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[InetBib] CfP: 5th European NKOS WORKSHOP at ECDL 2006, September 21, Alicante, Spain

                   Call for Presentations and Participation
5th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop.
ECDL 2006, 10th ECDL Conference, September 21, Alicante, Spain


For the fifth time, an  NKOS Workshop will be arranged as official
workshop of the European Digital Library Conference. This time the
workshop takes place on September 21st, as part of ECDL 2006 in
Alicante, Spain (http://www.ecdl2006.org/).

Proposals are invited for presentations (typically 20 minutes plus
discussion time, potentially longer if the substance and importance
warrant it) on work or projects related to the themes of the workshop
(see below) or to NKOS more generally. The traditionally reflective
style of the NKOS workshops allows plenty of time for discussion and
features a briefing session for shorter communications and emergent topics.

Please email proposals (approx. 1000 words including aims, methods, main

                                 by May 11

to Traugott Koch (t.koch@xxxxxxxxxxx). Advance indication that you
intend to submit a presentation would be helpful. Proposals will be
peer-reviewed by the program committee and notification of acceptance
will be given by June 16. The early registration deadline for the
conference and the workshop is July 15.

After the workshop, copies of presentations will be made available on
the workshop website.
Presentations from the Workshop may be invited to be submitted as
extended paper to the electronic peer reviewed journal: Journal of
Digital Information, JoDI (http://jodi.tamu.edu).

The workshop aims to address key challenges for KOS posed by the
overlapping themes of
 * User-centred design issues
 * KOS Interoperability
 * KOS representations and service protocols
 * Terminology services
 * Social tagging

However, other NKOS topics can also be proposed. For inspiration, visit
the NKOS network website at: http://nkos.slis.kent.edu/

A significant feature of this NKOS workshop will be a special session
highlighting Semantic Web applications of KOS in Digital Libraries. This
builds on Semantic Web contacts established at previous NKOS workshops
at ECDL and represents a convergence of semantic Digital Library efforts
from the library world and Semantic Web communities. The session will
focus on theoretical and practical issues involved in building
next-generation Semantic Digital Libraries that provide machine support
for end-users in their search for content and information.
 * Deployment of Semantic Web methods in support of Knowledge
Organization systems and services

Submissions for this  "Semantic Web Special Session" are invited
according to the same procedures and should please be marked as such.
Further details see below.

Main Contact:

Traugott Koch
UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, UK,
Phone: +44 1225 383218
Fax: +44 1225-386256
E-mail: t.koch@xxxxxxxxxxx

Other organisers:

Sebastian Ryszard Kruk
DERI Galway, NUIG, Ireland

Marianne Lykke Nielsen,
Department of Information Studies, Royal School of Library and
Information Science, Aalborg Branch, Aalborg, Denmark

Douglas Tudhope,
Hypermedia Research Unit, School of Computing,
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK

For full details visit the workshop website:


Knowledge Organization Systems, such as classifications, gazetteers,
lexical databases, ontologies, taxonomies and thesauri, attempt to model
the underlying semantic structure of a domain. Modern digital
information systems afford more options for mapping and presenting
alternative orders of information than traditional physical libraries.
The digital environment offers more possibilities of presenting
information from different interests and discourses. Thus, the challenge
is as much intellectual as technical when we want to develop knowledge
organization systems that are useful and meaningful for the end-users
operating in complex, interdisciplinary knowledge domains. The workshop
would address the following general themes, although we will also remain
open to emergent issues:

