IRC17, Bengaluru, March 03-05, 2017


10. #RenarrationWeb

Last updated on Oct 31, 2016.


Description of the Session

Renarration is as natural as speaking.

Over the last few centuries, reading and writing have mostly defined what the world considers as transferrable knowledge while oral traditions and storytelling have taken a back seat. With recording devices, via smart phones, becoming commonplace the wheel is likely to turn again towards storytelling as the primary manner in which history will be recorded in the future. This is easily imaginable when we realize that even today, where with aeons of effort towards educating the peoples of the world, a large majority can only be considered as low-literate. Even among the literate, only a small percentage can be considered to be enthusiastic readers/writers and more so when it comes to cross cultural and cross linguistic barriers. While a comeback of the oral tradition in an all new manner begs us visit how a narrator refers to others and constructs a narrative, a specific case would be when one renarrates it for a new audience. We need a way to model the realization of a web of conversations on the Internet.

Renarration is an investigation of content accessibility for Inclusion of all. While aiding a process of discovering and developing alternative narratives for diverse groups of people we also look at how narratives can semantically carry story information that can be used in identifying and helping developing target-specific narratives. Also to be presented: The current status of W3C Web Annotation model coming out as a recommendation and how such a standard can influence the future of a decentralized social semantic web, and there by the Renarration Web. An architecture of a Web that intrinsically supports renarrations and the role of story comparison tools, a number of use cases of renarration along with some attempts of building tools for these use cases.

Concerns: #ResearchToolsAndInfrastructure, #BecomingDigital and #IndicLanguages

Session Plan

The idea of renarration will be situated using traditional and contemporary examples and the context will help us reflect on the state of the Web as we know it. Drawing from a recent literary work ‘In Search of Shiva’ by Mukunda Rao, the practices of renarration and its meaning in the lives and imaginations of people will be discussed, raising the question of web technology’s potential as an agent of renarration. Panelists will the introduce the current work of W3C Working Group on Web Annotation and the significance of this for the future Web and for ideas like that of renarration. One of the panelists will present tools for storytelling based on renarration. And another will present development of tools for story comparison. Significant time will be made available for audience participation.

Panel will conclude by presenting the current work on an architecture of Renarration Web.

Documentation Plan

We will have slides, show-and-tell videos and abstracts. Post-conference, we will either have a single academic paper together or separate ones from panelists.

Paper Abstracts

Not applicable.

Details of the Team

Dinesh is the Technical Director of Janastu, a non-profit organisation. He has had various academic, research and industrial positions where he has worked on object-oriented programming, generation of software and course-ware from specifications, structuring information for its use on the Internet and in creating visual stories from archives. As technical director of Janastu he works in Bangalore, India on issues like Web content accessibility for the low-literate, use of 3D methods for location interpretation, methods on using social semantic web concepts for storytelling and developing open source social platforms.

Janastu has been providing Free Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions and support to small non-profits (NPOs/NGOs) since 2002. This includes one-on-one consulting regarding their information management needs, building their online and offline knowledge bases, providing support to their projects by designing web-sites, configuring news-filters, helping them migrate to open source solutions, help deal with localization and Indian language issues, geographic information collection and necessary R&D.

Venkatesh Choppella is Associate Professor of Software Engineering at the International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad, India. He was also associated with Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala, Trivandrum (2003-2009) and the IIIT Bangalore (2009-2010). Venkatesh holds a PhD. degree in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Kanpur and Madras, respectively. He has held research and engineering positions in Hewlett Packard, Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Ohio State University in the United States.Venkatesh's current research interests are in formal methods and software architectures. In addition, he has an interest in computer science education and FOSS-based educational technology. He has published over 50 research papers and technical reports in the area of automated deduction, type systems, formal methods, compilers, and educational technology.

Srinath Srinivasa holds a Ph.D (magna cum laude) from the Berlin Brandenburg Graduate School for Distributed Information Systems (GkVI) Germany, an M.S. (by Research) from IIT-Madras and B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from The National Institute of Engineering (NIE) Mysore. He works in the broad areas of web science, multi-agent systems, network analysis and text mining. He is a member of various technical and organizational committees for international conferences. He is also a life member of the Computer Society of India (CSI). As part of academic community outreach, Srinath has served on the Board of Studies of Goa University and as a member of the Academic Council of the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. He has served as a technical reviewer for various journals like the VLDB journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing. He is also the recipient of various national and international grants for his research activities. Currently, Srinath heads the Web Science Lab and a founder member of the Center for Data Sciences.

Deepak Prince is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar university. His research work attempts to understand how humans live in a world of screens.