Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics

Evaluation time

PERICLES has set itself three evaluation campaigns. We have now reached the end of the second phase of our research and development and it is time for the second iteration of the evaluation of certain aspects and achievements so far. We chose a focus group evaluation method and in order to ensure a sound basis for the evaluation, we invited our evaluators to join workshops that would introduce them to specific topics which are key elements within the PERICLES research and development.
In view of the evaluation, PERICLES is running two workshops this month with practitioners and experts in the field of digital preservation and science data.
The first workshop entitled 'Model-driven approach to preservation management' took place in London on 15 October 2015 and presented
PERICLES model-driven approach, the resulting processes and procedures that would support and organise change management within digital archives, collections and repositories
. During the full-day event we introduced the concepts of digital ecosystems modelling and dependencies described in the Linked Resource Model (LRM), an upper-level ontology that enables the description of evolving digital ecosystem. We also introduced the main notions adopted from the LRM in the domain ontologies developed for specific Art and Media use cases, within work package WP4 "Capturing content semantics and environment". The participants took part in a digital ecosystem modelling card game, which enabled them to try modelling a scenario of their choosing without having to use JAVA.

The second workshop entitled 'Promoting the re-use of science data' will take place in Brussels on 29 October 2015. A selected group of experts in the field of science data have been invited to join the full-day event and reflect on the challenges related to science data re-use. PERICLES project partners will introduce some of the research results in the area of preservation management including domain ontology and significant information environment. The workshop participants have been asked to act as evaluators on the topics presented and discussed in the workshops. The ensuing focus group evaluation will result in the second evaluation report, Deliverable D2.3.4 due end January 2016.

Data Surveys and Domain Ontologies for media and science

Building on deliverable D2.3.1 - Media and Science Case Study Functional Requirements and User Descriptions, our new deliverable D2.3.2 - Data Surveys and Domain Ontologies deepens the case studies further by providing more and structured details on the specificities found in the two considered domains (Art & Media, and Space Science). For both application domains, a detailed data survey was developed wherein relevant instances and categories of digital objects are tabulated and described, allowing interested parties to get a clear view on what digital objects are relevant for preservation, why this is the case and what are the technical properties and constraints of these digital objects. In addition, and building on the data surveys, domain ontologies were developed for both case studies, one for the Space Science case study and three for three challenges that were considered relevant for the Art & Media case study. These domain ontologies provide a structured knowledge cloud that represents how various relevant concepts, and their metadata, are related and dependent on each other. This will not only help humans to better understand the domain but in addition, it allows computers to understand it too, thus allowing proper and consistent use and reuse of domain data, such as domain analysis and reasoning, visualization, or sharing and interpreting domain information.

Feature blog

Last month PERICLES was presented at the Gothenburg Book Fair with a dedicated stand. Nasrine Olson from project partner University of Borås tells us more about this event in this blog.

NEW videos from PERICLES partners

A new series of videos that present key ideas within PERICLES is now available from our YouTube channel. As the work done within the project is rather complex these videos give a first insight on topics the PERICLES team is elaborating on.

Upcoming Events

In this section are events that might interest you for their pertinence to research, development and practices in digital preservation.

PV 2015, Darmstad 3-5 November 2015

PV 2015 is the eight edition of the conferences series organised by EUMETSAT and provides a forum to discuss the many challenges organisations are faced with today in terms of rapid growth of data and topics around data preservation, value adding and interoperability. During the event PERICLES partners will present the project's approach to 'Integrating Preservation into experimental workflows for space science' as well as two posters showcasing the SOLAR Space Science Portal and 'A knowledge management programme applied to solar data from Columbus, application to long term climate forcing data'.
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AMIA 2015, Portland, Oregon 18-21 November 2015


AMIA is the 25th annual conference organised by the Association of Moving Image Archivists, a nonprofit international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. The annual AMIA Conference is the largest gathering of motion picture and recorded sound archivists and interested professionals.
A two day symposium on Preservation and Access to Born-digital Culture takes place in Brussels this week (30-31 October) as a continuation of the iMal and Packed collaborative program on Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age. The symposium proposes to share with professionals from the broad cultural and artistic sector the views, practice, vision and experience of some of the most advanced professionals working in the fields of conservation and access to digital culture.
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