Universiteit Leiden

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Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities

Sander Stolk

External PhD


Historical thesauri, Semantic Web, Linked Data

Current Projects

My research bears the preliminary title "Semantic Treasure Troves", referring to the historical thesauri that are at its very centre. Such thesauri capture the vocabulary of an entire language but, instead of sorting the words from a to z like in typical dictionaries, the words are organized in a hierarchy of categories. Such an ordering aids researchers in analysing word fields. How many words did a certain culture have for war? How many for peace? Which alternative phrasings were available to, for instance, Shakespeare? My research aims to improve the dissemination and reuse of such thesauri by bringing them to the Semantic Web.


Sander Stolk is an external promovendus who holds two Master's degrees. The first he obtained in Computer Science at VU University (Amsterdam); the second in Literary Studies at Leiden University. His educational background provides Stolk with a solid foundation for research situated within digital humanities. Next to his educational background, Sander Stolk also has considerable experience in the private sector. Since his Master in Humanities, he has worked at Semmtech -- initially as programmer and now as Semantic Architect. There he assists organizations in working with ontologies to capture, manage, and share their information using Linked Data and Semantic Web technology.

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