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What is ResearchSpace?

ResearchSpace (RS) is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project aimed at developing an open source platform to support collaborative internet research and information sharing with Web-based applications for the cultural heritage scholarly community. The ResearchSpace environment intends to provide following integrated elements;

  • Data and digital analysis tools.
  • Collaboration tools.
  • Semantic RDF data sources
  • CIDOC CRM (Conceptual Reference Model)
  • Data and digital management tools.
  • Internet design and authoring tools.
  • Web Publication
One of the first datasets to be made available in RS for annotation and other research activity will be the British Museum's collection data (currently 2 million objects).

The development of the ResearchSpace system (during 2013/14) will have both technical and process synergies with the Mellon’s ConservationSpace projects which aim to produce next generation collection and conservation systems. However, ResearchSpace will support data exchange with other collection systems whether commercial or open source. 

ResearchSpace will provide a range of flexible tools to support a wide range of workflows and will develop these tools on an ongoing basis. Semantic technology is at the core of the infrastructure because it provides an effective mechanism for research and collaboration across data provided by different organisations and projects. ResearchSpace aims to reduce the costs of developing and operating new and innovative systems, creating a more sustainable research and production environment. ResearchSpace is an enabling environment that will develop over time with the help of those that use it.

Development is in it first stages but the video below shows some of the early work done on semantic search.

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  • ResearchSpace Harmonisation Aggregation without losing perspective and local knowledge.Image shows ResearchSpace working prototype semantic search supporting 3 independent implementations of the CIDOC CRM - The British Museum, the RKD and the Yale ...
    Posted 1 Nov 2013 10:57 by Dominic Oldman
  • CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group Meeting The CRM team consider end to end mapping management proposals from Gerald de Jong.This was the 29th joined meeting of the CIDOC CRM SIG and ISO/TC46/SC4/WG9 ...
    Posted 28 Oct 2013 04:18 by Dominic Oldman
  • UCL Centre for Digital Humanities Lecture ResearchSpace perspectives on ethical data and preserving institutional perspectives. Summary of slides with narrative given on the 15th October. The beginnings of the modern museum start with the Wunderkammer (a ...
    Posted 23 Oct 2013 05:22 by Dominic Oldman
  • Ethical Knowledge Representation Saturday September 21 a joint meeting of the ICOM-CC (International Council of Museums-The Committee for Conservation) Paintings Working Group and Documentation Working Group is being held at the ...
    Posted 20 Sep 2013 06:11 by Dominic Oldman
  • Barry Norton joins ResearchSpace The project is very happy to announce that Dr Barry Norton will be joining as the ResearchSpace Development Manager. Barry has worked with linked data and Semantic Web technologies for ...
    Posted 27 Jul 2013 05:30 by Dominic Oldman
  • Oxford Digital Humanities - Summer School 2013 Based at Wolfson College, Oxford, the summer school covered a wide range of subjects providing both practical and theoretical courses. The "Humanities Web of Data: publishing, linking and querying on ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2013 05:53 by Dominic Oldman
  • Southampton University - Knowledge Exchange Conference Organised by Professor Catherine Clarke, the knowledge Exchange looked at the following question, "In what ways can new research in the Arts and Humanities make an impact beyond the academy ...
    Posted 13 Jul 2013 03:43 by Dominic Oldman
  • The Digital Wunderkammer with the CIDOC CRM ResearchSpace employs the CIDOC CRM in an accessible and portable format to promote and help develop an environment that can emulate digitally the Cabinet of Curiosities (in the spirit of ...
    Posted 3 Jul 2013 10:24 by Dominic Oldman
  • Web as Literature - British Library (10th June) Dominic Oldman presented as part of a panel discussion on scholarly modeling. The ResearchSpace project has produced portable scholalrly constructs making CIDOC-CRM mapping more accessibile yet detailed, without any ...
    Posted 10 Jun 2013 23:24 by Dominic Oldman
  • Oxford e-Research Seminar - Contextual data publishing & CIDOC CRM Seminar on Contextual Digital Publishing and CIDOC-CRM given by Dominic Oldman at the center of e-Research at Oxford university. Slides are available below.
    Posted 8 May 2013 09:30 by Dominic Oldman
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