Presentation at TSIO: 3D virtual worlds as search, discovery and retrieval engines

  • Posted on: 9 September 2014
  • By: warren


3D virtual worlds as search, discovery and retrieval engines
Thursday, 11th September 2014 - 4PM, City University London, College Building, Room A214
Joint Paper with David Evans, University of Derby.
The search for "relevant" information has long been driven by keyword searches and some basic visualizations.  The increase in both the amounts of data available and in the breath of data that is not a discrete text document is creating new opportunities for non-traditional means of information retrieval (IR).  In this paper, we present a prototype system where a 3D virtual world is used to access and discover information in semantic web databases. A prototype that focuses on the period of the Great War is discussed.

Presentation: Bridging Communities of Practice: Emerging Technologies for Content-Centered Linking

  • Posted on: 1 April 2014
  • By: warren
Bridging Communities of Practice: Emerging Technologies for Content-Centered Linking
Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Watertable Ballroom (ABC), Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD, USA
Presented by Douglas W. Oard
This paper describes the potential of new technologies for linking content among cultural heritage collections and between those collections and collections created for other purposes. In recent years, museum professionals, archivists, librarians, and digital humanists have worked to render cultural heritage metadata in an interoperable form as linked open data. Concurrently, computer and information scientists have been developing automated techniques that have significant implications for this effort. Some of these automated techniques focus on linking related materials in more nuanced ways than have heretofore been practical. Other techniques seek to automatically represent some aspects of the content of those materials in a form that is directly compatible with linked open data. Bringing these complementary communities together offers new opportunities for leveraging the large, diverse, and distributed collections of computationally accessible content to which many of us now contribute.

Workshop: Computational Linguistics for Libraries, Archives and Museums at CODE4LIB

  • Posted on: 12 March 2014
  • By: warren


CLLAM Workshop (Computational Linguistics for Libraries, Archives and Museums)
Code4Lib Conference 2014, Raleigh, NC, USA
Monday, March 24
Joint presentations with Corey Harper, Amalia Levi, Douglas W. Oard and Robert Warren.
We will hack at the intersection of diverse content from Libraries, Archives and Museums and bleeding edge tools from computational linguistics for slicing and dicing that content. Did you just acquire the email archives of a start-up company? Maybe you can automatically build an org chart. Have you got metadata in a slew of languages? Perhaps you can search it all using one query. Is name authority control for e-resources getting too costly? Let's see if entity linking techniques can help. These are just a few teasers.

There will be plenty of content and tools supplied, but please bring your own [data] too -- you'll hack with it in new ways throughout the day. We'll get started with some lightning talks on what we've brought, then we'll break up into groups to experiment and work on the ideas that appeal. Three guaranteed outcomes: you'll walk away with new ideas, new tools, and new people you'll have met.


Presentation at LDG2014: From the trenches - API issues in Linked Geo Data

  • Posted on: 1 March 2014
  • By: warren


5th - 6th March 2014, Campus London, Shoreditch, UK
Joint work with David Evans
This paper reports on the experiences of building a linked geo data coordinates translation API and some of the issues that arose in the process.  Beyond the basic capacities of SPARQL, a specialized API was constructed to translate obsolete British Trench Map coordinates from the Great War into modern WGS84 reference systems.  Concerns over current methods of recording geographic information along with accuracy and precision of information are discussed.  Open questions about managing the opportunistic enrichment of geographical instances are discussed as well as the scalability pitfalls therein.
Note: The final report on the workshop can be read here.

Presentation at ACAT - Ask not what you can do for Linked Open Data but what Linked Open Data can do for you.

  • Posted on: 5 December 2013
  • By: warren


Ask not what you can do for Linked Open Data but what Linked Open Data can do for you.
Monday, 9th December 2013 - 12PM
Centre for Aboriginal Studies Boardroom, Building 211, Curtin University
Presented to the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT)
Digital Humanities scholars have long been hampered by the twin problems of getting the data into digital form and then managing ever-increasing amounts of it. Too often, the data behind the research becomes prisoner of a 'research portal' or lost on someone's laptop. In many ways the most successful data management tool so far is the spreadsheet - a 40 year-old technology!
This talk is about linked open data, or the semantic web, an approach to the management of data that is showing promise for researchers, libraries and archives. The talk is non-technical and focuses on explaining how real-world research data problems can be solved. These include the identity of historical persons, dealing with incomplete or false data; identifying or referencing lost geographical locations and encouraging the serendipitous reuse of data in other projects. Real-world examples of problematic data from the Great War will be shown from the Muninn Project and the solutions using linked open data approaches.

Visiting Fellowship at Curtin University

  • Posted on: 30 September 2013
  • By: warren


I have been awarded a Visiting Fellowship to Curtin University in Perth, Australia this fall at the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts. I will be working with Erik Campion on hyper-realistic simulations of the the Great War using immersive visualizations and gaming engine being fed simulation data from the linked open data collection of the Muninn Project.

Attending the Bridging Communities of Practice: Emerging Technologies for Content-Centered Linking Workshop

  • Posted on: 10 September 2013
  • By: warren
Attending the Bridging Communities of Practice: Emerging Technologies for Content-Centered Linking Workshop
College of Information Studies University of Maryland, College Park
Hornbake Library, South Wing, Room 2119
September 27-28, 2013
Over the course of two workshops, we seek to bring together humanities scholars, information professionals and computer scientists to enhance the transformational potential of linked open data in libraries, archives, museums and other settings by leveraging a broad range of emerging content representation and linking technologies. We believe that accelerating the process of bringing these computational innovations across the "gulf of execution" from laboratory to practice can create important new opportunities for humanities scholarship

Presentation at SOTM 2013: Open Historical Map -- Re-using outdated information

  • Posted on: 20 August 2013
  • By: warren


Open Historical Map : Re-using outdated information
SOTM 2013
Track 1, Friday September 6th 2013, 14:20
Common work with Jeff Meyer, David Evans, Susanna Ånäs, myself and many others.

Presented by David Evans.
The Open Historical Map is billed as "The world's most out of date map". It is a complimentary approach using the Open Street Map tools that focuses on features that have since disappeared, changed shape or purpose. Because of scale and relevancy issues the Open Historical Map uses its own database instance that imports some of the features of Open Street Map. Editing of the map by users is encouraged, though most of the data comes from automated imports from other historical projects that contribute their mapping information. This presentation will review how the Street and Historical maps can be used together and the approaches used to handle problems of time and accuracy in the historical map.

Attending Linked Open Data Library and Archives Summit 2013

  • Posted on: 3 June 2013
  • By: warren


I'll be attending the LODLAM summit this June 19th and 20th focusing on using linked open data for archives and museums. New this year is a series of Challenges between the different projects, Muninn won't have an entry since grant deadlines are in the way. 

There will be an early meetup for talks on linking data between Great War Linked Open Data project on the evening of the 18th at the Kam Fung restaurant, more details here.