Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval

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This book explores the analysis and interpretation, discovery and retrieval of a variety of non-textual objects, including image, music, and moving image. Bringing together chapters written by leading experts in the field, this book provides an overview of the theoretical and academic aspects of digital cultural documentation and the state of the art. Case studies of digitization projects drawn from practitioners within libraries and information organizations showcase both technical and more strategic issues relating to cultural heritage projects, digital asset management and sustainability. Key topics covered include


  • semiotics of digital cultural objects: images, music and film;
  • digital cultural object retrieval: semantic and emotional indexing;
  • Semantic Web, FRBR, intertextuality and cultural objects;
  • photo retrieval on the web: Flickr, Facebook and other social networking sites;
  • classical music retrieval on the web;
  • indie music retrieval on the web: Spotify, social tagging, recommender sites; and
  • film retrieval on the web: YouTube, social tagging and sharing, IMDb, indexing, controlled vocabulary.


Introduction - Pauline Rafferty and Allen Foster
Part 1: Analysis and retrieval of digital cultural object management
1. Analyzing digital cultural objects: putting it in context - Pauline Rafferty
2. Metadata models and digital cultural objects - Sarah Higgins 
3. Digital traces of user-generated content - Katrin Weller 
Part 2: Digitization projects in libraries, archives and museums: case-studies
4. Visual digital humanities: National Library of Wales - H. M. Dee,  L. M. Hughes, G. L. Roderick and A. D. Brown
5. Managing and Preserving Digital Collections at the British Library - Maureen Pennock and Michael Day
6. Preserving digital audio material - Will Prentice
Part 3: Social networking and digital cultural objects
7. Photos: Flickr, Facebook and other social networking sites - Corinne Jorgensen 
8. Searching and creating affinities in web music collections - Nicola Orio  
9. Film retrieval on the Web - Katherine La Barre

Dr. Allen Foster

Dr. Allen Foster BA MSc is Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. He holds a PhD in information behaviour from the University of Sheffield, where he was also involved in research projects for a numbers of years.

Dr. Pauline Rafferty

Dr. Pauline Rafferty is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK. She previously taught at the Department of Information Science, City University London, and in the School of Information Studies and Department of Media and Communication at the University of Central England, Birmingham.

"Managing Digital Cultural Objects reinforces how challenging it is to preserve digital cultural content in an age of competing formats and transient content sources. Emphasis on metadata, tagging, and linked data provides continuity throughout diverse case studies while reinforcing the methodologies discussed in the contextual chapters."
— Partnership

"...the book meets the expectations raised in the title and addresses all three parts: analysis, discovery and retrieval of digital cultural objects. It will definitely provide inspiration to those students who are looking for novel research and project topics."
— Information Research

"This international perspective along with the theoretical, applied, academic, and administrative points of view represented throughout make this an insightful collection of works ... This unique volume containing new analyses and case studies is a valuable contribution to the field’s body of literature."
— Library Resources & Technical Services

"This timely and welcome book will be invaluable for information management professionals seeking an overview of the theoretical and practical opportunities and challenges around providing access to digital cultural objects. Its scope is considerable and varied, ranging from the very technical to the practical, and from general surveys of the current state of the art to the findings of specific research projects. As such, it is a volume which some readers may prefer to dip into according to their interests. With its focus on new and emerging techniques and thinking, it should appeal both to researchers and practitioners with an interest in the current state of the art."
— Archives and Records