COLLEX: semantic collections & exhibits for the remixable web

Article
Author:Nowviskie, Bethany, University of Virginia LibraryUniversity of Virginia ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-1788-5154
Abstract:

Collex is a set of tools designed to aid students and scholars working in networked archives and federated repositories of humanities materials: a sophisticated collections and exhibits mechanism for the semantic web. It allows users to collect, annotate, and tag online objects and to repurpose them in illustrated, interlinked essays or exhibits. Collex functions within any modern web browser without recourse to plugins or downloads and is fully networked as a server-side application. By saving information about user activity (the construction of annotated collections and exhibits) as “remixable” metadata, the Collex system writes current practice into the scholarly record and permits knowledge discovery based not only on the characteristics or “facets” of digital objects, but also on the contexts in which they are placed by a community of scholars. Collex builds on the same semantic web technologies that drive MIT’s SIMILE project and it brings folksonomy tagging to trusted, peer-reviewed scholarly archives. Its exhibits-builder is analogous to high-end digital curation tools currently affordable only to large institutions like the Smithsonian. Collex is free, generalizable, and open source and is presently being implemented in a large-scale pilot project under the auspices of NINES.

Keywords:
NINES, digital humanities
Rights:
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Source Citation:

Nowviskie, Bethany. "COLLEX: semantic collections & exhibits for the remixable web." Electronic Book Review (2007). Available: ISSN:1553-1139, ["http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/enfolded/remixable"].

Publisher:
Alt-X Literary Network
Published Date:
2007
Sponsoring Agency:
Mellon Foundation
Notes:

This is a NINES-related white paper dating to November 2005, later republished as an "enfolded" work in Electronic Book Review.