Tech projects to better connect UK collections get £ 14.5million
The congruence engine: digital tools for new industrial stories based on collections
Principal investigator: Dr Timothy Boon, Science Museum Group
The congruence engine use computational and AI techniques – including machine learning and natural language processing – to create and refine datasets, provide routes between records and digital objects such as scans and photographs, and create the tools through which participants can benefit from and use the sources open to them.
Project partners: British Film Institute, National Museums of Scotland, Historic Buildings & Monuments Commission for England, National Museum Wales, The National Archives, National Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, Universities of London, Leeds and Liverpool, BBC History, Birmingham Museums Trust, BT Heritage & Archives, Grace’s Guide to Industrial History, Isis Bibliography of the History of Science, National Museums of Northern Ireland, Saltaire WorldHeritage Education, Association Society for the History of Technology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums ( Discovery), Bradford Museums and Galleries, Wikimedia UK & MadLab.
Our Heritage, Our Stories: Linking and Searching for Community-Generated Digital Content to Develop the People’s National Collection
Principal investigator: Professor Lorna Hughes, University of Glasgow
Our heritage, our stories will bring together researchers in digital humanities, archives, history and informatics with archival development, with the aim of ‘dissolving’ existing barriers and developing scalable links and discoverability for community-generated digital content (CGDC) .
The project will make CGDC more discoverable and accessible while respecting and embracing its complexity and diversity by co-designing and building sophisticated automated tools to discover and assess CGDC “in the wild”, to link it and make it searchable. .
This new accessibility will be showcased through a new online CGDC public observatory at the National Archives where people can access, reuse and remix these newly integrated collections.
Project partners: The National Archives, Tate, British Museum, University of Manchester, Association for Learning and Technology, Digital Preservation Coalition, Software Sustainability Institute, Archives +, Dictionaries of the Scots Language, National Lottery Heritage Fund, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Northern Ireland Public Archives Office and Wikimedia UK.
Transforming collections: reinventing art, identity and nation
Principal investigator: Professor Susan Pui San Lok, University of the Arts London
Transforming Collections aims to allow the cross-search of collections, to reveal models of bias, to discover hidden connections and to open new interpretive frameworks and “potential stories” (Azoulay, 2019) of art, of nation and heritage.
One of the goals of this project is to bring out suppressed stories, amplify marginalized voices and re-evaluate artists and works of art ignored or sidelined by mainstream narratives; and begin to imagine a scalable distributed but connected “national collection” that builds on and enriches existing knowledge, with new multiple and multivocal narratives.
Project partners: Tate; National Museums Liverpool, Arts Council Collection, Art Fund, Art UK, Birmingham Museums Trust, British Council Collection, Contemporary Art Society, Glasgow Museums, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art), JISC Archives Hub, Manchester Art Gallery, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Van Abbemuseum (NL) and Wellcome Collection.
The Sloane Lab: a look back to build future shared collections
Principal investigator: Dr Julianne Nyhan, University College London
The main output of the project will be a freely available online digital lab – the Sloane GLAM Lab – which will provide researchers, curators and the museum public with new opportunities to research, explore and critically engage in research. key questions on digital cultural heritage.
Focusing on the extensive surviving collections of Sir Hans Sloane, the founding objects of the British Museum, this project will work with communities of experts and the museum public to connect the present with the past to enable the currently broken links between the collections. de Sloane and catalogs to piece together through the Natural History Museum, the British Library and the British Museum (as well as others that have relevant material).
Project partners: British Museum, Natural History Museum, British Library, Historic Environment Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, National Museums of Scotland, Archives and Records Association, Down County Museum, National Galleries of Scotland, Oxford University Herbaria, Collecting the West project funded by the Australian Research Council & Metaphacts.
Unpath’d Waters: Marine and Maritime Collections in the United Kingdom
Principal Investigator: Mr. Barney Sloane, Commission for Historic Buildings and Monuments for England
UNPATH seeks to join the UK Marine Heritage Collections. He will design new ways to search collections, simulations to visualize wrecks and landscapes, and science to identify wrecks and the artefacts and objects that arise from them. It will provide tools to protect the UK’s most important heritage. And it will invite the public to co-design new ways to interact with collections and create new stories.
Project partners: Historic Environment Scotland, Royal Museums Greenwich, Universities of Ulster, York, Southampton, Bangor, Bradford, St Andrews and Glasgow School of Art, National Oceanography Center, Museum of London Archeology, Welsh Government Historic Environment Service, Department for Communities Northern Ireland , Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Protected Wreck Association, Manx National Heritage, Marine Management Organization, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Mary Rose Trust, Maritime Archeology Trust, Nautical Archeology Society and Wessex Archeology.