Conceptual and spatiotemporal modeling of physical artefacts: description, creation, and transformation processes

Fatima Danash
Steamer, LIG

Thursday July 9th, 2020, 10:30

INRIA, Montbonnot


Several semantic web approaches tackle the problem of integrating multidisciplinary rich content using Linked Open Data. Cultural heritage (CH) is a multidisciplinary domain containing a massive heterogeneous content that varies distinctly by types and properties. Various semantic web approaches have been proposed in the context of CH and at multiple integration levels (local, national, international). These approaches are often domain-dependent and focus on the metadata schemata integration but not on the modeling of the CH artefact itself. These are not considered to be limitations of the approaches, rather than just being serving each model’s purpose and scope.

However, an important goal of the CH committee is the preservation and restoration of the CH artefact. This allows the representation of the artefact itself at its different life stages and the building of a lifeline representing its evolution with time and space. Our approach addresses the preceding CH goal, but goes beyond it to be domain-independent with a more generic goal, that is, modeling the representation of a tangible entity and its evolution with time and space.

For the current time, we focus on the first part i.e. the representation of a tangible entity including both its description and creation processes. To do this, we model the composition of a tangible entity using a parthood approach that studies part-whole and spatial relations between entities. In the talk, I will present some of my ongoing work, my perspectives of the future work, and end with an open discussion and suggestions.