LiLa: Linking Latin

Building a Knowledge Base of Linguistic Resources for Latin

EADH 2021 tutorial

2nd International Conference of the European Association for Digital Humanities

This tutorial will be held during the 2nd International Conference of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH2021). COVID-permitting, the conference will be held between 21 and 25 September 2021 at the Siberian Federal University in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.


Date and time of the activity




Krasnoyarsk, Russia or online.



The tutorial aims to introduce the architecture, use and enhancement of the LiLa Knowledge Base of interlinked linguistic resources for Latin, developed in the context of the LiLa: Linking Latin project. In particular, the tutorial will present how the Linked-Data model adopted by LiLa is used to connect distributed lexical and textual resources, to ensure their interoperability. We show how, via lemmatisation, texts become part of this network of resources. We provide participants with a theoretical introduction to the architecture of LiLa, as well as hands-on support in their interaction with the LiLa Knowledge Base.

The proposed tutorial falls within the field of Linguistic Linked Open Data (LLOD). While we focus on Latin, the methods discussed are language independent and thus have a much wider application, proving useful for similar initiatives on other languages.

Starting from the experience of LiLa, we introduce the audience to some of the most relevant topics in current digital textual studies and linguistic resources, including:

  • Language (Meta)data. Tools and techniques of linguistic annotation. Specific concepts and technologies discussed: tokenisation, part-of-speech tagging, lemmatisation, and application of a Natural Language Processing (NLP) pipeline  with specific models trained on a large Latin corpus.

  • Knowledge Graphs. Tools and techniques to interoperably link linguistically-annotated datasets. Specific concepts and technologies discussed: interoperability standards, ontologies, RDF, SPARQL, Linguistic Linked Data.

  • Use Cases in Language, Data and Knowledge. Possible uses for philology and linguistics, namely searches combining etymology, polarity, frequency, (graphical) variation, meaning, and more.

Target audience

This tutorial is intended for those who wish to explore solutions to publish texts using LOD. Although we focus on our experience with Latin, we welcome any participant interested in the theme of textual resources and LOD; prior knowledge of Latin and/or LOD is not required.

Materials and technical requirements

The text and tools necessary to participate in the event will be provided by the LiLa team before and during the tutorial. The tutorial is designed to work with desktop computers and laptops, *not* tablets or smartphones.



The activity will consist of two parts. Part 1. Theory: Presentation of the structure of the LiLa Knowledge Base. Part 2. Practice: Preparing and linking a Latin text to LiLa.

Tentative schedule:

09:00-09:45: General introduction (Passarotti)
09:45-10:30: Data model (Mambrini)
10:30-10:45: Coffee Break
10:45-11:30: Processing (Cecchini) and currently linked resources (Litta, Sprugnoli)
11:30-12:00: Questions and group formation
12:00-13:30: Lunch
13:30-16:00: Hands-on work
16:00-17:00: Group presentations and conclusions


On Twitter, look for the hashtag #eadh2021 and/or the handle @ERC_LiLa to follow updates from this tutorial.



Participants are required to register to the conference: