European researchers have developed an optimised search system that can access an enormous quantity of cultural heritage resources that reside online. Current technology like Google takes a scattergun approach, dishing up dozens of links of sometimes variable quality.
“Right now, if you do a search online, you get lots of irrelevant overload,” explains Pasquale Savino, coordinator of the MultiMatch project, which set out to create state-of-the-art search technology for cultural heritage information.
The MultiMatch system targets searches using a variety of smart search methods. Better yet, the concept can be applied to other fields, like sport, politics, economics and technology.
“Consider that many portals already offer a specialised catalogue, but in many cases the selection and classification of data is done manually, while the MultiMatch platform can perform this work automatically,” Savino reveals.