Capturing Unstable Media Conceptual Model (CMCM)
The Capturing Unstable Media Conceptual Model (CMCM) is an ontology developed for the Capturing Unstable Media project in 2004.
The CMCM describes electronic art activities in a generic way, by using a structure of typical concepts. The concepts were derived from the study of projects from V2_Archive and the analysis of the case studies. The idea was to create an abstract reference model for outlining the different (levels of) concepts through which activities in the field of electronic media art can be captured. Such activities may be as varied as long-term international research projects and specific, short-lived artworks, R&D activities and pieces of hardware, workshops and user interfaces.
The CMCM is an ontology with a multi-hierarchical and object-oriented structure of interrelated concepts or classes. The choice for an ontology, rather than another abstract information structure such as a topic map, was made because of the following considerations:
- The capturing model needs to be a standardized instrument that can be used by a wide variety of actors and institutions; a choice was made for opening the possibility of integration with Semantic Web technologies. For ontologies, various markup standards exists, such as the older DAML + OIL or the newer OWL; these are open, W3C-supported markup standards.
- The capturing model needs to accommodate a fine meshwork of interrelations and dependencies between concepts or classes; for this purpose, an ontology is especially suitable.
- The model also needs to be an instrument for enabling archival interoperability between institutions.
The ontology is not intended as the fundament of a database structure; it can exist independently from the varied metadata and database systems that are used at various electronic media art institutions throughout the world. Rather, the CMCM may function as an independent reference framework, useable as a basis for interoperability, where each institution can map its individual concepts in its database structure to the corresponding concepts in the model. Not every concept in the CMCM needs to be included in an individual institution's data model; the choice of concepts depends on the institution's profile. Some institutions might focus on the description of technical details within R&D projects or artists' works, while others may emphasize the description of larger contextualization of projects, activities and actors.
The CMCM offers a series of basic concepts that are of interest to the activities in the field of electronic media art, along with suggestions on how these concepts could interrelate with each other.
(Description based on the text of the summary of the project).
If you are familiar with ontologies and the Protégé ontology editor:
- Download the latest version of Protégé (stanford.edu)
- Download cmcm_final.pprj (Protégé project file), cmcm_final.pont (Protégé ontology file) and cmcm_final.pins (Protégé instances file) and put them in the same directory; open cmcm_final.pprj in Protégé to consult the CMCM.