CFP - Int. Workshop on Semantic Web and Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries (SWARCH-DL)

(Apologies for cross postings)

*     International Workshop on Semantic Web And Reasoning for Cultural    *
*                   Heritage and Digital Libraries                         *
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*                         in conjunction with the                          *
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*        Fourth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing        *
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*              September 22-24, 2010, Pittsburgh, PA, USA                  *
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                              CALL FOR PAPERS


In the past few years great and continually increasing scientific interest
is paid towards the efficient dissemination and management of the world's
cultural assets. As more and more cultural heritage institutions tend to
exploit World Wide Web's technologies in order to render their collections
globally available, integrated access to this vast amount of content has
become an imperative need. In Europe only, we can count enough projects
(e.g., Europeana, ATHENA, MICHAEL, MultimediaN, STERNA) that aim to smoothly
bring cultural institutions in to the digital era, by both providing a
unified integration method and a common access point for their collections. 

Digital libraries serve as the World Wide Web infrastructure for collecting
and managing digital objects. Despite their many capabilities, they often
appear with several weaknesses. Till recently, the main requisite when
integrating diverse resources was to achieve syntactic interoperability. But
this is not enough, especially in a more knowledge-intensive world, where a
number of powerful techniques offered by the today's Semantic Web promise
knowledge retrieval instead of mere data exchange. Hence, the most essential
component in the process of disseminating and integrating large digital
cultural collections is to consider, and not to overlook, the semantics of
the underlying content. In particular, Semantic Web reasoning over data has
been proven a powerful tool in knowledge management and acquisition.

The aim of this workshop is exactly to look deeper into the problems that
cultural heritage institutions and Semantic Web researchers face in their
effort to produce knowledge-intensive and globally accessible digital
collections. Through proposed techniques, tools, case studies, comparisons
and extensive discussions we seek for valuable and innovative solutions to
some of these open problems. Best practices and standards, data models and
representation methods, efficient implementation tools and techniques,
search and retrieval mechanisms, evaluation techniques, often raise arguable
issues that worth further investigation.


We seek for high quality and original contributions which consider and
present innovative applications for "meaningful" knowledge management in the
cultural heritage field. The semantic aspects of digital information, as
they are utilized by digital libraries and other digital repository
infrastructures, are also within the workshop's scope. In particular, topics
of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  - Semantic-enabled search in cultural heritage collections and digital
  - Reasoning over cultural heritage information
  - Integration with SKOS terminologies
  - Linked Data
  - Semantic Search Evaluation
  - Usability and Interfaces
  - Scalability and Performance
  - Semantic tagging and user feedback
  - Semantic and mental maps of interlinked cultural information
  - Visualization techniques and paradigms
  - Experience reports from relevant projects

Papers reporting original and unpublished research results on the above and
related topics are solicited. Authors should submit a paper with up to 6
pages (in English) in double-column IEEE format following the submission
guidelines available at the ICSC-2010 web page (
Submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF files and should be
uploaded at
Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 independent members of
the program committee. At least one author of each accepted paper must be
register and present the paper at the workshop. All accepted papers will be
included in the IEEE conference proceedings and published by IEEE Computer
Society Press. Extended versions of selected Workshop papers might be
considered for publication in international journals.
  Paper Submission:     June 17, 2010
  Author Notification:  July  5, 2010


Workshop Chair:
  Dimitrios Koutsomitropoulos,  University of Patras, Greece

  Georgia Solomou, University of Patras, Greece  
  Theodore Papatheodorou, University of Patras, Greece

Program Committee: 

  - Andreas Andreou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus 
  - Panayiotis Bozanis, University of Thessaly, Greece 
  - Christodoulos Chamzas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece 
  - Mark Diggory, @Mire, USA 
  - Kate Fernie, MDR Partners, UK 
  - Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands 
  - Sarantos Kapidakis, Ionian University, Greece 
  - Stefanos Kollias, National Technical University of Athens, Greece 
  - Spiridon Likothanassis, University of Patras, Greece 
  - Nikolaos Mavridis, United Arab Emirates University, UAE 
  - Bijan Parsia, Clark & Parsia LLC, USA 
  - Evangelos Sakkopoulos, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, 
  - Yiannis Saridakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece 
  - Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain 
  - Dimitrios Tsolis, University of Ioannina, Greece 
  - Axel Vitzthum, Digicult SH, Germany


For additional information, please contact: 
  Georgia Solomou (
  Dimitrios Koutsomitropoulos (

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