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Linked Pasts 6, University of London and British Library, December 2-16, 2020


The annual Linked Pasts conference, which has previously been held at KCL, Madrid, Stanford, Mainz and Bordeaux, brings together scholars, heritage professionals and other practitioners with an interest in Linked Open Data as applied to the study of the ancient and historical worlds. Panels and working groups at Linked Pasts are more goal-oriented than a conventional academic conference, and activities and agendas are often proposed, developed and revised by all participants at the event itself.

The sixth installment of Linked Pasts, hosted by the University of London and British Library in December 2020, will be a fully remote and online event, with events taking place over two weeks rather than an intense three days of in-person sessions. Other than welcome, keynotes and wrap-up at the beginning and end of the conference, most activities will be asynchronous, with work or discussion taking place in whatever medium is most appropriate to the activity and community in question. Participation in the conference is free, but advance registration is required.


    (All times given in UTC / GMT / UK time zone.)

    Wednesday December 2
    14:00 (UTC) opening ceremony, welcomes
    15:00–18:00 Activity clusters #1–3 kick-off sessions

    15:00 Cluster 1: Aligning linked (geo-)data and tools
    16:00 Cluster 2: Date and time
    17:00 Cluster 3: Epigraphy and documents

    Information on joining all activities(Opens in new window)

    Thursday December 3
    14:00–17:00 (UTC) Activity clusters #4–6 kick-off sessions

    14:00 Cluster 4: People and names
    15:00 Cluster 5: Aligning and leveraging LOD
    16:00 Cluster 6: Texts and language

    18:30 Keynote: Constance Crompton (University of Ottawa), Linked Data Across Time and Space: the Challenge of Modelling Temporal Identities and Places (See here for further details) Podcast

    Friday December 4
    14:00–16:30 (UTC) poster session and symposium social

    Wednesday December 9
    14:00 (UTC) Keynote: Lizzy Jongma (NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam), Tanks, TNT and Triples: Using Linked Open Data and Semantic Technologies to reconstruct past lives and events (See here for further details). Podcast

    Thursday December 10
    13:00–14:30 (UTC) mid-symposium activities check-in

    Tuesday December 15
    16:00 (UTC) Keynote: Sara Tonelli (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento), To LOD or not To LOD? Linking events and named entities with NLP in Digital History projects (See here for further details) Podcast

    Wednesday December 16
    16:00 (UTC) final activity reports
    18:00 closing of symposium

    Programme Committee

    • Jonathan Blaney (University of London)
    • Gabriel Bodard (chair) (University of London)
    • Carmen Brando Lebas (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)
    • Paula Granados García (British Museum)
    • Piraye Hacıgüzeller (Ghent University)
    • Federico Nanni (Alan Turing Institute)
    • Gethin Rees (British Library)
    • Valeria Vitale (British Library)