SWH3L 2019: 1st International Workshop on Semantic Web for Historical and Legacy Linguistic and Lexicographic Data

October 26-27, 2019
Co-located with ISWC 2019
Auckland, New Zealand

Workshop Description

Historical, legacy and indigenous language resources are becoming available on the web in response to open access policies adopted by public and private research institutions. Legacy data of historical, cultural and linguistic importance has a significant role in supporting the research endeavour of fellow scientists across different domains. This emerging trend presents a new challenge for the institutions on how to efficiently open up their legacy data to deliver semantically rich, interlinked and interoperable dataset. Ontologies provide semantics to enrich such resources and serve the basis for publishing such data using Linked Open Data(LOD) platforms. However, existing ontologies and platforms do not provide comprehensive coverage to domain-specific requirements of the institutions and the target users. This trend further provides a new opportunity to bridge the among domain digital humanity researchers, linguists, NLP practitioners and computer scientists by making rich domain-specific models to semantically uplift the collections, efficiently interlink the resources using LOD principles and enhance the discovery of the resources by human users and computer agents.

To this end, it becomes very crucial for both institutional and individual users to come together to discuss and share the experiences on the semantic publishing of legacy data on the LOD platforms. The proposed workshop is focused on the challenges and opportunities of data-driven humanities and brings together scientists and scholars at the forefront of this emerging field, at the interface between the digital humanities, history, anthropology, lexicography, linguistics, as well as computer science.

Many historical, socio-cultural and linguistic research centres, national archives and museums are adopting open access policy to promote efficient utilisation of their resources by the general public. However, much of the legacy data lacks detailed semantics to be used and exploited by non-expert users. Semantic web technologies are capable of enriching the data with required semantics, however existing ontologies and available models do not fully support the domain-specific requirements of users.

As institutions plan to make public records accessible to the general public, more and more domain-specific information will become available and linking such data in the LOD cloud will attract significant attention. Thus, opening a discussion platform that brings various stakeholders such as digital humanity experts, linguists, NLP experts, computer scientist and ontology engineers together to present their work and share their experiences is of paramount importance.

Call for Papers - Topics

Submission of research papers (short and long) is via the SWH3L-2019 EasyChair page . Detailed submission instructions can be found on the SWH3L-2019 submission page.

We are interested in a wide range of semantic web topics which are of relevance for digital humanities, history and language in general.

Representation and modelling of cultural, literacy, historical and legacy language resources and lin- guistic data

– Semantic modelling and representation of legacy Linguistic Linked Open Data (LLOD).
– Ontologies for modelling language resources.
– Semantic representation of lexicographic resources.
– Semantic annotation, enrichment and use of multilingual lexicographic resources.
– Ontology development, alignment and mapping for representing language resources including
monolingual and multilingual dictionaries, thesaurus, etc.
– Ontologies for representing evolution of linguistic resources.
– Ontologies for representing the life cycle of legacy language resources from collection to publica-
tion to use.
– Semantic exploration method of cultural, historical and legacy texts.
– Ontologies for representing cultural, historical and legacy speech data.
– Linked Digital Libraries and semantic archives.
– Entity Linking of cultural, historical and legacy data.
– Development of Vocabulary for cultural, historical and legacy texts.
– Ethics and values of using semantic web and linked data for cultural, historical and legacy texts.
– Use cases discussing semantic publishing of LLOD.
– Challenges and lessons learned during semantic publishing of LLOD.

Applications of semantic web technologies and linguistic resources

– Methods and tools for the integration of language resources for NLP applications
– Using LOD to connect lexicographic resources.
– Using LOD for evolutionary linguistic research.
– Using semantic web for digital humanities.
– Linking language resources and external community resources.
– Ontology-based framework for historical and legacy data analysis.
– Use cases demonstrating integration and consumption of LLOD by autonomous systems including
chatbots, question answering systems, etc.

