[Humanist] 29.361 repeating the Semantic Mapping Workshop

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Oct 8 09:24:51 CEST 2015


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 361.
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        Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:40:47 +0100
        From: Dominic Oldman <doint at oldman.me.uk>
        Subject: Re:  29.357 Semantic Mapping Workshop to be repeated? & losing the humanities


Dear Prof Boyarin,

There has been significant interest in this workshop (and possibly funding)
so the short answer is yes. The next one will probably be hosted at the
British Museum, the next may be in Italy but I am not too sure. The easiest
way of getting a notification is Twitter (@Researchspace).

If I may I would like to connect these workshops (and other organised by
other members of my community) to the "losing the humanities" thread,
because the attendees of these workshops are a mixture of academics, and
cultural heritage professionals/scholars and I think this is important.

We now have methods (by 'we' I mean a number of different people, projects
and institutions - particularly FORTH in the Crete) for Semantic mapping at
a high contextual level (with supporting tools for subject experts to embed
implicit knowldge) and which supports Semantic harmonisation/integration
across highly heterogeneous sources. Additionally we also create (through
reasoning) another layer of Semantic abstraction, still connected to the
underlying representation, that supports a consistent user interface with
appropriate recall and precision, whatever the underlying data, without
affecting the meaning of the data or its terminology. This abstraction also
provides an indication of the quality of any given dataset by reporting the
variety of its internal relationships between 6 key entities (post
mapping).This allows accessible exploration of data without losing the
ability to dive into detail. It sort of provides the interface to go
between micro and macro and can be adjusted for more or less
specialisation.We are building tools that reflect this ability currently.
Using these methods we can use the same high quality representation model
with different users (from specialist academics to school children) and
therefore the possibility of cross discipline and even cross sector
collaboration.

One objective relates to addressing fragmentation and approaches which have
high technology dependencies but use low levels of contextual content and
knowledge representation. This inevitably creates a problem for knowledge
building within the humanities (which in parts the 'sciences' has, to some
extent, been resolved). However, with a focus on information sources,
including knowledge institutions, there is a possibility of a more joined
up approach. In terms of knowledge institutions what matters is not
necessarily that the canonical record has a wide range of knowledge but
that the representation of knowledge it does have contains the contextual
information that is crucial for it to qualify as a valid and useful
research object. This canonical link (idenitfication) is an important
aspect of open world digital collaboration, and, if built upon by academic
researchers, it provides a more stable platform for knowledge building and
perhaps a route for knowledge preservation if the relationship is two way.
Inter-disciplinary collaboration should include knowledge Institutions and
needs to be backed up by good digital curation.

Thanks and apologies for reply to two threads in one.

Dominic

On 7 Oct 2015 07:12, "Humanist Discussion Group" <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 357.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                        www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
>                 Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>         Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:44:26 -0700
>         From: Daniel Boyarin <boyarin at gmail.com>
>         Subject: Re:  29.353 events: archaeology; semantic mapping
>         In-Reply-To: <20151005074057.A51B46A86 at digitalhumanities.org>
>
>
> ​A question
> I'm very interested in the semantic mapping, very.
> I can't come this Fall. Next academic year I will be in Europe. Is there a
> chance it will be repeated?
>
> thanks
> Prof. Daniel Boyarin
>
> “The less people take thought seriously, the more they think in conformity
> with what the State wants” Deleuze
>
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:40 AM, Humanist Discussion Group <
> willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
>
> >                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 353.
> >             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
> >                        www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist
> >                 Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
> >
> >
> --[1]------------------------------------------------------------------------
> >         Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 09:56:04 +0100
> >         From: Dominic Oldman <doint at oldman.me.uk>
> >         Subject: Semantic Mapping Workshop
> >
> >
> > We are having a two day workshop in Oxford on the 9th and 10th
> > November partnering
> > with the Cultural Heritage Programme at the Oxford e-Research Center
> > (OeRC), University of Oxford.
> >
> > The workshop is appropriate for non-technical cultural heritage and
> > humanities experts who want to represent information contextually on the
> > Web.
> >
> > The workshop will teach how to represent data in a contextual knowledge
> > representation format, the CIDOC CRM, using a unique mapping tool - and
> > explain why more projects and organisations are adopting this approach,
> > using practical examples. No previous knowledge of data mapping or CIDOC
> > CRM is required. A laptop with a reasonably sized screen, and an interest
> > in using the Semantic Web, is required. This might include curators and
> > scholars interested in digital representation and other experts involved
> in
> > representing cultural heritage information to different audiences. The
> > workshop includes data mapping exercises and learning some technical
> skills
> > to a basic level.
> >
> > Details are available at
> >
> >
> http://www.researchspace.org/home/project-updates/cidoccrmmappingworkshopatoxforduniversity
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Dominic Oldman
> > Head of ResearchSpace
> > British Museum






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