Exploring the information space of cultural collections using formal concept analysis
Within the cultural informatics community, there is a strongdesire to mine and understand relationships within and among collectionsof objects. In this paper we describe a case study of applied FormalConcept Analysis to cultural heritage and art collections. We base ourinter-disciplinary research on our development of a navigation frameworkthat drives the Virtual Museum of the Pacific ÃÂ¿ an FCA-based applicationthat employs a conceptual neighbourhood paradigm for browsingconcept lattices. We also utilise a feature called conceptual similaritythat allows users to search for similar objects and hence promote knowledgediscovery of the objects within the collection. We describe howwe can construct a meaningful information space derived from museumdocumentation while considering complexity and associated performanceissues of large formal contexts. We report the resulting lattice structure,user experience and relevance of our FCA-based application in browsingand exploring objects from a cultural domain. Our research is an appliedcase study of term extraction and context creation based on data-setsfrom the Australian Museum and Powerhouse Museum collections.
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