• Rethinking Project Principles for Cross-Project Interoperability: Towards Claiming and Qualifying “Equivalence”

    Lucas Simpson (see profile)
    CSDH-SCHN 2021: Making the Network
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    Linking data across projects poses the following challenge: On one hand, the data can be usefully integrated only if the datasets permit analysts to establish relations of equivalence between the two datasets; on the other, relations of equivalence flatten the nuances, narratives, and histories that differentiate the digital humanities from the digital. MoEML’s temporal scope begins with the dissolution of the religious houses. Church lands were changing ownership, being repurposed, rededicated, and reconstructed. The sacrality of space was an important issue of confessional division. The conditions under which we might claim that one place is “the same as” another even within our own project carry tremendous importance for the story of the past our interoperating data might tell. MoEML has begun the process of wrestling with these problems by making explicit, codifying, and encoding its mutually informing principles and practices as they have evolved over 22 years. MoEML’s encyclopedia entries include both encoded data and prose descriptions. The balance between these two is a check on the data-driven approach. Because linked data projects can make use only of the encodable data, the move from intra-project to inter-project data means that MoEML needs to find new and innovative ways to capture the information previously left to the prose entries. Towards this end, recent work on the project has focused on conceptualizing and encoding data about function, toponymic change, and inter-platial relations.
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