The primary aim of the WG Digital Numismatics is to encourage the implementation of the concepts of Linked Open Data (LOD) and the Semantic Web in numismatics. It is built around the leading architects of numismatic LOD. Its origins lie in the cooperation between the European Coin Find Network (ECFN) and the project nomisma.org, who have together been promoting the use of LOD in numismatics since 2012. The aim of the consortium is to develop, provide and disseminate services and information that will significantly heighten the profile and use of digital technologies, in particular LOD, both within the numismatic community and in related disciplines, thus increasing cross-disciplinary exchange and interoperability. The tools and services provided by the WG act as a paradigm for the use of LOD in other areas of the Humanities.
Coins are particularly suitable for the application of LOD in that they are mass-produced, serial objects and have a relatively standard set of descriptive core data. As a result, significant progress has been made in the field, and numismatic projects are among the flagships in the application of LOD in the Humanities (http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july16/smith-yoshimura/07smith-yoshimura.html).
To that end, this Working Group will bring together partners and stakeholders from the field in order to identify existing resources and deficient sectors. A first meeting of the WG took place on Friday 4th May 2018 at the 7th Joint Meeting of nomisma.org and ECFN in Valencia.
For more information about the Working Group visit: https://www.dariah.eu/activities/working-groups/wg-digital-numismatics/