It has been a long time since my last post, but I was busy traveling (ISMIR 2007, ACM Multimedia, and AES), and also took some holidays afterwards (first ones since last Xmas... it was great :-) ).

Anyway, in my slow process of getting back to work, I finally wrote specification documents for the Timeline ontology and the Event ontology, that Samer Abdallah and I worked on three years ago. These are really early documentation draft though, and might be a bit unclear, don't hesitate to send me comments about them!

The Timeline ontology, extending some OWL-Time concepts, allows to address time points and intervals on multiple timelines, backing signals, video, performances, works, scores, etc. For example, using this ontology, you can express "from 1 minute and 21 seconds to 1 minutes and 55 seconds on this signal".

Timeline ontology

The Event ontology allows to deal with, well, events. In it, events are seen as arbitrary classification of space/time regions. This definition makes it extremely flexible: it covers everything from music festivals to conferences, meeting notes or even annotations of a signal. It is extremely simple, and defines one single concept (event), and five properties (agent, factor, product, place and time).

Event ontology

The following representations are available for these ontology resources:


$ curl -L -H "Accept: application/rdf+xml"

  • RDF/Turtle

$ curl -L -H "Accept: text/rdf+n3"

  • Default (XHTML)

curl -L

And also, make sure you check out the Chord ontology designed by Chris Sutton, and the associated URI service (eg. A major with an added 7th). All the code (RDF, specification, specification generations cripts, URI parsing, 303 stuff, etc.) is available in the motools sourceforge project.