Metadata in the Digital Humanities: Who’s Using What?

5th May, 2pm-6pm at NUS Central Library T1

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Metadata in the Digital Humanities:

Who’s Using What?

5th May 2017 (Friday), 2pm to 6pm

NUS Central Library Level 4, Theatrette 1 (CLB 04-04)

Open to public on a first-come-first-served basis, registration required

 

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NUS Libraries is pleased to invite you to a digital humanities sharing session organized in collaboration with Dr. Miguel Escobar. Metadata standards play an important role in the digital humanities and are utilized widely either in research data curation, database design or to enhance accessibility, discoverability and interoperability of information on the web. Learn more about the issues surrounding metadata in the digital humanities and network with our invited speakers from NUS, NTU and NLB in this collaborative field!

Should you have any queries, please contact Feng Yikang
clbfy@nus.edu.sg

Topics and Presenters

Using Metadata to Describe Research Data for Data Curation: Issues and Challenges

Sun Guangyuan

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

Ontology for Graphical Representation of Social Science Research Using a Graph Database

A/P Chris Khoo

Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

Visual Knowledge Aggregation: Metadata Standards From Static to Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts

A/P Andrea Nanetti

School of Art, Design and Media
Nanyang Technological University

Spatial Metadata for Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure

Dr. Kim Ick-Hoi

Department of Chinese
Studies
National University of Singapore

A/P Feng Chen-Chieh

Department of Geography
National University of Singapore


Apophenia: A Platform to Crowdsource Metadata in a Collective Memory Repository

Dr. Jude Yew

Department of Communications and New Media
National University of Singapore

Interoperability for Theatre Research

Dr. Miguel Escobar

Department of English Language and Literature
National University of Singapore

Linked Data @ National Library Board

Hanna Hussein

Resource Discovery & Management
National Library Board

Presentation Abstracts

SUN GUANGYUAN Using Metadata to Describe Research Data for Data Curation: Issues and Challenges

Curated research data are stored in institutional or publicly available data repositories for data sharing and reuse. Creation of metadata for data curation is a collaborative effort: 1) metadata standards are usually created by professional metadata creators including librarians; 2) metadata records are usually generated by researchers who create research data and deposit them in data repositories. The types and standards of descriptive metadata can vary across disciplines. In this talk, I will discuss the issues and challenges for professional metadata creators and researchers when creating metadata to describe quantitative social science research data, with examples from different disciplines. I will also discuss the metadata needs of users when reusing quantitative social science research data.

A/P CHRIS KHOO Ontology for Graphical Representation of Social Science Research Using a Graph Database

Futurist Thomas Frey (DaVinci Institute) proposed that libraries can become “liquid networks” of ideas that “have sex with other ideas”, giving birth to new ideas! Traditional cataloguing and metadata focus on describing and organizing containers of information/knowledge (i.e. books, journal articles, web documents, etc.) to create networks of topics, documents and authors. It is proposed that libraries should move towards describing and organizing the actual information/knowledge content in these documents, to support creation of networks of information, synthesis of knowledge, and user learning. This presentation reports ongoing work in developing an ontology to represent social science research results reported in research papers, as well as in automatically extracting and linking research results from these papers using a graph database software (Neo4j), to create networks of ideas displayed using a network visualization software (Cytoscape).

A/P ANDREA NANETTI Visual Knowledge Aggregation: Metadata Standards From Static to Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts

A knowledge aggregator is a knowledge engineering tool that allows its user to assemble information of different kinds from different sources, guided by what the user wants to do with the synthesized whole. This talk discusses the metadata issues required by the shift from static to dynamic information systems. The case studies proposed will refer to library contexts. The research has been funded by NTU Singapore (2014-2016 Start-Up-Grant), the 2014 and 2016 Microsoft Research Asia Collaborative Research Programs, 2015 and 2016 Microsoft Azure for Research (PI, Andrea Nanetti).

DR. KIM ICK-HOI, A/P FENG CHEN-CHIEH Spatial Metadata for Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure

A Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure (GCI) is an integration of geospatial data and information, computing resources, virtual organizations, and knowledge bases for the advancement of spatial temporal research. Through GCI, researchers can share data, analysis tools, and research outcomes. Metadata is important to share such geospatial data and services. In this talk, we will introduce and compare existing metadata standards for geospatial data sharing, including the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata by Federal Geographic Data Committee, ISO 19115, and Dublin Core. We will present how metadata is managed by geospatial software programs, such as ArcGIS and QGIS, and how metadata can be shared through the Internet. In addition, we will discuss more metadata for Web GIS and processing tools.

DR. JUDE YEW Apophenia: A Platform to Crowdsource Metadata in a Collective Memory Repository

In this presentation, I would like to describe a platform and study that is currently underway. The crowdsourcing of collective memories has been a very popular way for many countries and cities around the world to engage with citizens. The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) a web portal that aims to collect, archive and present digital contributions from Singaporeans, and has gathered about 750,000 “digital memories” to date. However, SMP faces two issues: i) what is to be done with all these contributed digital memories, and ii) how to motivate citizens to continue contributing to these “digital memory” repositories. In this paper, I address these issues through i) a novel platform that “reuses” archived digital memories through a “memory linking” task and ii) a study that investigates using nudges to motivate users to contribute metadata towards collective memory repositories.

DR. MIGUEL ESCOBAR Interoperability for Theatre Research

The semantic web is a family of web technologies that allow users to link and retrieve resources (such as images, videos and texts) in complex ways. Could theatre research become more international if performance data (i.e., academic articles and multimedia corpora) could be freely accessed and combined by anyone with an internet connection? Open access policies and semantic web technologies could change the landscape of theatre research, but the road ahead would require complex institutional changes. A first step could consist on implementing low-barrier metadata standards.

