The rise of digital resources means that more information is available in electronic format than ever before but the sheer volume of accessible data can often be overwhelming. It is often difficult for the user to what information is available or where to start looking. The vision of the PATHS project is to provide access to information in large collections in an intuitive and user friendly way. This is achieved by providing paths through collections which guide users to where they want to go.
The PATHS project is creating a system that acts as an interactive personalised tour guide through existing digital library collections. By developing technologies and services based on natural language processing techniques, PATHS aims to offer users navigation through digital library collections which are based around the metaphor of a path. This summer the first prototype of the PATHS system was released for demonstration and evaluation by user groups.
PATHS project begins its second year.
The activities of the first year of the PATHS project were sucessfully demonstrated to the European Commission and its reviewers at a meeting in London in January. The project was considered to be making good progress and work is now underway to develop the first PATHS prototype which will be released later this spring. The prototype will be demonstrated by members of the PATHS team at a series of national and international events during 2012. We look forwards to seeing you at these events and to hearing your feedback on PATHS developments.
The PATHS project team has been busy!
Since the last issue of the newsletter the team have been analysing user requirements analysis as the basis for defining the functional specification and system architecture for PATHS. Team members have presented the project at a number of events and took part in a recent Europeana Hackathon in Vienna winning third prize for their efforts!
Welcome to the first Newsletter from the PATHS project.
PATHS is a 3-year project that started on the 1stJanuary 2011 and is co-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Programme,ICT-2009.4.1: Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation. It is coordinated by University of Sheffield (UK) with MDR Partners (UK) and other 4 partners from 4 European countries.