Want to See Italy? ICSD Conference Sept 2009

Submitted by Dean Giustini on March 10, 2009 - 17:37

International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web (ICSD2009) September 8-11, 2009 - University of Trento, Italy


Digital libraries focus on storing and organizing digital objects and providing access to objects through professional or user-generated metadata or content-based search (full text, image content, full musical score). 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 such that disparate items can be combined to answer a user's question or 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 users without the perception of different systems or system boundaries. Contributions to this concept 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:

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 services.
* 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 combination.
* 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.

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