Journal article  Open Access

From unstructured texts to semantic story maps

Bartalesi V., Coro G., Lenzi E., Pagano P., Pratelli N.

Story maps  Semantic web  Ontology  Natural language processing  Narratives  e-Infrastructures  Virtual research environments  Text processing 

Digital maps greatly support storytelling about territories, especially when enriched with data describing cultural, societal, and ecological aspects, conveying emotional messages that describe the territory as a whole. Story maps are interactive online digital narratives that can describe a territory beyond its map by enriching the map with text, pictures, videos, and other multimedia information. This paper presents a semi-automatic workflow to produce story maps from textual documents containing territory data. An expert first assembles one territory-contextual document containing text and images. Then, automatic processes use natural language processing and Wikidata services to (i) extract key concepts (entities) and geospatial coordinates associated with the territory, (ii) assemble a logically-ordered sequence of enriched story-map events, and (iii) openly publish online story maps and an interoperable Linked Open Data semantic knowledge base for event exploration and inter-story correlation analyses. Our workflow uses an Open Science-oriented methodology to publish all processes and data. Through our workflow, we produced story maps for the value chains and territories of 23 rural European areas of 16 countries. Through numerical evaluation, we demonstrated that territory experts considered the story maps effective in describing their territories, and appropriate for communicating with citizens and stakeholders.

Source: International journal of digital earth (Online) 16 (2023): 234–250. doi:10.1080/17538947.2023.2168774

Publisher: Taylor and Francis, Abingdon , Regno Unito


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BibTeX entry
	title = {From unstructured texts to semantic story maps},
	author = {Bartalesi V. and Coro G. and Lenzi E. and Pagano P. and Pratelli N.},
	publisher = {Taylor and Francis, Abingdon , Regno Unito},
	doi = {10.1080/17538947.2023.2168774},
	journal = {International journal of digital earth (Online)},
	volume = {16},
	pages = {234–250},
	year = {2023}

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