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.
SILKNOW is a European project that unites humanities and technology to study, conserve and disseminate silk heritage in Europe between the 15th and 19th centuries and its projection in culture, arts, design and today’s fashion. European history is woven in silk. Silk trade was a vehicle of economic, industrial and cultural development in Europe, transmitting designs, fabrics, fashions and, above all, knowledge and progress, all universally captured in just one piece. Since the 15th century, silk has been more than a social code of fashion and design; it has been a vehicle for bringing people, places and ideas together. Today silk is alive in the current culture, art and fashion that still are experimenting with this inheritance.
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.
After one year working to preserve silk heritage, we can just say…wow! We haven’t just worked hard to protect silk; we have been breathing and living it: we became youtubers, we have defended social equality and we have met people as crazy for silk as we are.
The SILKNOW team has met in 4
different locations: Valencia, Lyon, Bled and Madrid. During these meetings we
have shared and accomplished our tasks in order to prepare the SILKNOW tools
and we have discussed the project´s future steps.
Especially, we wove our friendship. Hopefully, you will weave with us our past into the future!