Published on JOCCH: Safeguarding and Accessing Drama as Intangible Cultural Heritage

Safeguarding and Accessing Drama as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Vincenzo Lombardo, Antonio Pizzo, Rossana Damiano.
“Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage” (JOCCH)
Volume 9 Issue 1, February 2016
Article No. 5
ACM New York, NY, USA.

Storytelling, especially in the form called drama, is a pervasive activity across cultures and ages. Though much attention has been devoted to the preservation of the media supports of drama (e.g., films and tapes), there is a widespread acknowledgement that such tangible heritage is the expression of an intangible notion of drama. This paper introduces the drama as a form of intangible cultural heritage and presents a solution for its preservation in terms of a formal encoding of metadata through a computational ontology. We develop an analysis that identifies the drama elements that abstract from the tangible dramatic media item. We also provide a method for accessing the intangible drama heritage through the visualization of the formal encoding and its mapping on the tangible elements (the drama text). The latter revealed to be useful in teaching and investigating drama.