[Crm-sig] NEW BOOK: "Narrative Information"

Gian Piero Zarri zarri at noos.fr
Thu Jan 29 16:22:20 EET 2009

NEW BOOK: Apologies for multiple postings.

Gian Piero ZARRI
Representation and Management of Narrative Information, Theoretical 
Principles and Implementation
Series: Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing
2009, X, 302 p. 55 illus., Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-84800-077-3
Springer-Verlag London

A big amount of important, economically relevant information, is buried 
within the huge mass of multimedia documents that correspond to some 
form of 'narrative' description.

Due to the ubiquity of these narrative resources, representing in a 
general, accurate, and effective way their semantic content - i.e., 
their key 'meaning' - is then both conceptually relevant and 
economically important. In this book, we present the main properties of 
NKRL ('Narrative Knowledge Representation Language'), a language 
expressly designed for representing and managing, in a standardised way, 
the 'meaning' of complex multimedia narrative documents. NKRL is also a 
fully implemented environment that exists in two versions: a relational 
database-supported version and a file-oriented one. It constitutes 
probably the most complete and realistic effort realised so far to deal 
with the huge industrial potentialities of the narrative domain.
Written from a multidisciplinary perspective, this book not only 
supplies an exhaustive description of NKRL and of the associated 
knowledge representation principles, it also constitutes a source of 
reference for practitioners, researchers and graduates in domains that 
range over narrative theories, linguistics and computational 
linguistics, artificial intelligence, knowledge bases, information 
retrieval, and languages for the ontologies and the semantic web.


- Narratology and NKRL.
- The notion of 'event' in an NKRL context.
- Knowledge representation and NKRL.
- Architecture of NKRL, the four 'components'.
- Second order structures.
- The semantic and ontological contents.
- Ontology of 'concepts' and ontology of 'events'.
- The query and inference procedures.
- Temporal information and indexing.
- High-level inference procedures.
- Technological enhancements and theoretical enhancements.
- Appendix A: NKRL software.
- Appendix B: Plural entities in NKRL.

Professional address of the author from February 1st, 2009:

Gian Piero Zarri
University Paris-Est - LISSI Laboratory
120-122, rue Paul Armangot
94400 Vitry-sur-Seine
Phone: 33-1-41807383
Fax: 33-1-41807369
Email: zarri at noos.fr, gian-piero.zarri at univ-paris12.fr

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