TOBIAS: Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Historical Research

Research interests:
Culture, History, Library, Medieval History, Modern History , Politics
Africa, Africa, Asia, Asia, Australasia, Australasia, Ireland, Ireland, Middle East, Middle East, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
Project period:
10-Jan-2015 - 30-Sep-2016
Project categories:
Research project
Project summary:

 The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) proposes to publish as a web ontology the BBIH subject classification of 8,800 terms for British and Irish History. This will provide a comprehensive, standard resource for all British and Irish history projects wishing to expose their data and link it to other projects using RDF (Resource Description Framework). To test the methodology two projects will be used. The results and methods will be communicated by online tutorials (using the examples) and workshops aimed at various stakeholders including public engagement. The thesaurus will be marked up as SKOS, the Simple Knowledge Organization System (, which is particularly appropriate for thesauri. It is relatively simple to use, making it well placed for take-up by historical projects, while integrating well with the OWL ontologies for those projects which wish to use it.

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Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Professor Jane Winters Chair in Digital Humanities Publications Institute of Historical Research SAS



Funder Grant type Award
Arts and Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement