Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries

Volume 8092 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 247-259

Hierarchical Structuring of Cultural Heritage Objects within Large Aggregations

  • Shenghui WangAffiliated withOCLC Research
  • , Antoine IsaacAffiliated withEuropeana Foundation
  • , Valentine CharlesAffiliated withEuropeana Foundation
  • , Rob KoopmanAffiliated withOCLC Research
  • , Anthi AgoropoulouAffiliated withEuropeana Foundation
  • , Titia van der WerfAffiliated withOCLC Research

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Huge amounts of cultural content have been digitised and are available through digital libraries and aggregators like However, it is not easy for a user to have an overall picture of what is available nor to find related objects. We propose a method for hierarchically structuring cultural objects at different similarity levels. We describe a fast, scalable clustering algorithm with an automated field selection method for finding semantic clusters. We report a qualitative evaluation on the cluster categories based on records from the UK and a quantitative one on the results from the complete Europeana dataset.