Call for Presentations and demos

The 10th European NKOS workshop will take place as part of TPDL (formerly ECDL) 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 26th June 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: 17th July 2011
  • Workshop: 28th-29th September 2011

Proposals are invited for the following:

  1. Presentations (typically 20 minutes plus discussion time, potentially longer if warranted) on work related to the themes of the workshop (see below).
  2. Demos on work related to the themes of the workshop (see below).

Please email proposals (maximum 1000 words for presentations and 500 words for demos, including aims, methods, main findings and underlying work, relevance to themes of workshop) by June 26th to Traugott Koch ( Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the programme committee and notification of acceptance will be given by July 17th.

After the workshop, copies of presentations will be made available on the workshop website. Presentations from the workshop may be encouraged to be submitted as extended papers for peer reviewed journal publication.

Themes for the 10th NKOS workshop will be:

Proposed session on the two interrelated issues

  1. Relation between ontologies and (other) KOS. Exploring the relationship between formal ontologies, a type of KOS designed to support reasoning and other operations executed by computer programs, and KOS to support sensemaking by people. Is there a difference in content or just in presentation? Relationship of domain thesauri to upper ontologies such as the CIDOC CRM.
  2. From KOS to formal ontologies and back? Repurposing and reengineering of KOS (for other usage scenarios than indexing). The session should investigate, based on practical experiences, motivations and approaches of repurposing of KOS, the resulting varieties of formal ontologies, problems and potential benefits. An issue should as well be upgrades and benefits in the opposite direction, from “enriched” ontologies to the originating and contributing KOS.
  3. Further timely topics for submissions include:

  4. Management and integration of multiple vocabulary types, such as thesauri, terminologies, synonym rings etc.
  5. SKOS extensions. What extensions to SKOS would be needed to cover advanced mapping and vocabulary integration, additional KOS types and other actual requirements?
  6. Library Linked Data: Linking KOS data on the web. How can KOS contribute to move towards the linked data applications? What kinds of KOS-based services are needed to take advantage of linked data? How to keep the meaning of (disambiguated) terms in linked data?
  7. A regular and important area of topics in NKOS workshops are applications of KOS. This year, one or more of the following are especially welcome:

  8. KOS in e-Science metadata contexts. The intersection between research data, KOS and Semantic web is in the focus here.
  9. Social tagging. What is the role of social tagging and informal knowledge structures versus established KOS? (How) can tagging be guided and informed by KOS? The possible contribution of social tagging and informal knowledge structures to constructing and augmenting established KOS. Implications for social search.
  10. Design and implementation of KOS for extended roles in networked systems; roles, such as access points in information retrieval, description and understanding of content, tool for personalization or automated categorization.
  11. Users interaction with KOS in the networked environment.
  12. Quality issues in web-based KOS. How to identify and detect shortcomings in data quality and what to do to improve KOS on the web?
  13. KOS and learning. What is required to use KOS effectively to convey meaning, to assist users to express their information needs, to assist in sensemaking and learning?
  14. Other NKOS topics can also be proposed. For inspiration, please visit the NKOS network website at:

Main contact

Traugott Koch
Max Planck Digital Library, Berlin, Germany.

Other organizers

Philipp Mayr, Douglas Tudhope and Marianne Lykke.

The submissions will be reviewed by the following members of the Programme Committee: Stella Dextre Clarke, Claudio Gnoli, Bernhard Haslhofer, Gail Hodge, Antoine Isaac, Eva Mendez, Alistair Miles, Vivien Petras, Aida Slavic, Dagobert Soergel, Diane Vizine-Goetz, Marcia Zeng; by the organizers and potentially further specially invited experts.