Digital Heritage 2018 3rd International Congress & Expo
Monday, October 29 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Panel: Get Connected - Semantically! FILLING
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While sustained investment in digital resources for the documentation and management of cultural heritage (CH) has created information systems of value in local contexts for the management, curation and research of CH assets over time, this work - even when done to the best of standards - is often under-used in terms of its exposure to a broader audience both of researchers and the public for re-use and further investigation. Semantic data technologies and facilitating ontologies (conceptual models) such as CIDOC-CRM make possible the creation of linked open data sets which have the capacity both to make data more accessible long term and to enable specific research goals amongst researchers and institutions across borders. Cutting edge institutions and research projects are adopting semantic strategies and using or building semantic tools in order to make such a vision a reality. This being said, the ideas of the semantic web and the use of formal ontologies for modelling and sharing information retain a reputation for difficulty to use in the broader Cultural Heritage community. This session will gather CH and semantic technology specialists from a broad spectrum of institutions who are practically working with and building semantic data in order to present their work but also their vision for the use of semantic technologies in the near and long term. Panelists will present individually and then participate in a round-table discussion open to public participation in order to explore the possibilities of connecting CH data semantically.

Part 1. CRM and Tools for Implementation

The Arches Cultural Heritage Data Management Platform: A case study in developing a semantically-enabled system for cultural heritage inventories and beyond
Annabel Lee Enriquez, Getty Conservation Institute
This talk will explore how the Arches Cultural Heritage Data Management Platform lowers the barrier to implementing the CIDOC-CRM by integrating semantic ontology definition into its interface-driven process of dynamically creating databases. 

The Digital Lab Notebook (DLN) a semantically-enabled metadata toolkit for the computational photography techniques of photogrammetry and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
Carla Schroer, Cultural Heritage Imaging
This talk will describe new open source software tools for collecting and managing metadata, and validating image sets used in the creation of digital representations. The semantic mapping and Linked Open Data is all “under the hood” so the user doesn’t need to know anything about them.
Mapping and Integrating Datasets to CIDOC CRM with the 3M Data Mapping Tool
George Bruseker, ICS-FORTH
This talk will outline the 3M tool for creating data mappings to CIDOC CRM and how it can fit into an overall semantic and/or linked open data management strategy.

Part 2. CRM for Academic Research in CH

Using CIDOC CRM Tools for Advanced Research
Anais Guillem, University of California Merced
This talk will present how CIDOC CRM can be used to support research using semantic data using the case study of architectural data and ontological modeling of Julia Morgan’s architectural designs.

Modeling building archaeology information with CIDOC-CRM and its extensions
Paola Ronzino, PIN, Polo Prato
The talk will explore the potentiality of CIDOC-CRM and its extensions in addressing the issues related to building archaeology. The case study presented will highlight the specific aspects related to Amphitheaters, a particular type of buildings which have been altered in both their form and function over the centuries.

Part 3. The use Semantic Data and the CRM in and for CH Memory Institutions

A View to the Future: Artefacts Canada in a linked data world?
Sheila Carey, Canadian Heritage Information Network
This talk will discuss plans to create a linked open data environment for Artefacts Canada, a Canadian museum collections information repository. The talk will review two test projects using the CIDOC-CRM, lessons learned from those projects and the goals for moving forward.
The CIDOC CRM Game as teaching and learning tool
Anais Guillem, UC Merced
George Bruseker, FORTH
This talk will address the question of how to make the CIDOC CRM accessible to CH professionals, researchers and other parties interested in semantic data but unfamiliar with the CRM in particular or ontologies in general.
Re-thinking CRM: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Franco Niccolucci, PIN, Polo Prato
The CIDOC CRM is a project that has reached maturity over 20 years of dedicated research and development. As it enters the majority as a standard alongside a boom in interest in semantic data, it’s time for the standard to assume its role and responsibility in the semantic community. The talk will discuss how to manage this transition.

Part 4. Round Table Discussion
Following the speakers’ presentations, the floor will be open for discussion around the effective use of CIDOC CRM for implementing semantic integration for digital cultural heritage. The discussion panel will be open to questions from the audience.

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Anais Guillem

University of California Merced


Sheila Carey

Canadian Heritage Information Network
Linked Data, Museum collections information
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Annabel Lee Enriquez

Associate Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute
Annabel Lee Enriquez is an Associate Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), where she specializes in projects involving cultural heritage data management, and is part of the GCI teams for the Arches, DISCO (Data Integration for Conservation Science), and AATA... Read More →
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Franco Niccolucci

Professor, Franco Niccolucci
Franco Niccolucci is the director of VAST-LAB research laboratory at PIN in Prato, Italy. A former professor at the University of Florence until 2008, he has directed the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, until 2013. Prof Niccolucci... Read More →
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Paola Ronzino

PIN, Università degli Studi di Firenze
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Carla Schroer

Director, Cultural Heritage Imaging
Carla Schroer is co-founder and director of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) a non-profit corporation that develops and implements imaging technologies for cultural, historic and artistic heritage and scientific research. Carla leads the training programs at CHI along with working... Read More →