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
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: