March 22-25, 2006
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Interactions: Description

Simple Cultural Organisation System (SCOS): An interoperable cultural taxonomy

Behzad Kateli, La Trobe University, Australia
Liddy Nevile, La Trobe University, Australia
Sarah Pulis, La Trobe University, Australia

In 2005, we presented a paper about using Semantic Web annotations to enable discipline or community specific annotations in a cultural setting. We described using formats such as vCard and Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF) to enter information about the creator of the annotations so the annotations could be sorted and used in a variety of ways. This year, we look at the development of a taxonomy for annotations that will enable the matching of annotations to perspectives such as community or disciplinary bias, cultural authority, locations, and time. Such criteria can strongly influence cultural interpretation and should be explicit so that they can be taken into account as collections of annotations become the rich descriptive data of museums. Interpretive 'bias', once identified, can be used to help understand perspectives that will, in themselves, give insights into cultural material.

Mini-Workshop: SCOS [Technology]

Keywords: annotations, thesaurus, SKOS, culture, Semantic Web