Nuns and Monks – Prosopographical Interfaces
The aim of the NAMPI project is twofold: First, to create a flexible and fully-fledged database system to create and store detailed prosopographical data in a reliable and reusable manner. Second, to use this software to create an online database with detailed information on early modern nuns and monks and the people surrounding them and their communities.
This has been achieved by describing an API based on RDF, the Hydra hypermedia vocabulary, and NAMPI-Core, an ontology built on CIDOC-CRM and the ideas of the Factoid Model. This API description is used as the basis for the NAMPI data backend, a software built on Spring Boot and Apache Fuseki that can be freely used and installed on a wide range of servers and offers ways of creating, updating, and querying prosopographical data for both project participants and public users. Using configurable detail-ontologies, NAMPI-Core can be extended to enable the creation of expressive and exact data objects and provides scientists with the necessary tools to create and publish their research data in the way best matching their source material. The use of NAMPI-Core ensures that data on the basic process of scientific interpretation as described in the factoid model is stored and presented in an accurate and reliable manner so that scientific contributions remain directly attributable to individual researchers.
An installation of the NAMPI data backend enhanced with a newly created detail-ontology on monastic life has been set up as the basis for making currently unedited primary sources on the lives of nuns and monks in the early modern period available to the public for the first time. These sources range from books on baptisms and professions in monastic communities to the necrologies of the Confraternity of St. Joseph in the Cistercian abbey of Lilienfeld in Lower Austria. In addition, the contents of the pre-existing database ProDomo have been integrated fully.
The data can be accessed at https://nampi.icar-us.eu.
- University of Vienna - Institute of History