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Semantic Interoperability for e-Research

in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Imperial College Internet Institute


Meeting Date:

30 March 2006, 9:30am-18:00pm

Meeting Place:

London, England

Meeting Site:

Imperial College
Kensington, London

Organized By:

Imperial College


The Imperial College Internet Centre, CIDOC CRM Special Interest Group, DELOS and AHRC e-
Science Support Centre, invite you to attend a workshop focusing on the problems of semantic
interoperability for e-Research in the Sciences, Arts and Humanities which is intended to examine
research challenges and strategies in the areas of knowledge management, information search, retrieval
and integration, semantic interoperability and knowledge extraction, with the goal of breaking down the
artificial barriers between these disciplines and forging a common research agenda for working across
these traditionally separate domains. The central aim of this workshop is to bring together a group of
international researchers from the arts, humanities and sciences to clarify the extent to which recent
advances in semantic web and e-Science technologies can offer generic solutions to a wide range of
application areas, to examine and challenge preconceptions about the creation and implementation of
non-domain specific ontologies, to evaluate ontology driven semantic interoperability as a strategy for
developing knowledge technologies across multiple heterogeneous collections, and to access new
methods of research that naturally follow from the use of these new technologies. Presentations will be
offered in the areas of Biodiversity, Chemistry, Environmental Informatics, Knowledge Organisation
Systems, Mapping Technologies, Cultural Heritage in Museums, Libraries and Archives. The workshop
will close with a common discussion.
Presentations and a summary of the discussion will be published on the Web. There is no fee for
attending this workshop, but pre-registration is required: please notify Dolores Iorizzo, Imperial College
Internet Centre, if you plan to attend (

Dolores Iorizzo

Workshop Program

Thursday 30 of March 2006

09:30 - 9.35 Welcome and Introduction
Professor John Darlington, Director, Imperial College Internet Centre
09.35 - 10.00 "Data Webs: Web 2.0 Alternative to Databases"
David Shotton, Image Bioinformatics Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
10.00 - 10.30 "Ontologies for Sharing, Ontologies for Use"
Chris Catton, Image Bioinformatics Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
10.30 - 11.00 "The Complexity of Knowledge in Biodiversity"
Andrew Jones, Computer Science, Cardiff University
Malcolm Scoble, Natural History Museum, London
11.00 - 11.30 "CIDOC CRM Knowledge Mapping in Biodiversity"
Karl-Heinz Lampe, Head of Biodiversity Informatics, Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn
11.30 - 12.00 "Mapping Domain Thesauri to the CIDOC CRM for Semantic Interoperability of Data Archives"
Doug Tudhope, School of Computing, University of Glamorgan
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.30 "Semantic Interoperability in Chemistry"
Henry Rzepa, Dept. of Chemistry, Imperial College London
14.30 - 15.00 "Waking from a Dogmatic Slumber: A Different View of Knowledge Management for Digital Libraries"
Martin Doerr, Centre for Cultural Informatics, Foundation for Research and Technology, Crete (FORTH)
15.00 - 15.30 "Harmonising not Harming: Toward an Object-Oriented Formulation of the FRBR-CRM Ontology"
Patrick Le Boeuf, Bibliotec Nationale, Paris
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00 - 16.30 "Semantic Integration and Interoperability in European Digital Cultural Heritage Collections"
Matthew Addis, IT Innovations, Southampton
16.30 - 17.00 "CRM Core: Multimedia Interoperability for Cultural Heritage?"
Patrick Sinclair, Dept of Computing (Intelligence, Agents and Multimedia Group), University of Southampton
17.00 - 17.45 Plenary Session and Discussion
17.50 - 18.00 Closing Remarks
Martin Doerr, Dolores Iorizzo and Lorna Hughes


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