Issue 8: January 2014

This issue of the newsletter is released as the PATHS project draws to a close.  Throughout the three years of the project PATHS has researched, developed and evaluated techniques to improve the presentation of digital library content to end users.  The team have worked to develop understanding of user profiles, needs and requirements and to bring this user focus into the development cycle.

One of the major achievements of the Paths project has been to demonstrate the practical benefits and technical feasibility of enriching the metadata for cultural heritage collections as a means of improving content retrieval, supporting innovative discovery and exploitation.  This addresses a critical issue for cultural heritage institutions across Europe who hold vast quantities of quality content in digital libraries that are currently never found unless explicitly sought. Positive feedback from users involved in the evaluation of the PATHS prototypes confirmed that the project achieved its objective of developing tools that add value to digital libraries and enrich user experiences. The interactivity offered by PATHS tools and the potential for expert and non-expert users to use content to create narratives, tell stories and make personal collections has the potential to have real impact on the development of the next generation of cultural heritage services.

In this issue :

New reports released :

PATHS final project report  -  project activities and achievements over the three year's of the PATHS project

PATHS system documentation  - an overview of the PATHS system including hardware, software, applications and interfaces, details about the development process itself and comprehensive data model and API documentation.

User evaluation report  - the results of the user evaluation of the second PATHS prototype.

PATHS field trials  - the second PATHS prototype and iPAD application evaluated by users in field trials.

News

PATHS enrich  - a web service prototype developed by the PATHS project that allows independent content providers to enrich their cultural heritage at item level has been released in the Europeana Thought Lab.

PATHS now available on iPAD

Europeana 1914-1918  - launch of a major new online resource.

Prize winner  - of the Kindle Fire prize for contribution to the PATHS field trials

Upcoming events

Publications

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