Digital Hermeneutics: Agora and the Online Understanding of Cultural Heritage

C.M. van den Akker, S. Legene, M.G.J. van Erp, L.M. Aroyo, R. Segers, L. van der Meij, J.R. van Ossenbruggen, G. Schreiber, B.J. Wielinga, J. Oomen, G jacobs

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Abstract

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 defining 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Web Science (WebSci’11)
PublisherAssociation for Computer Machinery
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450308557
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2011
Event3rd ACM International Conference on Web Science (WebSci'11), Koblenz, Germany - Kohblenz
Duration: 14 Jun 201117 Jun 2011

Conference

Conference3rd ACM International Conference on Web Science (WebSci'11), Koblenz, Germany
Period14/06/1117/06/11

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