Agora User Committee Meeting 2013

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The Agora project is a collaboration between the History and Computer Science departments at the VU University Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Dutch national audiovisual archive Beeld en Geluid. The aim of Agora is to develop a social platform in which museum objects can be placed into an explicit (art)historic context. Through the (art)historic context, objects from highly diverse museum collections can be related, resulting in a more complete and illustrated description of historical events. End-users will also be allowed to create their own personal narratives which will lead to theoretical reflection on the meaning of digitally mediated public history in contemporary society.

Check out our website http://agora.cs.vu.nl/ and our twitter feed @agora_project

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Agora User Committee Meeting 2013

  1. 1. Digital  Hermeneu.cs   AGORA eventing history
  2. 2. Outline   •  •  •  •  •  •  Overview  &  Background  (Susan)   Events  in  Agora  (Chiel)   Agora  Demonstrator  (Lora)   Agora  Wireframes  (Lora)   Discussion   ValorizaCe  (Susan)  
  3. 3. VU History department Geertje Jacobs Susan Legêne Chiel van den Akker VU Computer Science Guus Schreiber Lora Aroyo Lourens van der Meij Marieke van Erp Johan Oomen Lizzy Jongma
  4. 4. AGORA Students 2 BSc students 4 MSc students 1 history intern at Rijksmuseum 1 PhD Student, Beeld&Geluid
  5. 5. External cooperation •  Piek Vossen, Semantics of History •  Roxane Segers, PhD student Semantics of History •  Matje van de Camp, PhD student HiTime •  Yiling Lin, PhD studentUniversity of Pittsburg •  Oana Inel, MSc IBM
  6. 6. Johan Oomen, PhD student Crowdsourcing & user-generated content •  User participation in cultural heritage •  Video Tagging: Waisda? Game •  Oorlogsmonumenten crowdsourcing •  Content selection & curation infrastructure •  Open Content –  CT 2011 –  WebSci 10, Ashgate chapter –  MW2011 –  Semantic Digital Archives 2011
  7. 7. Johan Oomen, PhD student •  •  Symbiosis between the TRECVid benchmark and video libraries at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision International Journal on Digital Libraries, March 2013,Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 91-104 •  •  Sound of the Netherlands: Crowdsourcing the Dutch Soundscape Museums and the Web 2013 •  •  Open Culture Data: Opening GLAM Data Bottom-up Museums and the Web 2013 •  •  Personalized access to cultural heritage: multimedia by the crowd, for the crowd October 2012, MM '12: Proceedings of the 20th ACM international conference on Multimedia •  Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage: Waisda?: Making Videos Findable with Crowdsourcing Annotations, Ashgate (to appear)
  8. 8. AGORA in a nutshell •  VU University Amsterdam –  Dept. Computer Science –  Dept. of History •  Rijksmuseum Amsterdam •  Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision •  develop a social platform in which museum objects can be placed into an explicit (art)historic context and can be further related, resulting in a more complete and illustrated description of historical events
  9. 9. Evaluation Framework for Cultural Heritage Online Expert generated support automated User generated manual provision information interpretation
  10. 10. Storehouse of Information provide information: •  manual: metadata, links (e.g. wikipedia) •  automatic: entities and event extraction, mining support information: •  manual: users tag, add comments and links •  automatic: search & browse
  11. 11. Method to Model Historical Events 12  
  12. 12. Communication & Interpretation Device provide interpretation: •  manual: add stories, links between objects •  automatic: generating narrative relations between events and objects (e.g. protonarratives in Agora) support interpretation: •  manual: favorites, personal spaces •  automatic: supporting (narrative) relations between events and objects
  13. 13. Method for Historical Narrative Generation
  14. 14. AGORA Pilots •  •  VU History students Pilot 2011 Bronbeek Pilot 2012 •  Gymnasium Pilot 2012 •  Object Recommendation & Semantic Search Pilot 2012 •  Crowdsourcing Events Pilot 2013 (ongoing) •  Wireframe Pilot 2013 (ongoing) •  Findings –  event- & narrative-driven browsing are useful structures to explore –  object & event information in Agora browser was too limited –  Need for links to external sources –  Need to distinguish between information & interpretation (narrative) –  Need to serve different types of users –  Need for chronological ordering of the timeline –  Need to distinguish different perspectives –  MSc Thesis: Ardjan van Nuland –  MSc Thesis: Ardjan van Nuland –  BSc Thesis: Marco Boom (recommendations) –  Collaboration with Crowd-Watson Project (IBM, VU) –  MSc Thesis: Shary Kock
  15. 15. AGORA Demos
  16. 16. 25  
  17. 17. AGORA Wireframes Pilot
  18. 18. AGORA Valorization
  19. 19. Our Valorization Vision •  Embed Agora data & tools –  in B&G and RMA environments –  Agora demos or each organization •  Use Agora demo with other collections –  e.g. Troppenmuseum, etc. •  Promote Digital Hermeneutics –  via Video –  via Publications •  Use Agora in Education
  20. 20. What did we do so far … •  Agora data in other projects –  BiographyNet - develop a virtual society of people in the Netherlands –  Verrijkt Koninkrijk – gathering data on De Jong's perception 'verzuiling’ •  Exploitation within CATCH –  Informal collaboration with HiTime project - people relations –  Open SKOS •  Follow-up project proposals submitted/accepted –  DIVE & Digging into Data •  Participating in white paper on digital hermeneutics –  KNAW Center for Advanced eHumanities
  21. 21. Planned Education •  Using Agora demo in VU History Lab •  Using Agora data in VU Digital Humanities Minor •  MSc & BSc students and interns @CH institutions
  22. 22. Planned Publications •  Chiel van den Akker –  Historical Consciousness in the Age of New Media, in Grever, Tangible Pasts –  Mechanical Reproduction and the Concept of History, in Figuring Walter Benjamin –  History and Reproduction –  Curiosity and the Fate of Chronicles and Narratives, in Touched by Code •  Chiel van den Akker, Lora Aroyo, Lourens van der Meij, Susan Legêne, and Guus Schreiber –  The Online Museum and its Contribution to E-humanities •  Chiel van den Akker, Susan Legêne –  Touched by Code (editors)
  23. 23. Planned Demo Work •  •  •  •  •  Integrating Social Aspects Wireframe testing GUI Implementation & testing Agora Social Platform Pilot Continuous Use in History Lab –  Continuous feedback collection –  Demo improvement cycles •  Integration with BiographyNet •  Integration with DiVE & CrowdWatson
  24. 24. Use of Agora Events in Online Video Search Use of Agora Narratives ONZE In Search Results Clustering MISSIE Use of Agora Crowdsourcing for Events Collection
  25. 25. Leerlingen  kunnen  zoeken  
  26. 26. …  naar  authen.eke  bronnen  
  27. 27. Project:  DIVE  
  28. 28. Rijksmuseum  Intranet  for  Researchers  
  29. 29. Agora  Events  &  NarraCves  for   Rijksmuseum  Researchers  
  30. 30. Rijsmuseum  Website  
  31. 31. agora.cs.vu.nl
  32. 32. @agoraproject
  33. 33. Thank you for your attention http://agora.cs.vu.nl @agoraproject

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