HANNA HUSSEIN Linked Data @ National Library Board

In early 2014, the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) started a Linked Data project with the aim of increasing the utilisation of NLB and its partners’ resources through connecting related data, locally and with other datasets on the Internet. The project deliverables include the implementation of a Linked Data Management System (LDMS), developing a Data Model (Bibframe Lite) and extensions, transforming approximately 260,000 records (authorities, vocabularies and bibliographic data) from NLB, National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and National Heritage Board (NHB) into RDF, and developing a Linked Data service consisting of a web feature and a widget for the delivery of the transformed datasets, which has since been launched in NLB HistorySG microsite on 24 Jan 2017.


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Presentation Abstracts

SUN GUANGYUAN Using Metadata to Describe Research Data for Data Curation: Issues and Challenges

Curated research data are stored in institutional or publicly available data repositories for data sharing and reuse. Creation of metadata for data curation is a collaborative effort: 1) metadata standards are usually created by professional metadata creators including librarians; 2) metadata records are usually generated by researchers who create research data and deposit them in data repositories. The types and standards of descriptive metadata can vary across disciplines. In this talk, I will discuss the issues and challenges for professional metadata creators and researchers when creating metadata to describe quantitative social science research data, with examples from different disciplines. I will also discuss the metadata needs of users when reusing quantitative social science research data.

A/P CHRIS KHOO Ontology for Graphical Representation of Social Science Research Using a Graph Database

Futurist Thomas Frey (DaVinci Institute) proposed that libraries can become “liquid networks” of ideas that “have sex with other ideas”, giving birth to new ideas! Traditional cataloguing and metadata focus on describing and organizing containers of information/knowledge (i.e. books, journal articles, web documents, etc.) to create networks of topics, documents and authors. It is proposed that libraries should move towards describing and organizing the actual information/knowledge content in these documents, to support creation of networks of information, synthesis of knowledge, and user learning. This presentation reports ongoing work in developing an ontology to represent social science research results reported in research papers, as well as in automatically extracting and linking research results from these papers using a graph database software (Neo4j), to create networks of ideas displayed using a network visualization software (Cytoscape).

A/P ANDREA NANETTI Visual Knowledge Aggregation: Metadata Standards From Static to Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts

A knowledge aggregator is a knowledge engineering tool that allows its user to assemble information of different kinds from different sources, guided by what the user wants to do with the synthesized whole. This talk discusses the metadata issues required by the shift from static to dynamic information systems. The case studies proposed will refer to library contexts. The research has been funded by NTU Singapore (2014-2016 Start-Up-Grant), the 2014 and 2016 Microsoft Research Asia Collaborative Research Programs, 2015 and 2016 Microsoft Azure for Research (PI, Andrea Nanetti).

DR. KIM ICK-HOI, A/P FENG CHEN-CHIEH Spatial Metadata for Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure

A Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure (GCI) is an integration of geospatial data and information, computing resources, virtual organizations, and knowledge bases for the advancement of spatial temporal research. Through GCI, researchers can share data, analysis tools, and research outcomes. Metadata is important to share such geospatial data and services. In this talk, we will introduce and compare existing metadata standards for geospatial data sharing, including the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata by Federal Geographic Data Committee, ISO 19115, and Dublin Core. We will present how metadata is managed by geospatial software programs, such as ArcGIS and QGIS, and how metadata can be shared through the Internet. In addition, we will discuss more metadata for Web GIS and processing tools.

DR. JUDE YEW Apophenia: A Platform to Crowdsource Metadata in a Collective Memory Repository

In this presentation, I would like to describe a platform and study that is currently underway. The crowdsourcing of collective memories has been a very popular way for many countries and cities around the world to engage with citizens. The Singapore Memory Project (SMP) a web portal that aims to collect, archive and present digital contributions from Singaporeans, and has gathered about 750,000 “digital memories” to date. However, SMP faces two issues: i) what is to be done with all these contributed digital memories, and ii) how to motivate citizens to continue contributing to these “digital memory” repositories. In this paper, I address these issues through i) a novel platform that “reuses” archived digital memories through a “memory linking” task and ii) a study that investigates using nudges to motivate users to contribute metadata towards collective memory repositories.

DR. MIGUEL ESCOBAR Interoperability for Theatre Research

The semantic web is a family of web technologies that allow users to link and retrieve resources (such as images, videos and texts) in complex ways. Could theatre research become more international if performance data (i.e., academic articles and multimedia corpora) could be freely accessed and combined by anyone with an internet connection? Open access policies and semantic web technologies could change the landscape of theatre research, but the road ahead would require complex institutional changes. A first step could consist on implementing low-barrier metadata standards.

HANNA HUSSEIN Linked Data @ National Library Board

In early 2014, the National Library Board Singapore (NLB) started a Linked Data project with the aim of increasing the utilisation of NLB and its partners’ resources through connecting related data, locally and with other datasets on the Internet. The project deliverables include the implementation of a Linked Data Management System (LDMS), developing a Data Model (Bibframe Lite) and extensions, transforming approximately 260,000 records (authorities, vocabularies and bibliographic data) from NLB, National Archives of Singapore (NAS) and National Heritage Board (NHB) into RDF, and developing a Linked Data service consisting of a web feature and a widget for the delivery of the transformed datasets, which has since been launched in NLB HistorySG microsite on 24 Jan 2017.

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