Linked Data Driven Dynamic Web Services for Providing Multilingual Access to Diverse Japanese Humanities Databases

Biligsaikhan Batjargal, Takeo Kuyama, Fuminori Kimura, Akira Maeda


Several cultural domain resources in different languages have become available as
Linked Open Data (LOD) in the last few years. However, there is little re-use of this data in multilingual
information retrieval applications. The paper discusses Linked Data driven approaches in providing integrated
multilingual access to diverse Japanese humanities databases by linking and re-using LOD resources dynamically.
It proposes a method, which dynamically generates links across databases using Linked Data when a user performs
a search using keywords. We built a prototype information retrieval system based on LOD resources, personal
names authority data, subject headings, and links to other Linked Data resources. Furthermore, we demonstrate
how this approach is integrated in real-life retrieval systems and how linking and accessing diverse databases
can be enhanced to make use of the available LOD resources. The proposed method also enables to access multiple
databases in different languages by using the notations in various languages, which were obtained from the
authority data resources. It allows to access to additional data not only in Japanese databases but also
multilingual databases in other countries without depending on languages and formats of each database.