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DCH 504: Cultural Heritage Knowledge Management, Representation and Transfer in the Digital Era






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Course Description and Aims

The course will deal with two innovative and complex problematic of the modern world, namely the representation of knowledge and its transfer between the various pertinent sectors, both processes enhanced by the existing digital technologies and through the existing media (including the World Wide Web), taking into consideration the Web 2.0 initiatives, social networks, etc. In a very broad term, knowledge representation (KR) relates to the study of the (digital) means of depiction of the (CH) world and what kind of reasoning can be performed with that knowledge. Any discussion about KR must start with the ways it is organized and the definition of its structure, followed by a detailed description of how to make plans and construct explanations using digital means, in dynamic environments. Finally, KR relates to how to relate between default situations and probabilistic information. The course will explore means and methods to express CH KR and the definition of appropriate semantic rules and, eventually, a CH ontology. The second topic of the course relates to how CH knowledge can be transferred to the interested sectors, e.g. education, research, administration and the general public. The course will focus on the identification of these sectors, a definition of their requirements and articulation of most appropriate methods of knowledge transfer (KT) to their components. Topics such as organization of knowledge bases, their accessibility and investigation will be widely discussed, together with assessment methods of improving of KT.

This semester long course will be organized in 2.5-hour weekly meetings which will be devoted to lectures offered by the course tutor and guest lecturers as well as discussion based seminar meetings with the contribution of experts in the field. The projected timetable of lecture and seminar meeting topics is as follows:

Lecture Topics (each topic’s content will be covered between one and two meetings)

1.    Planning a CH knowledge repository – organization and investigation.
2.    Subject oriented versus object oriented ontology.
3.    Designing of digital means for knowledge transfer.
4.    Identifying factors and challenges of CH knowledge transfer.
5.    Evaluating the impact of knowledge transfer methodologies.  
6.    Student presentations
7.    Student presentations
8.    Course conclusions

Discussion-based Seminar Topics (meetings will be scheduled during the semester with the participation of guest lecturers and experts)
1.    Organization of a Cypriot CH knowledge repository – challenges and potential benefits.
2.    Inter-sectorial dialogue in Cyprus and the problematic of CH knowledge transfer in a multi-cultural context.


Grade Distribution

60% - final essay; 30% - seminar presentation; 10% - participation in class

Selected bibliography

  • Jean-Jacques Chanaron (ed.) Leading and Managing Creators, Inventors, and Innovators: The Art, Science, and Craft of Fostering Creativity, Triggering Invention, and Catalyzing Innovation, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007.
  • Anne-Marie Soderberg, Eero Vaara, Nordea, Merging Across Borders: People, Cultures and Politics, Copenhagen Business School Press DK, 2003.
  • Arthur B. Markman, Knowledge representation, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999.
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia, Miltiadis D. Lytras, Metadata and Semantics, Springer, 2008.
  • Dwight W. Read, The utility of mathematical constructs in building archaeological theory, Mathematics and Information Science in Archaeology: A Flexible Framework
  • Voorrips, ed. Studies in Modern Archaeology. Vol. 3. pp. 29-60, Helos: Bonn (1990)
  • Doerr, M., Kritsotaki, A., Boutsika, K. (2011), Factual Argumentation - a core model for assertions making. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 3.3, 1- 34.
  • Carlos Chesnevar , Jarred McGinnis , Sanjay Modgil , Iyad Rahwan , Chris Reed , Guillermo Simari , Matthew South , Gerard Vreeswijk , Steven Willmott, Towards an argument interchange format, The Knowledge Engineering Review, v.21 n.4, p.293-316, December 2006
  • Fauconnier, G. and Turner, M. 2002. The Way We Think: Conceptual Blending and the Mind's Hidden Complexities. Basic Books, New York, NY.
  • Aldo Gangemi , Nicola Guarino , Claudio Masolo , Alessandro Oltramari , Luc Schneider, Sweetening Ontologies with DOLCE, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. Ontologies and the Semantic Web, p.166-181, October 01-04, 2002