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Promoottori: Ontology-based image retrieval and browsing

"Promoottori" was a semantic search and browsing system based on RDF(S) ontologies for describing the events, persons, objects etc. related to the semantically rich traditional confernment ceremonies of the University of Helsinki. The (meta)data used was obtained from the collections of the Helsinki University Museum (the system is described in the publications below). The goal of creating this application was to publish and promote the rich cultural heritage related to the confernment sermonies of the University of Helsinki, formerly the Academy of Turku, established in 1640. The first confernment ceremony took place in 1643.

Released at the Helsinki University Museum in October 2003, this application is one of the first semantic web technology-based applications actually in use in the domain of Cultural Heritage. The work paved our way to developing the Sampo series of Linked Open Data services and semantic portals for Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities during the next years and decades.


The system is described in the following papers:

Eero Hyvönen, Samppa Saarela and Kim Viljanen: Application of Ontology Techniques to View-Based Semantic Search and Browsing. The Semantic Web: Research and Applications. Proceedings of the First European Semantic Web Symposium (ESWS 2004), pp. 92-106, Springer-Verlag,, 2004. bib pdf
Eero Hyvönen, Samppa Saarela, Avril Styrman and Kim Viljanen: Ontology-Based Image Retrieval. Proceedings of WWW2003, Budapest, Hungary, May, 2003. Poster papers. bib html
Eero Hyvönen, Avril Styrman and Samppa Saarela: Ontology-Based Image Retrieval. Towards the semantic web and web services, Proceedings of XML Finland 2002 Conference, pp. 15-27, Helsinki, Finland, October 21-22, 2002. bib pdf

Contact Person

Prof. Eero Hyvönen

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