Avalik loeng 22.05.2018 13:00 Prof. Alexandra Poulovassilis "Designing Knowledge Bases for Humanities Research: challenges and approaches"
Teisipäeval, 22.05.2018 kell 13:00 ruumis U05-103 esineb tarkvarateaduse instituudi doktorandi Kalle Tomingase opponent Prof. Alexandra Poulovassilis (Birkbeck, Londoni Ülikool, Ühendkuningriik) avaliku loenguga teemal "Designing Knowledge Bases for Humanities Research: challenges and approaches".
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This talk focuses on the challenges faced in undertaking interdisciplinary research projects that aim to develop specialist knowledge bases to support the research of Humanities scholars. These challenges typically include the lack of existing ontologies or datasets on which to base the design of the knowledge base, the incremental development of the domain experts’ conceptual model in tandem with the incremental collection of the data, the incompleteness and imprecision of the data, and the difficulty in specifying requirements for the design of facilities to search, visualise and analyse the data while the conceptual model development and data collection are still in progress.
The gradual collection of diverse data and gradual development of understanding points to the need for adopting semantic technologies and iterative, agile development methodologies.
The talk describes our experiences in two recent AHRC-funded research projects led by Birkbeck, the challenges faced, design and development approaches adopted, and lessons learnt. The projects are "Weaving Communities of Practice" (http://www.weavingcommunities.org/) and "Mapping Museums" http://blogs.bbk.ac.uk/mapping-museums/
Alexandra Poulovassilis is Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck, University of London, and Director of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab. Her long-term research interests are in data integration, querying, visualisation and personalisation and she has published widely in these areas. She has held numerous research grants, many of them pursuing interdisciplinary research in collaboration with domain experts from education, the arts, and the sciences. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research was in data models and languages for graph-structured data. She joined Birkbeck in 1999 with the award of a Readership (Associate
Professorship) under the college's 175th Anniversary Chairs and Readers scheme, and was promoted to Professor in 2001. She served on the UK RAE
2008 and REF 2014 sub-panels for Computer Science and Informatics, and is currently Deputy Dean with a Research Enhancement remit in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics at Birkbeck.