Enabling the Discovery of Digital Cultural Heritage Objects through Wikipedia

Hall, Mark Michael; Lopez de Lacalle, Oier; Soroa, Aitor; Clough, Paul and Agirre, Eneko (2012). Enabling the Discovery of Digital Cultural Heritage Objects through Wikipedia. In: Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Language Technology for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, and Humanities (Zervanou, Kalliopi and van den Bosch, Antal eds.), Association for Computational Linguistics pp. 94–100.

URL: https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W12-1013

Abstract

Over the past years large digital cultural heritage collections have become increasingly available. While these provide adequate search functionality for the expert user, this may not offer the best support for non-expert or novice users. In this paper we propose a novel mechanism for introducing new users to the items in a collection by allowing them to browse Wikipedia articles, which are augmented with items from the cultural heritage collection. Using Europeana as a case-study we demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach for encouraging users to spend longer exploring items in Europeana compared with the existing search provision.

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