The International Joint Workshop on “Semantic Web and Ontology Design for Cultural Heritage” (SWODCH 2020)

Country: Italy

City: Bolzano

Abstr. due: 15.05.2020

Dates: 21.09.20 — 22.09.20

Area Of Sciences: Technical sciences; Cultural science;

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The purpose of WODHSA is to gather original research work about both application and foundational issues emerging from the design of conceptual models, ontologies, and Semantic Web technologies for the Digital Humanities (DH). In fact, a plethora of heterogeneous and multi-format data currently available in the Digital Humanities domain asks for principled methodologies and technologies to semantically characterize, integrate, and reason on data and data models for analysis, visualization, retrieval, and other purposes. We are also interested in studies about the philosophical and social analysis of DH data and knowledge representation models. For instance, ontologies for the DH often require to take into account the historical and social dimensions of data. The research question is how to explicitly represent these dimensions in a way that is transparent and accessible to both humans and machines.
We believe that making both modellers and users aware of the modelling choices laying behind models and applications, as well as studying the background theories of such modelling choices, enhance the transparency and reliability of computational resources, and therefore help users in better understanding and trusting them.

The aim of SW4CH is to bring together stakeholders from various scientific fields, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists and Digital Humanists, involved in the development or deployment of Semantic Web solutions for Cultural Heritage. Cultural Heritage data is typically made available in diverse languages and formats. Knowledge representation can play an important role in making such resources mutually interoperable, so that it can be presented, linked and searched in a harmonised way. Early solutions were based on the syntactic/structural level of data, without leveraging the rich semantic structures underlying the content. Nowadays, institutions bring their data to the Semantic Web level, so the tasks of integrating, sharing, analysing and visualising data are to be conceived in this new and very rich framework.

The overall goal of SWODCH 2020 is to provide a scientific forum where scholars and stakeholders will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and analyses, while presenting realisations and outcomes of relevant projects and discussing the related challenges.

Topics of interest

We seek original and high quality submissions related (but not limited) to one or more of the following topic areas:

Conceptual analysis and ontology design for the Digital Humanities

  • Domain ontologies or conceptual models for history, history of arts, book studies, theatre, literature, editorial practices, archeology, musicology, cultural and natural heritage (including architectural heritage), among others
  • Methodological aspects of ontology development for the Digital Humanities, including the need of modeling the social (contextual) dimension of both data and ontologies
  • Use of ontology design patterns
  • Case studies based on and lessons learned from the use of CIDOC-CRM or FRBR
  • Logical and ontological analysis of CIDOC-CRM or FRBR, e.g., with respect to foundational ontologies (DOLCE, UFO, BFO, etc.)
  • Application of formal ontology theories for knowledge representation or data management in the Digital Humanities
  • Philosophical and sociological analysis of both digital models and modeling practices in the Digital Humanities
  • Social studies on the policies towards the standardization of ontologies in the Digital Humanities

Semantic Web publishing, architectures and SW-based interaction for Cultural Heritage

  • Semantic Web content creation, annotation, and extraction
  • Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
  • Virtual Cultural Heritage collections
  • Peer-to-peer Cultural Heritage architectures
  • E-infrastructures for Cultural Heritage
  • Interoperability, virtually integrated Cultural Heritage collections
  • Ontology-based data access or virtual knowledge graphs
  • Reasoning strategies (e.g. context, temporal, spatial)
  • Search, querying, and visualization of the Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web
  • Personalized access of Cultural Heritage collections
  • Context-aware information presentation
  • Navigation and browsing (facets)
  • Social aspects in Cultural Heritage access and presentation
  • Trust and provenance issues in mixed collection and mixed vocabulary applications

Semantic Web based applications for Cultural Heritage with clear lessons learned:

  • Digital Libraries
  • Museums (virtual collections, mobile/ web-based museum guides)
  • Tourist services
  • Ambient Cultural Heritage
  • Creative industries

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