Cultural Repositories & Information Systems

Can you combine local history societies and the web of linked data? CURIOS & CURIOS Mobile have built a general, flexible and “future proof” software platform for local history societies in the Hebrides that uses linked data technology.

For more information, please contact Jeff Pan.

More detailed information can be found about the CURIOS project and it’s sister projects including test sites can be found here.

The CURIOS project is about how digital archives can support local interest in local heritage and, in doing so, can contribute to community regeneration and strengthened community cohesion. It will develop software tools to help remote rural communities to collaboratively maintain and present information about their cultural heritage. The objective is to investigate the use of semantic web/ linked data technology to build a general, flexible and “future proof” software platform that could help such projects to come into existence and be sustainable over time.

Project Objectives


Software Platform

Use of semantic web/ linked data technology to build a general, flexible and “future proof” software platform for community heritage.

Software Tolls

Develop software tools to help remote rural communities to collaboratively maintain and present information about their cultural heritage.

Community Cohesion

Investigate how digital archives support local interest in local heritage and  can contribute to community regeneration and strengthened community cohesion..

People

  • Dr Jeff Pan (Principal Investigator), Computing Science
  • Professor Chris Mellish (Principal Investigator, Computing Science
  • Professor Claire Wallace (Co- Investigator), Sociology
  • Dr Karen Salt (Associate-Investigator) Language & Literature
  • Dr Kate Byrne (Associate-Investigator) University of Edinburgh Informatics
  • Dr Gemma Webster (Research Fellow) Computing Science
  • Dr Hai Nguyen (Research Fellow) Computing Science
  • Dr David Beel (Research Fellow) Sociology
  • Dr Marsaili McLeod (Research Fellow) Sociology
  • Dr Lizzy Tait (Research Fellow) Geography
  • Dr Nava Tintarev (Research Fellow) Computing Science
  • Stuart Taylor (Research Assistant)
  • Nophadol Jekjantuk (Research Assistant)
  • Danilo Giglitto (PhD Student)

Project Partners

We are working with the following partners on this project

 

Key Outcomes

  • The original CURIOS project has resulted in several sister projects: CURIOS Mobile (funded by a SICSA Smart Tourism grant) and POWKist (funded by a Semantic Web grant).
  • The CURIOS platform is live on the Hebridean Connection website.
  • The software’s Drupal  module and installation/usage instructions are available on GitHub: https://github.com/curiosproject/curios
  • Publications include
    • Gemma Webster, Hai H. Nguyen, David E. Beel, Chris Mellish, Claire D. Wallace, Jeff Z. Pan. CURIOS: Connecting Community Heritage through Linked Data. In Proc. of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW 2015), 639-648
    • Hai H. Nguyen, Stuart Taylor, Gemma Webster, Nophadol Jekjantuk, Chris Mellish, Jeff Z. Pan, Tristan ap Rheinallt: CURIOS: Web-based Presentation and Management of Linked Datasets. In the Proc. of the Posters & Demos Track of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2014). PDF
    • Hai H. Nguyen, Stuart Taylor, Gemma Webster, Nophadol Jekjantuk, Chris Mellish, Jeff Z. Pan, Tristan ap Rheinallt, and Kate Byrne. A Lightweight Treatment of Inexact Dates. In Proc. of the 4th Joint International Conference on Semantic Technologies (JIST 2014). 2014. PDF
    • Hai H. Nguyen, David Beel, Gemma Webster, Chris Mellish, Jeff Z. Pan, and Claire Wallace. CURIOS Mobile: Linked Data Exploitation for Tourist Mobile Apps in Rural Areas. In Proc. of the 4th Joint International Conference on Semantic Technologies (JIST 2014). 2014. PDF
    • D. Beel, C. Wallace, G. Webster, and H. Nguyen “The Geographies of Community History Digital Archives in Rural Scotland” in The Scottish Geographical Journal Online 2015
    • S. Taylor, N. Jekjantuk, C. Mellish, and J. Z. Pan, “Reasoning Driven Configuration of Linked Data Content Management Systems,” in JIST, Seoul, Korea, November 28-30, 2013. PDF
    • D. Beel, G. Webster, P. C. Mellish, S. Taylor, and P. C. Wallace, “CURIOS : Connecting Community Heritage through Linked Data,” in Digital Engagement 2013, Manchester, UK, November 4 – 6, 2013. PDF – Winner of Best Paper
    • TAIT, E., MACLEOD, M., BEEL, D., WALLACE, C., MELLISH, C. and TAYLOR, S., 2013. Linking to the past: an analysis of community digital heritage initiatives. Available from OpenAIR@RGU. [online]. Available from: http://openair.rgu.ac.uk
    • Wallace, C., Tait, E., MacLeod, M., Mellish, C., and Hunter, C. Creating Sustainable Digital Community Heritage Resources Using Linked Data. In Proceedings of Supporting Digital Humanities, Copenhagen, Denmark, 17 – 18 November 2011, (2011). PDF
    • Chris Mellish, Claire Wallace, Elizabeth Tait, Colin Hunter and Marsaili Macleod. Can Digital Technologies increase Engagement with Community History? Procs of Digital Engagement 2011, Newcastle, November 2011. PDF
    • Tait, Elizabeth, Local Electronic Cultural Repositories: Who are the Users and What is the Impact? (September 12, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1926755 orhttp://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1926755