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Semantic web examples from e culture

Semantic Webexamples from E-Culture

Guus Schreiber

VU – [email protected]

The web resources and links
The Web: resources and links


Web link


The semantic web typed resources and links
The Semantic Web: typed resources and links


“Woman with hat


Dublin Core



Henri Matisse

Web link



Principle 1 semantic annotation
Principle 1: semantic annotation

  • Description of web objects with “concepts” from a shared vocabulary

Principle 2 semantic search

Search for objects which are linked via concepts (semantic link)

Use the type of semantic link to provide meaningful presentation of the search results

Principle 2: semantic search


great ape



Principle 3 multiple vocabularies or the myth of a unified vocabulary
Principle 3: multiple vocabularies. or: the myth of a unified vocabulary

  • In large virtual collections there are always multiple vocabularies

    • In multiple languages

  • Every vocabulary has its own perspective

    • You can’t just merge them

  • But you can use vocabularies jointly by defining a limited set of links

    • “Vocabulary alignment”

  • It is surprising what you can do with just a few links

Example unified vocabulary


AAT style/period

Edo (Japanese period)


SVCN period


SVCN is local in-house thesaurus

E culture demonstrator
E-Culture unified vocabularydemonstrator

  • Part of large Dutch knowledge-economy project MultimediaN

  • Partners: VU, CWI, UvA, DEN,ICN

  • People:

    • Alia Amin, Lora Aroyo, Mark van Assem, Victor de Boer, Lynda Hardman, Michiel Hildebrand, Laura Hollink, Marco de Niet, Borys Omelayenko, Marie-France van Orsouw, Jos Taekema, Annemiek Teesing, Anna Tordai, Jan Wielemaker, Bob Wielinga

  •, ICN: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dutch ethnology musea (Amsterdam, Leiden), National Library (Bibliopolis)

Culture web demonstrator http e culture multimedian nl
Culture Web demonstrator unified vocabulary

16 Nov 2006 unified vocabulary

Perspectives unified vocabulary

  • Basic Semantic Web technology is ready for deployment

  • Web 2.0 facilities:

    • Involving community experts in annotation

    • Personalization, myArt

  • Social barriers have to be overcome!

    • “open door” policy

    • Involvement of general public => issues of “quality”

  • Importance of using open standards

    • Away from custom-made flashy web sites