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Talk at the Alan Turing Institute on designing knowledge bases for the humanities

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Alex Poulovassilis gave a talk on 8th November at the Alan Turing Institute on the challenges of designing specialist knowledge bases to support the work of Humanities scholars. These challenges arise from issues such as: the lack of existing ontologies or datasets upon which to base the design of the new knowledge base; the evolution of the humanities experts' conceptual models as new data is incrementally identified, gathered and integrated; and the evolution of their requirements for the search and analysis tools to be supported by the new knowledge base. The talk focussed particularly on our experiences at the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab in collaborating on two AHRC-funded research projects: Weaving Communities of Practice and Mapping Museums.

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