CALL FOR PAPERS: ESWC 2008 Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library (SIEDL 2008)

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CALL FOR PAPERS: ESWC 2008 Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library (SIEDL 2008)


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                  CALL FOR PAPERS


1st International Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library (SIEDL 2008)

To be held as part of the 5th European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC-08)

June 1, 2008, Tenerife, Spain


Aims and Scope

One of Europe’s current most important initiatives is the construction of the European Digital Library (EDL), which aims at making Europe's diverse cultural and scientific heritage (books, films, maps, photographs, music, etc.) easy to access and use for work, leisure, or study. EDL will take advantage of existing rich European heritage, including multicultural and multilingual environments, of technological advances and of new business models. It will generate a common multilingual access point to Europe’s distributed digital cultural heritage, including all types of multimedia cultural content, and all types of cultural institutions, including libraries, museums, archives. The short-term objective of the European Digital Library is to create a prototype within 2008, providing multilingual access to over 2 million digital objects, focusing on libraries, while including as many museums and archives it is possible. The long-term objective, for 2010 is to increase the available digital content to over 6 million digital objects from all types of institutions, i.e., libraries, museums, audiovisual organisations, archives.

The EDLnet Thematic Network is the project approved by the European Commission’s eContentPlus programme to prepare the ground for the realisation of the European Digital Library. Consistent with this vision about the European Digital Library, the project addresses particularly the area of improving cross-domain accessibility to cultural content- a pillar of the European Commission’s i2010 Digital Library initiative. EDLnet tackles the fragmented European cultural heritage map, by bringing on board the key European stakeholders to build consensus on creating the European Digital Library. In this framework, interoperability has been defined as one of the most crucial issues, with a specific EDLnet workpackage being devoted to it. Semantic interoperability is one of the related key technological issues, and for this reason it constitutes the topic of the Workshop.

In particular:

Cultural heritage collections are mostly indexed on the basis of strongly divergent metadata standards. For example, Dublin Core is used for simple discovery, SPECTRUM for rich collections information, AMICO for art museum images, MARC for bibliographic records, IMS for instructional materials. This severely hampers the combination and opening up of such collections. Achieving semantic interoperability can be a key to face this problem.

Several definitions of semantic interoperability have been proposed in the literature, covering different application domains. In this Workshop, we focus on how the late advances on Semantic Web technologies can facilitate the way that European digital libraries exchange information within the framework of the web. The key in the definition of semantic interoperability is the common automatic interpretation of the meaning of the exchanged information, i.e. the ability to automatically process the information in a machine-understandable manner.

The first step of achieving a certain level of common understanding is a representation language that exchanges the formal semantics of the information. Then, systems that understand these semantics, such as reasoning tools, ontology querying engines, can process the information and provide web services like searching, retrieval etc. Semantic Web technologies provide the user with a formal framework for the representation and processing of different levels of semantics. Such technologies include W3C standards like RDF, OWL, SKOS, ontology editing, reasoning and mapping tools.

The Workshop aims at presenting works that exploit Semantic Web technologies to semantically link European Cultural content for the realisation of the European Digital Library.


The workshop invites contributions on all topics related to Semantic Interoperability in the framework of the European Digital Library. We anticipate some significant discussion owing to differences in opinions about approaches to take in solving the relevant joint problems, and we invite you to join the workshop to give your views on the following, but no limited to, topics:

Knowledge Representation, Mapping and Alignment

            • Ontologies, Vocabularies, Metadata Standards and Thesauri.

            • Ontology Mapping, Merging and Alignment.

            • Thesauri alignment and metadata enrichment.

            • Use of Ontology Reasoning and Semantic Web Rule technologies.

            • Use of Semantic Web Standards, such as RDF, OWL & SPARQL.

            • Use of upcoming Semantic Web Standards, OWL1.1, RIF, SKOS.

            • Combination of structural and semantic interoperability methodologies.

            • Ontology modularisation.

            • Digital object modeling, Persistent identifiers and packaging standards.

            • Combination of Visual and Physical Collections

            • Crosswalk of Metadata Standards.

            • Applications based on CIDOC-CRM.

            • Combination of E-Learning and Cultural Heritage Standards.

            • Semantic Interoperability approaches followed in past and ongoing European Projects.


            • The European Digital Library.

            • Museums, Libraries, Archives.

            • Audiovisual and Film Archives.

            • Television Heritage and Broadcasting.

            • E-culture.

            • E-learning.

            • E-tourism.

Access & Presentation

            • Storage, query and presentation in the European Digital Library.

            • Personalised access and context enabled presentation.

            • Searching methodologies.

            • Facet browsing methodologies.

            • Scalable and Robust knowledge management.

            • Rights management.

            • Trust and proof issues.



The Semantic Web and the European Digital Library Communities will benefit as the research investigated in this workshop will bring closer these two communities. The aim of this workshop is to investigate and provide cues to the participants on how to use Semantic Web technologies in order to semantically link the European Cultural content.

Target Community

The workshop targets the communities of Semantic Web and European Digital Library. In particular, it targets researchers that use Semantic Web technologies in the application of digital libraries, museums and audiovisual archives (including TV and broadcasting companies). Special attention will be paid to ongoing European projects that deal with this subject. A lot of them have tackled the problem of achieving structural and semantic interoperability in cultural collections that are indexed on the basis of divergent metadata standards.

Invited Talks

The workshop will have one day duration. There will be two invited talks: the first in the area of Semantic Interoperability and the second in the area of the European Digital Library. Finally, a panel discussion will try to open the way on how to use Semantic Web technologies in the Digital Libraries application area.


Potential workshop participants will be required to submit a short position paper or a full research paper to be invited to the workshop.

This will allow the workshop organizers to determine which topics to schedule on the agenda.

The presentations during the workshop will be fewer than the number of participants to leave time for discussion amongst the different fields.

The presentations will be selected based on the quality of the submissions.

SIEDL 2008 welcomes the submission of two kind of papers:

  • short position paper (6 pages maximum in Springer LNCS format): briefly states participants background (industrial or academic) and their main motivation for attending the workshop;
  • full papers (12 pages maximum in Springer LNCS format): good original research and application papers dealing with all aspects of semantic interoperability in the European Digital Library, particularly those relating to the subject areas indicated by the topics. We encourage theoretical, methodological, empirical and applications papers.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format in the following submission site Easy Chair SIEDL Submission Site, prior to the paper submission deadline.

Paper submissions must be formatted in the style of the Springer Publications format for Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). For complete details, see Information for LNCS Authors.

All papers accepted to the SIEDL 2008 workshop will be presented during the workshop and published in the specific workshop proceedings.


Workshop Organizers and Chairs

Stefanos Kollias – National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece

Jill Cousins – Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), The Netherlands


Important Dates

Deadlines: March 7, 2008

Notifications: April 4, 2008

Camera ready: April 18, 2008

Workshop Notes Due: May 1, 2008


Programme Committee

Stefan Gradmann, University of Hamburg, Germany

Carlo Meghini, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Itally

Guus Schreiber, Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Jacco van Ossenbruggen, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), The Netherlands

Antoine Isaac, Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Miles Alistair, e-Science Centre, UK

Carole Goble, University of Manchester, UK

Giorgos Stamou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Vassilis Tzouvaras, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Yannis Ioannidis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Lora Aroyo, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eero Hyvönen, Helsinki University of Technology, Finaland.

Johan Oomen, Sound and Vision, The Netherlands

Emmanuelle Bermes, Bibliothèque nationale de France, France

Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK