The case study on geo-coded cultural content - ABSTRACT

The research case study on geo-coded cultural content  investigates the possibilities and approaches regarding the use of e-infrastructure in geocoded digital culture.

Geographic location is one of the most important attribute of every cultural heritage item.  It can describe provenience, current institution, location of event or other events. The most valuable geographic description is in the form of digital geographic coordinates.

The first part of the study  summarizes  the “state of the art” of the geocoded digital culture in digital libraries, architectural/archaeological heritage, movable and intangible heritage, cultural tourism, and social networking. The focus is the identification of the possibilities and needs for e-infrastructure support.

The second, experimental part of the study describes the method of geoparsing. Development of test beds and performing the testing has been done within Indicate project. The results of testing prove that geoparsing is very effective method for assigning geographic coordinates automatically. Geoparsing is quite good candidate for grid computing because of huge amount of processing power for natural language processing, pattern recognition, web semantics, the use of distributed local gazetteers, and the on line use on different systems and in various applications.