ISKOI: Digital libraries and Semantic Web: Trento: Sept 8-11

Shamprasad Pujar pujar at
Tue Jan 20 13:42:57 CET 2009

*** Sorry for Cross Postings, if any ***

(ICSD 2009)

The International Conferences on Digital Libraries and the Semantic 
Web 2009 (ICSD2009) will take place from September 8-11 at the 
University of Trento.

The first ICSD was organized in 2007 by the Indian Statistical 
Institute in Bangalore. The great interest in the conference showed 
the need to create a communication area between the two communities. 
The goal is to facilitate the creation digital library application 
which could be brickstones of the semantic web.

-- Call for papers

Digital libraries, in the central view of the term, focus on storing 
and organizing digital objects and providing access to these objects 
through professional or user-generated metadata or content-based 
search (full text, image content, full musical score). In an expanded 
view, Digital Libraries also support annotation, generation or 
editing of digital objects and provide tools for processing digital 
objects. The Semantic Web focuses on the formal representation of 
data for more precise retrieval and, more importantly, for reasoning 
so that many often disparate items of data can be combined to 
directly answer a user's question or to devise a plan of action.

ICSD addresses two main questions:
(1) How can digital libraries support Semantic Web functionality?
(2) How can Semantic Web technology improve digital libraries?
Ultimately the goal is an environment in which all functionality is 
available to the user without the perception of different systems or 
system boundaries. Contributions are sought that address one or both 
of the main questions or steps towards the ultimate system. Some 
example topics are listed below, but the purpose of this list is just 
to stimulate thinking.

Specific topics that address one or both of the main questions:
* Digital objects that provide formal representation of data ready 
for reasoning, possibly in addition to text, images, or sound.
* Knowledge acquisition: Editing tools that assist subject experts in 
the creation of formal representations of data.
* Digital objects that interact with the user or software agents.
* Standards and specifications for digital objects
* Organization and retrieval of software agents and Semantic Web services.
* Semantic search. Use of ontologies and knowledge bases (such as 
topic maps) to improve search for digital objects.
* Question answering from text, from data/knowledge bases, or a combination.
* Next generation OPACs
* The structure and creation of ontologies to support these functions.
* Using the intellectual capital available in traditional KOS such as 
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), UDC, or MeSH in the construction 
of ontologies that support truly semantic search and reasoning.
* Vocabulary and taxonomy development
* Multilingual issues in Digital Libraries.
* Semantics of bibliographical databases
* Metadata standards, Interoperability and Crosswalks
* Digital Library and Semantic Web Projects and Case Studies

We invite original papers in English on all relevant topics as 
mentioned above. Papers will be reviewed based on originality of 
work, quality and relevance to the main theme of the conference. Peer 
reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference 
proceedings. The papers should follow the submission instructions 
provided on the conference website.

The conference will explore the area of digital libraries and the 
semantic web through tutorials, workshops, demonstrations, Invited 
talks and presentations. The conference will also serve as a working 
platform for communities to discuss and agree on joint work. We also 
encourage the submission of workshop proposals for this purpose.

For more information, please go to the website: 
http:/ for further details

-- India contacts

Devika Madalli (Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore)
E-mail: devika at


ARD Prasad, Ph.D.
Documentation Research & Traning Centre (DRTC)
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
8th Mile Mysore Road
Bangalore 560 059
Phone (Off): +91-80-28483002 Ext. 496
ard at

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With kind regards,

Dr Shamprasad M. Pujar
Deputy Librarian
Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Gen Vaidya Marg, Film City Road, Goregaon (East)
MUMBAI-400 065, India
Phone: 91-22-2841 6547 ; 2840 0919 Ext: 547
E-mail: pujar at

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