Sharing Irish Place Names as Linked Open Data

Rebecca Grant - Digital Repository of Ireland

Linked Logainm is a collaborative project undertaken by the Digital Repository of Ireland, the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Fiontar at Dublin City University, the National Library of Ireland and the Placenames Branch of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Linked Logainm project has created a Linked Data version of the authoritative bilingual database of Irish place names, maintained by Fiontar in collaboration with the Placenames Branch. The Linked Logainm dataset provides Irish place name data in a structured, computer-readable format which allows its value to be fully exploited by collaborators, web developers, computer scientists, the heritage community and information professionals. It also encourages the international dissemination of Irish language place names which have been given legal status by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

As Linked Data, Logainm place names can be linked to external geographic data on the web, such as place name information from In practice this means that heritage institutions like the NLI can integrate Linked Logainm into their catalogues, and pull in additional contextual information of interest to researchers such as climate and population statistics or governance information for a particular place.

In this presentation we will introduce the concepts of Linked Data by providing examples and use cases to access Logainm’s online data. We will highlight the advantages of using Linked Data for Irish place names and present ways to easily enhance your own internal data with this open data on the web.

We will briefly present the Location LODer demonstrator website, an interactive introduction to the potential of the Linked Logainm concept, using Logainm data and a map interface to allow users to explore content from sources including Europeana, the NLI and Wikipedia.

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) is a Centre for Science, Engineering and Technology established in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland at NUI Galway. DERI’s mission is to exploit semantics for people, organisations and systems to collaborate and interoperate on a global scale. The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is an interactive, trusted digital repository for social and cultural content held by Irish institutions. The DRI was launched in 2011, receiving funding from the Irish Government's PRTLI cycle 5 for €5.2M over four years. DRI is working with a wide range of institutional stakeholders to link together and preserve Ireland’s rich and varied humanities and social science data. Fiontar conducts cutting edge research in the area of electronic resources for the Irish language, especially in terminology, place names and Irish-language biographies. The National Library of Ireland (NLI)’s mission is to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of life of Ireland. The NLI is driving a forward-looking programme of digitisation, digital preservation, and innovative access, visualization and engagement tools for Ireland’s rich cultural collections. The primary function of the Placenames Branch is to undertake research in order to establish the correct Irish language forms of the place names of Ireland and to publish them for official use.