Computational Interoperability For Intangible and Tangible Cultural Heritage


Since UNESCO affirmed the importance of intangible heritage in 2003, efforts to model folklore, tradition, experience and other forms of cultural heritage have been sparse. This project will explore the potential for standardizing the consumption of tangible and intangible cultural heritage by instantiating a use case in intangible heritage for the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive (a longitudinal research project in collaboration with International Guoshu Association, City University of Hong Kong and the Laboratory for Experimental Museology).

The goal is to develop an ontological model of intangible heritage combining aspects of haptics, pose and motion with traits of tradition and folklore, and ultimately generating a linked knowledge graph for Kung Fu heritage. We vision the resulting approach to enable a framework of information integration in cultural heritage, for tangible and intangible heritage alike.



[1] Hou, Y., Kenderdine S., Picca D., Egloff M., & Adamou A. (In press). Digitizing Intangible Cultural Heritage Embodied: state of the art. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage (JOCCH).

[2] Adamou, A., Hou Y., Picca D., Egloff M., & Kenderdine S. (2021). Ontology-mediated cultural contact in Southern Chinese martial arts. In Proceedings of the International Joint Workshop on Semantic Web and Ontology Design for Cultural Heritage

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Funded by CROSS – Collaborative Research on Science and Society.

Principal Investigators:
Davide Picca (Section des sciences du langage et de l’information)
Kenderdine, Sarah (Laboratory for Experimental Museology, eM+)