WeChangEd, the ERC project on women editors at Ghent University and the ScienceStories team invite you to attend a webinar on digital storytelling of women editors in Europe 1710 – 1920 through the WeChangEd App on Monday 29 June 2020 at 17 – 18h CET.

In this LOD Stories webinar you will learn about:

o            how researchers on the WeChangEd team went from archive, to database, to linked open data to an app on LOD stories,

o            how LOD + Stories App can bring data and collections of museums, archives, libraries, galleries or research projects to life through digital storytelling,

o            and the practical and technical details of developing a Stories App.



What and how we recount the past, is based on the information available to us about the people, places, events and activities that exist in archives and collections.  In repiecing the histories of women editors in Europe from 1710 – 1920, as part of the WeChangEd research project, researchers worked to uncover a neglected aspect of the social and cultural life in Europe in the modern period: the impact of women editors on public debate. In an effort to understand the female periodical editorship and its effect on public life, the capacity to influence public opinion and to shape transnational processes of change, a database of editors was developed to take stock of the people, periodicals and organizations that shaped these periods. This data model, documented here in detail:  Schelstraete, J., & Van Remoortel, M. (2019). Towards a sustainable and collaborative data model for periodical studies. Media History, 25(3), 336-354, outlines how modeling information as linked open data allows researchers/the public/users to incorporate other related information on these entities.

Linked Data is an increasingly common way to publish structured data in the Humanities; facilitating accessibility of knowledge on historical and cultural objects in a format readable by both humans and machines. This affords the bringing together of cultural heritage materials distributed in libraries, archives and museums; and thus allowing the researcher to integrate, and implement an unprecedented amount of often unstructured, siloed data, in lightning speed. Although these are great affordances, there remains barriers for researchers and the public in implementing this information. These are, largely, technical, although an increasing set of tools and query services such as the Wikidata Query Service are emerging to address the use and reuse of RDF in particular. In juxtaposition to the traditional ways of reading (unstructured) text to tell a story, this structured data is also often seen as lifeless to many Humanities researchers and the general public. Yet, stories are embedded in this structured information. ScienceStories as a concept and thus the developed WeChangEd App, is one answer to bringing LOD stories to life.

The App pulls together all data on the Wikisphere, to share publicly available information on a set of 1752 women editors, identified in the WeChangEd database, through moments. These moments include images found in the Wikimedia Gallery, a link to Wikipedia Article, a bookshelf or library of the editor, a timeline of their life, significant places, relevant people – such as partners or family, and the link to the Wikidata statement, to create an interactive interface to engage with LOD and the lives of these editors.

Please join us as we walk you through this process from archive to data, to App in this LOD Stories Webinar.

The LOD Stories Webinar will be held on Monday 29 June 2020 at 17 – 18h CET on ZOOM. It will be held in two parts: 1) a general introduction to LOD, LOD stories and the release of the WeChangEd App from 17 – 17.30h and part 2) at 17:30h the technical aspects of LOD, and implementing the stories App. You are welcome to join for the entire webinar, or just one of the parts.

Registration can be done via: https://webappsx.ugent.be/eventManager/events/WeChangeD. Registration is mandatory, once you register you will automatically be sent a confirmation email, the morning of the event you will be sent the link and webinar etiquette. Should have any further questions please email julie.birkholz@ugent.be.