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Personalised Access To cultural Heritage Spaces

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 270082

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 071 963

  • EU contribution

    € 2 300 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

Project description

Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation Significant amounts of cultural heritage material are now available through online digital library portals. However, this vast amount of cultural heritage material can also be overwhelming for many users who are provided with little or no guidance on how to find and interpret this information. The situation is very different in museums and galleries where items are organised thematically and users guided through the collection.The PATHS project created a system that acts as an interactive personalised tour guide through existing digital library collections. The system offers suggestions about items to look at and assist in their interpretation. Navigation is based around the metaphor of a path through the collection. A path can be based around any theme, for example artist and media (“paintings by Picasso”), historic periods (“the Cold War”), places (“Venice”) and famous people (“Muhammad Ali”). Users are able to construct their own paths or follow pre-defined ones. The PATHS project provides users with innovative ways to access and utilise the contents of digital libraries that enrich their experiences of these resources. This is achieved by extending the state-of-the-art in user-driven information access and by applying language technologies to analyse and enrich online content. The project takes a user-centred approach to development to accommodate the needs, interests and preferences of different types of users.The PATHS consortium contains six partners. Two academic institutions, Sheffield University and Universidad del Pais Vasco, and two SMEs, i-sieve technologies Ltd. and Asplan Viak Internet Ltd., brought experience in several technical areas (the presentation and processing digital content; understanding user profiles and requirements; search and language processing technologies) which wass complemented with expertise in the cultural heritage domain provided by MDR Partners and Alinari 24 Ore Spa.The PATHS project makes use of content from the European Digital Library, Europeana.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Address

Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2tn Sheffield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 670 703

Administrative Contact

Joanne Watson (Mrs.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 402 841

I SIEVE TECHNOLOGIES DIACHEIRISIS ILEKTRONIKIS PLIROFORIAS EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 290 382

ALINARI 24 ORE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 157 094

ASPLAN VIAK INTERNET AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 342 960

MDR PARTNERS (CONSULTING) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 436 020

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 270082

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 071 963

  • EU contribution

    € 2 300 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom