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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date for Diary - Thursday 27 July – Saturday 29 July 2017
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 email@example.com
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/
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/
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.
Inaugural European workshop hosted at University of Oxford e-Research Centre -Aimed at professionals who have expertise and understanding of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) but who are not necessarily technical in their roles.
10th - 12th August 2015, Yale University, New Haven, USA
European Dates to be announced - Please contact the ResearchSpace Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in attending a European Workshop.
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.
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.