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semantic web examples from e culture

Semantic Webexamples from E-Culture

Guus Schreiber

VU –

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


AAT style/period

Edo (Japanese period)


SVCN period


SVCN is local in-house thesaurus

e culture demonstrator
E-Culture demonstrator
  • 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)
  • 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