The MEKETRE core vocabulary

About

MEKETRE is an interdisciplinary research project, conducted at the Institute of Egyptology in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer Science, working group Multimedia Information Systems, at the University of Vienna. Detailed information can be found on the project's website.
As a summary, the MEKETREproject collects and classifies two-dimensional art-items (reliefs and paintings) of Middle Kingdom tombs of Ancient Egypt. These art-items are described in detail by media objects (images), free text and entries from controlled vocabularies. In addition, also the tombs where the items were originally located are contained in the database, alongside with a detailed description using the same kind of information as for the single art-items.

The MEKETREpository constitutes the technical part of the MEKETRE project, providing both a user GUI for entering items of interest and a storage backend that publishes the contained data as Linked Open Data. The purpose of this document is to describe the MEKETREpository's core vocabulary used to describe the data.

Basically, two kinds of items are the main objects that can be stored in the MEKETREpository: tombs and themes. Tombs are burial chambers containing artwork, which in turn can be divided into themes. Themes are small fragments from e.g., a tomb's wall decoration that deal with a specific area of ancient Egyptian life.
Themes and Tombs can be described by a set of predefined properties like tomb owner, location, bibliographic reference(s), depiction(s) and similar. Furthermore, any number of annotations can be assigned to these objects. Annotations describe a specific aspect of a tomb or theme and can be viewed as descriptive metadata. They are often coupled with images (and areas defined within them) that highlight, for example the tomb entry or a theme detail showing an important person.

An RDF version is also available here.

Author

Christian Mader (christian.mader@univie.ac.at)

Contributors

Bernhard Haslhofer (bernhard.haslhofer@univie.ac.at)

Niko Popitsch (niko.popitsch@univie.ac.at)

Summary

TermTypeDefinition
MeketreItemowl:Class Main item in the repository, either a tomb or a theme.
Necropolisowl:Class A cemetery or burial ground, usually including structural tombs.
Tombowl:Class Burial chamber containing art items.
Fragmentowl:Class A piece of e.g., stone that is dislocated from its original position and contains art items.
Themeowl:Class A 2-dimensional art item which depicts scenes somehow related to one another.
Instantowl:Class Specifies an instant in time using a scheme and a value.
Periodowl:Class Specifies a time period by defining start and end instants.
Displacedowl:Class Specifies the location of a theme if it has been removed from its originating tomb.
Annotationowl:Class Descriptive metadata about a MeketreItem.
MediaObjectowl:Class Class holding copyright information and a reference to the media object data.
BibliographicReferenceowl:Class Class holding a reference to a publication and additional information (e.g., position in publication)
Termowl:Class Instances of this class are used to tag Annotations, describe owners of Tombs and so on. All Terms form a controlled vocabulary.
Conceptowl:Class Instances of this class are entries of a categorization scheme.
Segmentowl:Class Geometric shape defining an area of interest.
hasProprietorowl:ObjectProperty The proprietor (owner) of a Tomb. This is usually the guy buried in the Tomb.
annotatedowl:ObjectProperty Assigns an Annotation to a MeketreItem (Tomb or Theme).
dateowl:ObjectProperty Assign temporal information (date) to an Item.
executionStyleowl:ObjectProperty Term to be interpreted as execution style of a Theme.
isDisplacedowl:ObjectProperty If a Theme is dislocated from its originating Tomb, this property specifies the current location.
temporalValueowl:ObjectProperty Term describing a temporal value.
categoryowl:ObjectProperty Defines a Concept for some Annotation.
positionedowl:DatatypeProperty Text literal describing the position of a Theme in the context of the Tomb.
temporalSchemeowl:DatatypeProperty String literal describing a temporal scheme.
xCoordowl:DatatypeProperty X component in a coordinate system
yCoordowl:DatatypeProperty Y component in a coordinate system
transliterationowl:DatatypeProperty Transliteration of hieroglyphs into a text representation
locatedInNomeowl:DatatypeProperty The Nome where a necropolis is located

Vocabulary Classes

MeketreItem

Definition

Main item in the repository, either a tomb or a theme.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Necropolis

Definition

A cemetery or burial ground, usually including structural tombs.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Necropolis

Tomb

Definition

Burial chamber containing art items.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Tomb

Subclass of

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Fragment

Definition

A piece of e.g., stone that is dislocated from its original position and contains art items.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Fragment

Subclass of

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Theme

Definition

A 2-dimensional art item which depicts scenes somehow related to one another.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Theme

Subclass of

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Instant

Definition

Specifies an instant in time using a scheme and a value.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Instant

Subclass of

http://www.w3.org/2006/time#Instant

Period

Definition

Specifies a time period by defining start and end instants.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Period

Subclass of

http://www.w3.org/2006/time#TemporalEntity

Displaced

Definition

Specifies the location of a theme if it has been removed from its originating tomb.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Displaced

Annotation

Definition

Descriptive metadata about a MeketreItem.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Annotation

Subclass of

http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#Thing

MediaObject

Definition

Class holding copyright information and a reference to the media object data.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MediaObject

Subclass of

http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/Image

BibliographicReference

Definition

Class holding a reference to a publication and additional information (e.g., position in publication)

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#BibliographicReference

Subclass of

http://purl.oclc.org/NET/nknouf/ns/bibtex#Entry

Term

Definition

Instances of this class are used to tag Annotations, describe owners of Tombs and so on. All Terms form a controlled vocabulary.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Term

Concept

Definition

Instances of this class are entries of a categorization scheme.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Concept

Segment

Definition

Geometric shape defining an area of interest.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Segment

Vocabulary Properties

hasProprietor

Definition

The proprietor (owner) of a Tomb. This is usually the guy buried in the Tomb.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#hasProprietor

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Tomb

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Term

annotated

Definition

Assigns an Annotation to a MeketreItem (Tomb or Theme).

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#annotated

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Annotation

date

Definition

Assign temporal information (date) to an Item.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#date

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#MeketreItem

Range

http://www.w3.org/2006/time#TemporalEntity

executionStyle

Definition

Term to be interpreted as execution style of a Theme.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#executionStyle

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Theme

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Term

isDisplaced

Definition

If a Theme is dislocated from its originating Tomb, this property specifies the current location.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#isDisplaced

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Theme

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Displaced

temporalValue

Definition

Term describing a temporal value.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#temporalValue

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Instant

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Term

category

Definition

Defines a Concept for some Annotation.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#category

Type

owl:ObjectProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Annotation

Range

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Concept

positioned

Definition

Text literal describing the position of a Theme in the context of the Tomb.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#positioned

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Theme

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string

temporalScheme

Definition

String literal describing a temporal scheme.

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#temporalScheme

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Instant

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string

xCoord

Definition

X component in a coordinate system

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#xCoord

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Segment

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#long

yCoord

Definition

Y component in a coordinate system

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#yCoord

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Segment

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#long

transliteration

Definition

Transliteration of hieroglyphs into a text representation

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#transliteration

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string

locatedInNome

Definition

The Nome where a necropolis is located

URI

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#locatedInNome

Type

owl:DatatypeProperty

Domain

http://meketre.org/vocab/core/0.1/meketre-core#Necropolis

Range

http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#string

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