Dissertation Information for Sara Layne
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: Modelling relevance in art history: Identifying attributes that determine the relevance of art works, images, and primary text to art history research
Abstract: How can we ensure that relevant images and text are retrieved and displayed by the systems we design and implement? This dissertation looks at the problem of matching the information needs of art historians with Documents, defined here as art works, representations of art works, and primary materials, that might prove useful to those art historians in their research. In order to assist with this matching, the concept of research focus is introduced. Research focus is defined as consisting of three components: the Object of the art historian's research, the Purpose of the research, and the Emphasis of the research. The terms describing the Object of the research are categorized (e.g., Art Work--Material or Medium), the various Purposes are also categorized (e.g., Attribution), and the possibilities for Emphasis are enumerated (e.g., Emphasis on one or more Art Works with proper names). The attributes of Documents are also identified and categorized. A relevance model is then developed that uses the elements of the component parts of the research focus to establish the circumstances under which the various attributes of Documents are determinants of relevance for art history research.
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