Annotators and Agents  in a Web-based Collaboratory:  Disclosing Cartographical Collections    Charles van den Heuvel, Vir...
MAPS and  MATCH-maps <ul><li>Aim: linking historical maps with contextual documents + assist users in retrieval </li></ul>...
annotators <ul><li>geneaologists, local historians, private collectors,  </li></ul><ul><li>Leiden University Library: rese...
agents
first experiment with agents
 
Thank You Charles van den Heuvel charles.vandenheuvel@vks.knaw.nl  Sandor Spruit sandor.spruit@cs.uu.nl  Leen Breure [emai...
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MW2010: Charles van den Heuvel et al., Annotators and Agents in a Web-based Collaboratory around Cartographical Collections in Cultural Heritage Institutions

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This paper discusses two interrelated projects: Manuscript map Annotation and Presentation System (MAPS); and Multi-Agent Technology Contextualizing Historical Maps (MATCH-Maps). MAPS is based on a computer aided system that allows users to enrich manuscript maps with geo-references and annotations, and to link these to existing descriptions of archival documents. This bottom-up approach raises methodological questions regarding the authority of annotations and tags provided by professional versus non-professional researchers. In addition, users need to be able to search for contextual documents of old maps. For this purpose, we designed the multi-agent environment MATCH-Maps complements the MAPS system. It will assist curators in restoring connections between manuscript maps and contextual archival documents and help users in searching for maps. Due to 19th century archival practices, many manuscript maps lost their contexts when archivists separated them from the documents to which they belonged.

Cultural heritage institutions are unequipped to reconstitute these lost relationships on their own. Involving users on the basis of Web 2.0 principles seems a productive alternative. The annotations of users may provide valuable hints to the expertise of professional archivists. The multi-agent system will use annotation in suggesting possible links between manuscript maps and administrative documents. However, it will leave it to users and curators respectively to select and re-establish definitely their proper contexts.

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See http://www.archimuse.com/mw2010/abstracts/prg_335002164.html

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  • The full text of the paper accompanying this presentation from Museums and the Web 2010 is freely available on-line:

    van den Heuvel, C. et al., Annotators and Agents in a Web-based Collaboratory: Disclosing Cartographical Collections . In J. Trant and D. Bearman (eds). Museums and the Web 2010: Proceedings. Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics. Published March 31, 2010. Consulted May 31, 2010. http://www.archimuse.com/mw2010/papers/heuvel/heuvel.html
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  • Title slide Thank you
  • Slide 2 MAPS and MATCH-maps This paper discusses two interrelated projects: 1) Manuscript map Annotation and Presentation System (MAPS) and 2) Multi-Agent Technology Contextualizing Historical Maps (MATCH-Maps). MAPS is based on a computer aided system that allows users to enrich manuscript maps with geo-references and annotations, and to link these to existing descriptions of archival documents. For this purpose, we designed the multi-agent environment MATCH-Maps that complements the MAPS system. It will assist curators in restoring connections between manuscript maps and contextual archival documents and help users in searching for maps. Due to 19th century archival practices, many manuscript maps lost their contexts, when archivists separated them from the documents to which they belonged. Cultural heritage institutions are unequipped to reconstitute these lost relationships on their own. Involving users on basis of Web 2.0 principles seems a productive alternative. The annotations of users may provide valuable hints to the expertise of professional archivists. The multi-agent system will use annotation in suggesting possible links between manuscript maps and administrative documents. However, it will leave it to users and curators respectively to select and re-establish definitely their proper contexts
  • Slide 3 - annotation We have two groups of researchers. Humanities researchers from Leiden University Library and a more diverse group of users of the Dutch National Archives consisting of local historicans, private collectors and a very large group of genealogists. Actually 85% of the users of the National Archives consist of genealogists. The idea is to use specfically this large group for reconstructing and constructing relationships. Experts can work together and the EAD/EAC standards allow for that, but its just too time consuming. So the idea is to let genealogists and other lay-experts annotating maps to create critical mass. However there are of course technical problems such as combining formal ontologies en standards with fyzzy folksonomies, and there is of course the methodological issue of the authority of the annotations when combining various levels of expertise. However, first what we want to do.
  • Slide 4 Agents Within the project of the Department of Informatyion and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University _ Match- maps various agents will be develeoped having various roles in exchanging information between the user agent (interacting with the user and the broker agent), the map expert agent, the collection expert agent, the normalization agent (that mediates between agents and the inventories and that uses standards such as EAD/EAC to normalize differences and the broker agent that mediates between all agents. User: searching and annotating Administrative experts, keeping the profiles of the users and collections and contacting experts Experts: experts of maps and of collections Broker agent that mediates between various agents
  • Slide 5 first experiment with agents
  • Slide 6 user - annotation Annotation of map for photographical order leads to contextual document via intervention of agents. Please note that in the metadata description there is no reference to the family name Smout, but the Towadjo refernce brings this to trhe right contextual document
  • MW2010: Charles van den Heuvel et al., Annotators and Agents in a Web-based Collaboratory around Cartographical Collections in Cultural Heritage Institutions

    1. 1. Annotators and Agents in a Web-based Collaboratory: Disclosing Cartographical Collections   Charles van den Heuvel, Virtual Knowledge Studio (KNAW), Sandor Spruit, Leen Breure, Hans Voorbij, Utrecht University, Netherlands Museum&Web 2010 Conference Denver 14-17 April 2010
    2. 2. MAPS and MATCH-maps <ul><li>Aim: linking historical maps with contextual documents + assist users in retrieval </li></ul><ul><li>annotation: combining formal description formats with bottom up tagging </li></ul><ul><li>(semi-) automatic linking using multi-agent technology </li></ul><ul><li>creating rules based on profiles of (historical) archive creators and users and typologies of maps </li></ul>
    3. 3. annotators <ul><li>geneaologists, local historians, private collectors, </li></ul><ul><li>Leiden University Library: researchers </li></ul><ul><li>National Archives – 85% of visitors = genealogist </li></ul><ul><li>observing annotating practices </li></ul>
    4. 4. agents
    5. 5. first experiment with agents
    6. 7. Thank You Charles van den Heuvel charles.vandenheuvel@vks.knaw.nl Sandor Spruit sandor.spruit@cs.uu.nl Leen Breure [email_address] Hans Voorbij [email_address]

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