The project focuses on a diverse set of crafts-related items and develops curatorial outputs and activities that address the specific material qualities of newly aggregated and already existing objects related to the subject on Europeana. Actively involving makers and communities, the project also relies on and aims at enriching the documentation of the immaterial knowledge related to craft – techniques, skills and traditions. In this respect, the project has developed a dedicated space on Europeana where a rich variety of curatorial outputs on crafts and craftsmanship (exhibitions, galleries, videos, stories) have been collected and made available.
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Guided by the communal character of crafts, the project revolves around public campaigns that inspire a wide variety of audiences, (re)discover the creative potential of crafts heritage and enable craftsmen to discover new ways of passing on their knowledge to others. CRAFTED aggregates craft-related content and creating engaging narratives around it; it also addresses the lack of structured and rich descriptive data on Europeana, widely acknowledged as one of the most important barriers to accessibility, visibility, and reusability of the available digital cultural heritage and amongst the top priorities of Europeana’s strategy. To this end, the project aims at developing and deploying an innovative human-in-the-loop methodology that repurposes and extends state-of-the-art digital tools, including AI tools for image, audio, video, and semantic analysis as well as crowdsourcing and aggregation tools, for the automatic enrichment of datasets at large scale. The methodology and accompanying toolset combines the power of machine and human intelligence, using annotated CH-domain specific data and validation input provided via crowdsourcing campaigns to train and tune the AI tools.
Crafted is a project co-funded by the EC under the CEF-Telecom program.