Mnemosyne – Connecting and Sharing Memories and Cultural Experiences

Mnemosyne explores these success stories in the information field of cultural heritage, on the web and outside the web towards a ubiquitous and serendipitous access of cultural information.Mnemosyne will comprise a set of technical and methodological solutions for:the support for sharing of cultural experiences by means of semanti-cally structured and unstructured annotation allowing for many-to-many communications and semantic search in the field of cultural heritage.the development of enhanced navigation systems based on semantics and user contributed knowledge.the management of personal knowledge through user-centric inter-operable applications.Mnemosyne realises an open-source service that provides a platform for the development of new type of applications involving users. The service distributed through cultural organisations will provide access to abundant semantic information and distribute the load of user contribution, thus en-hancing the navigation and application possibilities of cultural organisations web applications at low-cost and effectively.I was, of course, not alone in this endeavour.


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Yesterday was an important day for many European researchers as yesterday ended Call 1 on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7). I co-ordinated and submitted the project proposal “Mnemosyne”, initiated by Cédric Mesnage and myself. The proposed project addresses Challenge 4: Digital Libraries and Content. Here is the abstract of the proposal:

Mnemosyne aims at enhancing the way citizens access, contribute to and navigate cultural heritage information, create and communicate experiences, share memories, thus leveraging the structure of the whole cultural heritage digital sphere. Mnemosyne brings together museum experts and visitors, social scientists, designers, computer scientists, web engineers and Semantic Web researchers to explore the possibilities of the digital sphere to enhance the cultural experiences of European citizens. The Web 2.0 trend reveals the success of systems involving the user, enhancing the content and the navigation by means of their contribution. The Semantic Web eases interoperability between applications by creating a web of data. Mnemosyne explores these success stories in the information field of cultural heritage, on the web and outside the web towards a ubiquitous and serendipitous access of cultural information.

Mnemosyne will comprise a set of technical and methodological solutions for:

  • the support for sharing of cultural experiences by means of semantically structured and unstructured annotation allowing for many-to-many communications and semantic search in the field of cultural heritage.
  • the development of enhanced navigation systems based on semantics and user contributed knowledge.
  • the management of personal knowledge through user-centric inter-operable applications.

Mnemosyne realises an open-source service that provides a platform for the development of new type of applications involving users. The service distributed through cultural organisations will provide access to abundant semantic information and distribute the load of user contribution, thus enhancing the navigation and application possibilities of cultural organisations web applications at low-cost and effectively.

I was, of course, not alone in this endeavour. I was supported in the best way by the following consortium:

Now we have to wait for the evaluation report scheduled for mid-July.

Cross your fingers!

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Autor: trb

Thomas Roth-Berghofer ist Jugendbuchautor im Team Tom Alex und Thrillerautor im Team Alex Thomas. Er lebt und arbeitet mit seiner Frau in Norddeutschland. Er war viele Jahre lang Wissenschaftler und Professor für Künstliche Intelligenz an einer Londoner Universität. Jetzt widmet er sich ganz dem Schreiben und Übersetzen.

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