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Talks at National Gallery - Washington DC

posted 2 Feb 2017, 22:21 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 2 Feb 2017, 22:24 ]

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Building the Infrastructure for Digital Research in the Humanities

 February 24, 2017  West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art

 Dominic Oldman, Head of ResearchSpace at the British Museum and a Senior Curator in the Collections Directorate, will give two different presentations on his work in the use of digital tools and resources for research in the humanities and cultural heritage. In the morning, he will present a seminar that delves into the building of data resources for humanities research. In the afternoon, he will describe the powerful features and resources of ResearchSpace, a new tool for empowering digital research.

 10:10 am – 12:30 pm West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art

 How to Build a Semantic Web Database in One Morning

 This seminar will describe the processes used to build the ResearchSpace Semantic Web application from end to end. What are the underlying principles of knowledge representation? How is data mapped from existing sources of data? How is it prepared for a friendly user interface? How can it be manipulated? How can the data be exported? This seminar will also introduce a Semantic Web database tool, capable of rapidly building flexible Semantic Web sites using humanities or cultural heritage data (library, art history, archives, archaeology etc.), that can be integrated with other implementations and across disciplines.     

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art

 Knowledge Representation and Research in the ‘Real’ World

 This talk introduces ResearchSpace, a Semantic Web humanities research environment being developed at the British Museum, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project turns the tables on traditional methods by using contextualized data that stands independently of software. As a result, researchers can build and integrate knowledge within a digital environment with more control and flexibility across a whole range of cultural heritage and humanities disciplines. The talk will include the project’s latest developments and background information about its construction, including a Semantic Web database builder for producing flexible Web-ready systems using rich models such as CIDOC CRM and FRBR.

 Dominic Oldman specializes in historiography and historical methods, knowledge representation and Semantic Web/Linked Open Data methods, and is currently a research student at the University of Oxford.

 For more information contact Nicola Wood at n-wood@nga.gov


ResearchSpace Symposium- Building cultural heritage knowledge

posted 19 Jan 2017, 01:00 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 11 Mar 2017, 05:58 ]



A British Museum ResearchSpace Symposium funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation
Date for Diary - Thursday 27 July – Saturday 29 July 2017
 
Booking for 27th and 28th available at https://tinyurl.com/jgewo33

29th Workshop will be advertised separately.

This conference seeks to highlight the challenges for sustainable knowledge building between cultural heritage institutions, universities and the other interested audiences. How do we combine knowledge, skills and experience to create digital resources that have high research value, meaningful content, and are interesting to a wide range of people and groups? How can interdisciplinary work be practically supported and maintained? How can the outputs of digital research be academically robust and accessible for reuse in other projects? How can we avoid digital disruption and fragmentation? Finally, what role should cultural heritage institutions and organisations play in preserving and disseminating knowledge?
 
The conference will include papers about the principles, methodology, techniques and viewpoints of people and projects attempting to answer these questions and provide practical solutions. The focus is not simply on integrating and connecting information, but about connecting people and knowledge from different backgrounds, skills and experience. The conference will include workshops that talk about and demonstrate techniques used to transfer knowledge systems to the World Wide Web.
 
Further details will be available soon. If you would like to submit a paper for the conference, email Maria Anagnostopoulou at managnostopoulou@britishmuseum.org
 
 

H2020 GRAVITATE using ResearchSpace Platform

posted 22 Sep 2016, 09:40 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 22 Sep 2016, 23:09 ]






GRAVITATE combines 3D models  with scientific processing and cultural heritage data to create a harmonised  knowledge graph in support of the re-assembly, re-unification and re-association of archaeological fragments. It uses the CIDOC CRM as the key knowledge representation system and will develop new tools and specialisations making use of the ResearchSpace Semantic Web Research platform. ResearchSpace and the British Museum are partners in the project. The project web site is http://gravitate-project.eu/




ResearchSpace & CIDOC CRM at ICOM Milan 2016

posted 6 Jul 2016, 03:09 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 6 Jul 2016, 03:10 ]

 
 

The CIDOC CRM family of Ontologies
 

Creating the modern day digital Wunderkammer.

http://network.icom.museum/icom-milan-2016//
 
 

Research Infrastructures 

Presenting the current components of the ResearchSpace system.

www.researchspace.org





 

Oxfordshire Publishing Group Summer Conference 2016 - Curating Culture Panel

posted 26 May 2016, 04:48 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 26 May 2016, 04:49 ]

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Dominic Oldman, Head of ResearchSpace, will be presenting as part of a panel session led by Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian in the University of Oxford and Director of the Bodleian Library’s Centre for the Study of the Book. For details see 
http://publishing.brookes.ac.uk/conference/opg_summer_conference/

Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School 2016

posted 29 Mar 2016, 06:45 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 29 Mar 2016, 06:49 ]

 
The next Oxford Digital Humanities Summer School 2016 takes place between 4-8 July 

In the Thursday Session in the Linked Data for Digital Humanities strand we will be looking at;

-Using the Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage Data
-Practical information on how to map, process and present data on the Semantic Web,
-A early preview of some Semantic Web user applications.

To book your place browse to  http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/2016

A New Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwells/Wiley)

posted 11 Oct 2015, 12:47 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 11 Oct 2015, 12:54 ]

Including the chapter

ZEN and the Art of Linked Data

New Strategies for a Semantic Web of Humanist Knowledge

Dominic Oldman - Martin Doerr - Stefan Gradmann 

Out 20th November 2015

ResearchSpace meets Salamis Terracotta Statue Fragments using CIDOC CRM

posted 28 Sep 2015, 08:39 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 28 Sep 2015, 08:54 ]

An example semantic search from ResearchSpace being used on the Horizon 2020 project GRAVITATE (http://gravitate-project.eu/) - Bringing together Ancient fragments from Salamis in Cyprus.

 

CIDOC CRM Mapping workshop at Oxford University

posted 22 Sep 2015, 07:46 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 11 Oct 2015, 05:26 ]

CIDOC CRM Mapping workshop for humanities scholars and cultural heritage professionals

Inaugural European workshop hosted at University of Oxford e-Research Centre 
Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th November 2015

-Aimed at professionals who have expertise and understanding of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) but who are not necessarily technical in their roles.
-Useful for people wishing to develop skills in data mapping techniques and understanding of semantic frameworks.

-The workshop will include examples from leading heritage collections including the British Museum and Rijksmuseum.


Participants must attend both days. A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries are available for participants with a practical need for the training. If you are interested in attending please email Researchspace@britishmuseum.org by Thursday 20th October. If you would like to apply for the bursary then please include a statement of up to 500 words on the relevance of the workshop to your work.

For the Workshop you will need a reasonably up to date  laptop with a reasonably sized screen

The workshop covers:

1. The philosophy behind the CIDOC CRM

2. The CIDOC CRM semantic framework and how it is applied to heritage datasets.

3. How to map CRM as a knowledge representation exercise.

4. How to create Linked Data for use in an RDF database.


 Some feedback from the recent USA workshop:

“This was SO helpful…I have already made better decisions this week as we develop our collections online presence”

“Thank you so much! This was an excellent event. It came at the perfect time for my project, and has given me practical methods for moving forward with my data mapping and transformation”.

“I had a blast and learned a lot!”

Workshop Leaders

Dominic Oldman: Head of ResearchSpace at the British Museum and a Senior Curator in the Collections Directorate, he is deputy chair of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) Special Interest Group. He managed the implementation of the British Museum’s Collection Online service and established the Museum’s public Semantic Web service, which provides collection information mapped to the CIDOC CRM ontology. He is currently the Principal Investigator of ResearchSpace, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


 Maria Theodoridou: R & D engineer in the Information Systems Laboratory and the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, in Crete, Greece. Maria has been actively involved in several national and international cultural information systems’ projects. Her research interests include conceptual modelling, cultural information systems, source material management systems and digital libraries.

ResearchSpace Workshops: Mapping Culture Semantically

posted 13 Jun 2015, 01:59 by Dominic Oldman   [ updated 16 Jul 2015, 03:27 ]

CIDOC CRM Mapping workshop for humanities scholars and cultural heritage professionals

Kindly Supported by the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University

10th  - 12th August 2015, Yale University, New Haven, USA
European Dates to be announced - Please contact the ResearchSpace Office (researchspace@britishmuseum.org) if you are interested in attending a European Workshop. 

  • Find out how combining cultural heritage and humanities data with semantic technologies can create a better foundation for digital representation and reconciliation.
  • See demonstrations from the British Museum and Rijksmuseum on how this technology and approach has enhanced the digital representation of collections data and enabled richer comparisons and synergies across institutions.
  • Develop an understanding of how the semantic framework can overcome issues of information integration using vocabularies and mandated fields to represent cultural heritage data faithfully and meaningfully for wider reuse.
  • Develop skills and understand data mapping techniques using CIDOC CRM.

Aimed at professionals who have expertise and understanding of cultural heritage but who are not necessarily technical in their roles. Attendance for 2.5 days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning) is free for up to 20 people. Attendees must finance travel and subsistence costs but some help may be available for some attendees - please contact the ResearchSpace office.



Attendees can bring XML data samples to the workshop (but should send a copy to the ResearchSpace office prior to the workshop).  Registration is available here from the 19th June.



Workshop Leaders

Dominic Oldman: Head of ResearchSpace at the British Museum and a Senior Curator in the Collections Directorate, he is deputy chair of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) Special Interest Group. He managed the implementation of the British Museum’s Collection Online service and established the Museum’s public Semantic Web service, which provides collection information mapped to the CIDOC CRM ontology. He is currently the Principal Investigator of ResearchSpace, a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project aims to enrich and harmonise cultural heritage datasets and construct collaborative research tools designed to uncover the relationships and connections between different collections while retaining institutional perspectives.

Maria Theodoridou: R & D engineer in the Information Systems Laboratory and the Centre for Cultural Informatics of the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, in Crete, Greece. Maria has been actively involved in several national and international cultural information systems’ projects. Her research interests include conceptual modelling, cultural information systems, source material management systems and digital libraries.


  

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