PAPYRUSProject reference: 215874
Funded under :
Cultural and Historical Digital Libraries dynamically mined from News Archives
Total cost:EUR 2 952 364
EU contribution:EUR 2 200 000
Call for proposal:FP7-ICT-2007-1See other projects for this call
Funding scheme:CP - Collaborative project (generic)
The researchers created a cross-discipline digital library engine that allows for drawing content from one domain and making it available and understandable to the users of another.
Digital libraries generally provide electronic access for communities of users to information of their discipline. A new challenge to research is a digital library that would draw content from one domain and make it available to the users of another.
The PAPYRUS team approached this challenge by introducing the concept of a cross-discipline digital library engine which was prototyped in the course of the project. This system can 'understand' user queries in the context of a specific discipline, look for content in a domain alien to that discipline and present the search results in a way useful and comprehensive from the perspective of the first discipline.
The use case chosen for this project was the recovery of historical content from digital news content. The scientific and technological objectives of the project were:
- to advance the state of the art in semantic multimedia analysis, by introducing knowledge assisted methods which take advantage of existing metadata and content structure models for the understanding of the source content;
- to propose context sensitive query processing methods, for the understanding of the user demands;
- to implement tools for automating the process of knowledge mapping, for corresponding concepts between the source content and the user queries;
- to develop presentation techniques for delivering search results in a form comprehensive to the targeted users.
To realise these objectives, PAPYRUS brought together expertise from research organisations with a focus on knowledge management, artificial intelligence and semantic multimedia analysis; experts in the history of science; two large European news producers; and an IT solutions provider.
Past and existing efforts for digital recapturing and preservation of European cultural and scientific heritage have consumed significant effort and resources for the digitisation, characterisation, and classification of content. Digital libraries have thus emerged providing electronic access for many communities of users to available information of their discipline. What has never been targeted, however, is a digital library that draws content from one domain and makes it available to the users of another.<br/>The proposed project approaches this need by introducing the concept of a Cross-Discipline Digital Library Engine. Papyrus intends to be a dynamic digital library which will understand user queries in the context of a specific discipline, look for content in a domain alien to that discipline and return the results presented in a way useful and comprehensive to the user. Papyrus intends to showcase this approach with a specific pair of disciplines which can be illustrated as an apparent need and may prove to be an immediate exploitation opportunity even on its own. This proposed use case is the recovery of history from news digital content.<br/>To realise these objectives Papyrus brings together expertise from 6 EU countries including: 4 research organisations with specific expertise in knowledge management, AI and query analysis and semantic multimedia analysis; two research organisations experts in the history of science; two worldwide leaders in the provision of news; a coordinator experienced in realising such RandD and commercial projects and the world leader in the market of search engines.
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