CURIOS - Cultural Repositories Information Systems

  • Gemma Webster (Creator)
  • Claire Wallace (Creator)
  • Hai Nguyen (Creator)
  • David Edward Beel (Creator)
  • Christopher Stuart Mellish (Creator)
  • Jeff Pan (Creator)



CURIOS is an open linked data system with drupal content management system

Computer and social scientists at the University of Aberdeen dot.rural Digital Economy Hub teamed up with Hebridean Connections to help produce a new semantically linked data base with website‐ generation facilities that could be operated and updated by volunteers in the communities themselves. Known as CURIOS (Cultural Repositories Information Systems) it is based on open source software.

The semantically linked data system means that someone in search of their ancestor on the Outer Hebrides could find out which school they went to, which fishing boat they worked on,  which croft they lived in and in which cemetery they were buried.  They could find recipe books for the kind of food they ate and look at the kind of work tools they used.   They could study photos of their family and school friends in the village and read any poems or letters that they might have written.

The CURIOS project is not only of relevance to the Outer Hebrides, however. It is a piece of technology that can be used by other cultural heritage projects elsewhere. It was applied in another Scottish community, Portsoy, where the annual traditional boat festival attracting many thousands of visitors, has stimulated an interest in local history. In Portsoy, new dimensions have been explored. The CURIOS data base can link to social media sites where much of the discussion and communication of local history information (for example around the discussion of old photographs or reminiscences ) takes place.

New areas such as India are also being explored and the continuation of CURIOS as a low cost, producer‐controlled , user–generated technology could not only be a way of connecting the old with the new world in the global North, but also with the developing world in the global South.  
Date made available2012
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Date of data production14 Dec 2012

Research Output

CURIOS: Connecting Community Heritage through Linked Data

Webster, G., Nguyen, H., Beel, D. E., Mellish, C. S., Wallace, C. D. & Pan, J. Z., 2015, CSCW '15 : Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing . New York: ACM Press, p. 639-648 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Citations (Scopus)

CURIOS Mobile: Linked Data Exploitation for Tourist Mobile Apps in Rural Areas

Nguyen, H. H., Beel, D., Webster, G., Mellish, C., Pan, J. Z. & Wallace, C., 2015, Semantic Technology: 4th Joint International Conference, JIST 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 9-11, 2014. Revised Selected Papers . Supnithi, T., Yamaguchi, T., Pan, J. Z., Wuwongse, V. & Buranarach, M. (eds.). Springer , p. 129-145 17 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; no. 8936).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    CURIOS: Connecting and Empowering Community Heritage through Linked Data

    Beel, D. E., Webster, G., Mellish, C. S. & Wallace, C. D., 2014, p. 86. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    CURIOS: Web-based Presentation and Management of Linked Datasets

    Nguyen, H., Taylor, S. R., Webster, G., Jekjantuk, N., Mellish, C. S. & Pan, J. Z., 2014.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


    Curios - Portsoy Data

    Webster, G. (Creator), Wallace, C. (Creator), Nguyen, H. (Creator) & Beel, D. E. (Creator), University of Aberdeen, 2012


    Curios - Hebridean Connections Data

    Webster, G. (Creator), Beel, D. E. (Creator), Nguyen, H. (Creator) & Wallace, C. (Creator), University of Aberdeen, 2012


    Cite this

    Webster, G. (Creator), Wallace, C. D. (Creator), Nguyen, H. (Creator), Beel, D. E. (Creator), Mellish, C. S. (Creator), Pan, J. Z. (Creator) (2012). CURIOS - Cultural Repositories Information Systems . University of Aberdeen.