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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,
Aims and Scope
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
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.
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,
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
Workshop Organizers and Chairs
– Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), The
Deadlines: March 7, 2008
Notifications: April 4, 2008
Camera ready: April 18, 2008
Workshop Notes Due: May 1, 2008
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
Isaac, Free University
Miles Alistair, e-Science Centre, UK
Stamou, National Technical
Tzouvaras, National Technical
Ioannidis, National and Kapodistrian
Sound and Vision, The
Emmanuelle Bermes, Bibliothèque nationale de France, France
Jeff Z. Pan, University of Aberdeen, UK
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