Cultural Profile and Information Database
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009
Has been finalized

The core research questions within the CUPID project focus on four related aspects:

Starting from the supply side research will concentrate on ways to optimise the aggregation and management of cultural and leisure information, based on new technological insights and the widespread availability of cultural content on a variety of web platforms.

Further on solutions to categorise cultural and leisure information will be presented. These solutions will take into consideration the needs of both professional users (eg. Cultural institutions, media,...) and end users.
At the demand side of the story research activities are focused on an appropriate distribution and presentation of content and information for specific target groups. Instruments for this distribution include public websites, municipal sites, sectoral partners and media. For this purpose several different user profiles will be created to ensure the suitability of the content. The second aspect at the demand side concerns research regarding potential distribution models and mechanisms for the cultural participant, such as digital television and specific broadband applications. Again both user groups, i.e. individual users and professional users, will be taken into consideration. Concepts as ‘user profile’ and ‘context in which cultural information is used’ will be important factors to include in these distribution models.

This projects is also challenging with regard to legal aspects such as copyright, privacy laws and liability risks for the managers of enriched content.

The connection between large amounts of structured information and user and context related indicators will lead to the enrichment of the information. ‘Enrichment’ refers to ‘relations between similar information’ (cultural content (text, video, audio,...), facilitating content (public transport, parking facilities, restaurants, ...), user generated content) but also relations between content and user profiles and contexts.

The most important result of this research project will be an operational prototype in which professional actors (CultuurNet Vlaanderen, VRT, Kunstencentrum Vooruit, etc.) will be able to manage and present personalised and enriched cultural and leisure information via several distribution channels. One of the main purposes is the optimal match between supply data and user profiles (individual users and professional users of large data packets). Lastly the operational protype will give end users the opportunity to transfer personal data and profiles along different distribution channels.

Partners: MMLab (UGent); WICA (UGent); ICRI (K.U.Leuven); Distrinet (K.U.Leuven); Departement Cultuur, Jeugd, Sport en Media; CultuurNet Vlaanderen; kunstencentrum Vooruit; Bibnet; VRT-Medialab; iKnow