[DL] 1st CfP: International Workshop on Semantic Web and Ontology Design for Cultural Heritage (SWODCH 2021)

Alessandro Mosca alessandro.mosca at unibz.it
Fri Mar 12 15:43:14 CET 2021

*International Workshop on Semantic Web and Ontology Design for Cultural
Heritage (SWODCH 2021)*

@Bolzano Summer of Knowledge 2021 (BOSK II), September 20-21, Bolzano,

*Workshop scope and aim*

SWODCH 2021 is the association of the 2nd edition of WODHSA (
http://www.loa.istc.cnr.it/WODHSA/index.php/cfp/) and the 4th edition of
SW4CH (https://sw4ch2018.ensma.fr/). It is also in continuation of the 1st
edition of ODOCH (http://odoch19.uniroma1.it/odoch19/odoch19) and the
special issue of the Semantic Web journal on “Semantic Web for Cultural
Heritage” (https://content.iospress.com/journals/semantic-web/12/2).

The purpose of WODHSA is to gather original research work about both
application and foundational  issues emerging from  the design  of
conceptual models, ontologies, and Semantic Web technologies for the
Digital Humanities (DH). In fact, a plethora of heterogeneous and
multi-format data currently available in the Digital Humanities domain asks
for principled methodologies and technologies to semantically characterize,
integrate, and reason on data and data models for analysis, visualization,
retrieval, and other purposes. We are also interested in studies about  the
philosophical and social analysis  of DH data and knowledge representation
 models. For instance, ontologies for the DH often require to take into
account the historical and social dimensions of data. The research question
is how to explicitly represent these dimensions in a way that is
transparent and accessible to both humans and machines.  We believe that
making both modellers and users aware of the modelling choices laying
behind models and applications, as well as studying the background theories
of such modelling choices,  enhance the transparency and reliability of
computational resources, and  therefore help users in better understanding
and trusting them.

The aim of SW4CH is to bring together stakeholders from various scientific
fields, Computer Scientists, Data Scientists and Digital Humanists,
involved in the development or deployment of Semantic Web solutions for
Cultural Heritage. Cultural Heritage data is typically made available in
diverse languages and formats. Knowledge representation can play an
important role in making such resources mutually interoperable, so that it
can be presented, linked and searched in a harmonized way. Early solutions
were based on the syntactic/structural level of data, without leveraging
the rich semantic structures underlying the content. Nowadays, institutions
bring their data to the Semantic Web level, so the tasks of integrating,
sharing, analysing and visualizing data are to be conceived in this new and
very rich framework.

The overall goal of SWODCH 2021 is to provide a scientific forum where
scholars and stakeholders  will have the opportunity to exchange ideas,
experiences, and analyses, while presenting realizations and outcomes of
relevant projects and discussing the related challenges.

*Important Dates*

   - Submission deadline: May 15, 2021
   - Review notification: June 26, 2021
   - Camera-ready: July 17, 2021
   - Workshop: September 20-21, 2021

*List of Topics*

We seek original and high-quality submissions related (but not limited) to
one or more of the following topic areas:

   - Conceptual analysis and ontology design for the Digital Humanities
      - Domain ontologies or conceptual models for history, history of
      arts, book studies, theatre, literature, editorial practices,
      musicology, cultural and natural - heritage (including architectural
      heritage), among others.
      - Methodological aspects of ontology development for the Digital
      Humanities, including the need for modelling the social (contextual)
      dimension of both data and ontologies
      - Use of ontology design patterns
      - Case studies based on and lessons learned from the use of CIDOC-CRM
      or FRBR
      - Logical and ontological analysis of CIDOC-CRM or FRBR, e.g., with
      respect to foundational ontologies (DOLCE, UFO, BFO, etc.)
      - Application of formal ontology theories for knowledge
      representation or data management in the Digital Humanities
      - Philosophical and sociological analysis of both digital models and
      modelling practices in the Digital Humanities
      - Social studies on the policies towards the standardization of
      ontologies in the Digital Humanities
   - Semantic Web publishing, architectures and SW-based interaction for
   Cultural Heritage
      - Semantic Web content creation, annotation, and extraction
      - Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
      - Virtual Cultural Heritage collections
      - Peer-to-peer Cultural Heritage architectures
      - E-infrastructures for Cultural Heritage
      - Interoperability, virtually integrated Cultural Heritage collections
      - Ontology-based data access or virtual knowledge graphs
      - Reasoning strategies (e.g. context, temporal, spatial)
      - Search, querying, and visualization of the Cultural Heritage on the
      Semantic Web
      - Personalized access of Cultural Heritage collections
      - Context-aware information presentation
      - Navigation and browsing (facets)
      - Social aspects in Cultural Heritage access and presentation
      - Trust and provenance issues in mixed collection and mixed
      vocabulary applications
   - Semantic Web-based applications for Cultural Heritage with clear
   lessons learned
      - Digital Libraries
      - Museums (virtual collections, mobile/ web-based museum guides)
      - Tourist services
      - Ambient Cultural Heritage
      - Creative industries

*Submission Guidelines*

We will accept two different types of contributions:

   - *Research articles* for presenting original unpublished work, neither
   submitted to, nor accepted for, any other venue.
   - *Extended abstracts* for presenting work in progress, brief
   descriptions of doctoral theses, or general overviews of research projects.

All the contributions to the workshop must be submitted according to the
LNCS format and must comply with the LNCS formatting guidelines available
Submitted *research articles* must not be shorter than 10 pages and must
not exceed 12 pages, including bibliography, while the submitted *extended
abstracts* must not be shorter than 5 pages and not exceed 6 pages,
including bibliography.

Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific
merit, originality and relevance to the workshop. Each paper will be
reviewed by three Program Committee members.

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF, using this link:


Accepted papers will be published in a CEUR-WS volume.The authors of the
best workshop papers will be invited to prepare extended versions of their
papers after the workshop to be published in a journal special issue.

*Organizing Committee*

   - Antonis Bikakis, University College London, U.K.
   - Roberta Ferrario, ISTC-CNR, Italy
   - Stéphane Jean, University of Poitiers - ENSMA, France
   - Béatrice Markhoff, University François Rabelais de Tours, France
   - Alessandro Mosca, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
   - Marianna Nicolosi Asmundo, University of Catania, Italy


Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the workshop will have a hybrid format,
allowing both physical and virtual participation.

Alessandro Mosca
KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data <https://www.inf.unibz.it/krdb/>
Smart Data Factory Lab <http://smart.inf.unibz.it>
@NOI Techpark Südtirol/Alto Adige, Office A1.4.29
Faculty of Computer Science @Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
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