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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Charles Bailey Faulhaber (Project Director: July 2020 to present)
PhiloBiblon: From Siloed Databases to Linked Open Data via Wikibase: Proof of Concept

A one-year Foundations project to explore how Wikibase/FactGrid could move four siloed databases into a single online platform for access to scholarly research on medieval Iberia, including mapping of PhiloBiblon to Linked Open Data (LD) and Resource Description Framework (RDF), creating a prototype of certain modules, examining links between database access points and libraries, testing a model, and posting to GitHub.

UC Berkeley requests a one-year HCRR Foundations grant to explore the use of Wikibase on FactGrid. a database for historians as a technology platform for PhiloBiblon, which has supported scholarly research on medieval Iberia since 1975. The project will (1) study how Wikibase/FactGrid can move PhiloBiblon’s four siloed databases to an online platform with Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable data; (2) show how to map PhiloBiblon’s complex data model to LD/RDF as instantiated in Wikibase; (3) evaluate the Wikibase data entry module and create prototype discovery modules; (4) study Wikibase’s LD access points to and from libraries and archives; (5) test the Wikibase data export module for JSON-LD, RDF, and XML on PhiloBiblon data; (6) place software and documentation on GitHub. We hope to demonstrate that this project developed in the FactGrid collaboratory, can serve as a model for low-cost light-weight database development for similar academic projects with limited resources.

Project fields:
European History; Intellectual History; Spanish Literature

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$46,523 (approved)
$46,523 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2021 – 11/30/2022