The Online Museum and Its Contribution to e-Humanities. Agora and the Hermeneutics of Access

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The Online Museum and Its Contribution to e-Humanities. Agora and the Hermeneutics of Access

  1. 1. The Online Museum and its Contribution to E-humanities Agora and the hermeneutics of access NODEM2013 Chiel van den Akker VU University Amsterdam Agora
  2. 2. Le Musée Imaginaire
  3. 3. hermeneutic devices framing centering enlarging decreasing isolating focusing comparing combining manipulating zooming in/out
  4. 4. online access to cultural heritage • • requires a hermeneutic approach contributes to the conceptualization of e-humanities
  5. 5. Agora Team: Lora Aroyo, Guus Schreiber, Lourens van der Meij, Marieke van Erp, Chiel van den Akker, Susan Legêne, Geertje Jacobs, Johan Oomen
  6. 6. digital hermeneutics • • a theory of interpretation is concerned with the limits of automation and modeling on the one hand, and the interaction of people and technology on the other
  7. 7. Information: the museum as an inventory of the world
  8. 8. Interpretation: the museum as a place to engage with the world
  9. 9. evaluating online access to cultural heritage four dimensions • information - interpretation • provision - support • automatic - manual • lay-users - expert-users
  10. 10. evaluating applications provide information: • manual: metadata, wiki, links • automatic: entities and event extraction, data-mining support information: • manual: users tag, add comments and links • automatic: search & browse ‘‘From Information Delivery to Interpretation Support: Evaluating Cultural Heritage Access on the Web”, Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, (ACM: New York, 2013), 431-440
  11. 11. evaluating applications provide interpretation: • manual: add stories or links between objects • automatic: generation of narrative relations between events and objects (e.g. proto-narratives in Agora) support interpretation: • manual: favorites, personal spaces • automatic: supporting creating (narrative) relations between events and objects (e.g. plot-features in Decipher) ‘From Information Delivery to Interpretation Support: Evaluating Cultural Heritage Access on the Web’
  12. 12. Description vs. Narration ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Information vs. Interpretation Identification vs. Signification vs. Retroactive Alignment - e.g. database - e.g. metadata - e.g. vocabularies Re-description - e.g. Musée Imaginaire anticipating online museum Event-model vs. - e.g. Simple Event Model (SEM) Documentation Narrative-model - e.g. proto-narratives Agora vs. Exhibition
  13. 13. Method to Model Historical Events 13
  14. 14. Method for Historical Narrative Generation
  15. 15. agora event-centered collection browser The pilot demonstrator can be found at http://agora.cs.vu.nl
  16. 16. Two conceptions of e-humanities Guus Schreiber on the Agora-project, 30-05-2013.
  17. 17. framework of digital hermeneutics enables us to • • • analyze applications providing online access to cultural heritage reason about online access to cultural heritage theorize the Web: e.g. limits of modeling, human-machine interaction
  18. 18. take home message • • the online museum requires a hermeneutics of access cultural heritage institutions need to find a balance between (1) the provision and support of information and (2) the provision and support of interpretation
  19. 19. Thank you for your attention http://agora.cs.vu.nl

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