BiographyNet: Extracting Relations Between People and Events [article]

Antske Fokkens, Serge ter Braake, Niels Ockeloen, Piek Vossen, Susan Legêne, Guus Schreiber, Victor de Boer
2018 arXiv   pre-print
This paper describes BiographyNet, a digital humanities project (2012-2016) that brings together researchers from history, computational linguistics and computer science. The project uses data from the Biography Portal of the Netherlands (BPN), which contains approximately 125,000 biographies from a variety of Dutch biographical dictionaries from the eighteenth century until now, describing around 76,000 individuals. BiographyNet's aim is to strengthen the value of the portal and comparable
more » ... raphical datasets for historical research, by improving the search options and the presentation of its outcome, with a historically justified NLP pipeline that works through a user evaluated demonstrator. The project's main target group are professional historians. The project therefore worked with two key concepts: "provenance" -understood as a term allowing for both historical source criticism and for references to data-management and programming interventions in digitized sources; and "perspective" interpreted as inherent uncertainty concerning the interpretation of historical results.
arXiv:1801.07073v2 fatcat:cvm2p77p4rgrxiydb465u4dffm