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STARS - Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research

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STARS roughly stands for Semantic Tools for Screen Arts Research. In this project we are developing an existing Semantic Web tool (PARIP Explorer) to support easy search, discovery and linking for Screen Arts materials, including audio-visual content.

ILRT’s Web Futures team at the University of Bristol, 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.

Our 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. This powerful new tool will permit screen arts researchers 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.

Project dates
01 Jan 2008

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Project collaborator(s):
Angela Piccini
Project group:
Research & Development / ILRT
Simon Price