BDDA Resources

The BDDA is focused on deriving machine-readable expressions of the meaning carried in primary-source documents. Knowledge representation has long been central to computer science and artificial intelligence, and it has undergone a renaissance in recent years with the emergence of the semantic web, linked open data, and infrastructures for knowledge graphs.

The BDDA has concentrated on the CIDOC CRM as a primary source for its ontology, and it has produced an exploratory encoding of data from the Ottoman archives and from Biraben’s magisterial and controversial work, les hommes et la peste en France et dans les pays méditerranéens. You can find this work-in progress at, along with a tutorial: