In this digital cultural heritage project, we provide innovative access to heritage objects from heterogeneous online collections. We use historical events and event narratives as a context both for searching and browsing as well as for the presentation of individual and group of objects. Semantics from existing collection vocabularies and linked data vocabularies are used to link objects and the events, people, locations and concepts that are depicted or associated with those objects. An innovative interface allows for browsing this network of data in an intuitive fashion. The main focus in DIVE is to provide support to (1) digital humanities scholars and (2) general audience in their online explorations.

DIVE+ @ ICTOPEN2017

The DIVE+ team is present on the 21st and 22nd of March at the ICTOpen 2017 conference to present and showcase the latest developments of the tool. As part of the latest developments, DIVE+ is also integrated in the CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) research infrastructure, next to other media studies research tools (CLARIAH MediaSuite), that aim at supporting the media studies researchers and scholars by providing access to digital data and tools. During the Meet the Demo sessions we also screencast the new DIVE+ interface that provides support for the automatic generation of narratives and storylines. Following you can check the DIVE+ presentation.

For more insights, you can also check our short demo!

Narrativizing disruption with DIVE+

On the 10th of March “Narrativizing disruption”, a DIVE+ centered CLARIAH-funded research pilot, was presented at the CLARIAH toog day. The pilot (2017-2018) brings together researchers from the University of Groningen Media Studies department,  VU University’s Web & Media group and the University of Amsterdam. The project focuses on the question how exploratory search can support media researchers interpret disruptive media events as lucid narratives. Disruptive media events, such as terrorist attacks or environmental disasters, are difficult to interpret due to an inability to grasp the story. This leads to problems for media scholars, who analyse how narratives construct different political, economic or cultural meanings around such events. Offering media scholars the ability to explore and create lucid narratives about media events therefore greatly supports their interpretative work.

This project studies how exploratory search can help to understand how ‘disruptive’ events are constructed as narratives across media, and instilled with specific cultural-political meanings. This project approaches this question by using CLARIAH components (DIVE+’s navigation and bookmarking pane) to examine how scholars use and create narratives to understand media events. Academic insights conclude how exploratory search supports narrative generation. Software-specific insights produce recommendations at the entity, interface and user level, provide starting points for media research, and recommendations for at the entity, interface and user level, provide starting points for media research, and recommendations for auto-generating narratives based on exploratory search practices.

DIVE+ at Cross Media Café: Uit het Lab

On 7th of March the DIVE+ project was presented at Cross Media Café: Uit het Lab. DIVE+ is result of a true inter-disciplinary collaboration between computer scientists, humanities scholars, cultural heritage professionals and interaction designers. In this project, we use the CrowdTruth methodology and framework in order to crowdsource events for the news broadcasts from The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV) that are published under open licenses in the OpenImages platform.

As part of the digital humanities effort, DIVE+ is also integrated in the CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) research infrastructure, next to other media studies research tools, that aims at supporting the media studies researchers and scholars by providing access to digital data and tools. In order to develop this project we work together with eScience Center, which is also funding the DIVE+ project.

Check the slides!

NLeSC-Lorentz Center eHumanities Day

On December 14th the Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center co-hosted the eHumanities Day at the Lorentz Center in Leiden. The purpose of the event was to introduce researchers from the digital humanities to the funding opportunities and partnering possible with NLeSC and with the Lorentz Center. The day included a keynote presentation, expert panels, pitches on projects that have been running together with NLeSC. During this day, Oana Inel presented the Dive+ project. The talk can be seen below.

National eScience Symposium

On Thursday October 8th 2015, NLeSC welcomed scientists and researchers from all disciplines to the Amsterdam ArenA for the 3rd National eScience Symposium. In the Humanities & Social Sciences track, Oana Inel gave a talk on the Dive+ project , entitled “Open, Connected & Smart Heritage: Towards New Cultural Commons with DIVE+”. This project is supported by the Netherlands eScience Center, and uses CrowdTruth for crowdsourcing events and event-related concepts in historical, cultural heritage data. The talk can be seen below.

DIVE+ and Digital Humanities

Throughout November and December DIVE+ will star in the minor Digital Humanities, specifically in the course Digital Hermeneutics and Visualisation. The minor is a collaboration of both UvA and VU, in which the focus is put on computational approaches in humanities research. The course focusses on the history and practice of Digital Hermeneutics; students will learn to analyse different techniques to present digital data and search results.

During the course the students will use DIVE+ as an example for creating a visualisation of a narrative. They will also evaluate DIVE+, the results of this will be used in a master’s thesis by Annemarie on the usability of DIVE in an educational setting.

Digital Humanities Crash Course

On October 21 Victor hosted a demonstration of DIVE during the Digital Humanities Crash Course at UvA.  Approximately 20 participants from different disciplines, mostly humanities, joined the demo. The participants got the opportunity to get a feel for DIVE by playing around with it, and searching for their own preferred research subject.

After exploring DIVE, the participants were asked to fill in a short questionnaire of which we will analyse the results shortly. This evaluation will give us some early feedback on the tool which can be used in further development of the project and in Annemarie’s thesis.

Guus Schreiber @ Semantic Digital Humanities Workshop in Oxford, UK

Today, 25th September 2015, Guus Schreiber gave a talk at the “Semantic Digital Humanities” Workshop at St. John’s College, Oxford, UK. Guus shared experiences  and lessons learned from using semantics in a number of cultural heritage projects, e.g. MultimediaN eCulture, CHIP, CHOICE, Agora, etc. He also showed how they impact the advancement of digital humanities field.

Guus Schreiber @ Semantic Digital Humanities, Oxford, UK, 25-27 Sept 2015
Guus Schreiber @ Semantic Digital Humanities, Oxford, UK, 25-27 Sept 2015

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