspiration to include. We took one example of a fairly complex person (Leon 103) to show just what a SNAP version of his data might look like. In this case, SNAP will capture the URI; names (both English and Greek); associated date; associated place(s), in as much as these can be extracted from the database; attestation (in PBW) and citation(s); and relationships with other persons (Leon’s cousin Kale is also in PBW).  See the full RDF of Leon 103 in a GDoc here.

Finally, we mocked up the example of a person from the Smith Dictionary of Greco-Roman Biography and Mythology, which is being encoded and NER’ed by Stella Dee in Leipzig. As an example, we took Brutus 18 (the less famous D. Junius Brutus). From this entry, we hope to be able to include in SNAP his name (English only); associated date and associated place (both depending on NER); attestation and citations; relationships (4 relationships are recognised in the text of Smith’s entry, one of which to another person in the Dictionary). See full RDF of Brutus 18 in a GDoc here.

We’ll try to add more examples of this kind as we come up with them. Let us know if you find this sort of thing useful.

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