85452 - Knowledge Organization and Digital Methods in the Cultural Heritage Domain (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce the issue of organizing knowledge in archives, libraries and museums. In particular at the end of the course the students will be able to: use the standards of the domain for data description; manage the practices oriented to the enrichment of data through semantic strategies (ontologies and controlled vocabularies); create complex metadata for digital objects in the cultural heritage domain.

Course contents

The course wants to focus on three strictly related topics:
- the study of international standards in the LAM (Libraries, Archives and Museum) domain (metadata element sets and value vocabularies);
- the reflection on the concept of KO (Knowledge Organization) and in particular on the role of ontologies as conceptual models;
- the analysis of semantic (digital) activities in LAM througt KO methods.

In detail the course will give to students the skills for creating, managing, disseminating and preserving LOD (Linked Open Data) in the LAM domain.

The activities of the three international umbrella organization in LAM that will be discussed are:

Some case studies will guide the lessons. In detail:

Readings/Bibliography

A first list useful resources:

JOURNALS

WEB REFERENCES

Teaching methods

The course is composed of classroom lessons, exercises in the laboratory, and the designing of a team project.

Assessment methods

The final examination consists of:

  • the discussion of a LODLAM resource, by analyzing all the theoretical, methodological and technological features and implications;
  • the presentation of an original project related to KO, LOD and GLAM.

Students are asked to organise themself in groups for designing the project. The personal contribution of each member of a group will be assessed during the oral colloquium, when the project will be presented.

The final evaluation of the student is based on the scores gained for each of the aforementioned points. In particular:

  • excellent evaluation: reaching an in-depth view of all the course topics by discussing the LODLAM resource with a strong awareness and developing a project following all the principles and guidelines provided to the student during the lectures;
  • sufficient evaluation: reaching a partial view of the course topics demonstated with the discussion of the LODLAM resource and providing a minor contribution to the development of the project;
  • insufficient evaluation: either not reaching even partial view on the course topics and presenting a resource largely discussed during the course or not providing any contribution to the project.

Teaching tools

Classes are held in a classroom equipped with personal computers connected to the Intranet and Internet.

Office hours

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