The human exploration of the space described in a LODLAM project


ApolLOD 11 Overview

ApolLOD_11 is a project realized for the examination of the course of Kowledge Organization and Digital Methods in the Cultural Heritage Domain held by Francesca Tomasi within the Master Degree in Digital Humanities and Digital Knowledge of the University of Bologna.

It's all about:

Semantic Web

The Semantic Web provides a common framework that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. It is a collaborative effort led by W3C with participation from a large number of researchers and industrial partners. (

Linked Data

It refers to a recommended best practice for exposing, sharing, and connecting pieces of data, information, and knowledge on the Semantic Web using URIs and RDF. (wikipedia)

About ApolLOD 11

"That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" became one of the world’s most famous sentences on that historic day of July 20th, 1969, broadcasted by the Mission Control in Houston. While pronouncing the phrase, Neil Armstrong, who was 38 at the time, had become the first earthling on the moon. Exactly at 02:56:15 UTC he stepped onto the lunar surface, followed by Colonel Edwin Buzz Aldrin 19 minutes later. Together they planted a U.S. flag which even today remains a symbol of human achievement. Moreover, this groundbreaking event brought some sort of unity of the humankind, since the images of the planet Earth rising on the Moon’s horizon was a breathtaking and momentous experience that people around the world shared knowing its significance.

The idea behind the ApolLOD project started exactly with this rather popular event, which was our starting point when choosing a person, a place, a date and a concept. However, together with the development of the project came its expansion, so we moved from the abovementioned idea and proceeded to related ideas and concepts, dealing, in that way, with the exploration of the space in a broader sense. To that end, we addressed events, people, concepts and other constituents we believe are relevant as well as interconnected with our principal idea.

The project is divided in the following parts:

The 10 Items

We choose 10 items that describe the idea of "lunar landing", trying to involve objects and artifacts of different formats and types

E/R Model

An Entity/Relation model that describes our idea and underlines the relationships that extist between our entities

Metadata Analysis

Analysis of our items, taking into account Object Type, Institution, Provider and Metadata Standard used by the Provider for each of the 10 items chosen

Metadata Alignment

Alignment between the different standards that can be used to describe the metadata related to people, place, date, concepts

Theoretical Model

A model able to describe all the chosen items, answering almost to the question WHO? WHERE? WHEN? WHAT?

Conceptual Model

Our own Conceptual Model created by reusing existing models

Data Description

The description of our data on the base of the realized Conceptual Model


The description of our data in a RDF language

Data Connection

Our data connected to other related items through URIs











This project was carried out by:

Maria Chiara Frangipane

Katarina Lučić

Andrea Poltronieri


Get in touch with us!

Via Zamboni, 34
40126 Bologna, Italy

+39 051 2098642

Your message has been sent. Thank you!
Ops! An error occurred.
Please retry