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Intelligent Information Access to Linked Data - Weaving the Cultural Heritage Web

Kummer, Robert (2013) Intelligent Information Access to Linked Data - Weaving the Cultural Heritage Web. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    Abstract

    The subject of the dissertation is an information alignment experiment of two cultural heritage information systems (ALAP): The Perseus Digital Library and Arachne. In modern societies, information integration is gaining importance for many tasks such as business decision making or even catastrophe management. It is beyond doubt that the information available in digital form can offer users new ways of interaction. Also, in the humanities and cultural heritage communities, more and more information is being published online. But in many situations the way that information has been made publicly available is disruptive to the research process due to its heterogeneity and distribution. Therefore integrated information will be a key factor to pursue successful research, and the need for information alignment is widely recognized. ALAP is an attempt to integrate information from Perseus and Arachne, not only on a schema level, but to also perform entity resolution. To that end, technical peculiarities and philosophical implications of the concepts of identity and co-reference are discussed. Multiple approaches to information integration and entity resolution are discussed and evaluated. The methodology that is used to implement ALAP is mainly rooted in the fields of information retrieval and knowledge discovery. First, an exploratory analysis was performed on both information systems to get a first impression of the data. After that, (semi-)structured information from both systems was extracted and normalized. Then, a clustering algorithm was used to reduce the number of needed entity comparisons. Finally, a thorough matching was performed on the different clusters. ALAP helped with identifying challenges and highlighted the opportunities that arise during the attempt to align cultural heritage information systems.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Kummer, Robertrokummer@gmail.com
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-53048
    Subjects: Data processing Computer science
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    KeywordsLanguage
    information integrationEnglish
    entity resolutionEnglish
    record linkageEnglish
    artificial intelligenceEnglish
    machine learningEnglish
    semantic webEnglish
    cidoc crmEnglish
    Faculty: Philosophische Fakultät
    Divisions: Philosophische Fakultät > Historisch - Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung
    Language: English
    Date: 2013
    Date Type: Publication
    Date of oral exam: 11 July 2012
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2013 09:52:39
    Referee
    NameAcademic Title
    Thaller, ManfredProf. Dr.
    Förtsch, ReinhardProf. Dr.
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/5304

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