Digital Collections of Semantically Annotated Cultural Heritage Texts


  • Achille Felicetti


culture heritage, digital collectiond, archeology


Free text is a class of information that comprises a wide range of cultural heritage documents,
usually very difficult to process with traditional forms and relational databases. To this class
belong various types of documents, (e.g. texts from ancient sources, comments or technical notes
produced by cultural heritage experts, excavation diaries written during archaeological excavation
activity) showing different schemas and multiple ways of content organisation and presentation.
The creation of coherent archives to store the content of these documents in a meaningful way
implies a totally different point of view, where the main focus is on the text and its meaning,
rather than on the structure of its container (e.g. the tables of a database or the fields of a form).
This document-centric approach provides a way of preserving the integrity of the original
documents without sacrificing efficient information retrieval.

Author Biography

Achille Felicetti

Achille Felicetti has a degree in Roman Archaeology and Topography of Roman Italy and has participated in the activities of the VAST-LAB (standards and tools for cultural heritage) since 2004. He is currently involved as coordinator of the Metadata Workpackage (WP6) of the 3D-COFORM project, in the development of technologies and standards for the management of archaeological excavation information and in the design and implementation of digital archives of archaeological data.




How to Cite

Felicetti, A. (2013). Digital Collections of Semantically Annotated Cultural Heritage Texts. Uncommon Culture, 3(5/6), 61–64. Retrieved from