Information Access Seminar

Interaction and Collaboration in Cultural Heritage Information Systems

Friday, April 6, 2012
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm
Juliane Stiller

Cultural heritage information systems aggregate, search, and display cultural heritage objects or their surrogates in an online environment. These objects come from memory institutions such as libraries, museums, and archives and cover text, image, speech, and video. The goal of these systems is to make this content universally available for a broad audience through search, browse, and discovery. How to find and implement user interaction and collaboration patterns for experiencing cultural heritage online is the core of this talk. A set of cultural heritage information systems was analyzed with regards to the prevailing interaction and user collaboration patterns. Additionally, it was found that problems of existing cultural heritage information systems are rooted in the different purposes cultural objects serve in their original context and the failure of the information system to translate these into the online world. This presentation will focus on the challenges information systems need to overcome to offer useful services for enabling purposeful interaction with cultural heritage online.

Juliane Stiller is a researcher at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University, Berlin, and is currently visiting student researcher at the I School. She is working on multilingual information retrieval and evaluation of digital libraries within the EU-funded projects EuropeanaConnect, GALATEAS, and Promise. The research of her doctoral thesis focuses on user-generated content and user interaction in cultural heritage information systems and how this can be leveraged to improve multilingual information access. Before taking on this research position, she was employed at Google Ltd. as a Search Quality Analyst for web search.

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March 26, 2015