Canadians engage with, analyze, and synthesize heterogeneous bodies of information about how people, places, organizations, events, concepts, artworks and artifacts are connected. Unprecedented quantities of data for addressing complex social processes still lack meaningful connections between materials and historical contexts to support algorithmic processes and analysis. Humanities researchers need a smarter, “semantic” web whose links will make those connections to elucidate the diverse causes, effects, and significance of human action and expression. The Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS) will meet this need.
The Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship project, a University of Guelph-led CFI Cyberintrastructure project led by Dr. Susan Brown brings together scholars from the universities of Guelph, Toronto, Victoria, Alberta, Ottawa, and McGill in the creation of a national linked data triple store. Dr. Crompton serves as the University of Ottawa institutional team lead on the project. The University of Ottawa team is creating linked data from currently siloed XML-based digital humanities projects and on creating the bilingual aspects of the LINCS interface design.