Cinemadata’s topic is access to cinemas by urban and rural populations in the early 20th century. The information is obtained from trade journals, directories, images, and first-person testimony. The project will test linked open data tools for exposing the data for public use.
The initial scope is
The Theaters Database—content which begins in the form of
three text files.
The Theaters Database
was created for a research project by Karan Sheldon while gathering information on the places in northern New England where movies were shown. Originally structured in ProCite flat file databases, one each for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont—and an extra on Maine drive-ins. The information was organized by town and cinema.
For example, the town of Bingham, Maine, had four entries: one each for cinemas named Colby, Kennebec Hall Theatre, Paramount, and Robinson. Within Bingham's Kennebec Hall Theatre entry were fields to capture the building's address (unknown), the building's status at the time of the research (demolished), the owner(s), and a Notes field recording the capacity of the hall, the population reported by the particular directory, the management, type of shows. Other fields are Sources, Date opened and Date closed. A Photo field was added when still images had been located.
The data was derived from national theatrical directories, trade periodicals, local newspapers, business records, state directories, and information from a survey workbook administered by Sheldon with colleagues and students. The research project informed “Going to the Movies: A Social History of Motion Pictures in Maine Communities (1990)”, and a subsequent NEH-funded traveling exhibition, “Going to the Movies: A Century of Motion Picture Audiences in Northern New England (1996)”.
Once the data from
The Theaters Database
has been released as Open Data in the preliminary project, cinemadata.org will be expanded to a
Open Data Project through provision of incoming and outgoing links to the data set, enrichment of the data with digitization and cataloging of associated resources, and crowdsourcing of the newly expanded data set.
Several background resources:
» OPEN » embedded content: Ian Davis slideshare : "30 Minute Guide to RDF and Linked Data"
VRA/COO field and sub-field values need to capture several concepts and distinctions key to the “theaters”, as enterprise, such as the Owner(s) field with values that record the name of the cinema owner, proprietor, or manager as distinct from Affiliated with — the field in which the corporate entity with which the cinema is associated, usually a circuit or cinema chain company. Examples include New England Theatres, Inc., and E.M. Loew's Theaters, Inc. is recorded.
Additional locally defined fields will augment the project Data Value Standards in order to record “Alternate Theater Name(s)”.
Several changes will be made to the script and these files before they will be considered final copies. ii) perl script to convert each of the .csv files to RDF [pending VRA/CCO metadata decisions]
Since it has become difficult to get installation of several applications on the hosted account, an Apache Server build for Collective Access, ARC2, and Graphite, which is an open source PHP Library, is now online. Eventually,
, which is also installed, will be the triplestore for this project.