Roman Open Data

A Data Visualization & Exploratory interface built in the framework of the ERC Advanced Grant Project EPNet, to foster the exploration of one of the richest database for amphorae and epigraphy, promoting the Open Science principles and practices in the context of Digital Humanities.

Data exploration using the semantic web

Explore both epigraphies and amphoras from the database of CEIPAC, one of the most precise archaeological and historical semantic markers available from the Roman Empire trading system.
Look for inscriptions that match your text search or use advanced search capabilities to perform complex searches, using multiples filters regarding epigraphic properties and bibliographic authoring.
Compare your searches by having your results displayed together through different linked views.

Multiple queries visualized at once

Multiple views for representing the geospatial and temporal distribution of the results. Compare different searches by displaying all your queries simultaneously. Further refining on the results can be performed, through one or more time-span selections and through geo-spatial selections within the map. Facet the data by other properties different from time and space using elastic lists, or by new properties added on-the-fly.

Use the Table View and the Gallery View to get data in a tabular structure and to display the imagery contained within the fetched items. Select items from either the table view or the grid view and get access to the full information related to the item's corpus.

SPARQL powered

This web-based interface for data exploration relies on the OBDA paradigm (Ontology-Based Data Access and Integration), which enables SPARQL-based querying over the dataset through the use of an ontology. In consequence, all data fetched by the interface is done through SPARQL queries, which are generated dynamically based on the actions performed by the user. Such queries are fully available to the user, in order to have access to the underlying ontology and to use them also in a dedicated SPARQL endpoint, which is public and open.