The following is a summary of a presentation given by Dominic Oldman on 7th May 2013 concerning Contextual Data Publication at the British Museum.
Contextual Data Publication for Research and Engagement at the British Museum [e-Research Seminar Series]
Dominic Oldman (http://www.oldman.me.uk/)
When: 7th May ’13 from 02:00 pm to 03:00 pm
Where: OeRc Access Grid Room, 7 Keble Road
ResearchSpace to be released in the near future.
- semantic search of British Museum holdings
- annotation of research objects by individuals and collaborative research groups
Based on linked data representation of British Museum data.
Motivation is to make data available to all.
Nearly all software is open source and source code will be released on github for re-use, except for one product. Exception is closed-source Ontotext OWLIM (http://www.ontotext.com/owlim) (also used by BBC) that is used as the semantic repository, due to there not being an open-source option that meets performance requirements. When open source option becomes available this will be implemented in place of OWLIM.
Interest from other organisations to implement similar approach, e.g. Natural History Museum.
System enables co-referencing of research objects (said to be better than available elsewhere) by using contextual data. Example given of person with limited biographical data available. A profile can be created by summarizing contextual data e.g. publications, type of publication, location, etc. By comparing this contextual data it might be possible to define a co-reference with a research object in the same repository or external repository.
- OWLIM – a Resource Description Framework (RDF) database based on sesame.
- Java – server side coding
- CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM) – An Ontology framework for organising cultural
- heritage data.
- Open Annotation – a schema for representing annotations
- ResearchSpace CIDOC CRM Search System http://youtu.be/HCnwgq6ebAs
- Publishing Cultural Heritage Linked Data
- http://youtu.be/6KVYLwWPquU ** presentation that is nearest to that given on the day
- CIDOC CRM Cultural Semantic Search using Fundamental Relationships
Project web site
Blog post by Dominic Oldman