Conference Agenda

General track 15: Cultural heritage
Thursday, 29/Jun/2017:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Jon W. Dunn, Indiana University
Location: Ballroom C
Hilton Brisbane

1:30pm - 2:00pm

The OPenn approach to cultural heritage

Doug Emery, Emily Morton-Owens, Dot Porter

University of Pennsylvania Libraries, United States of America

OPenn ( makes complete sets of high-resolution archival images of manuscripts available along with their metadata through a simple directory structure that can be navigated by either a human with a web browser or a script using common utilities like wget, FTP, or Rsync. This simple but novel access method is a part of Penn Libraries’ commitment to open and completely reusable data. The simplicity of the OPenn website puts some burden on its backend designers and operators. In the future, we envision making OPenn-style access a part of our developing Hydra/Fedora repository, to combine the best parts of robust digital object management with our philosophy of open access.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

The “Pros” and “Cons” of Reverse Image Lookup as an Assessment Tool for Digitized Cultural Heritage Images

Santi Thompson1, Michele Reilly2

1University of Houston, United States of America; 2Central Washington University, United States of America

This presentation introduces and builds upon the application of content-based image retrieval (CBIR) and reverse image lookup (RIL), a graduated form of CBIR, as a potential assessment tool for cultural heritage repository managers. The presenters will focus their conversation around five topics: (1) CBIR and RIL definitions and history; (2) RIL case studies; (3) methods and results of presenters’ RIL study; (4) RIL benefits and limitations; and (5) implications of RIL on digital repository assessment. The presentation concludes by proposing that RIL offers benefits for cultural heritage repository managers in the assessment of users and the reuses of their collections. Audience members will gain insight into how the software can be used as another viable option in their assessment toolkit.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

The repository as an interactive research tool

Saskia van Bergen, Laurents Sesink

Leiden University, Netherlands, The

Leiden University Libraries (UBL) is responsible for large heritage collections, including collections from non-Western regions, such as the Caribbean, Indonesia and Korea. To provide access to these collections, for both researchers and the general public in these remote regions, digital availability is essential.

In 2015, UBL has redesigned its infrastructure for the digital heritage collections. The new basic infrastructure, based on Islandora, has improved the visibility of the collections considerably. Students and researchers can now view images, texts and AV materials, and they can navigate through collections and download files.

The next step is to improve the usability of the digital collections, by offering researchers support in the field of digital humanities. These studies often make use of technologies such as TDM, GIS and data visualisations. To be able to give researchers a convenient and user-friendly access to these new technologies, UBL is currently incorporating these within the Islandora-based repository infrastructure. This will transform the repository from a passive repository into an interactive research tool.

In this presentation, we will explain the process with three case studies, all in the field of the non-Western collections. By offering space for experiments within the repository, the infrastructure becomes an enabler of innovation.