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The Image of Domains

Thu, September 5, 1:00 to 2:30pm, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, Floor: Eight, Endymion


"Domain" has long been a term of art in knowledge engineering, expert systems, and semantic representation. Domain serves to demarcate and objectify a sphere of human action or knowledge, such as geology as the "domain expertise" of the earth, or biologists as the "domain scientists" of life. Thereafter, that domain can be captured or represented in computational formalisms such as ontologies, semantic metadata, and so on.

In a callout to Daston and Galison's classic paper, The Image of Objectivity, this presentation explores the competing tropes for visual representations of domains from 1960-2019, with an emphasis on the relationship to what is beyond or "independent" of domains, along with engineering goals that seek to facilitate the circulation of resources across domains.