[CogSci] First Call for Papers - 1st International Workshop on Ontologies for Digital Humanities and their Social Analysis - WODHSA at JOWO2019

Marianna Nicolosi Asmundo nicolosi at dmi.unict.it
Tue Feb 26 06:50:19 PST 2019

1st International Workshop on Ontologies for Digital Humanities and  
their Social Analysis (WODHSA)

WODHSA 2019 Webpage: http://www.loa.istc.cnr.it/WODHSA/

Part of The Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO) Episode V: The Styrian  
Autumn of Ontology.

The Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO) is a venue of workshops that,  
together, address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology  
research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation,  
Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic,  
Philosophy, and Linguistics.

JOWO 2019 Webpage: https://www.iaoa.org/jowo/2019/


The purpose of the workshop is twofold: on the one hand, to gather  
original research work about both application and theoretical issues  
emerging in the elaboration of conceptual models, ontologies, and  
Semantic Web technologies for the Digital Humanities (DH) and, on the  
other hand, to collect studies on the philosophical and social impact  
of such models.

Concerning the former aim, a plethora of heterogeneous and  
multi-format data ? including 3D models, photos, audio records, and  
documents on paper ? is currently available in the Digital Humanities  
domain. Such huge amount of information, retrieved from different  
sources and contexts, disseminated in different and often isolated  
places, asks for principled methodologies and technologies to  
semantically characterize and possibly integrate data and data models  
for analysis, visualization, retrieval, and other purposes. Moreover,  
dedicated automated reasoning tools allow one to prove the consistency  
of conceptual models and to extract implicit information present in  
data to gain a deeper knowledge of the application domain at stake.  
Hence, research efforts towards the application or use of reasoning  
engines is of vital relevance.

With respect to the second aim, the workshop welcomes contributions  
that look at ontologies and conceptual models for the DH from a  
broader philosophical or sociological perspective and contextualize  
them within the debate on digital technologies or models in philosophy  
or science and technology studies (STS). The contributions are  
expected to analyze ontologies and conceptual models for the Digital  
Humanities, i.e., to shed some light on the (social, economic,  
political, etc.) interests that drive the development and adoption of  
computer models in the DH and the impact on the involved stakeholders  
and society at large.

The complementary character of these two kinds of contributions should  
allow both modelers and users to be more aware of the modeling choices  
behind models and applications and of the theories that constitute the  
background of such choices. This would enhance transparency and  
reliability of the adopted models and thus understanding and trust on  
the side of stakeholders and users.

Examples of research questions which would be interesting to discuss  
at the workshop:

- What are the current challenges concerning the management of  
knowledge or data for the Digital Humanities?

- What is the state of art about the use of ontologies and Semantic  
Web technologies in the Digital Humanities?

- How do we model, characterize, and possibly integrate knowledge and  
data for the Digital Humanities?

- What are the core concepts and relations that ontologies for the  
Digital Humanities need to cover? Are these concepts well  
conceptualized and represented in the ontologies currently available?

- Can foundational ontologies or theories of formal ontology (e.g.,  
mereology, theories of events, objects, qualities, etc.) support  
knowledge representation or data management tasks for the Digital  

- How do we deal with the temporal dimension of Digital Humanities  
data sets, e.g., with the representation of historic events and past  

- How do we deal with uncertain or fuzzy information in DH domains  
(e.g, uncertain discovery place of an archaeological find, fuzzy  
execution date of an artwork, etc.)?

- Is there the need for coordinated national or international efforts  
towards the integration of ontologies or data models for the DH?

- Which is the impact of the use of digital technologies for scholars  
in the humanities, and for  users and stakeholders?

- Which is the impact of modeling choices on the DH domains at stake  
and on their users and stakeholders?


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

- The use of ontologies, conceptual models, or knowledge graphs for  
modeling, accessing, integrating, or reasoning over knowledge and data  
for e-culture portals, museums, archives, and libraries, among others.  
Research domains of interest include history, history of arts,  
theatre, literature, archeology, musicology, natural and cultural  
heritage (including architectural heritage), among others.

- The use of standard conceptual models for the DH such as CIDOC-CRM  
or FRBR. The workshop welcomes the analysis, comparison, or  
integration of such standard models with respect to foundational  
ontologies such as BFO, DOLCE, or -UFO among others, as well as formal  
ontology theories.

- The use of ontology design patterns to support the development of  
ontologies for the DH.

- The use of reasoning inference mechanisms to guarantee data  
consistency with respect to knowledge models or to reveal hidden  
information stored in the data.

- Research and application challenges arising from the digitalization  
of DH data and their management through ontology-based information  
systems or applications.

- The development of ontology-based information systems for the DH. We  
particularly welcome research or application papers exploiting the  
reasoning capabilities of Semantic Web ontologies, or using ontologies  
in tandem with relational databases (OBDA approaches).

- Sociological analysis, modeling practices, and/or impact of the use  
of computer-based technologies (e.g., virtual reality for museums) in  
the DH.

- Philosophical analysis of models and modeling practices in the DH.

- Social studies on the policies towards the standardization of  
ontologies in the DH.


- Submission deadline: April 30, 2019
- Review notification: June 15, 2019
- Camera ready: July 15, 2019
- Workshop: September 23-25 (one day)


We welcome two types of submissions:

- Research articles (not exceeding 12 pages, including the  
bibliography) for presenting original unpublished work, neither  
submitted to, nor accepted for, any other venue.

- Extended abstracts (not exceeding 6 pages, including the  
bibliography) for presenting work in progress, brief descriptions of  
doctoral theses, or general overviews of research projects. However,  
please notice that, as a requisite for having the abstract published  
in the CEUR proceedings, this cannot be shorter than 5 pages in the  
IOS Press formatting template.


Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS  
Press formatting guidelines (downloadable here:  

Papers should be uploaded via Easy Chair:

Articles and abstracts will be published by CEUR workshop proceedings  
(http://ceur-ws.org/index.html). For previous editions of JOWO  
proceedings, see https://www.iaoa.org/jowo/


Marianna Nicolosi Asmundo, University of Catania, Italy;
Roberta Ferrario, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy;
Emilio M. Sanfilippo, Le Studium, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced  
Studies, France.


Alessandro Adamou (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Valentina Bartalesi (ISTI-CNR, Pisa)
Arianna Betti (University of Amsterdam)
Enrico Daga (The Open University)
Øyvind Eide (University of Cologne)
Adam Fedyniuk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun)
Leif Isaksen (University of Exeter)
Ludger Jansen (Ruhr University, Bochum)
Albert Meroño Peñuela (University of Amsterdam)
Alessandro Mosca (SIRIS Lab Research)
Silvio Peroni (University of Bologna)
Antonella Poggi (Università La Sapienza, Roma)
Giuseppe Primiero (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone (Politecnico di Bari)
Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano)
Perrine Thuringer (University of Tours)
Jouni Tuominen (University of Helsinki)

Marianna Nicolosi Asmundo
Dipartimento di Matematica ed Informatica
Università di Catania
Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania Italy
Tel: +39 095 7383054
E-mail:   nicolosi at dmi.unict.it
Homepage: http://www.dmi.unict.it/~nicolosi/

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