Dynamics of Knowledge Organisation

The module studies the involvement and application of semantics in Digital Preservation and focuses on two different but potentially interrelated approaches: (a) vectors, matrices, and vector fields; (b) graph-based structures and ontologies.


Intended target audiences
  • Digital Preservation and Digital Humanities practitioners who are interested in investigating the deployment of semantics and relevant cutting-edge technologies.
  • Researchers working on semantics who are interested in investigating the application of relevant methods and technologies in a Humanities field.
Expected learning outcomes for the whole Module
  • Get a first glance at cutting-edge methods and technologies (semantic technologies, vector fields, ontologies).
  • Relate theories of word meaning to vector-based information representation.
  • Learn about the foundations of the Semantic Web initiative and its core concepts and technologies.
  • Explore the relevance of semantic technologies to vastly interdisciplinary fields, like Digital Preservation.
  • Get a better view of the emerging paradigm of knowledge representation through ontologies.
  • Discuss how ontology evolution (i.e. the change of ontologies over time) can serve as a means for studying semantic drift.
Level of advancement/ prerequisites For Parts 1-3, an elementary understanding of text processing is useful.

For Parts 4-6, some basic knowledge of the fundamentals of HTML and XML would be helpful, though not absolutely essential.

Parts in the Module 1. Semantics and DP: basic concepts, theories and trends

2. Vectors and matrices: word meaning for advanced access

3. Vector fields: a new approach to evolving semantics

4. The Semantic Web & the Emergence of Ontologies

5. Semantic Technologies & DP

6. Evolving Semantics: Ontology Evolution & Semantic Drifts

Chronological order / Relationship with other Modules (if any) Parts 1-3 should be consulted in the given order but they do not depend on Parts 4-6.
Parts 4-6 do not need to be followed in this chronological order; however, it would help if Part 4 is viewed prior to Parts 5 and 6.
Estimated time required for completion of the module  The approximate time to complete the entire module is 25-30 hours.