Using Linked Data to Track and Trace Processes of Canonization in Early Modern Dutch Literature

Judith Brouwer, Harm Nijboer, Lieke van Deinsen, Leon van Wissen, Frans R.E. Blom, Ton van Strien

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This article is about a pilot project in which we linked five web resources in
order to get a firmer grip on processes of canonization in Dutch literature
in the early eighteenth century. The project centers around the Panpoëticon
Batavûm, an early eighteenth century portrait gallery of Dutch writers,
initiated by the painter Arnoud van Halen (1673-1732) and continued
by others. This hall of fame provides an early example of the historical
canonization of Dutch writers. As a collection the Panpoëticon is no longer
intact, but it has been digitally reconstructed as a website. We created a
RDF representation of this website and combined these data with data
derived from the DBNL, Ecartico, Onstage and the Short Title Catalogue
Netherlands. Using these combined data sets we investigate whether
the Panpoëticon reflects the popularity of playwrights in the Amsterdam
theater and vice versa, but we also address potential geographical and
sociocultural biases in the Panpoëticon. Besides generating new insights
in processes of canonization in early modern Dutch literature, this article
aims to provide a working example of the synergy that can be achieved by
combining multiple data sets using Semantic Web technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-59
Number of pages21
JournalDH Benelux Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • biographical data
  • Linked Data
  • Dutch literature
  • Early Modern
  • Amsterdamse Schouwburg


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