Development of a User Interface for an Existing Spatial Linked Data Approach for Dialect Data

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


Digitizing dialect data collections and storing them in a database is an important step towards making them more easily accessible both to linguistic experts and to the public. An example of this is the project “Database of Bavarian Dialects in Austria electronically mapped” (dbo@ema). In order to link data from this relational database with linguistic data from other databases and to be able to guarantee interoperability between them, a spatio-temporal Linked Data model based on the dialect data of the dbo@ema was recently created.
In this master's thesis, the development of a prototypical user interface for this existing Linked Data approach is presented. The user interface provides various query methods that can be used to retrieve data via a spatio-temporal SPARQL endpoint. Another key feature of the application is the implementation of a geographic question answering system. Such a system allows users to ask a question in natural language, whereupon the system tries to analyze the question and to answer it accordingly using data from the available data sources.
The goal of this project is to visualize spatio-temporal linguistic Linked Data from the dataset and to make interrelationships between the data easier to understand by applying techniques from the fields of Computer Science and GIScience. Furthermore, it is expected to make it easier for users to explore data from the database. The intended user group for this application should not only consist of linguistic experts, but also inexperienced users who have little or no knowledge of Linguistics and Dialectology.
Translated title of the contributionEntwicklung einer Benutzeroberfläche für einen bestehenden räumlichen Linked Data Ansatz für Dialektdaten
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Graz University of Technology (90000)
  • Scholz, Johannes, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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