Culture vultures go beyond, way beyond Google
European researchers have developed an optimised search system that can access an enormous quantity of cultural heritage resources that reside online. Current technology like Google takes a scattergun approach, dishing up dozens of links of sometimes variable quality.
“Right now, if you do a search online, you get lots of irrelevant overload,” explains Pasquale Savino, coordinator of the MultiMatch project, which set out to create state-of-the-art search technology for cultural heritage information.
The MultiMatch system targets searches using a variety of smart search methods. Better yet, the concept can be applied to other fields, like sport, politics, economics and technology.
“Consider that many portals already offer a specialised catalogue, but in many cases the selection and classification of data is done manually, while the MultiMatch platform can perform this work automatically,” Savino reveals.
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