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Presentation about the project and the second PATHS prototype given by Kate Fernie at the eCult dialogue day in September 2013.

Presentation about the project and the second PATHS prototype given by Kate Fernie at the eCult dialogue day in September 2013.

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  • 1. Personalised  paths  through  digital   library  collec4ons Kate Fernie, MDR Partners (Consulting) Ltd eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 2. PATHS: project basics •  A STREP funded under the FP7 programme •  36 month project - 1/1/2011 to 31/12/2013 •  6 partners in 5 countries •  University of Sheffield •  Universidad del Pais Vasco •  i-sieve technologies Ltd •  Asplan Viak Internet Ltd •  MDR Partners •  (Alinari 24 Ora Spa) http://www.paths-project.eu
  • 3. Introduction Large quantities of digital cultural heritage material have become available online Museum exhibitions offer narratives organised by theme yet digital libraries are often limited to a simple keyword search eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 4. Introducing paths We’re introducing the idea of paths into digital library collections This is not a new idea – some online examples are Walden’s Paths, Trailmeme and Timelines eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 5. We think we can do more PATHS Research areas: •  Information access: Methods for exploring and navigating digital cultural heritage collections, including paths, topic maps, tag-clouds, hierarchical concept structures and recommender services. •  Natural Language Processing: analysing item metadata to improve indexing, enable use of ontologies, and generating links between items in the collection and with external background material. •  Educational informatics: adapting to individual learners in relation to being directed and being allowed the freedom to explore autonomously eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 6. User-centred development What do people want from digital libraries / how might they use paths? Users Gather user requirements and behaviours Develop prototype system Evaluate and test system with potential end users http://www.paths-project.eu/eng/Resources/User-Requirements-Analysis
  • 7. Prototype The content is from Europeana, enriched by the project team using NLP techniques http://explorer.paths-project.eu/
  • 8. So what are paths? Paths can be created by experts or any registered user on any topic or theme they can be linear or include branches and they can intersect with other paths
  • 9. User interpretations of paths Hypertext trails Search history Learning process Process oriented Information seeking journey Paths Transaction process eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik Linked metadata Through route Augmented reality Starting point / way in Encouraging exploration and enriching data
  • 10. Path following Continue on this path Description by path creator Users can simply follow a path in a similar way to reading a narrative or viewing an exhibition.
  • 11. Encouraging exploration of the collections Tempting users to deviate from the path by exploring the links
  • 12. Different user scenarios Classroom activities Curated collections Leisure users Local historians Paths Researchers •  PATHS system incorporates tools to support different activity levels from path following to active exploration and use of the contents eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 13. Searching the collections The prototype includes keyword searches eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 14. Tools for browsing: thesaurus eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 15. Browsing the collection as a tag cloud Same taxonomy, different view eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 16. Collection overviews: topic map Same taxonomy different view th eCult Dialogue Day, 19 September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 17. User study “Imagine you are a student who has been asked to create a path as part of a university assignment. You have been asked to use primary source materials to create a mini online exhibition suitable for a target group within the general public and/or school visitor categories. Your goal is to introduce a historical or artfocussed topic in a popular, accessible way, and to encourage further use and exploration of cultural heritage resources.” eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 18. Creating paths Users who have registered and logged into the system can add items to their workspace and create their own paths
  • 19. Finding items Users can find items to include in their path by any of the methods above – selecting from paths, search results or by browsing using the thesaurus, tag cloud or topic map
  • 20. Workspace You can add items to your workspace until you’re ready to start creating a path or editing one of your existing paths
  • 21. Editing paths This is an unpublished path that I’m still working on
  • 22. Drag and drop from workspace I’ve created a new branch by dragging and dropping an item from the workspace
  • 23. Editing nodes Users can add their own descriptions of the item nodes on a path which can include links to external resources, notes or exercises
  • 24. Adding text nodes Users can also add text only nodes to a path for example exercises, notes, discussion
  • 25. User evaluation •  Second round of evaluation trials just completed •  User feedback on the prototype systems has been very good: very positive feedback on path creation tools and search mechanisms •  About to start field trials and evaluation of a mobile app. eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 26. Technology and exploitation •  PATHS has a flexible modular architecture consisting of web-services, data storage and end-user interfaces •  Natural language processing of the metadata allows search capabilities to be enhanced •  Web services support users, path creation and editing, querying, interacting with topic hierarchies and a recommender service •  Components intended to be suitable for implementation in any digital library system •  Market study and exploitation this autumn eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik
  • 27. Thanks for your attention! kate.fernie@mdrpartners.com http://www.paths-project.eu Twitter @PATHS_project eCult Dialogue Day, 19th September 2013, Dubrovnik