CREATE Salon 20 November 2017

eLab (room 0.16) of Mediastudies UvA
Turfdraagsterpad 9
1012 XT Amsterdam

This CREATE Salon will focus on current experiments creating models to retrieve core information from heterogeneous cultural heritage datasets in such a way that they can help building an ontology architecture for the cultural industry of the Dutch Republic. The lecturers work within the NWO project Golden Agents: Creative Industries and the Making of the Dutch Golden Age and in the Create program Creative Amsterdam an –e-Humanities Perspective.


Lia van Gemert: Introduction

Chiara Latronico, Matching Name Entities, Amsterdam City Archives Registries and Ecartico – Matches and Analysis via Lenticular Lenses
This lecture will present the initial results of matching name entities between some of the Amsterdam City Archives’ registries and the Ecartico database. Matches and disambiguation of people names are done utilizing Lenticular Lenses, an open-source tool developed at the VU and designed to allow entity matching via multiple approaches.

Veruska Zamborlini, Toward a Core Conceptual Model for (Im)material Cultural Heritage in the Golden Agents project
This lecture will present the preliminary core conceptual model that involves combining events and storytelling modeling, to provide a common infrastructure for representing and retrieving some core information regardless to its specific nature: painting, book, notary act or theatre performance. The model will be illustrated by using some case studies from the Dutch Golden Age.

Weixuan Li, Visualizing the Spread of Ideas
This lecture will focus on the question how artistic ideas spread through time and space. By linking the biographical database (ECARTICO) with visual sources (RKD), this research combines artworks, as embodiments of ideas with the artists’ social and geographical information. With the linked database, this research further develops a visualization tool that situates artworks within artists’ social and spatial networks in order to demonstrate the spread of ideas across time and space. The pilot will showcase the paintings of the laughing and crying philosophers, Democritus and Heraclitus and the paintings of P. C. Hooft’s Granida as case studies.

About the speakers

Lia van Gemert is professor of Dutch Literature prior to 1800 and director of the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age at the UvA. She participates in the Golden Agents project and the Create program.

Chiara Latronico is the Data Research Analyst on the Golden Agents project. She is responsible for building a data pipeline from the Amsterdam City Archives into the Golden Agents research infrastructure. Chiara is a metadata expert and holds an MA in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University. She has worked for years in (the digital) cultural heritage sector publishing metadata records for platforms like The European Library and Europeana.

Veruska Zamborlini is the Ontology Specialist on the Golden Agents project. She is responsible for developing a conceptual model that allows for integrating data from several datasets regarding different branches of cultural heritage products in the Dutch Golden Age. The goal is to reveal interactions of production and consumption of material and immaterial products, and ultimately having insights on the creative/innovation processes. Veruska holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where the main research topic was on Medical Informatics involving integration of  datasets using Semantic Web technologies.

Weixuan Li is pre-Ph.D. fellow at CREATE. She graduated from MIT in 2014 with dual masters in city planning and transportation and is now finishing her master study in Arts of the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on analyzing and visualizing the transmission of knowledge and artistic innovations through artists’ social and spatial networks in the Dutch Golden Age with a digital approach. She aspires to bring together humanities research and advanced information technology.