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Beyond Notability: Re-evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage, 1870 – 1950

Starting in October 2021, this wiki will gradually be populated with linked data as part of a wider project that is re-evaluating of women's work in archaeology, history and heritage between 1870 and 1950. If you don't know what "linked data" is, the Linking Islands of Data project have made some lovely video explainers.

We are learning as we are going, and - line with our values - we are doing that learning in public so as to respond to community input and contributions. This means that our knowledge graph is a living resource, and that any results derived from it will - until we publish a "final" dataset towards the close of the project in 2024 - be provisional.

Our objectives

The goals of this wiki are to:

Investigate and expand the evidence base for women's past archaeological, historical and heritage work by developing a linked data ontology suited to capturing the full range and complexity of evidence contained in archives of the Society of Antiquaries of London (SAL) and the Royal Archaeological Institute, mapping their links with each other and with other actors and sites beyond the SAL and RAI

This work is guided by a series of questions:

  1. How can inclusive cataloguing, reflexive modelling, and linked open data be used to define and highlight evidence of women's work in historical archives through the development of bespoke digital ontologies that conserve the complexity and specificity of the information they contain?
  2. How can the SAL/RAI archives be catalogued so as to render women's activities optimally discoverable and to track them through the archives and collections of other cultural institutions?
  3. How can linked data modelling of women's archaeology, history and heritage work enrich quantitative macro-analyses of cultural-institutional datasets?
  4. How can LOD enhance research into histories of women and other subaltern actors by enabling complex archival queries?

Where to start

Some suggested starting point to see the content of this wiki:

Starter Queries

To get a sense of what sort of data we have collected, and the benefits of organising data about women's working lives as linked data, try one of our starter queries.

Advanced Queries

If you'd like to dig further into our data, you might wish to try one of our many (many!) queries.

Additional Resources

In this section there are several resources that can help you understand the MediaWiki and Wikibase ecosystems.


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Modification to this wiki are be saved automatically (see the 'View History' tab on each page) and can be reviewed and reverted by the administrator if needed. Any act of vandalism is both forbidden and - frankly - disappointing.

Suggested Citation

To cite an individual item in the Beyond Notability Database please use the following format:

To cite the project and web site as a whole please use the following format:

  • Katherine Harloe, Amara Thornton, James Baker, Ammandeep K. Mahal, and Sharon Howard, Beyond 'Notability': Re-evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain, 1870 - 1950 (, 2021-2024).

Subsequent citation might be shortened to:

  • Beyond Notability.


Special thanks to @addshore for creating WbStack, without which this knowledge base would have taken much longer to get going. In June 2022, this knowledge base was migrate from WbStack to Wikibase Cloud. We thank Wikimedia Deutschland for developing, maintaining, and supporting this vital infrastructure.

Publisher Declaration

This wiki is published by the Beyond Notability Project Team. We are legally responsible for its content.