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  • Posted by Jasper Tredgold on 1 July 2008
  • The three projects (COMPASS and SKUA being the other two) under the Semantic Tools part of the JISC’s e-Infrastructure programme got together last week in London to catch-up and see if any opportunities for shared development could be identified. It was a useful get-together and it looks like there might be some opportunity for collaboration, especially in the area of annotation, something SKUA in particular are looking at. I introduced the annotations project Caboto, work coming out of the CREW project and Norman highlighted Quaestor, the triple store that will be behind the SKUA work.

    The presentation I gave can be found here.

    Semantic Web and Locative Media

  • Posted by AngelaPiccini on 29 January 2008
  • Hi, I’m Angela Piccini, an RCUK Fellow in Drama. I have worked with ILRT to develop the PARIP Explorer tool and we’re now working together with Watershed Media Centre to develop this as a tool for moving image content.

    I recently gave a paper at a study day looking at the cataloguing of the Beerbohm-Tree archive. They were a hugely important theatre-making family in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much of their archive is held at University of Bristol’s Theatre Collection: I was interested in the thousands of letters that Lady Tree received from people like Churchill, Burne-Jones, Beardsley, Wilde, Alma-Tadema – basically every big cultural mover and shaker in Europe. And each letter has a return address. I’m suggesting that the work that ILRT is doing could provide a great model for organising these materials. I want to see the social networks of these people, arranged through time and space. Because I’m no developer, I had to demonstrate proof of concept through Google maps. There’s a ppt presentation attached to this that shows just how fascinating a set of data this is: bt_geo.ppt

    Location on the Web 2008

  • Posted by AngelaPiccini on 29 January 2008
  •  April 22nd, 2008: Beijing, China (in conjunction with the 2008 WWW conference)

    The World Wide Web has become the world’s largest networked information resource, but references to geographical locations remain unstructured and typically implicit in nature. This lack of explicit spatial knowledge within the Web makes it difficult to service user needs for location-specific information. At present, we are faced with discovering spatial knowledge that is hidden in many small information fragments such as addresses on Web pages, GPS coordinates embedded in photos, geographic map sites, and geo-tags in user-generated content.

    Several emerging formats that primarily or secondarily include location metadata, like GeoRSS, KML, and Microformats, aim to improve this state of affairs, but the question remains how to extract, index, mine, find, view, mashup, and exploit Web content using its location semantics. This workshop brings together researchers from academia and industry labs to discuss and present the latest results and trends in all facets of the relationships between physical locations and Web information.

    Please see the LocWeb2008 website for more details:

    The Watershed Partner

  • Posted by GillHaworth on 17 January 2008
  • I am Gill Haworth from Watershed Media Centre in Bristol and I manage Watershed’s online archive of creative content at
    dShed has been running for the past seven years and a huge range of media content is now stored on the site including hundreds of short films, animations, event recordings, text and audio. The site has developed organically, and although it gets a large number of users, it is currently very limited in the way content can be browsed, searched for and viewed.

    Through ACE ‘Thrive’ organisational development funding, Watershed has been given the opportunity to redevelop and redesign dShed, in particular researching and developing new personalised relationships with audiences and ways of engaging with the content online. The Thrive ‘Interchange’ project involves partners across Bristol – Picture This, Arnolfini, Architecture Centre and Spike Island. We are working together to share knowledge and develop our relationships with audiences online.

    Our participation in the STARS project is a great opportunity to simultaneously try out methods for users to browse, search and add connections between dShed content, its themes and associated people. What we develop and learn from this process, working with ILRT’s Web Futures team, and Bristol University’s Drama department, has to potential to inform some of the methods we adopt in our new site development.

    Welcome to the STARS Project

  • Posted by admin on 4 December 2007
  • I am Nikki Rogers the Project Manager of the JISC-funded STARS Project. I work at the ILRT, University of Bristol, and my role is to coordinate ILRT’s Web Futures team and manage several of its portfolio of projects including “STARS”. Following the great news that the JISC have agreed to fund our project we have published a summary of project as follows.

    ILRT’s Web Futures team, together with Bristol University’s Drama department and Bristol’s Watershed Media Centre,  have been awarded JISC Capital funding in 2007 for an 18 month project to develop the innovative PARIP Explorer tool and access to Watershed dShed archives among other sources of rich audio-visual, screen-arts data.


    This new STARS (Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research) project aims to allow researchers to use PARIP Explorer’s intuitive approach in order to browse and search connections between people, online practice-led research data, and networked screen arts media recordings. Behind the scenes Semantic Web, Grid and P2P system technologies will combine to allow data to be connected ‘seamlessly’ for the user of the system.

    Through development of the powerful new tool, screen arts researchers will be able to browse and replay moving image content and understand its thematic links to those people and communities involved in aspects of its creation. It is hoped this will inspire new collaborations between screen arts researchers across both academia and industry plus also pave the way to more generalised systems that can search and play audio-visual, online content, contextualised for specific domains.

    The PARIP Explorer tool was first created at the ILRT in conjunction with Angela Piccini from the Drama Department as part of the AHRB-funded PARIP (Practice as Research in Performance) project. The Watershed have generously contributed in-kind support for this new project and is allowing access to content from its dShed digital arts wing – content which includes a significant amount of film and other material contributed by not-for-profit organisations, schools, colleges, universities, companies and individuals. 

    For more information please see the About page.

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