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Applying a Dublin Core application profile to the digital Pina Bausch archive for ontology population management and data presentation purposes

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December 02, 2014

Applying a Dublin Core application profile to the digital Pina Bausch archive for ontology population management and data presentation purposes

Authors: Kerstin Diwisch / Bernhard Thull (Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany)

In recent years, it has become common practice in Linked Data application development to utilize application profiles for describing and constraining metadata and structure of these applications. Description Set Profiles (DSP), as proposed by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) as a means of machine readable formalizations of application profiles, take this development into account. However, even with the use of application profiles, Linked Data application developers are still left with challenges concerning data input or presentation of data, especially for large datasets. An example of a large dataset is the digital Pina Bausch archive which is realized as a Linked Data archive containing data on diverse materials such as manuscripts, choreography notes, programmes, photographs, posters, drawings and videos related to Pina Bausch’s work, adding up to about 20 million triples. To address this topic, we developed and implemented a Description Set Profile in RDF containing metadata structure and constraints for the Pina Bausch archive ontology. Initially, the DSP was mostly used as a controller for an interactive form-based data editor. In the course of the project, we enhanced the DSP with information about frontend data presentation in a form that by now, it is not only used for controlling the data input flow but also as part of a controller for our archive browser. In this talk, we will provide an insight into the development of the DSP and discuss the approach.



December 02, 2014


  1. A Dublin Core Application Profile for the digital Pina Bausch

    Archive Kerstin Diwisch Bernhard Thull
  2. The digital archive • Why an archive? – Pina Bausch

    had already started to archive her work – Formation of the Pina Bausch Foundation – Aim: create a digital archive for • restaging of plays • scientific purposes • facilitate access to the public Dec-02 2
  3. The digital archive Dec-02 3

  4. The digital archive Dec-02 4 • 600 persons • 54

    plays • 3.010 scenes • 68 different sequences • 3.096 performances • 31.969 objects • 606 programmes • 3.300 videos • 26.959 photographs • 2.838 costumes • 79 props • 355 venues in 162 cities and 46 countries • 37 shared memories
  5. Reuse of vocabularies Vocabulary URL FRBR http://purl.org/vocab/frbr/core# SKOS http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/core# FOAF

    http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/ WGS84 Geo Positioning http://www.w3.org/2003/01/geo/wgs84_pos# Dublin Core http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/, http://purl.org/dc/terms/ Media http://purl.org/media# Places http://purl.org/ontology/places# Event http://purl.org/NET/c4dm/event.owl# Timeline http://purl.org/NET/c4dm/timeline.owl# Dec-02 5
  6. Software architecture Dec-02 6

  7. Why a Dublin Core Application Profile? • Strict distinction between

    the actual data and the data constraints • Whole package and guidelines for an application profile Dec-02 7 Source: http://dublincore.org/documents/2008/01/14/singapore-framework/singapore-framework.png
  8. DSP Dec-02 8 Source: http://dublincore.org/moinmoin-wiki-archive/architecturewiki/pages/DescriptionSetProfile_files/DescriptionSetProfile.png _:descriptionTemplate_paperPrint a dsp:DescriptionTemplate dsp:standalone "false";

    dsp:minOccur "0"; dsp:maxOccur "Infinity"; dsp:resourceClass pbao:PaperPrint; dsp:statementTemplate _:litST_labelOriginal, _:nonlitST_exemplarOfPhoto, _:litST_description, _:litST_identifier, _:nonlitST_reproductionOf, _:litST_inscription, _:litST_originalLocation, _:litST_preservationNote, _:litST_sourceNote .
  9. DSP Dec-02 9 Source: http://dublincore.org/moinmoin-wiki-archive/architecturewiki/pages/DescriptionSetProfile_files/DescriptionSetProfile.png _:litST_homepage a dsp:LiteralStatementTemplate; dsp:minOccur "0";

    dsp:maxOccur „Infinity"; dsp:property foaf:homepage; dsp:literalConstraint _:urlConstraint; rdfs:label "Webseite"@de, "Website"@en.
  10. DSP Dec-02 10 Source: http://dublincore.org/moinmoin-wiki-archive/architecturewiki/pages/DescriptionSetProfile_files/DescriptionSetProfile.png _:manifestationConstraint a dsp:NonLiteralConstraint; dsp:valueClass frbr:Manifestation.

  11. Why extend the DSP? Dec-02 11

  12. Why extend the DSP? Dec-02 12

  13. Extended DSP Dec-02 13

  14. Usage scenario: Archiving a video file Dec-02 14

  15. Usage scenario: Archiving a video file Dec-02 _:descriptionTemplate_video a :EditDescriptionTemplate;

    dsp:minOccur "0"; dsp:maxOccur "Infinity"; dsp:resourceClass pbao:Video; dsp:statementTemplate _:litST_title, _:litST_mediaPosition, _:nonlitST_depicts, _:nonlitST_embodimentPerformance. 15
  16. Usage scenario: Archiving a video file Dec-02 16

  17. Usage scenario: Archiving a video file Dec-02 17

  18. Usage scenario: Archiving a video file Dec-02 18 _:nonlitST_depicts a

    dsp:NonLiteralStatementTemplate; dsp:property pbao:depicts; dsp:nonLiteralConstraint _:depictedPersonConstraint. _:depictedPersonConstraint a dsp:NonLiteralConstraint; dsp:descriptionTemplateRef _:descriptionTemplate_depicts_persons. _:descriptionTemplate_depicts_persons a dsp:DescriptionTemplate ; dsp:resourceClass rdf:Seq; dsp:statementTemplate _:nonlitST_li_persons .
  19. Usage scenario: Displaying a resource Dec-02 19

  20. Usage scenario: Displaying a resource Dec-02 20

  21. Usage scenario: Displaying a resource Dec-02 21

  22. Conclusion and outlook • DCAP with a machine-readable DSP is

    a viable way for data mapping and data format validation • Needed: Editor for the DSP • View templates? • Waiting for a W3C recommendation Dec-02 22
  23. Thank you!