SW4CH 2017

Second International Workshop on Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage

In Conjunction with 21st East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS 2017)

Nicosia, Cyprus, September 24-27, 2017

Call for papers

Cultural Heritage is gaining a lot of attention from academic and industry perspectives. Scientific researchers, organizations, associations, schools are looking for relevant technologies for annotating, integrating, sharing, accessing, visualizing, analyzing the mine of cultural data, taking also into account profiles and preferences of end users. Several national (CATCH in the Netherlands, FinnONTO in Finland, and KMM in Sweden, PATRIMA in France, etc.) and European programmes (EUROPEANA, PARTHENOS) have been launched to these directions.

If most of cultural information systems developed in these programmes begin to process data based on the syntactic, or structural level, without leveraging the rich semantic structures underlying the content, during the last decade Semantic Web solutions have also been proposed to explicit these semantics structures and make them machine operable and interoperable. In parallel, resources such as the CIDOC-CRM’s ecosystem have matured. As institutions bring their data to the Semantic Web level, the tasks of data integrating, sharing, mining, analyzing, visualizing, etc. are now to be conceived in this new and very rich framework.

Several large conferences on Semantic Web exist, and several large conferences on Digital Humanities including Cultural Heritage topics exist. As data is at the core of Cultural Heritage systems, we chose ADBIS, a conference centered on database and information system topics, to host the Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage workshop. We want it to be a forum for interdisciplinary research teams, involved in Semantic Web solutions for Cultural Heritage. Interdisciplinarity is inherent here, as the Semantic Web is a matter of computer and data scientists, while the Cultural Heritage field brings together actors from various Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. In this novel collaboration space, it is crucial to have places and times to meet, share and discuss methods, tools, knowledge and understanding from different points of views.


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

Ontologies and Vocabularies for Cultural Heritage

  • User Requirements life cycle for Cultural Heritage
  • Vocabularies, thesauri, metadata schemas, and ontologies
  • Semantic Web content creation, annotation, and extraction
  • Ontology creation, extraction, and evolution
  • Ontology mapping, merging, and alignment
  • Use and development of standards, such as SKOS, etc.
  • Developments and applications of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM)
  • Virtual Cultural Heritage collections
  • Integration of virtual and physical collections
  • Ontology design patterns for Cultural Heritage

Interaction, explicitation of Semantics of Cultural Heritage

  • Search, query, and visualization of the Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web
  • Search of virtual and integrated Cultural Heritage collections
  • Personalized access of Cultural Heritage collections
  • Contex-aware information presentation
  • Navigation and browsing
  • Facet browsers
  • Interactive user interfaces
  • Social aspects in Cultural Heritage access and presentation
  • Trust and provenance issues in mixed collection and mixed vocabulary applications

Usage and application of Semantic Web for Cultural Heritage

  • Creative industries
  • Tourist services
  • Museums
  • Digital Libraries
  • Integration of virtual and physical collections
  • Ambient Cultural Heritage
  • Mobile museum guides
  • Web-based museum guides
  • Applications with clear lessons learned

Knowledge discovery, semantic web Cultural Heritage architectures

  • Reasoning strategies (e.g. context, temporal, spatial)
  • Machine learning and NLP techniques
  • Cultural Heritage services
  • Peer-to-peer Cultural Heritage architectures
  • E-infrastructures for Cultural Heritage

Submission Information

A volume with workshop papers will be published by Springer in the Communications in Computer and Information Science series (http://www.springer.com/series/7899), for distribution among workshop participants during the workshop. Camera-ready papers are to be prepared in LaTeX (detailed instructions will be provided).

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. For more details, please consult http://cyprusconferences.org/adbis2017/workshops.html.

Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop. Each paper will be reviewed by at least two Program Committee members. Duplicate submissions are not allowed, i.e. submitted papers must not overlap substantially with any other papers of the same author(s) submitted elsewhere (i.e. journal, conference, workshop etc.).

Workshop papers must not exceed 10 pages in the LNCS format and must comply with the LNCS formatting guidelines available at http://www.springer.com/series/7899 (see the link "Instructions for Authors" in the right hand side).

Papers must be submitted electronically in PDF, using this link: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sw4ch2017

Important Dates

  • April 7, 2017 April 21, 2017 - Paper submission
  • June 2, 2017 - Paper notification
  • June 25, 2017 - Camera-ready papers
  • September 24, 2017 - SW4CH 2017 Workshop


Workshop Co-Chairs

Program Committee

  • Trond Aalberg, IDI, NTNU, Norway
  • Carmen Brando, EHESS-CRH, Paris, France
  • Benjamin Cogrel, KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data, Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
  • Donatello Conte, LI, University François Rabelais Tours, France
  • Peter Haase, Metaphacts, Walldorf, Germany
  • Mirian Halfeld Ferrari Alves, LIFO, University of Orléans, France
  • Katja Hose, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Efstratios Kontopoulos, MKLAB, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Cvetana Krstev, Library and Information Science Department, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Nikolaos Lagos, Xerox, Grenoble, France
  • Denis Maurel, LI, University François Rabelais Tours, France
  • Carlo Meghini, CNR/ISTI, Pisa, Italy
  • Isabelle Mirbel, WIMMMICS, University Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Alessandro Mosca, SIRIS Academic, S.L., Barcelona, Spain
  • Dmitry Muromtsev, ITMO University, Russia
  • Cheikh Niang, AUF, Paris, France
  • Xavier Rodier, Laboratoire Archéologie et Territoires, University François Rabelais Tours, France
  • Maria Theodoridou, FORTH ICS, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
  • Genoveva Vargas-Solar, University of Grenoble, France
  • Dusko Vitas, Computer Science Department, University of Belgrade, Serbia