The Media Ecology Project: Using Linked Data to Support Distributed Analysis of Visual Culture

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The Media Ecology Project (MEP) is an architecture, methodology, and partnership network that facilitates new forms of scholarly production based on distributed analysis of moving image materials. Based on standards like the W3C Open Annotation Data Model, MEP seeks to connect a variety of specialized tools together using a third-party metadata repository that sits outside of any single tool or video archive. Doing so serves several purposes: it allows existing software platforms to be used in a more open, collaborative manner; it maintains the ability of individual tools to specialize in focused areas of functionality without the pressure to serve all needs for all users; and it frees metadata created for a specific analysis to be shared with other scholars. A critical outcome of this model is that it allows metadata created by subject area experts outside of source archives to contribute metadata they generate about an asset back to the archive itself, expanding the archive's contextual knowledge about its own materials. The first stand-alone tool developed for MEP, Ono-my.org, is available now at http://onomy.org/ .
This is a presentation from the LIME workshop at ESWC 2014.

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The Media Ecology Project: Using Linked Data to Support Distributed Analysis of Visual Culture

  1. 1. Using Linked Data to Support Distributed Analysis of Visual Culture John Bell • john.p.bell@maine.edu Mark J Williams • mark.j.williams@dartmouth.edu
  2. 2. WHAT IS MEP?
  3. 3. CURRENT MODEL • User clicks MediaThread bookmarklet on Library of Congress video • MediaThread bookmarklet scrapes metadata from Library of Congress and stores it in MediaThread’s local database
  4. 4. SIDELOADED METADATA • MediaThread sends a second request to MEP for any metadata about the video, then adds the result to its database • The user never knows MEP was queried
  5. 5. ADDED METADATA • User adds annotations, commentary, tags, etc. to the video in MediaThread • When the user publishes their work, MediaThread sends the user’s new metadata to MEP
  6. 6. ADDED METADATA • The user’s metadata is added to what MEP knows about the video and what it sends to MediaThread next time that video is loaded • If the Library of Congress can accept the new metadata, MEP will send it back to enhance the original source’s records
  7. 7. COMMENTARY Commentary A woman can be seen rolling out a pie crust in the center of a table on a set of a kitchen.A pie is cooling on the sideboard.As the woman continues her work, the door opens and a big man dressed as a tattered tramp enters and gestures a request for food.The woman replies by hitting him with a rolling pin, knocking him to the floor. <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://mep.dartmouth.edu/users/john-bell/annotation"> <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://scalar.usc.edu/2012/01/scalar-ns#Composite"/> <dcterms:title>TheTramp and the Muscular Cook</dcterms:title> <dcterms:description></dcterms:description> <sioc:content> A woman can be seen rolling out a pie crust in the center of a table on a set of a kitchen.A pie is cooling on the sideboard.As the woman continues her work, the door opens and a big man dressed as a tattered tramp enters and gestures a request for food.The woman replies by hitting him with a rolling pin, knocking him to the floor. </sioc:content> <dcterms:isVersionOf rdf:resource="http://mep.dartmouth.edu/users/john-bell/annotation.0"/> </rdf:Description>
  8. 8. PROVENANCE ANDTRUST Users *Kemp Niver, Motion Pictures from the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection 1894-1912, 1967 <rdf:Description rdf:about="http://mep.dartmouth.edu/user/ur1617546/"> <foaf:name>Kemp Niver</foaf:name> <foaf:mbox_sha1sum>b56d0fa3ea6bc6760d50c08918ffbcdf623cf716</foaf:mbox_sha1sum> <foaf:homepage rdf:resource="http://mep.dartmouth.edu/user/ur1617546/"/> <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Person"/> </rdf:Description>
  9. 9. CONTROLLEDVOCABULARIES Tagging Mutoscope, silent, rolling pin <rdf:Description rdf:nodeID="tag-Mutoscope"> <foaf:name>Mutoscope</foaf:name> <foaf:page rdf:resource=“http://onomy.org/published/12/term/4"/> <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/SemanticTag"/> </rdf:Description> <rdf:Description rdf:nodeID="tag-rolling-pin"> <foaf:name>rolling pin</foaf:name> <foaf:page rdf:resource=“http://onomy.org/published/298/term/64“/> <rdf:type rdf:resource="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/SemanticTag"/> </rdf:Description>
  10. 10. ONOMY.ORG

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