The Vienna City Archives have created a Semantic MediaWiki
that will serve as a platform for historic knowledge of the city of Vienna. Based on a
printed encyclopedia on Vienna’s history, a semantic Wiki with
currently more than 30.000 articles has been established. Data on buildings
and topographical information is geo-referenced and displayed on a city map
together with diverse other layers of GIS-based information from history,
archaeology, art and architecture pooled in a GIS platform called “Wien Kulturgut”. Basic data on persons, buildings etc. is
available through text but also through a database and can be retrieved via
database queries. Data from these databases will be accessible as Open
Government Data (OGD) in the future. Added photos and depictions of all
kinds will be issued under a non-commercial cc license.
Major contributors of the Wiki will be the magistrate of Vienna
and its departments, first of all the archives and the City Library, as
well as the City
Museum. As the Wiki
is open to everyone, qualified contributions from specialists from outside
are welcome but will be reviewed by an editing committee. The Wiki will be
online on June 15th 2014.
By offering this tool for the administration of the city and for citizens
interested in town history the archives want to serve as the center point of the city’s history.This
way, the archives make their holdings and expertise visible and interact
with their major stake holders as well as the citizens, universities and
societies interested in the history and culture of Vienna.