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[InetBib] Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library (SIEDL 2008)
- Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:27:50 +0100
- From: "Stefan Gradmann" <stefan.gradmann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [InetBib] Workshop on Semantic Interoperability in the European Digital Library (SIEDL 2008)
Verehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
Auf den untenstehenden 'call for papers' für einen Workshop zum Thema der
semantischen Interoperabilität in der Europäischen Digitalen Bibliothek
möchte ich auf diesem Wege hinweisen und bitte, ggf. den Mehrfachempfang
über mehrere Listen zu entschuldigen.
Herzliche Grüße - Stefan Gradmann
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-
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,
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
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
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
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
? Ontology modularisation.
? Digital object modelling, Persistent identifiers and packaging
? 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
? 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.
*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
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
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
Papers must be submitted in PDF format in the following submission site
Easy Chair SIEDL Submission Site
<http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=siedl08>, prior to the
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),
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 (to be confirmed) *
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
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,
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
Dr. Stefan Gradmann
Universität Hamburg / Regionales Rechenzentrum
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