posted 22 Sep 2010, 08:28 by Dominic Oldman
updated 5 Jan 2011, 02:14
Heritage and the Semantic Web
& University of London Study Day
Free Event –
January 13th 2011
The Hugh and
Catherine Stevenson Lecture Theatre (9.15 to 3:30)
University College London, Roberts Building, ‘Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre’ room G08
[see C5 on www.ucl.ac.uk/locations/ucl-maps/map2_hi_res]
The World Wide Web is an essential part of the Museum’s toolkit for
publishing information, engaging visitors and communicating across the globe.
However, museum web sites and information systems are still largely silos that
make it difficult for us to realize the benefits of bringing data together. The
growing momentum of the Semantic Web movement means a greater investment in the
technology and tools needed to convert its potential into practical
opportunities that museums can utilise. The ability of the semantic web to
cheaply but effectively integrate data and breakdown data silos provides
museums with a long awaited opportunity to present a richer, more informative
and interesting picture. For scholars, it promises the ability to uncover
relationships and knowledge that would otherwise be difficult, if not
impossible, to discover otherwise.
The main focus of this study day is on projects that are already
employing semantic web technology and which represent the beginning of a new
wave of initiatives that will encourage further investigation and investment.
By presenting a more practical insight into the use of the semantic web in the
sector it is hoped that the current gap between the technologists and others
who stand to benefit from the technology can be bridged.
Aimed at a general cultural heritage audience, the day currently includes
the following speakers
Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng – Keynote Speaker
Hamma - The Wrong
Containers, Humanities and the Internet
- John Sheridan - Government and National Archive initiatives
- Hugh Glaser - Museum data, where next – consuming linked data
- Atanas Kiryakov – FactForge – the Fast
Track to the Centre of the Data Web
- Dominic Oldman – The ResearchSpace Initiative – Supporting scholarly research online
- Leif Isaksen - Semantic Technologies in Cultural Heritage: Past, Present and
- Jonathan Whitson Cloud - Paths to
Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS
Wendy Hall is a Professor of Computer
Science at the University of Southampton in the UK and was Head of the School
of Electronics and Computer Science from 2002-2007. Her current
research includes applications of the Semantic Web and the development of the
Web of Linked Data. She was a co-founder of the Web Science Research
Initiative and is currently the managing director of the Web Science Trust.
In 2008 she was elected as President of the Association
for Computing Machinery; the first person from outside North America to hold
this position. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for
Science and Technology and is a founding member of the Scientific Council of
the European Research Council. She is a Fellow of the Royal
Society, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded a DBE
in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2010. On 1 August 2010 she took up
the appointment as Dean of Physical and Applied Sciences at the University of
John Sheridan is Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives.
His work as a Civil Servant spans information policy, technology and
online service delivery. John is responsible for legislation.gov.uk, a
significant effort to apply Semantic Web technologies to the Statute
Book. John is also the Linked Data lead for data.gov.uk.
Kenneth Hamma is currently working
independently with the Yale Center for British Art, the Office of Digital
Assets and Infrastructure at Yale, and the Museums and Art Conservation
Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He also continues to work with
two Mellon Foundation funded development projects: ResearchSpace at the
British Museum and ConservationSpace - www.conservationpace.org/blog - at the
National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
He was until 2008 Executive Director for Digital Policy and Initiatives at
the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. He oversaw the management of the
Getty Trust website, www.getty.edu, as well as strategic planning for
information management across all Getty programs: the Museum, the Research
Institute, the Conservation Institute and the Foundation. He has been a
member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information
(CNI), a member of the RLG Programs Council of OCLC, and a director of the
Museum Domain Management Association, the sponsor of the museum internet TLD.
He has served on numerous influential committees concerned with archives,
libraries and museums.
Hugh Glaser’s research work has most
recently been as a Reader in the School of Electronics & Computer Science
at the University of Southampton, UK. His earlier research was in the
fundamentals of Distributed Systems and Programming Languages, but since the
Semantic Web activity began he has moved his focus to the technologies
required to deliver the vision. As part of this he has enthusiastically
embraced the Linked Data initiative.
In addition to the general work and consultancy he is
responsible for two significant practical activities in the Web of Data: a) sameas.org , which helps to establish linkage between datasets;
b) rkbexplorer.com, which is a Linked Data application that gives a
unified view of some fixed datasets plus data from the general Web of Data.
He is also a member of the UK government group that is establishing the best
practice for data publishing and which has published http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/301253/puiblic_sector_uri.pdf
Founder and head of Ontotext lab of
Sirma Group - a Bulgarian software house. Ontotext is a leading Semantic Web
technology provider with applications in KM, Semantic Web, EAI, Business
Intelligence, e-Government, telecommunications, life sciences, media
monitoring and online recruitment.
joined Sirma as a software engineer in 1993, he joined the board in 2000 and
founded Ontotext in the same year. His current research interests are in
semantic annotation and search, large-scale semantic repositories and
reasoning, (upper-level) ontology design, information extraction, IR, object
consolidation. He is an organizer and a member of program committees of a
number of international forums and author of more than 20 articles and book
Dominic is Deputy Head of Information Systems and leads the British Museum’s IS Development section. He managed the implementation of the Museum’s current Collection Online system and web site. He specialises in application integration architecture and business process management.
He is the Principal Investigator of ResearchSpace, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project. The objective of ResearchSpace is to create an online research and publication environment that combines collaboration and research tools with harmonised semantic data sourced from the cultural heritage and arts community.
Leif specialises in ICT-based research on the use and
conception of geographic space in the ancient world with a particular
interest in Linked Open Data approaches. He is completing a Computer Science
PhD on Linked Archaeological Data at the University of Southampton and will
shortly commence a Research Fellowship in the Department of Archaeology. He
is an Investigator on the Google Ancient Places (GAP) project which is
semantically tagging geographic references in classical texts within the
Google Books corpus.
Prior to his doctoral studies he was Senior IT Development Officer at Oxford
Archaeology. He moderates the Antiquist IT and Cultural Heritage online
community and founded the InterFace Technology and Humanities international
symposium series, now in its third year. He is also working on a
computational and spatial analysis of Claudius Ptolemy’s Geography.
Jonathan Whitson Cloud
Jonathan is the Technical Support Officer to the British Museum's
Section. He has had similar roles with Tate, The National
Gallery and Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton.