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The DOCAM Glossaurus

© DOCAM 2010

Day 1, Session 2

James M. Turner (EBSI, Université de Montréal)
Claire Nigay (DOCAM)
Corina MacDonald (DOCAM)
Ann Butler (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson)
Respondant: Sandra Fauconnier (Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam)


The work of the Terminology Committee was to list and model relationships expressing the vocabulary and ideas of DOCAM. The result is the Glossaurus...


* Please note that this presentation was partially given in French but has been dubbed in English


... Building this tool to fit the context involved choosing a way to model the structure, and choosing what vocabulary, definitions, and terminological relationships to include. We decided to use SKOS as a framework for modelling the structure, and this decision led to much discussion and much work. Choices had to be constantly adjusted as work progressed.This round table presents the tool we created, but deals especially with the process and the lessons to be learned


James M. Turner is a professor at the École de bibliothèconomie et des sciences de l’information at the Université de Montréal. He holds a PhD in information science from the University of Toronto. He teaches in the areas of organising audiovisual collections and preserving digital information. His research areas include shot-level indexing of moving images, storage and retrieval of pictures, metadata for images in a networked environment, preserving digital audiovisual materials, and audio description and other access to images for users who are blind or have vision loss.


Claire Nigay is an iconographer and audiovisual archivist. Having earned a Master’s degree from the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information with an option in archiving science from Université de Montréal in May 2008, she has been working for more than a year with professors James Turner, Élise Dubuc and Dominic Forest. From 2008 to 2009, she helped populate and build the structure for the DOCAM Glossaurus as a research assistant. During the same period, she established a photographic catalogue of 22,000 museology entries and, in collaboration with CRIM, participated in research into video description for visually-impaired persons. Claire is currently contributing to both the development of a multilingual, 10-language interface to test tagging and to scientific research into the automated populating of ontologies at Université de Montréal.


Corina MacDonald is a graduate of McGill’s School of Information Studies, where she explored intersections in the theories and practices of knowledge management and new media art documentation. As an information analyst at the Canadian Heritage Information Network, she researches standards and tools for the representation, access and exchange of digital heritage content. Her other preoccupations include digital sound and electronic music and her music program, modular_systems, is broadcast bi-weekly on CKUT 90.3 FM.


Ann Butler is the Director of the Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Prior to joining CCS Bard in 2008, Ann was Senior Archivist at the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University where she helped build a collection of over 10,000 linear feet of archival materials documenting the contemporary and performing arts. Before joining Fales, she was the Archivist for the Guggenheim Museum. Her research interests include the intersection of archives and the contemporary arts, and documentation and preservation issues for performance, moving image, and installation-based works.


Sandra Fauconnier obtained a BA in architecture in 1994 and an MA in art history at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1997, with a dissertation about “Web-specific art: the World Wide Web as an artistic medium.” She has published and lectured frequently on the subject of internet art and media art. From 2000 till 2007, she worked as a media archivist at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), where she developed a metadata system for V2_’s archive of electronic art, initiated a thesaurus on media art and was involved in various research projects related to copyright and the preservation of electronic art. She currently works for the collection of the Netherlands Media Art Institute (NIMk), Amsterdam (the Netherlands).


The DOCAM Glossaurus