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Curate and storyspace: an ontology and web-based environment for describing curatorial narratives

Mulholland, Paul; Wolff, Annika and Collins, Trevor (2012). Curate and storyspace: an ontology and web-based environment for describing curatorial narratives. In: 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2012), 27-31 May 2012, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

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Existing metadata schemes and content management systems used by museums focus on describing the heritage objects that the museum holds in its collection. These are used to manage and describe individual heritage objects according to properties such as artist, date and preservation requirements. Curatorial narratives, such as physical or online exhibitions tell a story that spans across heritage objects and have a meaning that does not necessarily reside in the individual heritage objects themselves. Here we present curate, an ontology for describing curatorial narratives. This draws on structuralist accounts that distinguish the narrative from the story and plot, and also a detailed analysis of two museum exhibitions and the curatorial processes that contributed to them. Storyspace, our web based interface and API to the ontology, is being used by curatorial staff in two museums to model curatorial narratives and the processes through which they are constructed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Springer-Verlag
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetDECIPHER project (270001), funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme (in the area of Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation)
Extra Information: Published in E. Simperl et al. (Eds.): ESWC 2012, LNCS 7295, pp. 748-762, 2012. ISBN 978-3-642-30283-1
Keywords: cultural heritage; story; plot; narrative; ontology; museum
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 34177
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2012 15:05
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 06:07
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