USW's Hypermedia Research Group has been active in the area of intelligent hypermedia systems since 1991. The group has its origins in the development of a hypermedia museum exhibit on local history from the photographic archives of the Pontypridd Historical and Cultural Centre. Research goals have broadened and work now spans a range of themes within the broad areas of Hypermedia, HCI and Information Science.
The group has attracted significant external funding, including the AHRC, EC, EPSRC, ESRC, JISC and HEFCW. Recent research projects include ARIADNEplus (H2020), ARIADNE (FP7), SENESCHAL (AHRC), Welsh Natural Language Toolkit (Welsh Gov), Digging into Metadata (IMLS/AHRC/ESRC/JISC).
The research group exploits Knowledge Organisation Systems and Semantic Web Technologies to augment search and information discovery. Cultural heritage has been a particular focus, with long term collaborators including English Heritage and the Archaeology Data Service. Research on the semantic interoperability of archaeological datasets has published as Linked Data major excavation datasets and standard vocabularies that can act as hubs in the web of archaeological data.
The group has also been investigating aspects of the relationship between minority languages and Information Technology since 2000. This has focussed mainly on the Welsh language, Cymraeg, and has included design recommendations and guidance as well as studies of language use online, particularly in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.