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First International Workshop


7-9 April 2006, University of Hamburg

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Final Programme

In the new area of digitalized information, researchers from the humanities face a new problem: semantic data organisation. In contrast with the data processed by natural sciences, the material in most fields of humanities is mostly unstructured. The structuring of such data is a complex problem that can be solved only by formal models and languages from computer science. However the application of formal models from formal sciences (especially computing) is itself a scientific problem as humanists have their own scientific culture not only in the argumentation and meta-theories but also in their way of communication. With the development of the Semantic Web the “ontology”-concept became an important “key” for data-structuring. Some ontologies were developed also in the Humanities, but there is still no overview of what exists, which standards are used and how well the current ontologies meet the users requirements.

The current workshop aims to fill this gap and act also as a discussion forum We welcome original papers related (but not limited) to one or more of the following topics:

  • theoretical relevant models for humanities
  • formal prerequisites
  • specific ontologies for different fields in Humanities
  • collaborative tools for ontology manipulation
  • Semantic Web technologies for preserving cultural heritage
  • Semi-automatic ontology extraction
  • Ontology development in multilingual context
  • Practical use of ontologies in Humanities


Invited Speaker:

  • Martin Doerr, (FORTH-ICS, Heraklion, Crete)
  • Nicola Guarino (IST-CNR, Trento, Italy)

Programme Committee

  • Galia Angelova(Bulagarian Academy of Sciences)
  • Wernher Behrendt (Salzburg Research)
  • Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia)
  • Walther v. Hahn (University of Hamburg)
  • Roberto Poli (University of Trento)
  • Cristina Vertan (University of Hamburg)

-- AdminUser -- 26 Aug 2005