Spatial metadata enrichment (Europeana)

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About Spatial metadata enrichment (Europeana)


Europeana presents a vast collection of culture objects, in which metadata plays a crucial role. One of the challenges Europeana faces is the lack of formalized geospatial metadata. While many objects have some spatial information, it remains only accessible to humans, who can bridge the semantic gaps of language (place can have different names), time (names of places change over time) and ambiguity (different places have a same name).

In Europeana and elsewhere, projects have started enriching metadata with links to structured resources for places, especially Geonames, or the historical gazetteer Pleiades. However, the processes currently in place at Europeana remain imperfect. The aim of this internship is to test the feasibility of enhancing these. The main axes: - testing existing tools and their possible configurations. For example: OpenRefine, VU's own Amalgame, Europeana's Annocultor rules and The European Library's Geoparser. - enhancing these tools and configurations, e.g. refining the rules that trigger enrichment for specific metadata fields and values. - proposing methods and tools for evaluation of enrichment by data experts (non-computer scientists), to allow them to quickly test new tools or configurations on a wide body of diverse data such as Europeana.