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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9010009

A Mobile App to Learn About Cultural and Historical Associations in a Closed Loop with Humanities Experts

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AtlantTIC Research Center, Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, 2033 Cairo, Egypt
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Group of Studies in Archaeology, Antiquity and Territory, University of Vigo, 32004 Ourense, Spain
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Dipartamento dei Beni Culturali, Università degli Studi di Padova, 35122 Padova, Italy
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Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, University of the Peloponnese, 22100 Tripoli, Greece
Current address: Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid/MIAS, 28049 Madrid, Spain.
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Received: 28 November 2018 / Revised: 14 December 2018 / Accepted: 17 December 2018 / Published: 20 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Computing and Artificial Intelligence)
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Abstract

The Horizon 2020 project CrossCult aims to highlight historical and cultural associations between different characters, locations, events, venues, or artworks, to develop new strategies with which to promote intercultural and cross-border aspects of history and heritage. This paper presents a pilot app that provides graph-based visualizations of those associations, arranged by Humanities experts in relation to several reflective topics, and glued together by narratives that may present the same facts from diverse points of view. After querying a knowledge base that brings together several Linked Data resources, the associations are curated by the experts using a dedicated tool, to ensure that only meaningful associations appear on the mobile app. In turn, the app users can contribute new associations in the form of written text, which the experts can turn into new concepts and properties in the knowledge base. Here, we present the design of the mobile app and the experts’ tool, together with the results of early experiments aimed at assessing the instructional value of the proposal. View Full-Text
Keywords: cultural heritage; semantic associations; reflective topics; visualization; storytelling cultural heritage; semantic associations; reflective topics; visualization; storytelling
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Daif, A.; Dahroug, A.T.; López-Nores, M.; González-Soutelo, S.; Bassani, M.; Antoniou, A.; Gil-Solla, A.; Ramos-Cabrer, M.; Pazos-Arias, J.J. A Mobile App to Learn About Cultural and Historical Associations in a Closed Loop with Humanities Experts. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 9.

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