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*                      Semantic Web and Reasoning for Cultural Heritage and 
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During the past few years, great and continually increasing scientific interest 
has been paid towards the efficient dissemination and management of the world's 
cultural assets on the Web. As more and more cultural heritage institutions 
tend to exploit World Wide Web's technologies in order to render their 
collections globally available, integrated access to this vast amount of 
content has become an imperative need. Traditionally, the main requisite for 
integrating diverse resources has been syntactic interoperability. However, in 
the more knowledge-intensive world of the Semantic Web a number of powerful 
techniques are offering the promise of knowledge-based management and retrieval 
instead of mere syntactic data exchange. In particular, techniques for 
obtaining semantic interoperability and reasoning over metadata and ontologies 
have been proven powerful tools towards this direction.

In the cultural heritage field, significant efforts have been initiated for 
achieving semantic-aware data integration, but many issues are still under 
discussion and problems remain unsolved. Hundreds of existing digital libraries 
and repository systems, responsible for gathering and disseminating digital 
objects originating from cultural assets, still lack common standards and best 
practices for properly ingesting and publishing knowledge. The community is 
looking for powerful semantic search and navigation mechanisms able to 
efficiently retrieve and interlink distributed, heterogeneous knowledge about 
cultural heritage. In addition, it is not clear what might be the most suitable 
evaluation techniques for analyzing the suggested methods and tools.


This special issue solicits contributions to the open problems of publishing 
cultural content on the Semantic Web, such as innovative techniques, tools,
case studies, comparisons, and theoretical advances. The papers should consider 
and present contributions towards representing semantic aspects of
cultural heritage information in the web environment, i.e. aspects of modeling, 
creating, aggregating, managing, publishing, and using content on
the Semantic Web in the cultural heritage field.

In particular, topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the 

    - Semantic-enabled search and recommending
    - Reasoning over cultural heritage information
    - Semantic content creation and annotation
    - Semantic integration of heterogeneous and contradicting information
    - Ontologies and vocabularies for cultural heritage
    - Linked heritage data and its applications
    - Semantic aging and ontology evolution
    - Evaluation of semantic techniques and systems
    - Web 2.0, collaborative systems, tagging, and user feedback
    - Semantic and mental maps of interlinked cultural content
    - Visualization techniques and paradigms
    - Success reports of in-use applications and projects


High-quality papers containing original research results on the above and 
related topics are solicited. Extended versions of papers previously
published in conferences and workshops are also welcome, provided that they are 
substantially expanded and improved. Authors should submit a manuscript
through the Semantic Web Journal on-line system, following the guidelines 
available at: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net/authors. Manuscripts
should have a length of 15-25 pages in IOS Press format. All submissions will 
undergo an open review process, according to the standards of the
Semantic Web Journal.

Important Dates

31/1/2011: Submission Deadline
31/3/2011: Author Notification
30/4/2011: Final Revisions
Summer 2011: Special Issue Publication

Guest Editors

Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos
    High Performance Information Systems Laboratory
    Computer Engineering and Informatics Dpt.
    University of Patras
    Patras-Rio, Greece

Eero Hyvönen
    Semantic Computing Research Group
    Department of Media Technology
    School of Science and Technology
    Aalto University
    E-mail: eero.hyvo...@tkk.fi<mailto:eero.hyvo...@tkk.fi>

Theodore S. Papatheodorou
    High Performance Information Systems Laboratory
    Computer Engineering and Informatics Dpt.
    University of Patras
    Patras-Rio, Greece
    E-mail: t...@hpclab.ceid.upatras.gr<mailto:t...@hpclab.ceid.upatras.gr>

Editorial Review Board

    - Harith Alani, the Open University, UK
    - Andreas Andreou, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
    - Panayiotis Bozanis, University of Thessaly, Greece
    - Kate Byrne, University of Edinburgh, UK
    - Christodoulos Chamzas, University of Thrace, Greece
    - Andrea D'Andrea, CISA Orientale University, Italy
    - Christophe Dupriez, DESTIN SSEB, Belgium
    - Achille Felicetti, PIN Prato, Italy
    - Kate Fernie, MDR Partners, UK
    - Antoine Isaac, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    - Sarantos Kapidakis, Ionian University, Greece
    - Tomi Kauppinen, University of Muenster, Germany
    - Stefanos Kollias, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
    - Werner Kuhn, University of Muenster, Germany
    - Ray Larson, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    - Thea Lindquist, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
    - Jacco van Ossenbrucken, CWI, the Netherlands
    - Bijan Parsia, Clark & Parsia LLC, USA
    - Tuukka Ruotsalo, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    - Christoph Schlieder, Bamberg University, Germany
    - Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
    - Rainer Simon, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
    - Giorgos Stoilos, University of Oxford, UK
    - Axel Vitzthum, Digicult SH, Germany

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