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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.

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