Londra, British Library, ms. Egerton 2020, f. 11v, Rixo

2012

M. Agosti, G. Mariani Canova, N. Orio, C. Ponchia, "A Case Study for the Development of Methods to Improve User Engagement with Digital Cultural Heritage Collections" in C. Grana, R. Cucchiara (Eds), Multimedia for Cultural Heritage, Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 247, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to report the results of an ongoing project that deals with the exploitation of a digital archive of drawings and illustrations of historic documents for research and educational purposes. A prototype system, called IPSA (Imaginum Patavinae Scientiae Archivum), has been developed and is currently used as a case study to provide innovative tools for researchers and scholars active in the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage. After describing the initial user requirements that motivated the development of IPSA, we focus on the research questions that can be addressed by new system functions and on its extension to additional user groups, including students, experts in other domains, and the general public.

M. Agosti, N. Orio, To Envisage and Design the Transition from a Digital Archive System Developed for Domain Experts to one for Non-domain Users, in the proceedings of JCDL'12, June 10–14, 2012, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

Diverse digital resources are commonly used by different types of users. It is common practice to develop those application having in mind a set of requirements for a specific target category of users. We envisaged and designed the IPSA archive and system using a similar approach: the identification of a set of requirements for researchers in illuminated manuscripts as a target group of domain professional users. The IPSA system has been in use as a research tool by domain professionals. The consideration that the content of the archive managed by the IPSA system could be of interest for other types of users suggested reconsidering its approach to envisage a new system designed around the same archive of illuminated manuscripts for their access by diverse categories of users. The paper reports on the work that was conducted to re-design and re-engineer the system to match requirements and expectations of non-domain users.

R. Cucchiara, C. Grana, D. Borghesani, M. Agosti, A. D. Bagdanov. Multimedia for Cultural Heritage: Key Issues. In: C. Grana, R. Cucchiara (Eds), Multimedia for Cultural Heritage, Communications in Computer and Information Science, Vol. 247, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2012, pp. 206-216.

Abstract

Multimedia technologies have recently created the conditions for a true revolution in the Cultural Heritage domain, particularly in reference to the study, exploitation, and fruition of artistic works. New opportunities are arising for researchers in the field of multimedia to share their research results with people coming from the field of art and culture, and viceversa. This paper gathers together opinions and ideas shared during the final discussion session at the 1st International Workshop on Multimedia for Cultural Heritage, as a summary of the problems and possible directions to solve to them.

M. Agosti, N. Orio, User Requirements for Effective Access to Digital Archives of Manuscripts, in Journal of Multimedia, Vol 7, No 2 (2012), 217-222, Apr 2012.

Abstract

The
for cultural heritage poses challenging questions about the kind of interaction that is necessary to foresee to make them available to distinct categories of users. We report on a study on user requirements carried out on two groups of users: domain professional researchers, who need to carry out their research exploiting the functions of digital archives, and non-domain researchers, who need to enhance their experience of digital content and do not have a specific research interest for the digital content. A digital archive of illuminated manuscripts, called IPSA, has been used as a case study for recollecting user requirements. The results highlighted a number of additional requirements by specialized and by non-domain users. The relations between these outcomes provide relevant insights into the role of digital resources for the study and dissemination of cultural heritage.

M. Agosti, N. Orio, The CULTURA project: CULTivating Understanding and Research through Adaptivity, in the Proceedings of the 7th Italian Reserach Conference on Digital Libraries, IRCDL 2011, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 111-114.

Abstract

CULTURA aims at personalisation and community-aware adaptivity for Digital Humanities through the implementation of innovative adaptive services in an interactive environment. The intention is to offer genuine user empowerment and different levels of engagement with digital cultural heritage collections and communities.

M. Agosti, S. Lawless. The CULTURA project: CULTivating Understanding and Research through Adaptivity. In: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Hypertext Retrieval (PMHR 2011), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2011, pp. 50-54.

Abstract

CULTURA will deliver personalisation and community-aware adaptivity for Digital Humanities communities through an innovative environment which is tailored to the investigation, comprehension and enrichment of digital humanities collections. CULTURA seeks to stimulate and support the communities of interest which form around such collections.

2011

M. Agosti, G. Mariani Canova, N. Orio, C. Ponchia. Methods of personalising a collection of images using linking annotations. In: Proceedings of the First Workshop on Personalised Multilingual Hypertext Retrieval (PMHR 2011), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2011, pp. 10-17.

Abstract

This paper reports the results of an ongoing project that deals with the development of a digital archive of drawings and illustrations of historic documents for research purposes, but also as a tool that can be used to disclose cultural heritage contents to the general public. The digital archive is currently used as a case study to provide innovative tools for researchers and scholars active in the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage. In particular, we investigate the use of linking annotations to express the relations between images. We represent annotations with a hypergraph structure and we exploit this information to personalize the way images are presented to the final users.

2006

M. Agosti, N. Ferro, N. Orio. Graph-based Automatic Suggestion of Relationships among Images of Illuminated Manuscripts. In: Proc. 21st ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2006) - Track on Information Access and Retrieval (IAR). ACM Press, New York, 2006, USA, 1063-1067.

Abstract

Scientific research on illuminated manuscripts includes the disclosure of relationships among images belonging to different manuscripts. Relationships can be modeled as typed links, which induce a hypertext over the archive. In this paper we present a formal model for annotations, which is the basis to build methods for automatically processing existing relationships among link types and exploiting the properties of the graph which models the hypertext. The result of this processing is twofold: new relationships can be suggested to help users in their research work, and the existing ones can be semantically validated to check for inconsistencies.

2003

M. Agosti, L. Benfante, N. Orio. IPSA: A Digital Archive of Herbals to Support Scientific Research. In: Proc. of the International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), Kuala Lumpur, MA, 2003, 253-264.

Abstract

The work reported in this paper has been carried out in the context of a multidisciplinary project, named Ipsa, which has been launched at the University of Padua in 2002. Aim of the project is the design and the construction of a digital library of drawings and illustrations of historic documents, where the digital library is constructed for use of researchers of art and history of scientific illustration. This paper presents the first results of the ongoing project on the development of the digital archive of herbals, that are manuscripts containing hand drawings of real plants. The paper has a specific focus on the user requirements analysis, which has been conducted with a user-centred approach. According to user requirements, we designed tools to provide researchers with novel ways of accessing the digital manuscripts and sharing and transferring knowledge in a collaborative environment.

M. Agosti, L. Benfante, N. Orio. A Digital Archive of Herbals for Scientific Research and Dissemination. In: Proc. of Annual AICA Conference, Trento, Italy, 2003, 191-199.