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    An ontological approach to creating an Andean Weaving Knowledge Base

    Brownlow, Richard and Capuzzi, Stefano and Helmer, Sven and Martins, Luciana and Normann, Immanuel and Poulovassilis, Alexandra (2015) An ontological approach to creating an Andean Weaving Knowledge Base. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage 8 (2), ISSN 1556-4673.

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    Andean textiles are products of one of the richest, oldest and continuous weaving traditions in the world. Understanding the knowledge and practice of textile production as a form of cultural heritage is particularly relevant in the Andean context due to erosion of clothing traditions, reuse of traditional textiles on commodities targeted at the tourism market, and loss of knowledge embedded in textile production. ``Weaving Communities of Practice'' was a pilot project that aimed to create a knowledge base of Andean weaving designed to contribute to curatorial practice and heritage policy. The research team gathered data on the chain of activities, instruments, resources, peoples, places and knowledge involved in the production of textiles, relating to over 700 textile samples. A major part of the project has been the modelling and representation of the knowledge of domain experts and information about the textile objects themselves in the form of an OWL ontology, and the development of a suite of search facilities to be supported by the ontology. This paper describes the research challenges faced in developing the ontology and search facilities, the methodology adopted, the design and implementation of the system, and the design and outcomes of a user evaluation of the system undertaken with a group of domain experts.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © ACM, 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 8(2), March 2015 -
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Algorithms, Documentation, Knowledge base development, ontologies, weaving traditions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for, Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies, Centre for (CILAVS), Bioinformatics, Bloomsbury Centre for (Closed), Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Alex Poulovassilis
    Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2015 10:47
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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