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Workshop on

Ontology-Driven Interoperability
for Cultural Heritage Objects

Joint DELOS-MultiMatch event - 15 February 2007
Grand Hotel Continental - Tirrenia, Pisa (Italy)

This event will be held as part of the DELOS Conference (13-14 February 2007).

Presentations and Position Papers are now available under Programme.
Full Working Notes are available here.



DELOS: Vittore Casarosa, ISTI-CNR, Italy
MultiMatch: Carol Peters, Alessandro Nardi, ISTI-CNR, Italy

Programme Committee

DELOS: Martin Doerr, FORTH, Greece; Carlo Meghini, ISTI-CNR, Italy; Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece.
MultiMatch: Giuseppe Amato, ISTI-CNR, Italy; Neil Ireson, University of Sheffield, UK; Johan Oomen, Sound and Vision, The Netherlands.
External Expert: Stefan Gradmann, University of Hamburg, Germany.

More and more people involved in the management and description of digital objects in the Cultural Heritage domain face similar problems when deciding on the most suitable metadata schema and conceptual reference framework to adopt. This workshop aims at bringing together experts in the field (both theoreticians and practitioners) to discuss what needs to be done to encourage the adoption of suitable standards that cover the current and emerging needs of the Cultural Heritage digital objects. Purpose of the workshop is to investigate the current state-of-the-art, identify common problems and issues, and hopefully formulate recommendations aimed at encouraging (i) adoption of standards, (ii) interoperability.

A few invited speakers will present some of the best known existing ontologies (CIDOC-CRM, MPEG-7, FRBR), followed by some representatives of Cultural Heritage institutions and projects briefly presenting the problems they are currently facing in this area and/or the solutions they are adopting. The idea is to investigate to what extent these well-known conceptual schemas can already be employed to provide exhaustive descriptions and to identify possible problem areas, based on the the experiences of relevant ongoing work. Another objective is to find a common ground for future work in this area.

The workshop is intended for people active in the field and is by invitation only, trying to limit the number of participants to a maximum of about 30. Please contact one of the organizers ( ; ) if you are interested in participating, stating your particular interests, or if you want to suggest possible participants.


09:00 - 09:15

Objectives of the Workshop and the MultiMatch Perspective

Carol Peters - ISTI-CNR, Italy

Neil Ireson - University of Sheffield, UK and
Johann Oomen - Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, The Netherlands
[Presentation - Paper]

09:15 - 10:00CIDOC CRM and an Integrated Approach to Semantic Interoperability
Martin Doerr - FORTH, Crete, Greece.
[Presentation - Paper]
10:00 - 10:45

FRBR: Is this the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship?
Maja Zumer - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
[Presentation - Paper]

10:45 - 11:15BREAK
11:15 - 12:00

Ontology-Driven Interoperability for MPEG-7
Chrisa Tsinaraki - Technical University of Crete, Greece.
[Presentation - Paper]


12:00 - 12:30

Panel Discussion on Open Issues
(Moderator: Stavros Christodoulakis - Technical University of Crete, Greece)

12:30 - 14:00LUNCH
14:00 - 16:00


  • EDLProject: Challenges of Multilingual Access to
    Multilingual European Content
    Maja Zumer - University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • Interoperability in the European Library: the Devil is in the
    Sjoerd Siebinga - The European Library Office, The Hague,
    The Netherlands
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • Semantic Interoperability via Ontology Mapping
    Andrea D'Andrea - Università L'Orientale, Napoli, Italy
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • Achieving Interoperability in the MichaelPlus Project
    Vassilis Tzouvaras - National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • Ontology Mapping in BRICKS
    Keven Kearney - Engineering, Italy
  • Semantical Interoperability with IMAGINATION Content
    using Standardized Ontologies

    Andreas Walter - IPE-FZI, Karlsruhe, Germany
    [Presentation -  Paper]
  • SKOS: a Model for Metadata Representation and Interoperability -
    Dutch Cultural Heritage Institution Thesaurus Conversion Use Case

    Véronique Malaisé - Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • The Perspective of the Text Encoding Initiative
    Øyvind Eide - University of Oslo, Norway
    [Presentation - Paper]
  • The European Commission Interoperability Group
    Stefan Gradmann - University of Hamburg, Germany
    [Presentation - Paper]
16:00 - 16:30BREAK
16:30 - 17:30Discussion and Wrap-Up Session
(Moderator: Stavros Christodoulakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece)

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MultiMatch - Multilingual/Multimedia Access to Cultural Heritage

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