[DL] Call for Papers: Workshop on Digital Humanities in the Semantic Web - WHiSe 2016

Alessandro Adamou alessandro.adamou at open.ac.uk
Wed Jan 27 16:51:37 CET 2016

(with apologies for cross-posting)

==== Call for Papers (WHiSe 2016) ====
Workshop on Digital Humanities in the Semantic Web - WHiSe 2016

Date: May 29 or 30, 2016
Venue: Heraklion, Crete (co-located with ESWC 2016)
Hashtag: #whise2016
Twitter: @whiseworkshop
Site: http://whise.kmi.open.ac.uk/index.html

Workshop chairs:
- Alessandro Adamou - The Open University
- Enrico Daga - The Open University
- Leif Isaksen - University of Lancaster

There are a number of specialised fields of research in the Humanities
that have recorded success stories of adoption of technologies
in the Semantic Web.
Digital collections, cultural heritage aggregators, digital libraries,
gazetteers, thesauri and digital maps of the past have all
demonstrated to lend themselves to putting applications of Linked Data
and Web ontologies to good use.

It is therefore important to reflect on the extent to which the Semantic
Web community - its vision, its technological offer and the
large volumes of data it generates - are serving the needs of
historians, philologists, cultural critics, musicologists and other
humanists that generally cannot rely on structured data generated en
masse through social networks or online media platforms.
Is the race for Big Data mining cutting off these scholarly categories?
Are there research challenges of interest that humanists have not
considered due to perceptions that Linked Data is either another way
to represent digital collections, or an arcane technical science whose
results are as opaque as its procedures?
What problems do Humanities users have in interacting with Semantic Web
content and applications?
And how can they help Semantic Web researchers support modes of inquiry
beyond the constraints of rationalism and technical solutionism?

WHiSe 2016 welcomes original research contributions crossing Humanities
and the Semantic Web.
Scholars who have conducted research or developed impactful applications
are invited to submit full papers with appropriately evaluated
WHiSe also welcomes vision/position papers on novel challenges or
approaches to existing problems (short papers),
as well as proposals for demo or poster showcases during the workshop.
Topics on which potential submitters are invited to contribute include,
but are not limited to:

- Semantic applications and systems in the Humanities and cultural heritage
- Novel approaches enabling the use of Semantic Web technologies in
Digital Humanities
- Definition and alignment of controlled vocabularies in the Humanities
- Relationship between markup languages and ontologies in the Humanities
- Representation and reasoning with Space and Time in the context of
Digital Humanities
- Quality issues with semantic (linked) databases in the Humanities domain
- Addressing incompleteness and fuzziness in historical data
- Interlinking historical datasets or other Humanities data with data
from other domains
- Usability of interfaces to Linked Data for Humanities Data and
interaction patterns
- Methodological aspects and interactions between the Semantic Web and
Humanities research communities
- Studies of users and their needs/constraints (as opposed to ‘toy’
- Position papers on past, present and future of semantic technologies
in the Humanities
- Concrete use cases of working multi-lateral connectivity or the use of
semantic data ‘in the wild’

Submissions in all the categories mentioned above (full, short,
poster/demo papers) will be peer-reviewed by acknowledged researchers
familiar with both scientific communities. Accepted papers will be
published as online proceedings courtesy of CEUR-WS.org, however
workshop chairs will award one best paper to be published as part of the
proceedings of the ESWC 2016 conference.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, March 1
Notification to authors: Friday, April 1
Camera-ready due on: Friday, April 15
Workshop day: 29 or 30 May 2016 - To be confirmed

All papers must represent original and unpublished work that is not
currently under review.
Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality,
technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
We welcome the following types of contributions:
- Full papers (up to 12 pages)
- Short papers (up to 6 pages)
- Poster or Demo papers (up to 4 pages)
All submissions must be PDF documents written in English and formatted
according to LNCS instructions for authors
[ http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0 ].
Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management
System [ https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=whise2016 ].


- Carlo Allocca, The Open University
- Elton Barker, The Open University
- Francesca Benatti, The Open University
- Gabriel Bodard, King’s College
- Kai-Christian Bruhn, mainzed
- Benjamin Fields, Goldsmiths University of London
- Nick Gibbins, University of Southampton
- Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Elena González-Blanco, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
- Jorge Gracia, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Ethan Gruber, American Numismatic Society
- Eero Hyvönen, Aalto University
- Rinke Hoekstra, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Laura Hollink, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
- Lorna Hughes, University of Glasgow
- Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Angeliki Lymberopoulou, The Open University
- Elena Montiel, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Paul Mulholland, The Open University
- Dominic Oldman, British Museum
- Kevin Page, University of Oxford
- Silvio Peroni, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
- Mia Ridge, The British Library
- Rainer Simon, Austrian Institute of Technology
- Ilaria Tiddi, The Open University
- Daniel Vila-Suero, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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