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Neoclassica - A Multilingual Domain Ontology

Representing Material Culture from the Era of Classicism in the Semantic Web
  • Simon DonigEmail author
  • Maria Christoforaki
  • Siegfried Handschuh
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 482)

Abstract

This paper presents an ontology created for classifying and researching material culture and its visual representations, that forms a part of an emerging data-driven research framework on Neoclassicism (ca. 1760–1860). The framework, named Neoclassica, unites a top-down approach to knowledge discovery, represented by the Neoclassica-ontology, with innovative methods and techniques for processing multimodal data corresponding with a bottom-up approach. Below we will first describe the Neoclassica framework, discussing the epistemological considerations related with it. Second, we outline the basic objectives of the ontology and explore differences to existing thesauri, as well as relationships with existing standards (CIDOC-CRM). Third, we will give an overview of the most important classes currently provided by the ontology and illustrate the features of the multilingual approach and the descriptive power already inherent to the ontology. Finally, we will give an outlook on the next steps for developing the Neoclassica framework.

Keywords

Ontology Neoclassica Material culture Visual culture Multimodality Furniture Architecture Classicism Cultural object documentation History History of art Cultural sociology Digital humanities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simon Donig
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Christoforaki
    • 1
  • Siegfried Handschuh
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität PassauPassauGermany

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