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DIGITAL COLLECTION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.07.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Computer intensive methods and applications   

Code Science Field
P170  Natural sciences and mathematics  Computer science, numerical analysis, systems, control 
Keywords
natural and cultural heritage, digital data collection, education, information technologies (IT), web application, e-content, e-learning, computer literacy, computer programming, open source, user experience
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Researchers (15)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15854  PhD Andrej Bauer  Mathematics  Researcher  2008 - 2011  199 
2.  19284  PhD Marko Boben  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2008 - 2011  84 
3.  29956  Maja Brajnik  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2008 - 2009 
4.  29959  Joahim Dokler  Computer science and informatics  Technical associate  2008 - 2009 
5.  24421  PhD Boris Horvat  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2008 - 2011  143 
6.  22401  PhD Matjaž Konvalinka  Mathematics  Researcher  2010 - 2011  118 
7.  11234  PhD Jurij Kovič  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2010 - 2011  194 
8.  26450  PhD Primož Lukšič  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2008 - 2011  96 
9.  33024  Rok Okorn  Mathematics  Researcher  2010 - 2011 
10.  21658  PhD Alen Orbanić  Computer intensive methods and applications  Researcher  2008 - 2009  141 
11.  29957  Saša Petejan  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2008 - 2009  41 
12.  01941  PhD Tomaž Pisanski  Mathematics  Head  2008 - 2011  866 
13.  03231  PhD Marko Razpet  Mathematics  Researcher  2010 - 2011  788 
14.  29958  PhD Romina Rodela  Social sciences  Researcher  2008  90 
15.  26379  PhD Mateja Šmid Hribar  Humanities  Researcher  2008 - 2009  282 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0101  Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics  Ljubljana  5055598000  20,257 
Abstract
The development of the computer science and information technologies, World Wide Web and web encyclopedia based on open source philosophy, has enabled the widespread access and contributions to digital data resources. In the case of establishing a census of natural and cultural heritage in Slovenia – the latter being scattered and difficult to access – the modern information and web technologies provide a foundation for creating a web platform for establishing such a census, which would be publicly accessible. Free access and user friendly web interface form a basis for widespread heritage recognition and for raising awareness about its importance and need for conservation. The project consists of research, planning, design and implementation of a web platform, which will enable users to document natural and cultural heritage in a specific geographical area. They will be able to submit written material, photographs, audio and video recordings into an online archive, and place this material in a geographical context by inputting the data in an interactive map. The purpose of the project is also to develop standards for digitalization of natural and cultural heritage in Slovenia. The end result will be an easy to use platform that will enable experts, as well as the general public, to simply and quickly access relevant information that was not available until now. By encouraging submissions from all users, the project also aims to close the existing gap between the scientific community and the general public in the domain of natural and cultural heritage and to accelerate the rate of data accumulation.
Significance for science
We designed and developed an online prototype for accessing digitalized natural and cultural heritage collections and contributing to these online collections. Our test server can be accessed at http://babi.imfm.si/ . It runs FreeBSD and accompanied open source software (Apache, Django, ...) which we use for development, testing and hosting of our test portal, which is in its final stage public and nondependent from institutions. New knowledge gained by technological partners is mainly in the field of categorization and understanding of issues regarding natural and cultural heritage - both insights are of great importance for the success of the portal. Interdisciplinary collaboration with the National and University Library and the Škocjan Caves Park regarding content and the accessibility of their databases made it possible to develop a data model and a classification scheme of natural and cultural heritage which are in use on the prototype. It has been ascertained, that the project has encouraged collaboration in the field of classification, the importance of its further development and the development of databases that are compatible in Slovenia as well as in international projects. The project presents possible solutions for digital resources of natural and cultural heritage which are currently very diverse. Since only two types of heritage objects have been geographically positioned (immobile cultural heritage and natural resources) a large part of the project has been dedicated to finding a solution for the geographical placement of all types of objects. To this end we have contacted other organizations that have natural and cultural heritage collections (Ministry of Culture and Slovenian ZRC SAZU (ZRC Academy of Sciences and Arts). We have identified geographical positioning of heritage objects as an independent interdisciplinary working field.
Significance for the country
Our prototype represents the first integrated online resource in the field of presenting natural and cultural heritage. The promotion of local area in this prototype phase has been realized through geographical positioning of heritage objects. We regard this as a starting point for further collaboration locally. We have minimized the software requirements for the end user - the average user already has all the necessary software (browser, Java, audio/video players). With this we have made the prototype accessible to a wide group of internet users. With this project we became one of the partners to the Europeana (Multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections - http://www.europeana.eu/) and a partner in European Digital Library Thematic Network of Partners which represents the main part of the EDLnet project, established as part of the program eContentPlus of the European Commission. We are continuing with the process of connecting out project with the DRIVER II portal (Seventh European Framework Programme). The infrastructure which we will further develop will function as a base for additional partnerships with new scientific repositories and the establishment of a European collection of different digital repositories. As part of this project we have analyzed partner requirements regarding the implementation of the OAI-PMH protocol.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, 2009, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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