Adaptation of NLP Techniques to Cultural Heritage Research and Documentation

Guenther Goerz, Martin Scholz


The WissKI system provides a framework for ontology-based science communication and cultural heritage documentation. In many cases, the documentation consists of semistructured data records with free text fields. Most references in the texts comprise of person and place names, as well as time specifications. We present the WissKI tools for semantic annotation using controlled vocabularies and formal ontologies derived from CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM). Current research deals with the annotations as building blocks for event recognition. Finally, we outline how the CRM helps to build bridges between documentation in different scientific disciplines.


WissKI, cultural heritage, Semantic Web, OWL-DL, text analysis, event recognition

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