Cross lingual and semantic retrieval for cultural heritage appreciation

Idan Szpektor, Ido Dagan, Alon Lavie, Danny Shacham, Shuly Wintner

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We describe a system which enhances the experience of museum visits by providing users with language-technology-based information retrieval capabilities. The system consists of a cross-lingual search engine, augmented by state of the art semantic expansion technology, specifically designed for the domain of the museum (history and archaeology of Israel). We discuss the technology incorporated in the system, its adaptation to the specific domain and its contribution to cultural heritage appreciation.

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Israel Internet Association; by THE ISRAEL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (grant No. 137/06 and grant No. 1095/05); by the Caesarea Rothschild Institute for Interdisciplinary Application of Computer Science at the University of Haifa; by the ITC-irst/University of Haifa collaboration; and by the US National Science Foundation (grants IIS-0121631, IIS-0534217, and the Office of International Science and Engineering).

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© 2007 Association for Computational Linguistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics


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