SemWeb at CAA


A quick plug for the CAA session I’ll be chairing at CAA Williamsburg with Tom Elliott. If you’re interested in submitting we’d love to hear from you but be quick – the deadline is December 19th!

The Semantic Web: 2nd Generation Applications

Chairs: Leif Isaksen, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and
Tom Elliott, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
University, USA


Semantic Web technologies are increasingly touted as a potential
solution to the data integration and silo problems which are ever more
prevalent in digital archaeology. On other hand, there is still much
work to be done establishing best practices and useful tools. Now that
a number of projects have been undertaken by interdisciplinary
partnerships with Computer Science departments, it is time to start
drawing together the lessons learned from them in order to begin
creating second generation applications. These are likely to move away
from (or at least complement) the monolithic and large-scale
‘semanticization’ projects more appropriate to the museums community.
In their place we will need light-weight and adaptable methodologies
more suited to the time and cash-poor realities of contemporary

This session will be a forum in which to present current work,
appraise previous projects, identify best practices and look for
collaborative opportunities. Papers are invited which explore the use
of any Semantic technologies in archaeology – especially those
recommended by the W3C: RDF(S), OWL and SKOS. Subject matter may be
either abstract or with reference to a particular project but in
either case should seek to engage with the unique technical challenges
in this area. The target audience will have at least some previous
experience in this field so a reasonably high level of technical
discussion is expected. Specific areas of interest include (but are
not restricted to):

* The role of the CIDOC-CRM as a domain ontology in archaeology
* Integrating live legacy databases
* Ontology mapping and alignment
* Spatial and temporal semantics
* Barriers to uptake amongst non-IT professionals
* Top-down (e.g. ontology-based) vs. bottom up (e.g. RDF/a-based) approaches
* CoolURIs and stable web dissemination
* Coreferencing
* Triple- and quad-stores
* Trust, authentication and reification
* Semi-antics: integration with RSS/Atom and Web 2.0 technologies
* Visualization and interfaces

Technical demonstrations are also welcomed. The session will conclude
with time for general discussion and debate.