I spent the morning out in the leafy suburbs of south Dublin attending the second day of the CEMEC Dublin gathering. CEMEC stands for ‘Connecting Early Medieval European Collections’ and is a project that myself and more particularly the company I work for, Noho, have been working on for about a year and a half at this stage. The project is a European-funded initiative that has brought together museums, technical partners and a varied selection of specialists active in the European cultural heritage space to create a grand travelling exhibition of many wonderful Early Medieval artefacts that will travel through museums in Amsterdam, Budapest, Athens, Bonn, Brussels and Jaen.
Noho are on board as a technical partner and while our brief is varied, our main task is to realise a digital application that will accompany the physical presentation of the project collection as it tours from one museum to the next. This application, which we have named the ‘Cross Culture Timeline’, presents the collection artefacts in their spatial, thematic and temporal contexts. Its primary objective is to bring out the many links that exist between the material culture of this period in the history of Europe, showing that even in one of the so-called ‘dark ages’ of the past, ideas were being transported from one place to the next just as they are in the highly globalised world that we find ourselves in today.
The CCT is interesting in a number of respects. It is flexible, as it allows museum curators to customise the presentation of their content in a manner that they believe best suits their audience needs. It creates an engaging user experience as it presents video, image, text and interactive 3D assets that are attached to these objects. But from my perspective, I am most interested in its use of a Linked Data architecture on which all of this is made possible. I completed my own PhD on a subject that looked closely at the suitability of Linked Data as a foil for the flow of information within the archaeological sphere…
I have to run to a project dinner right now….but will hopefully get an opportunity to finish this post laster this evening – and before the clock strikes 12.