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Digital Hermeneutics: Agora and the Online Understanding of Cultural Heritage

van den Akker, Chiel and Legêne, Susan and Van Erp, Marieke and Aroyo, Lora and Segers, Roxane and Van der Meij, Lourens and van Ossenbruggen, Jacco and Schreiber, Guus and Wielinga, Bob and Oomen, Johan and Jacobs, Geertje (2011) Digital Hermeneutics: Agora and the Online Understanding of Cultural Heritage. pp. 1-7. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Cultural heritage institutions are currently rethinking access to their collections to allow the public to interpret and contribute to their collections. In this work, we present the Agora project, an interdisciplinary project in which Web technology and theory of interpretation meet. This we call digital hermeneutics. The Agora project facilitates the understanding of historical events and improves the access to integrated online history collections. In this contribution, we focus on dening and modeling prototypical object-event and event-event relationships that support the interpretation of objects in cultural heritage collections. We present a use case in which we model historical events as well as relations between objects and events for a set of paintings from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam collection. Our use case shows how Web technology and theory of interpretation meet in the present, and what technological hurdles still need to be taken to fully support digital hermeneutics.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS3 Web Engineering > WS32 Architectures
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:438
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:53
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:11

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