Soap operas and the semantic web: Soap operas and the semantic web Celia Romaniuk
SUDS: SUDS SUDS is Used to Describe Soaps
Originated because of EastEnders site redesign
Applicable to content of a similar genre EastEnders?: EastEnders? 14 million viewers, 20 years, run by BBC
Prime time soap opera
Gritty, realistic, character driven
EastEnders vs American soaps: EastEnders vs American soaps “EastEnders differs from American soaps by its relentless emphasis on the mundane and nitty-gritty details of working class life … among ordinary-looking (rather than attractive) and relatively unsuccessful people.”
(from museum.tv) Content Management Project: Content Management Project Redesign of web site
Content modelling and metadata
Controlled vocabularies, CM policy
FOAF: FOAF ‘Friend of a Friend’
Way of describing people and their relationships in XML/RDF
A semantic web vocabulary or ‘ontology’
SUDS extends FOAF foafnaut: foafnaut RDF Triples: RDF Triples FOAF classes: FOAF classes person organisation document project FOAF properties: FOAF properties Given name
Nickname person Literal Publications
Weblog Knows person document person person SUDS classes: SUDS classes person organisation character family programme location award event An RDF Model: character: An RDF Model: character Laura person Beale Hannah Waterman An RDF Model: event: An RDF Model: event 1999-02-02 event An RDF Model: programme: An RDF Model: programme 1999-02-02 Why model relationships?: Why model relationships? Content creation and maintenance
c.f. The Archers
Character profiles & family trees: Character profiles & family trees Users’ questions: Users’ questions Characters
How many wives has Ian had?
Characters and locations
Who have all the Queen Vic landlords been?
People and programmes
We hear about Phil's father a lot but has he ever appeared in the show?
Why did Frank leave?
Which characters have appeared in other TV shows?
Which actors have played Mark Fowler?
Does Steven know that Ian is not his real father? Content views: Content views Timelines
Guides to events
Past Valentine’s Days
Weddings Methods: Methods Content indexing
Search log analysis
Collaboration Early model: Early model Character Programme Award Actor Location Character married to
appears in changes develops plays appears in wins
nominated for Storyline Episode Storylines: Hero’s Journey: Storylines: Hero’s Journey Separation Initiation Transformation Return Storylines: Seasons: Storylines: Seasons Storylines: Soap operas: Storylines: Soap operas Programme On cliffhangers: On cliffhangers Episode Cliffhanger Episode Cliffhanger Episode Cliffhanger An RDF Model: event: An RDF Model: event 1999-02-02 date event marriage Episode update: Episode update Modelling constraints: secret properties: Modelling constraints: secret properties Secrets
Visible (known to all)
Secret (from characters but known to audience) - e.g. gives birth to; gender; girlfriend/boyfriend of
Embargoed (not to be made known to audience until a certain date e.g. Kat and Zoe)
Need to keep historical state of the world.
Connect people through an event where possible Implementation: Implementation Schema
RDF files (RDFAuthor)
Iteration What next?: What next? Further development
Other soaps Thanks: Thanks