* User-centred design issues: User-centred design strategies for KOS.
How to develop understandable and thorough descriptions of concepts and
terms? How to show and explain relationships? The challenge is to find
the appropriate level of explanation, clarity and conciseness.
Innovative visualisations of KOS content may assist - how to achieve
these in networked situations?
* KOS Interoperability: Cross-browsing and cross-searching between
distributed KOS services, mapping between terms, classes and systems,
mapping between KOS and ontologies. How to achieve semantic
* KOS representations and service protocols: A basic infrastructure is
needed in order to achieve programmatic access to KOS services. We need
to provide protocols for networked access to a variety of vocabularies
for different end users and applications. These require standard
representations in formats such as RDF/XML. What is the appropriate
granularity of base services to apply in evolving Web/Grid environments?
Why and how is the scalable and sustainable management of KOS mappings
* Terminology services: We need to identify and specify terminology
services for different applications, within a service-oriented
approach/architecture, building on the basic infrastructure.
* Social tagging: Participative user-based approaches to knowledge
organization and cataloguing are emerging and attracting significant
community support. What is the role of social tagging and informal
knowledge structures versus established KOS?

Semantic Web Special Session:

With the development of the Resource Description Framework (RDF), OWL
Web Ontology Language and Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS),
the W3C Semantic Web Activity promotes the deployment of technologies
for expressing, exchanging and processing metadata in a form processable
by machines.  The Dublin Core and related vocabularies of the Dublin
Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) represents a crucial contribution to
this growing suite of standards.

The goal of the special session is to support the deployment of Semantic
Web methods in support of Knowledge Organization systems and services.
The assumption underlying semantic digital libraries is that full-text
search cannot be the entire solution for the massively expanding
information space of emerging digital libraries.  Next-generation
digital library systems must also be able to handle well-defined
metadata describing the stored contents and provide machine support for
the end users in their search for content. One crucial first step is to
organize bibliographic metadata for automated interpretation by machines.

Major steps in this direction include:

   * Guidelines from the W3C Semantic Web Best Practice and
     Deployment Working Group.

   * The SKOS model for expressing mappings and existing concept
     structures such as thesauri, taxonomies and controlled
     vocabularies in a Semantic-Web-enabled form.

   * The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, which provides
     specifications on expressing Semantic-Web-conformant
     metadata in syntax languages such as XML and RDF/XML.

   * Prototypical Semantic Digital Library systems such as SIMILE,
     JeromeDL, and BRICKS.

   * Social Networking, a technology for collaborative
     filtering based on community-aware annotations.

   * WordNet, which organizes the vocabulary of the
     English language into synonym sets which are processable by
     machines for disambiguation.

Authors are encouraged to submit workshop contributions on these
and other related topics, such as:

   * Architecture and design of Semantic Digital Libraries
   * Case studies and application scenarios
   * Peer-to-peer solutions for interconnecting Semantic Digital
   * Enhanced semantic-aware search, browsing and retrieval
   * Integration of existing metadata into a Semantic Digital Library
   * Enabling ontologies, thesauri, and other controlled vocabularies
     for the Semantic Web

Program committee:

Hanne Albrechtsen, The Institute of Knowledge Sharing, Denmark
Thomas Baker, SUB - Goettingen State and University Library, Germany
Ron Davies, Information Consultant, Brussels, Belgium
Ian Davis, Talis, Birmingham, UK
Stefan Decker, Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National
University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Lois Delcambre, Computer Science Department, Portland State University, USA
Stella Dextre Clarke, Luke House, Wantage, UK
Martin Doerr, Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and
Technology (FORTH), Greece
Bernhard Haslhofer, ARC Seibersdorf Research, Studio Digital Memory
Engineering, Austria
Carlo Meghini, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione, Pisa,
Eva Mendez, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Alistair Miles, CCLRC - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK
Libby Miller, W3C, Bristol, UK
Erich Neuhold, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Axel Polleres, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain
Dagobert Soergel, University of Maryland, USA
Diane Vizine-Goetz, OCLC Research, USA
Marcia Zeng, Kent State Univ, USA


| TRAUGOTT KOCH, Research Officer. Research and Development,
| UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK
| Tel: +44 1225 383218
| E-mail: T.Koch@xxxxxxxxxxx
| Homepage: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ukoln/staff/t.koch/

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