Interacting with (Semi-) Automatically Extracted Context of Digital Objects

R. Mayer, R. Neumayer, A. Rauber:
"Interacting with (Semi-) Automatically Extracted Context of Digital Objects";
Vortrag: 1st Workshop on Context, Information and Ontologies (CIAO 2009), Heraklion, Greece; 01.06.2009; in:"Proceedings of the Workshop on Context, Information And Ontologies (CIAO 2009)", ACM, New York, NY, USA (2009), ISBN: 978-1-60558-528-4; Paper-Nr. 5, 9 S.

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The context in which digital objects are created, modified, or used is essential for the interpretation of information entities, for retrieval settings, for establishing their authenticity, as well as ensuring appropriate use. Therefore, determining this context of creation and use of digital objects is an essential task for many areas and applications, from (huge) digital library settings to end-user applications such as search. However, context is notoriously difficult and laboursome to establish and document, and when it has to be entered and maintained manually by the creator of the digital objects, it is often missing or partially incomplete or incorrect. Thus, this paper proposes an approach to (semi-) automatically determine the context of creation and usage of digital objects. Various facets of context along different dimensions are automatically detected, and are combined in pivot-table inspired views, at multiple levels of granularity, which then allow the extraction of the most appropriate connections to other digital objects. Finally, this contact can be used for a range of applications, such as search and navigation.