Best Paper Award at the international conference Culture and Computing 2013 (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, Sept. 16-18, 2013) for “frontier research in culture and computing”. Scientific Committee: Prof. Toru Ishida (Kyoto University), Prof Kozaburo Hachimura (Ritsumeikan University), Prof Naoko Tosa (Kyoto University), Prof. Satoshi Tanaka (Ritsumeikan University), Prof Katsushi Ikeuchi (Tokyo University). Publication: Andrea Nanetti, Siew Ann Cheong, Mikhail Filippov, Interactive Global Histories. For a new information environment to increase the understanding of historical processes, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Culture and Computing 2013 (Kyoto, Ritsumeikan University, Sept. 16-18, 2013). Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society, 2013, pp. 104-110.
Abstract—The paper presents the results of an experimental case study on intercontinental trade, diplomacy, conflicts and other interactions among cities, nations and continents during Late Middle Age and Early Renaissance (1205-1533 CE). This study is based on Andrea Nanetti’s ongoing research project Engineering Historical Memory (EHM) and conducted at Nanyang Technological University by Andrea Nanetti, Siew Ann Cheong, and Mikhail Filippov. The two main aims are to test: 1) ontologies to organize texts, images, and sounds in a relational database suitable to develop a systemic approach to the study of complex interactions among key subjects of the historical landscape; and 2) coherent narratives from growing historical data and metadata that can be tested at the same level of rigor as scientific hypotheses and theories. The vision is that the generation of such narratives, supported by a new coherent ontology, automatically and in a scalable way, can revolutionize the practice of historical studies.
Keywords—global histories; complex interactions; new ontologies; information environment; heritage science; storytelling