The main goal of Harlock'900 (2016-2019) is to exploit semantic technologies (ontologies, Semantic Web resources, Linked Open Data) to make cultural heritage - stored in (historical) archives and including heterogeneous resources, such as texts, pictures, videos, etc. - accessible and usable in innovative ways, by users with different skills and interests.
In this context, the semantic conceptual model - linked to metadata which describe resources content - enables the system to identify events, people, organizations, places, and relationships, thus allowing users to "discover" alternative and original access paths to cultural heritage.
The project is carried on within the framework of a collaboration with the Istituto Piemontese Antonio Gramsci (2016-2019), aimed at leveraging historical resources from the Gramsci Institute's archive and enriching the existing metadata with information describing the content of the resources themselves: events, people, places the documents talk about. The enriched metadata represent a semantic layer that will ensure a content-based access to archival resources.
An overview of the approach adopted in Harlock'900 can be found in:
A. Goy, D. Magro, M. Rovera, "Ontologies and historical archives: A way to tell new stories", Applied Ontology, 10(3-4), IOS Press, 2015, 331-338.
The semantic layer can be seen as a "semantic lens" on archive resources. semantic metadata can be accesssed through:
- a User Interface, enabling final users to navigating archival resources content;
- a set of RESTful services, which can be used by developers to create new applications targeted to different typologies of users: for example, edutainment apps can enable students to learn by playing; tourist apps can enable tourists to follow paths of a map taking into account the location of landmarks and events belonging to different historical times.
A descriptionof the User Interface can be found in:
M. Caserio, A. Goy, D. Magro, "Smart access to historical archives based on rich semantic metadata", Proc. KMIS 2017.
Anna Goy, Diego Magro, Marco Rovera, Matteo Caserio, Alice Montanaro (Dip. Informatica, Unito)
Matteo D'Ambrosio, Bruno Boniolo, Dunia Astrologo (Fondaz. Ist. Piemontese A. Gramsci, Polo del '900)
Web page: di.unito.it/harlock900