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Unified Access to Heterogeneous Data in Cultural Heritage

Summary: Unified Access to Heterogeneous Data
in Cultural Heritage
Marijn Koolen1
Avi Arampatzis1
Jaap Kamps1,2
Vincent de Keijzer3
Nir Nussbaum2
1Archives and Information Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2ISLA, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands
This paper addresses the prototypical problem of a cultural heritage institution with the
ambition to disclose all of its content in a single, unified system. Like other enterprises,
these institutions have heterogeneous collections distributed over multiple legacy systems.
Our approach is to turn the metadata retrieval problem into a free-text retrieval problem by
an unconditional merging of the heterogeneous sub-collections and flattening of all meta-
data structures. We investigate the viability of the approach by an extensive case study of
a large museum. Our main findings are as follows: First, by converting all digital con-
tent to text, and indexing it with a standard IR system, we can effectively build a unified
system providing access to all data. Second, an initial empirical evaluation shows superior


Source: Arampatzis, Avi - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace
Kamps, Jaap - Research Institute Computer Science, Universiteit van Amsterdam


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences