April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Sessions: Abstract

CultureSampo - Finnish Culture on the Semantic Web 2.0: Thematic Perspectives for the End-user   go to paper

Eero Hyvönen, Helsinki University of Technology (TKK), Finland

We present an overview of CultureSampo, an ambitious system for creating a collective semantic memory of the cultural heritage of a nation on the Semantic Web 2.0, combining ideas underlying the Semantic Web and the Web 2.0. The system addresses the semantic Web challenge of aggregating highly heterogeneous, cross-domain cultural heritage collections and other contents into a semantically rich intelligent system for human and machine users. At the same time, CultureSampo is an approach to solving the social and practical Web 2.0 challenge of organizing the underlying collaborative ontology development and content creation work of memory organizations and citizens. This paper focuses on CultureSampo’s search, recommendation, and visualization services for the end-users. The key idea here is to access cultural heritage on the Semantic Web through nine “thematic perspectives”: places on the maps, the social network of cultural persons, timelines, and narrative texts, e.g. biographies and literary works.

Session: Building and Using On-line Collections [Institutional]

Keywords: CultureSampo, semantic memory, cultural heritage, thematic perspectives, Semantic Web, Web 2.0, user interfaces, semantic search, recommendation system, visualization