Rich Semantics and Direct Representation for Digital Collections


Workshop at JCDL ( Toronto, Ontario

2 PM June 22, 2017


Agenda: (full agenda with abstracts here)


                        Welcome and Overview:

                                    Bob Allen, Yonsei University



                                    Linked Ontologies for Open Social Identities

                                                Prof Susan Brown, University of Guelph, Canadian Research Chair,

                                                            President Canadian Society for Digital Humanities


                        Short Tutorial:           

                                    BFO and OBO

                                                Neil Otte (University of Buffalo)



                                    JazzCats - A Collection of Aggregated RDF Triples Tracing Performance History Through

                                         Musicological Data

                                                Daniel Bangert, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, and Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller (UNSW, Oxford University, Australia National University)




                                    ArgO: An Ontology for Arguments

                                                Neil Otte, Francesco Franda, Brian Donohue, John Beverley, Yonatan Schreiber, Alexander Cox and Jean-Baptiste Guillon

                                                            (University of Buffalo, Collège de France)


                                    The Ontology of Philosophical Contributions in the Semantic Wiki Summa Philosophiae

                                         and in Academic Journals.

                                                Jean-Baptiste Guillon (Collège de France)


                                    Rich Semantic Modeling to Support Direct Representation,

                                                Bob Allen (Yonsei University)







Rich semantics supports detailed information organization for the contents of documents, across documents, and even across resources in different modalities.  In its strongest form, rich semantics provides highly-structured direct representations. This workshop welcomes papers on new directions for frameworks using such rich information organization.  Rich semantics goes beyond simple models for linked data such as those using RDF-based triples and beyond ad hoc ontologies.  Rather, rich semantic frameworks may include complex entities, dynamic models, schemas, systems, and descriptive programs.  Interdisciplinary work which combines approaches from areas such as LIS, linguistics, programming languages, philosophy, jurisprudence, sociology, discourse, and system analysis, and intelligent agents is particularly welcome. Examples of services based on these high-level structures are also welcome.  In addition, the workshop will consider descriptions of rich semantic information organization in specific areas including biology, law, medicine, history, and biography.  Work on upper ontologies should go beyond existing frameworks or show how they can be applied to especially complex scenarios.  Work on text mining should emphasize significant, novel, and general semantic structures.

Topics Include (but are not limited to):

Highly Structured Research Reports

Structuring Linked Data

Knowledge Graphs

Structured Big Data

Community and Societal Models

Epistemology and Argumentation

Digital History and Structured Biographies

Descriptive Programs

Referent Tracking

Event Ontologies

Development and Management of Collections with Rich Semantics


Program Co-Chairs:

Robert B. ALLEN                                Yonsei University

Chris (Soo Guan) KHOO                     Nanyang Technological University

Karin VERSPOOR                              University of Melbourne



Program Committee:

Francis BOND                         Nanyang Technological University

Werner CEUSTERS                            University of Buffalo

Panos CONSTANTOPOULOS          Athens U. of Econ and Business

Eero HYONEN                                   Aalto U. and Helsinki U.

Nancy IDE                                           Vassar College

Yunhyong KIM                                     Glasgow University

Xia LIN                                               Drexel University

Thomas RISSE                         L3S Research Center, Hannover

Philip SCHEUER                                 Stanford University Library

Laura SLAUGHTER                            Oslo U. Hospital, U. of Oslo



Because this is a workshop in the true sense of the word, papers need not be polished research.  Well-reasoned, substantive position papers and works-in-progress are welcome.  Papers must be original work of the authors and must not have been presented in this form at any other conference.  Regular papers should be between 5 and 15 pages in length and submitted to the workshop link in EasyChair in EasyChair EPIC format  In addition to regular papers, two-page papers abstracts may be submitted for short presentations. The paper deadline is May 10 and with authors notified by May 25.  If you need an early decision in order to confirm travel plans, you can submit a paper before May 10 and the workshop may be able to give you a quick response. Note that such early decisions are at the discretion of the Program Committee and decisions on some early submissions may be deferred until May 25.  The workshop proceedings will be an overlay to archived copies of the papers in a permanent open-access repository such as or CEUR-WS.  The full proceedings will be hosted at the workshop web site and will include the overlay, the two-page abstracts, and photos.  Papers for which no authors attends the workshop or for which no final copy is provided by the start of the workshop will be dropped from the program.