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SALSAH 2.0 - Augmenting a virtual research environment with source-centric analysis methods

Applicant Rosenthaler Lukas
Number 137929
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Digital Humanities Lab Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.08.2012 - 31.07.2015
Approved amount 353'992.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
General history (without pre-and early history)
Visual arts and Art history

Keywords (5)

VRE; virtual research environment; annotation; digital humanities; research tool

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

SALSAH version 1.0 as existing today is a web-based collaborative multi-user and multi-project virtual research environment (VRE) which allows the annotation and linkage of digital sources such as digitized images, sound files or moving image files. It’s data model is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF & RDFS) as proposed by the W3C for the semantic web. The rich browser-based user interface is built using HTML5 and AJAX technologies. Access to external data providers such as e.g. e-codices, Europeana etc. can be integrated seamlessly by mutual web-services such as REST or SOAP. Using RDF, the data is internally represented as a directed graph.

Such a graph may contain implicit knowledge about domain specific ontologies and relations. In order to make this implicit knowledge explicit, the theoretical foundations of a RDF-graph based network analysis will be worked out and implemented. The results will be visualized using the latest available technologies (either HTML5 canvas or WebGL). The visualization will be enhanced for a innovative and efficient navigation method within the network of annotated digital sources. In addition, a versioning system will be implemented for all dynamic data (metadata, annotation, links, transcriptions, network analysis results etc.) with a new concept for permanent URL’s to access the state of the network of any given past date and thus result in a proper citability despite the dynamic nature of such a system. The combination of these two topics will lead to a new form of electronic publications which goes beyond the prospects of e-journals or hypertext.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Final report for the pilot project "Data and Service Center for the Humanities" (DaSCH)
Rosenthaler Lukas (2015), Final report for the pilot project "Data and Service Center for the Humanities" (DaSCH), 10(1), Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz, Bern 10(1).
Visualisierung von Daten in der Geschichtswissenschaft
Schweizer Tobias, Rosenthaler Lukas, Subotic Ivan (2015), Visualisierung von Daten in der Geschichtswissenschaft, in Chacherau Nicolas, Natale Enrico, Hiestand Manuel, Sibille Christiane, Kammerer Patrick (ed.), Geschichte und Informatik, Zürich, 18/19, 309-322.
Annotation and Linkage of Motion Picture in an Interactive and Collaborative Environment
Kilchenmann Andr{é}, Rosenthaler Lukas (2014), Annotation and Linkage of Motion Picture in an Interactive and Collaborative Environment, in Digital Humanities 2014: book of abstracts, Lausanne.
Annotation and Linkage of Motion-Picture in an Interactive and Collaborative Environment
André Kilchenmann and Lukas Rosenthaler (2014), Annotation and Linkage of Motion-Picture in an Interactive and Collaborative Environment, in IS&T Archiving Conference 2014, Berlin.
Big Data - Bedrohung oder Chance für das Kulturerbe?
Rosenthaler Lukas, Fornaro Peter (2014), Big Data - Bedrohung oder Chance für das Kulturerbe?, in NIKE Bulletin, 6, 16-19.
Building Digital Editions on the Basis of a Virtual Research Environment
Schweizer Tobias, Rosenthaler Lukas (2014), Building Digital Editions on the Basis of a Virtual Research Environment, in Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2012, SheffliedHRI Online Publications.
Future Development of a System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and Humanities
Subotic *Ivan, Kilchenmann Andr{é}, Schweizer Tobias, Rosenthaler Lukas (2014), Future Development of a System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and Humanities, in Digital Humanities 2014: book of abstracts, Lausanne.
Long-Term Access to Primary Research Data as a Challenge to Migration
Tobias Schweizer, Andreas Wassmer, Ivan Subotic, Lukas Rosenthaler (2014), Long-Term Access to Primary Research Data as a Challenge to Migration, in IS&T Archiving Conference 2014, Berlin.
Long-term Access to Primary Research Data as a Challenge to Migration
Schweizer Tobias, Wassmer Andreas, Rosenthaler Lukas (2014), Long-term Access to Primary Research Data as a Challenge to Migration, in Archiving 2014, Berlin.
Project management and sustainable revenue models in the Digital Humanities
Keller Stefan, Keller Alice, Neuroth Heike, Rosenthaler Lukas (2014), Project management and sustainable revenue models in the Digital Humanities, in Digital Humanities 2014: book of abstracts, Lausanne.
A Distributed Archival Network for Process-Oriented Autonomic Long-Term Digital Preservation
Subotic Ivan, Rosenthaler Lukas, Schuldt Heiko (2013), A Distributed Archival Network for Process-Oriented Autonomic Long-Term Digital Preservation, in ACM Proceedings of the Joint Conference On Digital Libraries, New YorkACM New York, NY, USA.
Technische Herausforderungen in den Digital Humanities
Rosenthaler Lukas (2013), Technische Herausforderungen in den Digital Humanities, in Bulletin der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, 4, 50.
A Benchmark for RDF-based Metadata Management in Distributed Long-Term Digital Preservation
Subotic Ivan, Rosenthaler Lukas, Schuldt Heiko (2012), A Benchmark for RDF-based Metadata Management in Distributed Long-Term Digital Preservation, in Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Data Engineering Meets the Semantic Web .
SALSAH -- eine webbasierte Forschungsplattform für die Geisteswissenschaften
Rosenthaler Lukas, Schweizer Tobias (2012), SALSAH -- eine webbasierte Forschungsplattform für die Geisteswissenschaften, in Bulletin der Schweizerischen Akademie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, 1, 32.
Virtual Research Environments. A New Approach for Dealing with Digitized Sources in Research in Arts and Humanitie
Rosenthaler Lukas (2012), Virtual Research Environments. A New Approach for Dealing with Digitized Sources in Research in Arts and Humanitie, in Clivaz Claire (ed.), PPUR, Lausanne, 661-670.
National Data Curation and Service Center for Digital Research Data in the Humanities
Rosenthaler Lukas, Fornaro Peter, Clivaz Claire, National Data Curation and Service Center for Digital Research Data in the Humanities, in Proceedings Digital Humanities 2014, Lausanne.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Hist. Seminar, Uni Bern / Parzival Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Hess Collection, CA United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Cultural Heritage Imaging United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
e-codices Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Dokumentationsbibliothek St. Moritz Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Kritische Robert Walser-Edition, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Anton Webern Gesamtausgabe, Institute of Musicology, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Kunsthalle Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
VitroCentre Romot Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Anton Webern-Gesamtausgabe Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Departement Altertumswiss. Uni Basel / LIMC Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Montreux Jazz Archive Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Englisches Seminar der Uni Basel / HyperHamlet Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
DHd Tagung der AG der geisteswissenschaftlichen Datenzentren Talk given at a conference SALSAH 11.12.2014 Basel, Switzerland Kilchenmann André; Rosenthaler Lukas; Subotic Ivan;
DHA Workshop: save the data - workshop on digital repositories Talk given at a conference Building a national repository for DH 02.12.2014 Wien, Austria Rosenthaler Lukas;
Tagung der Europeäischen Akademien Talk given at a conference Building a national repository for DH 04.11.2014 Bern, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Musikalische Inventare Talk given at a conference SALSAH 04.09.2014 Bern, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
DH2014 Talk given at a conference National Data Curation and Service Center for Digital Research Data in the Humanities 09.07.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
DH 2014 Talk given at a conference Future Development of a System for Annotation and Linkage of Sources in Arts and Humanities 09.07.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas; Subotic Ivan; Kilchenmann André;
DH 2014 Talk given at a conference Project management and sustainable revenue models in the Digital Humanities 08.07.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Archiving 2014 Talk given at a conference Annotation and Linkage of Motion-Picture in an Interactive and Collaborative Environment 14.05.2014 Berlin, Germany Kilchenmann André;
Présentation devant la Faculté au lettres Individual talk Centre de données et de services données de recherche en sciences humaines 03.12.2013 Neuchâtel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Kolloquium Bundesarchiv Bern Talk given at a conference Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen 19.11.2013 Bern, Switzerland Subotic Ivan;
Fakultätsversammlung ETHZ Individual talk Daten- und Dienstleistungszentrum für geisteswissenschaftliche Forschungsdaten 05.11.2013 Zürich, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Maison des sciences historiques (MASH) Talk given at a conference SALSAH 01.11.2013 Neuchatel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
MEMORIAV Kolloquium: MEMORIAV MEETS HUMANITIES Talk given at a conference Daten & Dienstleistungszentrum für geisteswissenschaftliche Forschungsdaten 25.10.2013 Neuchatel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
BIG DATA Kolloquium Talk given at a conference Erfahrungen mit “Virtual Research Environments”: Big Data ? / Linked Data ? / Intelligent Data ? 22.08.2013 Romainmôtier, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
DH Summerschool 2013 Talk given at a conference SALSAH 27.06.2013 Bern, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Kolloquium „Neuere Forschungen zu Europa in globaler Perspektive: Digital Humanities: Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven“ Individual talk Digital Humanities, neue Ansätze und Perspektiven: ein Kommentar 30.04.2013 Basel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Information for die Mitglieder der Phil.-Hist. Fakultät der Uni ZH Individual talk Virtuelle Forschungssysteme am Beispiel SALSAH 17.04.2013 Zürich, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Kolloquium Tropeninstitut Basel Individual talk SALSAH zur Verwaltung historischer Bilder 14.03.2013 Basel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
3. Schweizerische Geschichtstage Talk given at a conference Visualisierung von kollaborativ erstellten Annotationen und Verknüpfungen in SALSAH 07.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Subotic Ivan; Rosenthaler Lukas;
2ND INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGIES IN MULTIMEDIA ARCHIVES AND RECORDS (STAR) Talk given at a conference Preservation Projects at Basel University 18.01.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Workshop an der Tagung Corpus Vitrearum 27.06.2013 Romont, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;
Virtuelle Forschungssysteme 14.03.2013 Tropeninstitut, Basel, Switzerland Rosenthaler Lukas;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Virtuelle Forschungsumgebungen als Standortvorteil 19.02.2014 Basel, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Digitales Gedächtnis für die Ewigkeit Spektrum der Wissenschaft International German-speaking Switzerland 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Rechner und Web statt Stift und Buch NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2014
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) The struggle to save images in the digital age swissinfo.ch International 2014
Media relations: print media, online media Basler Forscher entwicklen Speichermedium für die Ewigkeit BZ German-speaking Switzerland 2013

Awards

Title Year
Wissenschaftspreis der Stadt Basel 2013

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
157169 L'écriture privée au XVIIe siècle: étude philologique des manuscrits de Mme de Sévigné 01.11.2015 Project funding (Div. I-III)
166072 Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL): Development of a platform for digital editing and a virtual research environment for historical scientific texts 01.07.2016 Project funding (Div. I-III)
177985 Métrique et vers libre : approche interdisciplinaire d’une forme poétique 01.02.2018 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants

Abstract

SALSAH version 1.0 as existing today is a web-based collaborative multi-user and multi-project virtual research environment (VRE) which allows the annotation and linkage of digital sources. It’s data model is based on the Resource Description Framework (RDF & RDFS) as proposed by the W3C for the semantic web. With RDFS, lightweight ontologies may be represented. The rich browser-based user interface is built using HTML5 and AJAX technologies. External data provider can be integrated seamlessly by mutual web-services such as REST or SOAP. Using RDF, the data is internally represented as a directed graph.Such a graph may contain implicit knowledge about domain specific ontologies and relations. In order to make this implicit knowledge explicit, the theoretical foundations of a RDF-graph based network analysis will be worked out and implemented. The results will be visualized using the latest available technologies (either HTML5 canvas or WebGL). The visualization will be enhanced for a innovative and efficient navigation method within the network of annotated digital sources. In addition, a versioning system will be implemented for all dynamic data (metadata, annotation, links, transcriptions, network analysis results etc.) with a new concept for permanent URL’s to access the state of the network of any given past date and thus result in a proper citability despite the dynamic nature of such a system. The combination of these two topics will lead to a new form of electronic publications which goes beyond the prospects of e-journals or hypertext.
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