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Hadrianus scripts

Scripts that transform cultural heritage relational databases into linked data by using cultural heritage ontologies.


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What Hadrianus scripts can do for you

  • Gives examples of how to define a common ontology for very different databases
  • Combine cultural heritage heterogeneous database infrastructures using linked data tools and ontologies
  • Every cultural heritage scholar has a unique perspective on their subject; this is reflected in their databases
  • The Humanities treasure and stimulate such richness of perspectives; this is a challenge for Digital Humanities and a great opportunity for eScience

In the Hadrianus project, we aimed to enrich the existing Hadrianus website with data from various other sources. The Hadrianus website revolves around the connection between Dutch artists and the city of Rome. While the current manually curated database offers a very rich picture of this connection already, many more discoveries could be made by adding data on the same or related artists and works of art from other sources. The challenge of this project was to figure out how to do this in an automated way that would enable some uniform way of linking and comparing data, but still retain all the richness of detail that each database brings to the table. In this set of scripts, we have explored one way to do so, namely by using the linked data Virtuoso platform, that can transform relational databases to linked databases. The biggest challenge in this was to define a common ontology.

Programming languages
  • Shell 81%
  • Perl 18%
  • Python 1%
  • Apache-2.0
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Participating organisations

Social Sciences & Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities
Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut in Rome
Netherlands eScience Center


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