The Enslaved Ontology: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade

TitleThe Enslaved Ontology: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsShimizu, C, Hitzler, P, Hirt, Q, Rehberger, D, Estrecha, SGonzalez, Foley, C, Sheill, AM, Hawthorne, W, Mixter, J, Watrall, E, Carty, R, Tarr, D
JournalJournal of Web Semantics
Date Published08/2020
Keywordsdata integration, digital humanities, history of the slave trade, modular ontology, Ontology Design Patterns

We present the Enslaved Ontology (V1.0) which was developed for integrating data about the historic slave trade from diverse sources in a use case driven by historians. Ontology development followed modular ontology design principles as derived from ontology design pattern application best practices and the eXtreme Design Methodology. Ontology content focuses on data about historic persons and the event records from which this data can be taken. It also incorporates provenance modeling and some temporal and spatial aspects. The ontology is available as serialized in the Web Ontology Language OWL, and carries modularization annotations using the Ontology Pattern Language (OPLa). It is available under the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.

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