Modeling and Visualizing Storylines of Historical Interactions. Kubler’s Shape of Time and Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Charles van den Heuvel, Veruska Zamborlini

Research output: Chapter in book/volumeChapterScientific


The Golden Agents research infrastructure enables analyses of interactions between/within the creative industries of the Dutch Golden Age by bringing various heterogeneous (un)structured datasets of cultural heritage institutions
together in linked open data. One of the challenges is the modeling of ontologies for the historical processes of the interactions between various branches, and between the production and consumption of these industries. These processes are described as multiple narratives for which we use the concept “storifying data.” Here we try to demonstrate that current attempts to model temporality of historical data in linked data such as CIDOC-CRM, OWL-Time or PeriodO are too limited and that we might learn from historical conceptualisations of periodisation and duration. In particular, we will focus on George Kubler’s The Shape of Time: Remarks of the History of Things (1962) and claim that his approach of the history of art as a system of linked historical sequences of formal
relations is still relevant for modeling time and historical processes in ontologies and standards. The model “storylines of historical evidence” and the relevance of Kubler’s views on duration and sequence will be demonstrated by the very rich case of the (re-)uses of Rembrandt’s Night Watch.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLinking Knowledge. Linked Data for Knowledge Organization and Visualization
EditorsRichard Smiraglia, Andrea Scharnhorst
Place of PublicationBaden-Baden
PublisherErgon textendash ein Verlag in der Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95650-661-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-95650-660-4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2021


  • Linked Data
  • knowledge organization
  • Visualization


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