The new ecosystem of culture
The cultural heritage ecosystem of the Piedmont Region is represented by a set of applications for the collection, cataloguing and use of cultural heritage.
The Guarini system, active since the 90s and now obsolete, has evolved, leading to the adoption of the Collective Access platform, software with Open Source GPL license for the digital management of archival, bibliographic and museum heritage. The new system is also based on the Smart Data Platform for data ingestion and on the display of APIs towards an innovative front-end under construction. The Collective Access platform has been configured and parameterized to meet the needs of the Piedmont Region and the operators of museums, cultural institutes and historical archives.
The research focused in particular on the development and testing of widgets for the management of master pieces in the backend of Collective Access, in order to identify the most relevant information (digital objects and their catalographic descriptions) and improve their use by end users. The widget has been realized and integrated in the Mèmora Back end platform, used by operators in the sector. Technical and legal verifications are underway for the release of the widget to the international OSS community, which would guarantee dissemination and visibility to the project.
We experimented the use of Linked Open Data (LOD) through links with external systems (Wikidata, DBPEDIA, Geonames and others), with the aim of disambiguating names and terms (of entities, people, families, places) associated with objects catalogued in Mèmora.
A prototype using a LOD of the data.beniculturali.it portal has been realized, exploiting the thesaurus. For each object catalogued in Mèmora, it is possible to associate a specific description data. The thesaurus has also made it possible to use correct terminology in the description of cultural heritage and to create some reclamation scripts to the overall database of Mèmora, regarding the "entities".
The plugin will be made available to the Collective Access open source community.