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A Survey of Geospatial Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage

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School of Media, Creative Arts, and Social Inquiry, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
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School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845, Australia
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Received: 23 April 2019 / Revised: 13 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 20 May 2019
The amount of digital cultural heritage data produced by cultural heritage institutions is growing rapidly. Digital cultural heritage repositories have therefore become an efficient and effective way to disseminate and exploit digital cultural heritage data. However, many digital cultural heritage repositories worldwide share technical challenges such as data integration and interoperability among national and regional digital cultural heritage repositories. The result is dispersed and poorly-linked cultured heritage data, backed by non-standardized search interfaces, which thwart users’ attempts to contextualize information from distributed repositories. A recently introduced geospatial semantic web is being adopted by a great many new and existing digital cultural heritage repositories to overcome these challenges. However, no one has yet conducted a conceptual survey of the geospatial semantic web concepts for a cultural heritage audience. A conceptual survey of these concepts pertinent to the cultural heritage field is, therefore, needed. Such a survey equips cultural heritage professionals and practitioners with an overview of all the necessary tools, and free and open source semantic web and geospatial semantic web platforms that can be used to implement geospatial semantic web-based cultural heritage repositories. Hence, this article surveys the state-of-the-art geospatial semantic web concepts, which are pertinent to the cultural heritage field. It then proposes a framework to turn geospatial cultural heritage data into machine-readable and processable resource description framework (RDF) data to use in the geospatial semantic web, with a case study to demonstrate its applicability. Furthermore, it outlines key free and open source semantic web and geospatial semantic platforms for cultural heritage institutions. In addition, it examines leading cultural heritage projects employing the geospatial semantic web. Finally, the article discusses attributes of the geospatial semantic web that require more attention, that can result in generating new ideas and research questions for both the geospatial semantic web and cultural heritage fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: geographic information science; geospatial semantic web; cultural heritage; digital cultural heritage content management; geospatial ontologies geographic information science; geospatial semantic web; cultural heritage; digital cultural heritage content management; geospatial ontologies
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Nishanbaev, I.; Champion, E.; McMeekin, D.A. A Survey of Geospatial Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage. Heritage 2019, 2, 1471-1498. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage2020093

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Nishanbaev I, Champion E, McMeekin DA. A Survey of Geospatial Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage. Heritage. 2019; 2(2):1471-1498. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage2020093

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Nishanbaev, Ikrom, Erik Champion, and David A. McMeekin 2019. "A Survey of Geospatial Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage" Heritage 2, no. 2: 1471-1498. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage2020093

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