Ubiquitous Access to Digital Cultural Heritage

Christin Seifert, Michael Granitzer, Werner Bailer, Thomas Orgel, Louis Gantner, Roman Kern, Hermann Ziak, Albin Petit, Jörg Schlötterer, Stefan Zwicklbauer

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    Abstract

    The digitization initiatives in the past decades have led to a tremendous increase in digitized objects in the cultural heritage domain. Although digitally available, these objects are often not easily accessible for interested users because of the distributed allocation of the content in different repositories and the variety in data structure and standards.When users search for cultural content, they first need to identify the specific repository and then need to know how to search within this platform (e.g., usage of specific vocabulary). The goal of the EEXCESS project is to design and implement an infrastructure that enables ubiquitous access to digital cultural heritage content. Cultural content should be made available in the channels that users habitually visit and be tailored to their current context without the need to manually search multiple portals or content repositories. To realize this goal, open-source software components and services have been developed that can either be used as an integrated infrastructure or as modular components suitable to be integrated in other products and services. The EEXCESS modules and components comprise (i)Web-based context detection, (ii) information retrieval-based, federated content aggregation, (iii) meta- data definition andmapping, and (iv) a component responsible for privacy preservation. Various applications have been realized based on these components that bring cultural content to the user in content consumption and content creation scenarios. For example, content consumption is realized by a browser extension generating automatic search queries from the current page context and the focus paragraph and presenting related results aggregated from different data providers. A Google Docs add-on allows retrieval of relevant content aggregated from multiple data providers while collaboratively writing a document. These relevant resources then can be included in the current document either as citation, an image, or a link (with preview) without having to leave disrupt the current writing task for an explicit search in various content providers’ portals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4
    Number of pages27
    JournalACM journal on computing and cultural heritage
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2017

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    Seifert, C., Granitzer, M., Bailer, W., Orgel, T., Gantner, L., Kern, R., ... Zwicklbauer, S. (2017). Ubiquitous Access to Digital Cultural Heritage. ACM journal on computing and cultural heritage, 10(1), [4]. https://doi.org/10.1145/3012284