WHiSe II is a symposium aimed at strengthening communication between scholars in the Digital Humanities and Semantic Web communities and discussing unthought-of opportunities arising from the research problems of the former. Its best-of-both-worlds format will accommodate the practices of scholarly dialogue in both fields by inviting visions, real systems and debate.
WHiSe is proudly co-located with the 16th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC)
Large digital libraries and cultural heritage aggregators have demonstrated the value of semantic technologies in the dissemination of catalogued data in the Humanities, also thanks to widely-adopted extensible conceptual models. However, the more recent digital research landscape in the Humanities has seen the rise of a multitude of application domains for Linked Data management techniques and Web ontologies, including the production of gazetteers and other concept schemes, annotated historical documents and even digital preservation of the intangible aspects of cultural, such as the performing arts.
As this emerging research ecosystem deals with the reality of the Semantic Web and the ever-growing data cloud under its aegis, it is important to reflect on the ways in which the Semantic Web community is serving the needs of these research networks which include historians, philologists, cultural critics, musicologists and artists. Are barriers to access to these systems and techniques inhibiting uptake in these scholarly areas? Are there research challenges of interest that humanists have not considered due to biased perceptions as to the utility of Linked Data? What problems do Humanities users experience when interacting with Semantic Web content and applications? What otherwise unseen opportunities might arise by confronting Semantic Web researchers with non-technical issues and needs stemming from cultural studies?
WHiSe II welcomes original research contributions crossing Humanities and the Semantic Web. Scholars who have conducted research or developed impactful applications are invited to submit full papers with appropriately evaluated contributions. WHiSe II also welcomes short vision or position papers on novel challenges or approaches to existing problems.
Topics on which potential submitters are invited to contribute include, but are not limited to:
Submissions in all the categories mentioned above (both full and short papers) will be peer-reviewed by acknowledged researchers familiar with both scientific communities. Accepted papers will be published as online proceedings courtesy of CEUR-WS.org.
Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
We welcome the following types of contributions:
All submissions must be PDF documents written in English and formatted according to LNCS instructions for authors.
Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management System. Page limits are inclusive of references and appendices, if any.
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