Interoperability and interlinking of LLOD resources in the web

– Research in the area of interoperability of language resources across different applications, lan-
guages and locales
– Use cases demonstrating interoperability of language resources improving application perfor-
– Challenges and lessons learned from the integration and interoperability of language resources.
– Challenges in semantic modelling of language resources.
– Challenges of integration of LLOD resources in machine translation applications

Methods and tools for developing multilingual LLOD


  • Chair: Eveline Wandl-Vogt

  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt is experimentalist, foundress and coordinator of exploration space at the Austrian Academy of Sciences Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and best practice example for open innovation of the Austrian government. Eveline is as well research affiliate at metaLAB (at) Harvard. Exploration space is an open space for innovation and experimentation for the networked humanities with the aim of stimulating, designing, enabling and scientifically analyzing new forms of knowledge production at the interface of science, technology and society. Exploration space, a vivid collaboration framework between artists, business companies, citizens, practitioners and scientists, prototypes the open innovation research infrastructure (OI-RI) designed under the leadership of Eveline in an European consortium in 2017. Based on the mission of knowledge4development and against the background of a RRI mission statement, Eveline aims to apply open innovation methods and practices in humanities, contributing to the agenda2030 and the achievement of the sustainable development goals.Her current projects deal with re-inventing the genre of the dictionary and prototyping the post dictionary. She focuses on knowledge science and digital transformation in the humanities and is experimenting with arts, exponential strategies, open innovation and data company mindset to innovate humanities. Eveline acts as research manager and initiator on various international boards. She serves as expert in various global initiatives, mainly in the area of technical and social infrastructures, such as ADHO, ALLEA, COST actions, DARIAH, ECSA, and standarization bodies. Eveline is a network facilitator, passionate to create cross-sectoral, cross-organizational value driven innovation networks of purpose. For more information go to LinedIn

  • Co-chair: Professor Asif Ekbal

  • Dr. Asif Ekbal is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India. Prior to joining to IIT Patna he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in University of Trento, Italy and Heidelberg University, Germany. His current research interests include Natural Language Processing, information extraction, machine learning applications, Opinion Mining, and Text mining. In these areas he has authored or coauthored around 100 papers in the journals like ACM TALIP, Knowledge based Systems, Knowledge Engineering etc.; and conferences like ACL, COLING, EACL, IJCNLP, ECAI etc. Google scholar citation which is the benchmark of Computer Science shows his citation count of 1593 with h5-index of 22. He is the recipient of the Best Innovative Project Award from the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), JSPS Invitation Fellowship from the Govt. of Japan and Visesvaraya Young Faculty Research Fellowship Award from Govt of India.

    Program Committee

  • John McCrae, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Marc Spaniol, Normandy University, France
  • Seamus Lawless, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Pedro Rangel Henriques, Minho University, Portugal
  • Declan O'Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Rob Brennan, Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Frédéric Clavert, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Roger Evans, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Fabrizio Orlandi, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Jeremy Debattista, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Christophe Debruyne, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Robert Allen, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Solomon Gizaw, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Andrea Nanetti, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Christian Gudehus, University of Bochum, Germany
  • Amelie Dorn, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • Adam Kosto, Columbia University, USA
  • Organizing Committee

    Mohammed Hasanuzzaman, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland
    Rejwanul Haque, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland
    Yalemisew Abgaz, ADAPT Centre, Dublin City University, Ireland

    Important Dates

    Submission Deadline: Friday, July 5 – 23:59 EST (New York City Time) [ Current EST ]
    Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, July 24
    Camera-ready Papers Due: Thursday, August 16
    Workshop: Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27

    Submission Information

    We invite the submission of original research results related to the areas of the workshop.
    – Research papers (maximum 10 pages (excluding references) LNCS style ) should present mature work and established results.
    – Short papers (maximum 6 pages (excluding references) LNCS style) may present proposed research directions, initial results etc.
    – Final versions will be given one additional page of content so that reviewers' comments can be taken into account.
    – Submissions should be in English and be submitted in PDF.
    – Submission of the papers should be done through the SWH3L-2019 EasyChair page .
    – Abstracts may consist of up to two (2) pages of content, plus unlimited references.

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