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Digital Humanities and the First World War


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Presentation given at Digital Humanities in Practice Seminar, Open University, UK. 24th January 2013.

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Digital Humanities and the First World War

  1. 1. Digital Humanities and the First World War Digital Humanities in Practice Seminar Open University, UK. 24th January 2013 Adrian Stevenson Senior Technical Innovations Coordinator Mimas, University of Manchester, UK @adrianstevenson
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  3. 3. WW1 Discovery Project• Proof-of-Concept illustrating principles of the JISC Discovery initiative• Discovery about advocating ‘open’ and ‘aggregating’• Make digital content more discoverable by people and machines• Building WW1 aggregation API and discovery layer
  4. 4. What is an API?• ‘Application Programming Interface’• Allows machine readability of data – Typically over the Web• Provides access to content or functions for other systems• Many ways to do this – e.g. – Google, Facebook, Flickr, twitter APIs …. – OAI-PMH, Z39.50 – RDF - Linked Data, Semantic Web 5
  5. 5. WW1 Discovery: How?• Aggregate data from existing APIs – NMM, V&A, Europeana• Help others with example API – BL, Welsh Voices, Postal Museum• Formats: SOLR, RSS, OpenSearch, OAI- PMH, CSV
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  7. 7. Challenges• Lack of APIs• Difficulties merging data – Varied content and formats – Relevance ranking dubious • From Discovery ‘Technical Principles’ - “Discovery is distributed … Discovery is concerned with a plethora of information resources and services from a wide variety of sources and is prepared, where appropriate, to deal with these in situ”• Speed of API response• Lack of content – images – geo-data and time data• Content licenses not open
  8. 8. Contact Adrian Stevenson Mimas, University of Manchester, UK 19
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