Welcome to the set of documents that describe PoMS's presentation as RDF.
As is the case with RDF materials in general, you will need to understand the formalities of RDF and its related technologies to make use of PoMS's RDF data, and there is no introduction to these basic principles of RDF here. However, even if you are already familiar with RDF and Semantic Web basic technologies if you intend to use PoMS's RDF facilities you will still need to understand how the PoMS data is presented as RDF and what tools are available to process it. Providing this information is the purpose of these pages.
There are three sections to this front page for PoMS's RDF materials: A Quick Start section (below) allows those who wish to get directly into the data without much preamble to do so. However, the pages available here also have a somewhat more in-depth discussion of the issues that arise in PoMS's RDF. A few pointers to them are given in the Exploring the PoMS RDF documentation section below. Finally, the Acknowledgements section acknowledges various partners and players who have participated in the construction of this RDF server.
I hope you find PoMS's RDF materials interesting and useful. I'd welcome your thoughts. Please contact me at
https://www.poms.ac.uk/rdf/entity/followed by the name of the type of entity (e.g. "
Person/") followed by a number or name to identify a particular instance. Any of these URI's can be given to the WWW, and will cause the server to generate the RDF statements that are connected to it. To get the response as RDF data specify a suitable RDF mime type in your http request, or append the "format" parameter, specifying the suitable RDF mime type there. For more information, see the section "Entity URI support" in this web site's "Using the Server" page.
https://www.poms.ac.uk/rdf/endpoint/. See the description of it in the section "PoMS rdf SPARQL Endpoint" on the Using the Server page. Some examples of SPARQL queries for the PoMS RDF server can be found here
The pages that describe PoMS's RDF services in some depth are all available via the tabs showing at the top of all the RDF documentation pages, including this one. The tabs are:
Some readers might be interested in the process that created the RDF data and server for PoMS. The process used for PoMS was very similar to that used to build the sister RDF server for the Prosopography of the Roman Republic project. You can find it described for DPRR here.
PoMS started as a joint project between the history departments at University of Glasgow and King's College London with King's Department of Digital Humanities (DDH), and has more recently been supported and developed by King's Digital Lab (KDL). Both the browser-oriented site at https://www.poms.ac.uk and this RDF server site are currently maintained by KDL under Service Level Agreement (for more details see https://www.kdl.kcl.ac.uk/how-we-work/kdl-designed-developed-and-maintained/).
The data for PoMS was prepared under grants from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. PoMS's team page identifies the major players in the PoMS project. Also, see here for general information about the data in PoMS and the project more generally.
This RDF server is based on the rdf4j workbench, with a few changes and extensions created by John Bradley, who was in the past one of the PoMS's co-investigators.
In partnership with DDH, KDL is working on increasing the availability of project data that could be of use to the wide community of academics, students, cultural sector professionals and the general public. This will improve the scholarly value of collective projects, and strengthen KDL ongoing efforts to justify investment in their long-term sustainability. Exposing the PoMS RDF triple store is part of this ongoing initiative.