About the Centre for Cultural Informatics
Head of the Centre: Dr. Martin Doerr
Information management for cultural heritage supports the documentation, exchange, presentation and preservation of historical sources, facts, human memories and the evidence of material culture spanning all areas of human activities, including sciences. It supports the scholarly and scientific discourse reconstructing and interpreting possible pasts. The discourse in cultural heritage is particularly rich, ranging from physical investigation methods (e.g. radiocarbon analysis) to analysis of historical sources and philosophical considerations, and arguments combining all those aspects. Therefore the cultural heritage domain provides a particular challenge for knowledge representation and the design of effective information systems supporting this discourse. It provides both a rich application field for the research results of ISL and advanced research questions of its own, particularly in ontology engineering and discourse analysis.
ISL addresses these challenges through a specialised unit, the Centre for Cultural Informatics (CCI), which is currently the most extensive facility of ISL in terms of manpower and external funding. The Centre for Cultural Informatics pursues a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary approach to supporting the entire lifecycle of cultural information and documentation procedures for the benefit of study, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage. Special focus is laid on semantic interoperability, information integration and integrated access. The cross-disciplinary mission of the Centre is underpinned by maintaning rich co-operations with cultural institutions and scientists from the humanities, that range from pure research, community work on documentation methods and standards down to rich application development and consulting.
The operation of the Centre brings together skills in knowledge representation, ontology engineering, knowledge organisation systems, database technology and web technology with expertise in archaeology, museum documentation and management, sites and monuments management, art conservation, archives and libraries, thesaurus and dictionary management and other cultural disciplines.
The activities of the Centre unfold in three directions:
1. Targeted research with focus on the formal representation of information structure and scientific discourse in the humanities, in the machine - supported communication and in the semantic interoperability.
2. Community building for the promotion of standards, complementary skills and know-how in the creation, processing, integration and presentation of cultural information for the benefit of quality, accessibility and exploitation of digital cultural content.
3. Targeted development of advanced information systems that provide a scientific challenge or a proof -of -concept in real settings.
Results of these activities include:
Besides others, the Centre works as competence center for the CIDOC-CRM
(ISO 21127), by building up and exchanging application know-how, consultancy
to implementers and researchers, and contribution to the dissemination,
maintenance and evolution of the standard itself.
CCI and the Germanisches National Museum - Nuremberg maintain a general collaboration on cultural-historical information processing and interdisciplinary research
CCI provides an administrational home to the CIDOC-CRM Special Interest Group
CCI has provided services to Institutions such as the Deutsches Museum Munich, the Institut für Museumskunde Berlin, the National Documentation Center Athens and the European Centre of Byzantine & Postbyzantine Monuments (EKBMM) Thessaloniki
Division Head: Dr. Martin Doerr, Principal Researcher
Chrysoula Bekiari, M.Sc., R & D Engineer, Co-ordinator
Maria Theodoridou, M.A.Sc., R & D Engineer
Christos Georgis, M.Sc., R & D Engineer
Dimitris Agelakis, M. Sc., R & D Engineer
Anastasia Axaridou, R & D Engineer
Giorgos Samaritakis, R & D Engineer