On the 5th and 6h of May, the SILKNOW team held an online meeting to discuss the project’s advancements. This meeting was originally going to take place in Nice, France at EURECOM Headquarters but, due to COVID-19, we had to hold it online. Confined but active, we used these two days to explain each Work Package advancements and the interdisciplinary work they require.
The connections between the Virtual Loom and the modelling of textual annotations were discussed, we also began to coordinate the integration of new classes and properties with the expertise of our colleagues from CNRS-Université Lumière-Lyon 2. This led to a discussion on the coverage of our Knowledge Graph as we want to consider also these objects that explain how silk heritage has evolved over time. Next, our Italian colleagues from UNIPA explained to us how they are going to evaluate all the SILKNOW tools. Finally, we saw for the first time how the Search Engine will be… but we do not want to let the cat out of the box!
These were two fruitful days, we showed that even in quarantine our team remains strong and still from our homes, we keep weaving our past into the future.
The main topics discussed concerned technical work in progress involving multiple partners such as multimodal prediction, integration of predictions into the knowledge graph, mappings between the thesaurus and the knowledge graph, and finally, validation scenarios for the technical tools. SilkNOW technical video presentations were recorded.
On the 11th and 12th
of December, the SILKNOW team gathered at the LUH
HQ in Hannover, Germany. The session was opened with a short meeting
with the SILKNOW EEAB, where the project advancements where showed.
Next, each Work Package leader explained the progress report and cross-work packages discussions were held, especially regarding the impact of the extension of the ontology. It was the time to talk about how to connect the Thesaurus with the Virtual Loom, CIDOC-CRM and the Ontology. Many philosophical and technical discussions were conducted, the interdisciplinarity of the team was key to address the problems we found on our way. Textiles in general, and silk in particular, have an extra difficulty to understand their materiality, their construction and their evolution in time, that is why, SILKNOW has art historians, artisans, textile engineers, ICT engineers and digital savvy’s in their team.
Finally, the next face-to-face meeting was scheduled, it will take place in May in Nice.
On the 11th and 12th of December, the SILKNOW team will gather in LUH HQ in Hannover, Germany. There we will discuss the evolution of the Work Packages, including how our Virtual Loom, thesaurus and Ontology are being done. And it will mark the beginning of the WP7, which is the evaluation of the overall SILKNOW tools.
On the 27th June, we held an event at the Museo del Traje in Madrid for fashion schools, technologists, museum curators and universities. This celebration served as a forum to establish common points between cultural heritage and technology, weaving our past into the future.
SILKNOW was introduced by Dr. Ester Alba, dissemination and
exploitation manager, who showcased the importance of silk heritage for the European
economical, industrial and cultural development both in the past and in the
present. This presentation was followed by an interview between, Dr. Cristina
Portalés, senior researcher, and Dr. Rodrigo Martín Galán, Research Progamme
Officer (European Commission). They discussed about the growing connection
between humanities and technology in European projects.
On the 28th June, SILKNOW had its first review meeting at the Instituto Cervantes at an impressive meeting room covered by an imposing glass dome. All work packages were presented and the future paths for the project were traced. After a discussion, the work done so far in SILKNOW was approved with the according to the EU standards.
From the 3rd to 4th May, SILKNOW celebrated its first meeting hosted by the project coordinators at the Universitat de València. Marcos Fernández and Ester Alba (UVEG) welcomed all participants to the kick off meeting of the project. Later on, all the partners gave a brief introduction of their institution and explained their main role in the project.
Later on, all partners enjoyed a private visit to our partner GARIN’s installations At GARIN, Elena Ribes, Garín’s CEO, explained all partners some technical aspects of ancient weaving techniques. She also showed ancient textiles collections and originaltechnical drawings.
Finally, the project officer of the project, Mr. Rodrigo Martín Galán, joined the meeting via a Skype videoconference. He explained in detail the overall procedures that the project has to follow.