ISKOI: Digital libraries and the semantic Web: Trento: Sept 8-11

Laura Rinnovati laura.rinnovati at
Fri Feb 27 08:45:30 CET 2009

International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web
September 8-11, 2009 - University of Trento, Trento (ITALY)

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, DLs
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. ICDLSW 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
* 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
* 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.


Paolo Bouquet, University of Trento (Italy)
Johannes Keizer, FAO of the United Nations (Italy)
Wolfgan Nejdl, University of Hannover (Germany)
ARD Prasad, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore (India)
Heiko Stoermer, University of Trento (Italy)


April 16, 2009: Submission (Papers, Posters & Workshops)
June 24, 2009: Camera-ready copy
September 8-11, 2009: Conference at the University of Trento


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