Call for papers: International Workshop on Semantic Web And Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries



International Workshop on Semantic Web And Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries (SWARCH-DL)
in conjunction with the
Fourth IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing
September 22-24, 2010
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA



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 llibraries
- 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 submissionguidelines 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 (