May 16, 2022

Conference Paper: “Improving Fiction Literature Access by Linked Open Data-Based Collaborative Knowledge Storage – the BookSampo Project”

The following paper will be presented at the upcoming World Library and Information Congress, 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that will take place in Helsinki this August.


Improving Fiction Literature Access by Linked Open Data -Based Collaborative Knowledge Storage – the BookSampo Project


Eetu Mäkelä
Aalto University

Kaisa Hypén
Turku City Library Finland

Eero Hyvönen
Aalto University


IFLA General Conference 2012 Web Site


BookSampo is a joint project between the Finnish public libraries and semantic web researchers, to improve fiction literature search and recommendation. In the project, dozens of librarians around Finland have used a collaborative web-based metadata editor to input diverse knowledge about fiction literature into a shared database. Particularly, the project has sought to improve access by indexing not only bibliographical information about the books, but focusing on the content and context of the works. In order to do this, the database employs advanced techniques such as functional, content-centered indexing, ontological vocabularies and the networked data model of linked open data. To demonstrate the functionality this makes possible, the fiction literature portal was created. This portal uses the knowledge created in the project to offer advanced semantic search and recommendation based on the database created. In addition, web services exposing direct access to the data have been used for example in culture hack events to answer more complex questions, such as where in Finland are the most crimes committed in fiction literature.

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