Ontological representation of Sumerian narrative literature


In this seminar we will describe and discuss an on-going research project into the interpretation and digital publication of previously published literary compositions from the ancient Near East in a machine-readable format. The aim of this research is to prepare Assyriological data for semantic technologies, knowledge representation and automated inference.

In the course of the seminar, an outline of the existing paradigms of Assyriological research is followed by an analysis of a case study example of a literary composition as published by the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL, http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/). The seminar will incorporate discussions and descriptions of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CIDOC CRM, http://www.cidoc-crm.org/) and Ontomedia (http://www.contextus.net/ontomedia), a domain-specific ontology designed to representation of fictional narrative.