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Tolstoy semanticized: Constructing a digital edition for knowledge discovery

Web Semantics. 2019.
Bonch-Osmolovskaya A. A., Skorinkin D., Orekhov B., Pavlova I. S., Kolbasov M. G.

The paper presents the results of a project devoted to the creation of a digital edition of Leo Tolstoy's complete works. Our primary source is the 90-volume critical print edition of Tolstoy's oeuvre. We discuss the rationale for semantic markup of metadata for three classes of texts: works, letters and diaries. We extract information from the critical apparatus and supplement it with some new additional markups that enable visualizing the evolution of Tolstoy as a publicist. We show that the named entity index constitutes a valuable knowledge base, which can serve as a basis for generating a knowledge graph that is more detailed and systematic than the open linked databases like DBpedia.