The North Korean humanities semantic data archive was designed based on the principle of a qualitative and quantitative approach, and a balance between accuracy and scalability. First, a relational database was built comprising the following three pillars: people, literature, and institutions.
Second, an ontology that can express the semantic ‘relation’ between each ‘class’ was designed. Third, a relationship network graph was adopted as a way of visualizing the accumulated information. Fourth, a “North Korean Humanities Wiki” page that is linked to each other through hyperlinks was constructed. The establishment and utilization of the North Korean humanities semantic data archive was accompanied by a process of experiencing the characteristics of digital humanities such as ‘sharing’ and ‘expression’. First, the quality of joint research could be renewed by fully utilizing the communication and collaboration possibilities guaranteed by the digital and web environment. While emphasizing the importance of joint research, the experience of not just fitting into the results of thought but participating in the actual process of thought was a novel experience.
The digital and web environment helped to visually share the thought process and proceed with the work. Second, it was possible to attempt a new way of expressing humanities beyond linear writing. The North Korean Humanities Archive was able to express an image that goes beyond human intuition by capturing the semantic relations that are likely to be obscured by the researcher's intuition and by revealing them as a network graph. Wiki documents facilitated experimentation with new humanistic expressions that went beyond linear writing by fully utilizing the unique productivity of digital and web environments such as hyperlinks, timelines, and electronic maps.