LiLa: Linking Latin

Building a Knowledge Base of Linguistic Resources for Latin

Linked Pasts 6 activity

Linked Pasts 6

This activity will be held during the sixth edition of the Linked Pasts symposium, Linked Pasts 6. The symposium, jointly organised by the University of London and the British Library, will run entirely online between 2-6 December 2020.

Date and time of the activity

Friday 11th December 2020, 10:00-17:00 (CET).


Online (Microsoft Teams): link shared with registered participants only.


This activity falls within the area of Linguistic Linked Open Data (LLOD). By applying Linked Data and FAIR principles, the LiLa: Linking Latin project makes linguistic resources (e.g. textual corpora, lexica, dictionaries) for Latin interact on the web via a lexical basis made of a collection of lemmas known as the LiLa lemma bank.


In this hands-on activity, participants will learn how to link a Latin text to the LiLa Knowledge Base of linguistic resources.

By the end of the activity participants will have a better understanding of 1) the benefits of linking a Latin text to the LiLa Knowledge Base, and 2) the work required to help machines process linguistic data and produce quality resources.

Target audience

This activity is intended for those who wish to publish Latin texts on the web (e.g. computational linguists, theoretical linguists, classicists, philologists) and to connect them to the wealth of interoperable linguistic resources already linked to LiLa.

No prior experience of Natural Language Processing and Linked Data technologies is required but participants are expected to have some basic understanding of lemmatisation, Part-of-Speech (PoS) tagging and Linked Data. While knowledge of Latin is preferable, participants who don’t know Latin but are nevertheless interested in the project and its methods are also welcome to join.

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 activity.

The activity is designed to work with desktop computers and laptops, *not* tablets or smartphones.


The activity will consist of two parts.

Part 1. Theory (10:00-11:30)
Presentation of the structure of the LiLa Knowledge Base.

Part 2. Practice (11:30-12:30; 14:00-17:00)
Preparing and linking a Latin text to LiLa. Workflow outline:

  • Automatic assessment of the lexical overlap between the Latin text and the LiLa lemma bank
    • Disambiguation of ambiguous matches
    • Correction of PoS-tagging/lemmatisation errors
    • Addition of lemmas currently missing from LiLa
  • Conversion of the lemmatised text to RDF Turtle syntax for inclusion in the LiLa Knowledge Base
  • Querying the newly added text and the entire Knowledge Base with the RDF query language SPARQL


On Twitter, look for the hashtag #LinkedPasts6 and/or the handle @ERC_LiLa to follow updates from this activity.



This is a FREE event but registration is required. Registration closes on 9th December at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Protection of personal data

Personal data gathered through this form is intended for the exclusive use of the organisers to help them prepare for the activity. This data will not be passed on to third parties nor will it be stored for future use, but deleted no later than one month after the end of the activity.

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