Weekly blog #2

Josef started the week with finishing his first concept for a Serious Game in the field of cultural heritage and art history. The document also includes short sections about related work and a description of the recent situation of Serious Gaming projects in the field of interest. The game itself will meet the following conditions (hopefully :-) )

  • it teaches concepts of art history and raises the interest in museums and cultural heritage in general.
  • it is highly interactive and follows the constructivist learning theory.
  • it incorporates game design elements. It’s more than just a quiz. It’s a challenging game that tells a story and is fun to play.
  • it it is available to everyone (via the browser).
  • it meets the standard of contemporary games.

A possible name for the game could be: ThIATRO: The Immersive Art Training Online. There are also first ideas for the plot and the integration of the databases into the game. As soon as these ideas have been discussed in detail, they will be presented here. In addition, Josef wrote his PhD proposal that will be handed in soon.

Doron has continued digging deeper into the topic  “Semantic Web and Cultural Heritage” and found some interesting projects and ideas. One of these projects is the ClioPatria Server, an RDF Server by VU Uni Amsterdam that has been specifically tailored to storing and presenting Cultural Heritage information. As this is open-source software, it was immediately set-up on the local VSEM machine and is currently tested regarding its potential functionality to the VSEM project. So far to say: It looks good, very good :) … Curious people can get a visual glimpse of the currently available CH knowledge ( Getty TGN and Getty ULAN data ) by typing in some Artist name here — Beware, due to testing, this service might be more often down then up !

Max started the week by working with the Flickr-API in order to understand how tags, that are already in Flickr, can be used for the vsem-project. After experimenting with java, the best solution seems to be the flickr-python-api. Later in the week, Max looked at the opencalais, which can be used to get useful tags from a continuous text. There is also an opencalais-python-api available, that is pretty simple and works very well. As for now, it will be interesting to get the returned information in RDF, so that it can be included in our RDF-database.

On Tuesday the VSEM group visited the exhibition ‘Blumen fur Kim il Sung’ at the MAK. It was a very interesting and unique experience since the collection was shown to the public outside of North-Korea for the first time ever.

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