DIVE+ receives the Grand Prize at the LODLAM Summit in Venice

Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Image credit: Johan Oomen CC-BYFondazione Giorgio Cini. Image credit: Johan Oomen CC-BY

We are excited to announce that DIVE+ has been awarded the Grand Prize at the LODLAM Summit, held at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini this week. The summit brought together ~100 experts in the vibrant and global community of Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums. It is organised bi-annually since 2011. Earlier editions were held in de US, Canada and Australia, making the 2017 edition the first in Europe.

The Grand Prize (USD$2,000) was awarded by the LODLAM community a recognition of how DIVE+ demonstrates social, cultural and technical impact of linked data. A the Open Data Prize (of USD$1,000) was awarded to WarSampo for its groundbreaking approach to publish open data.

Finalists

A total of five finalists were invited to present their work, selected from a total of 21 submissions after an open call published earlier this year. Johan Oomen, head of research at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision presented DIVE on day one of the summit. The slides of his pitch have been published, as well as the demo video that was submitted to the open call. Next to DIVE+ (Netherlands) and WarSampo (Finland) the finalists are Oslo public library (Norway), Fishing in the Data Ocean (Taiwan) and Genealogy Project (China). The diversity of the finalists is a clear indication that the use of linked data technology is gaining momentum. Throughout the summit, delegates have been capturing the outcomes of various breakout sessions. Please look at the overview of session notes and follow @lodlam on Twitter to keep track.

pitch LODLAM.jpgPictured: Johan Oomen (@johanoomen) pitching DIVE+. Photo: Enno Meijers. https://twitter.com/ennomeijers/status/880035572798062593/photo/1

What is DIVE+

DIVE+ is an event-centric linked data digital collection browser aimed to provide an integrated and interactive access to multimedia objects from various heterogeneous on-line collections. It enriches the structured metadata of online collections with linked open data vocabularies with focus on events, people, locations and concepts that are depicted or associated with particular collection objects. DIVE+ is result of a true interdisciplinary collaboration between computer scientists, humanities scholars, cultural heritage professionals and interaction designers. DIVE+ is integrated in the national CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) research infrastructure.

IMG_6857.JPGPictured: each day experts shape the agenda for that day, following the OpenSpace format. Image credit: Johan Oomen (cc-by)

DIVE+ is a collaborative effort of the VU University Amsterdam (Victor de Boer, Oana Inel, Lora Aroyo, Chiel van den Akker, Susane Legene), Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Jaap Blom, Liliana Melgar, Johan Oomen), Frontwise (Werner Helmich), University of Groningen (Berber Hagendoorn, Sabrina Sauer) and the Netherlands eScience Centre (Carlos Martinez). It is supported by CLARIAH.

About the challenge

The challenge is sponsored by Synaptica. We would also like to thanks the organisers, especially Valentine Charles, Antoine Isaac of Europeana and Ingrid Mason of Aarnet for all of their efforts.
LODLAM 2017 has been a truly unforgettable experience for the DIVE+ team.