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DCH 417: The Data Life Cycle in Cultural Heritage

Course Title

The Data Life Cycle in Cultural Heritage

Course Code

DCH 417

Course Type




Year / Semester

1st / 2nd (Subject to change)

Instructor’s Name

Sorin Hermon (lead instructor), Giorgos Artopoulos, Franco Niccolucci 



Lectures / week

1 (1h)

Laboratories / week

1 (2h)

Course Purpose and Objectives

The course will introduce concepts of digital libraries and knowledge repositories, data management principles including the FAIR principles, open data policies and related IPR issues. Theoretical discussions will focus on the meaning and differences between data, information and knowledge and how each should be formally expressed in a machine and human readable formats. Practical exercises will demonstrate how to build knowledge repositories in various CH domains for research, archiving, management. Students will be also introduced to the concept of large-scale research infrastructures, data sharing and linked open data.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to build domain-specific ontologies, with their components, such as metadata schemas, vocabularies and thesauri. They will acquire the necessary knowledge to build digital libraries across various domains and under various formats and publication platforms.



 Requirements  -

Course Content

Topics to be covered include: building metadata schemas, ontologies, CIDOC-CRM ISO standard, software and architectures of digital libraries, setting-up queries and developing semantic –based research.  

Teaching Methodology

Frontal lectures, laboratory work and applied research


    1. Rubin, R. E. Foundations of library and information science.
    2. Marty, P. F. Digital convergence and the information profession in cultural heritage organizations: Reconciling internal and external demands.
    3. Lynch, Clifford. “Digital collections, digital libraries & the digitization of cultural heritage information.
    4. Bruseker, George, Nicola Carboni, and Anaïs Guillem. “Cultural Heritage Data Management: The Role of Formal Ontology and CIDOC CRM.
    5. Nurmikko-Fuller, Terhi, Kevin R. Page, Pip Willcox, Jacob Jett, Chris Maden, Timothy Cole, Colleen Fallaw, Megan Senseney, and J. Stephen Downie. “Building complex research collections in digital libraries: A survey of ontology implications.
    6. Agosti, Maristella, Nicola Ferro, and Gianmaria Silvello. “Digital libraries: from digital resources to challenges in scientific data sharing and re-use.


75% exam; 25% coursework



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