[crm-sig] ICS-FORTH Workshop on global models -- call for participation
Allen H. Renear
renear at uiuc.edu
Wed Sep 20 07:42:24 EEST 2006
Call for Participation
Exploring the limits of global models for integration
and use of historical and scientific information
October 23-24 2006
ICS-FORTH, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Invited Speaker: Nicola Guarino
ISTC-CNR, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, Trento
Effective large scale information integration requires an agreement on
the common semantics of the data structure elements and other
categories employed. Recently, there has been increasing doubt about
the possibility of global ontological models. However, knowledge
integration based on mere similarity of categories, such as "inexact
equivalence" does not allow for precise, global querying advanced
reasoning, or interoperability. On the other hand, practical core
ontologies such as CIDOC/CRM (ISO/PRF 21127) demonstrate a
surprisingly wide validity over multiple domains.
This workshop explores the limits of such global models for
integrating and making use of historical and scientific information,
in order to enhance both, our theoretical understanding of the limits
of ontological agreement in a specific application setting, and our
practical understanding of how to implement effective large scale
knowledge integration services and exploit the power of global models.
Nicola Guarino, Invited Talk
G. Goerz, Why do we need a Meta-Level for the CIDOC CRM?
N. Aussenac-Gilles, Ontology or meta-model for retrieving scientific
reasoning in documents: The Arkeotek project
M. Doerr, About Material and Immaterial Creation
R. Smiraglia, Instantiation: Empirical Emergence of a Global
R. Urban, Folio Metaphysics, Wholes and Parts in Cultural Objects
M. Généreux, D.Arnold, Preserving meanings in multilingual text mining
for Cultural Heritage
P. Constantopoulos, V.Dritsou, A CIDOC CRM – compatible metadata model
for digital preservation
Ø. Eide, C. E. Ore TEI, CIDOC-CRM and a Possible Interface between
R. Kummer, Integrating data from The Perseus Project and Arachne using
the CIDOC CRM
K. May, Integrating cultural and scientific heritage: archaeological
ontological modelling for the field and the lab
Registration: there is no fee. Please send email to renear at uiuc.edu if you intend
to attend. Include contact information and indicate your particular interests in
these topics of the workshop.
Location: Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) Institute of
Computer Science (ICS), Heraklion, Crete, Greece. See http://www.ics.forth.gr/
contact-info.html for directions to ICS-FORTH. Additional information will be
available on the website.
Lato *** (+30 2810 228103)
Atlantis **** (+30 2810 229103)
Irini ** (+30 2810 226561)
All located close to the archeological museum and harbour.
Please ask for corporate rate for guests of ICS-FORTH.
Other Hotels, such as the luxury Candia Maris at Ammoudara Beach
close to FORTH may make special offers in direct contact.
For Greek national flights Aegean Airlines is recommended
Additional local and accommodation information will be available on the
Martin Doer, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research
and Technology, Heraklion, Greece
Allen Renear, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois
Dolores Iorizzo, London e-Science Center, Imperial College London
Siegfried Krause, Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Liz Lyon, UKOLN, University of Bath
Laure Vieu, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Trento
Christian-Emil Ore, Unit for digital documentation,
Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo
Laure Vieu, Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR), Trento
Workshop Chairs: Martin Doerr and Allen Renear
CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group
DELOS Network of Excellence.
For more information contact Allen Renear renear at uiuc.edu
The application of formal ontologies in cultural domains such as
museums, libraries, and archives, the semantic web, and other related
areas, inevitably raises difficult theoretical problems which appear
to complicate the development of practical ontologies. For
instance,these problems affect directly the performance of information
systems, when there is no agreement on the identity and unity of
referred items, such as:
* Does Tut-Ankh Amun still exist (i.e. as a mummy)?
* Is Luther's translation an expression of the Holy Bible or another work?
* Is Caesar's coming to the Curia a part of the event of his murder?
* How can the respective ontological choices be objectified, and how
can they be reconciled in practical applications?
* To which degree compatible generalizations of a model can compensate
inconsistencies following the widening of the scope of a model? What
are the limits of ontology harmonization?
* Which kinds of concepts tend to be globally compatible and which
not, and in which sense? This workshop elicits contributions related
to studies, experiences and practical and theoretical solutions around
the above problems. As well as formal information systems approaches
to these problems we welcome contributions based on perspectives from
philosophy, from cognitive science, and from the social sciences.
On the other side, this workshop elicits contributions about the
application and prospects and limits of domain overarching information
integration, in particular with respect to cultural heritage and
scientific information. Issues in this area include...
* Models for the semantic interoperability and integration of
scientific and cultural information and possibly other disciplines.
* The long-term preservation and future interoperability of data
* Scalable information architectures, linking and reasoning services
under semantic models, in particular scalable solutions.
The following topics are of particular interest:
* Philosophical implications or controversies with respect ontological
choices of the CIDOC CRM, FRBR and other core ontologies for
information in libraries, archives, museum and scientific data
* Identity and temporal existence of conceptual items. Identity
ofWorks. Can works or texts gain or lose non-relational properties? Is
identity based on the continuity of tradition or essential properties?
* Work as continuant versus Work as occurrent.
* Identity and substance of events, parts of events, spatiotemporal
limits of events in non-discrete models compatible with the nature of
Methods for managing the practical needs of information systems...
* Objective criteria for selecting and justifying ontological choices
in information systems
* Harmonization of ontologies. Can Digital Libraries be based on one
global information model, or why not?
* Integrating cultural and scientific heritage: Scientific records as
historical data. Integrated access and (re)use. E-science metadata.
The relevance of factual knowledge for e-science.
* Preservation of data structure semantics -- interoperability with
* Knowledge extraction and core ontologies.
* Document linking and semantic relationships.
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