DigiVis - Leveraging MediaWiki for the Digitization and Visualization of Digital Archives
The project DigiVis takes text-based archival material from the Ernst von Glasersfeld-Archive, home to the scientific heritage of Ernst von Glasersfeld, a philosopher who was one of the founders of radical constructivism, and aims to leverage MediaWiki to provide an interactive platform for analysing, exploring and experiencing the archive’s contents. Therefore, besides relying on a number of established extensions such as Semantic MediaWiki or Semantic Text Annotator, we devise a custom MediaWiki extension to add tools for corpus-linguistic text analysis and natural language processing tasks (e.g., word frequency or co-occurrence analyses, named entity recognition, etc.), manual analysis as well as custom visualizations to analyze and explore discursive elements and structures of the underlying texts. A further goal of the project is to use the design principles of “generous interfaces” (Mitchell Whitelaw, 2015) to create a user-friendly and easily accessible interface for users with various backgrounds, ranging from students to experts. The lightning talk shows the cu
rrent state of the project (started October 2018), gives an outline to planned features, how our findings can be generalized and used for any digital archiving and preservation platform and how MediaWiki is utilized as the core of the project.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
The planned toolset can help reduce inequalities (SDG 10) by giving an easy-to-use access to archived content over a web-based interface. SDG 11 is addressed by digitizing physical materials, thus preserving the content. Furthermore, we strive to address students, scholars and the interested public alike on our platform, providing individualized learning and exploration scenarios depending on their interest and knowledge; hence, we also address SDG4, the right to (free) quality education.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- Project goals and motivations of the DigiVis-project have been presented
- Usage of MediaWiki and selected extensions within the project have been showcased
- The project has been discussed and contextualized. The audience has provided feedback and further suggestions regarding the project and the use of MediaWiki in the scope of archiving project.
- Austria / Department of Media, Society and Communication / University of Innsbruck
- Speaker: []
- Project email: []
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: Any type of room with projector.
- Audience: 15-30, persons working with GLAM institutions
- Recording: yes, recording allowed