PATHS at Digital Humanities Congress 2012

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A presnetation about the project given by N. Aletras, P.D. Clough, S. Fernando, N.Ford, P. Goodale, M.M. Hall and M. Stevenson from the Information School /Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield
Sheffield, 6th – 8th September 2012

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PATHS at Digital Humanities Congress 2012

  1. 1. Navigating Cultural Heritage Collections using Pathways N. Aletras, P.D. Clough, S. Fernando, N.Ford, P. Goodale, M.M. Hall, M. Stevenson University of SheffieldInformation School / Department of Computer ScienceDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  2. 2. Opening Up Digital Cultural Heritage http://www.flickr.com/photos/brokenthoughts/122096903/Carl Collinshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/carlcollins/199792939/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4069633668/ Digital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  3. 3. Opening Up Digital Cultural Heritage http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3731283554/Digital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  4. 4. Cutting Paths through DCH Leeds Town HallOn The Headrow, sandwichedbetween the Central Library andHenry Moore Institute. The grandinterior houses a notablecollection of fine art and the cafe Leeds City Artin the recently renovated Gallery – EntranceVictorian Tiled Hall is well worth avisit. The unremarkable exteriorarchitecture is overshadowed by alarge broze sculpture by HenryMoore. Leeds City Art Gallery - Interior http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3731283554/ Digital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  5. 5. Cutting Paths through DCH Follow Paths Explore the Collection Share their own Paths http://www.flickr.com/photos/28481088@N00/3731283554/Digital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  6. 6. Our CollectionsCollection Language Number & Type of ItemsCulture Grid English 547,741 ImagesHispana Spanish 1,129,640 Texts 105,493 ImagesCervantes Virtual Spanish 19278 TextsDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  7. 7. Filtering the Data• Some items have very limited meta-data• Tried filtering these to improve the user- experience – Discard all items that have no description, or title < 4, or title repeated > 100 times – Discard all items that have no description, and title < 4, or title repeated > 100 times• Results improved but not quite sufficient• Plans: Show users “interesting” items firstDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  8. 8. Cutting Paths through DCH Leeds Town Hall Similar Items KeywordsBackground Leeds City ArtInformation Gallery – Entrance Search facets Leeds City Art Thesauri / Gallery - Interior VocabulariesDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  9. 9. Similar Items• Use Latent Dirichlet Allocation to automatically determine a set of 700 topics in the collection – Similarity calculated based on which topics an item belongs to – Show the 25 most-similar topics to the user• Plans: – Produce more diverse similar items – Limit based on meta-data (similar items in the from the same source, ...)Digital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  10. 10. Keywords / Search FacetsDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  11. 11. Thesauri / Vocabularies• Existing meta-data is not consistent in use of thesauri / vocabularies• Automatically map to a number of manually and automatically generated thesauri / vocabularies – LCSH, Wikipedia categories, DBpedia ontology, Wordnet domains, Wordnet, LDA-based hierarchy, Wikipedia article hierarchyDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  12. 12. Background Information Painting of a fen landscape A fen is one of the four main types of wetland, and is usually fed by mineral-rich surface water or groundwater• Automatically link items to Wikipedia articles that are relatedDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  13. 13. Creating & Sharing Leeds Town Hall Similar Items Keywords Add to Create your own Path! Leeds City ArtGallery – Entrance Workspace Search facets Leeds City Art Thesauri /Gallery - Interior VocabulariesDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  14. 14. Evaluation• Just finished the first round of full-scale evaluation (31 participants) – Thumbnails a must (bigger is better) – Contextual information appreciated – Search / Browse patterns seem to be different – Desires • Paths that can branch • On-line help • Better integrationDigital Humanities Congress 2012, Sheffield, 6th – 8th September
  15. 15. Thank you for listening Find out more at: http://www.paths-project.eu Try it out at: http://prototype.paths-project.eu m.mhall@sheffield.ac.ukThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Communitys Seventh FrameworkProgramme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no 270082. We acknowledge the contribution of all projectpartners involved in PATHS (see: http://www.paths-project.eu).

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