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

Project update

Work continues on the development of the PERICLES appraisal tool. This tool performs technical appraisal of complex digital objects such as video based artworks and scientific experiments, that are made up of interdependent files, software, metadata and processes. Hardware dependencies can also be modelled. The direction of the work has benefited greatly from input of the case study partners (Tate and B.USOC) as well as feedback from public workshops such as IDCC16. The tool is aimed at professional users such as art conservators and data archive managers. We are currently testing and integrating the main technical components. In the PERICLES Goettingen meeting at the end of June, we will work on integration with the Test Bed. A UI wireframe has been produced and will be implemented by a summer intern, in parallel with further user testing. The tool is due for release later in 2016.

On the 23 July Tate is hosting a closed workshop for 25 guests.  The workshop is the outcome of a collaboration between Dave Rice and PERICLES. In early 2015 Tate published an initial report by Dave Rice ‘Sustaining Consistent Video Presentation’. Following on from this, Dave has been working to add functionality to MediaInfo in order to provide a tool for conservators to easily present information relevant to the challenge of consistent video playback for preservation.

Latest deliverable

'Modelling Contextualised Semantics' summarises the work conducted within task T4.4 of WP4, presenting our proposed models for semantically representing digital content and its respective context – the latter refers to any information coming from the environment of the digital object (DO) that offers better insight into the object’s status, its interrelationships with other content items and information about the object’s context of use. Read more.

1st Int. Workshop on “Semantic Change & Evolving Semantics - SuCCESS’16

PERICLES is proud to present an half-day workshop aiming at exploring emerging research in the areas of semantic change and evolving semantics. This workshop will take place on 12 September and is co-located within SEMANTiCS 2016, which is hosted by the Leipzig University in Germany (12-15 September 2016). We are inviting paper and poster submissions on the following topics:
  • Semantic change and evolving semantics;
  • Cultural drift;
  • Methods for the detection, interpretation and communication of drift types;
  • Response to change: strategies for ontology adaptation and evolution; potential for the application of machine learning approaches;
  • Role of social media in accelerating semantic change and use of social media data to study it.
Submission deadline is 23 June 2016. You can find more information on the workshop call here.

Paper highlight

'The Resource Action Language: Towards Designing Reactive RDF Stores' was selected as one of the two best papers in the 1st International Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies for Mobile and Pervasive Environments' co-located with ESWC2016 (Anissaras, Greece, 29 May). This paper was presented by Jean-Yves Vion-Dury from project partner XEROX who are leaders in WP3 Dependency and change management models for digital ecosystems (M2-44).

Technology Watch

We are proud to announce the release of PROPheT (PeRicles Ontology Population Tool) a novel application that enables instance extraction and ontology population from Linked Data, using a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). In PROPheT, concepts, i.e. realisations of entities, and relations populated in online Linked Data sources (such as DBPedia) can be located, filtered and inserted into a user’s own domain ontology.
PROPheT offers three types of instance extraction-related functionalities (instance-based populating, class-based populating and instance enrichment) along with user-driven mapping of data properties. It is flexible enough to work with any domain ontology (written in OWL) and any RDF Linked Data set that is available via a SPARQL endpoint.
PROPheT was developed by project partner CERTH leaders of WP4 that focuses on capturing content semantics and environment. The initial aim of the tool was to populate the project's Art & Media domain ontologies (see D2.3.2), however PROPheT quickly surpassed its initial scope and has now evolved into a full-fledged ontology populator interoperable with any OWL ontology.

PROPhet has been released under Apache 2.0 licence and is available for download from GitHub:
New DPC Technology Watch Report
UK Data Service and Charles Beagrie Ltd are delighted to release the latest ‘Preserving Transactional Data’ by the DPC’s Sara Day Thomson. This report tackles the requirements for preserving transactional data and the accompanying challenges facing companies and institutions that aim to re-use these data for analysis or research, presenting the issues and strategies which emphasize preservation practices that facilitate re-use and reproducibility.
This newest addition to the popular Technology Watch Series was commissioned by the UK Data Service with sponsorship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of their Big Data Network Support initiative.

Upcoming Events

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

FOIS 2016, Annecy, France, 6-9 July 2016


The 9th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems is designed to provide a meeting point for researchers from all disciplines with an interest in formal ontology. FOIS is the flagship conference of the International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA), which is a non-profit organization that promotes interdisciplinary research and international collaboration in formal ontology. Read more

ICSOFT-PT 2016, Lisbon, Portugal 24-26 July 2016

The 11th International Conference on Software Paradigm Trends brings together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested on information technology and software development. This edition will focus in priority on the four main paradigms that have been intensively studied during the last decade for software and system design, namely: Models, Aspects, Services and Context. Read more
Paper submissions are now open for this workshop organised in conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation iPRES16.
A continuation of the work carried out within the Research Data Alliance Active Data Management Planning Interest Group (RDA ADMP IG), this workshop will discuss further open research questions around ADMPs, with a special focus on continuous DMP adoption and automation support. Find out more
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