May 27, 2022

Cornell University Library Launches Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), Linked Open Data Also Available

From Cornell University Library:

Students and scholars can now freely search a new database of Latin and Greek authors that provides links to online versions of their works.

The database, the Classical Works Knowledge Base (CWKB), contains metadata about 5,200 works by 1,500 ancient authors, allowing users with a limited knowledge of the classics’ canonical citation system to simply link to passages of digital texts.


Let’s say you’re an undergraduate and in a page you’re reading is a reference to a passage of an ancient text, and you would like to read this passage but you don’t know how to find it,” said Eric Rebillard, professor of history and classics, who developed the tool in collaboration with Adam Chandler, a librarian at Cornell University Library. “With this new capability, you can go to this database and find it through very simple steps.”


The second major innovation is the publication of the database’s content as linked open data, which allows the metadata to be connected and enriched by other projects.

Direct to Classical Works Knowledge Base

Direct to Classical Works Knowledge Base Linked Open Data Information

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