1st International Workshop on Ontologies for Digital Humanities and their Social Analysis (WODHSA)

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Part of The Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO) Episode V: The Styrian Autumn of Ontology.

The Joint Ontology WOrkshops (JOWO) is a venue of workshops that, together, address a wide spectrum of topics related to ontology research, ranging from Cognitive Science to Knowledge Representation, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Logic, Philosophy, and Linguistics.

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The purpose of the workshop is twofold: on the one hand, to gather original research work about both application and theoretical issues emerging in the elaboration of conceptual models, ontologies, and Semantic Web technologies for the Digital Humanities (DH) and, on the other hand, to collect studies on the philosophical and social impact of such models.

Concerning the former aim, a plethora of heterogeneous and multi-format data – including 3D models, photos, audio records, and documents on paper – is currently available in the Digital Humanities domain. Such huge amount of information, retrieved from different sources and contexts, disseminated in different and often isolated places, asks for principled methodologies and technologies to semantically characterize and possibly integrate data and data models for analysis, visualization, retrieval, and other purposes. Moreover, dedicated automated reasoning tools allow one to prove the consistency of conceptual models and to extract implicit information present in data to gain a deeper knowledge of the application domain at stake. Hence, research efforts towards the application or use of reasoning engines is of vital relevance.

With respect to the second aim, the workshop welcomes contributions that look at ontologies and conceptual models for the DH from a broader philosophical or sociological perspective and contextualize them within the debate on digital technologies or models in philosophy or science and technology studies (STS). The contributions are expected to analyze ontologies and conceptual models for the Digital Humanities, i.e., to shed some light on the (social, economic, political, etc.) interests that drive the development and adoption of computer models in the DH and the impact on the involved stakeholders and society at large.

The complementary character of these two kinds of contributions should allow both modelers and users to be more aware of the modeling choices behind models and applications and of the theories that constitute the background of such choices. This would enhance transparency and reliability of the adopted models and thus understanding and trust on the side of stakeholders and users.


Examples of research questions which would be interesting to discuss at the workshop:

  • What are the current challenges concerning the management of knowledge or data for the Digital Humanities?
  • What is the state of art about the use of ontologies and Semantic Web technologies in the Digital Humanities?
  • How do we model, characterize, and possibly integrate knowledge and data for the Digital Humanities?
  • What are the core concepts and relations that ontologies for the Digital Humanities need to cover? Are these concepts well conceptualized and represented in the ontologies currently available?
  • Can foundational ontologies or theories of formal ontology (e.g., mereology, theories of events, objects, qualities, etc.) support knowledge representation or data management tasks for the Digital Humanities?
  • How do we deal with the temporal dimension of Digital Humanities data sets, e.g., with the representation of historic events and past objects?
  • How do we deal with uncertain or fuzzy information in DH domains (e.g, uncertain discovery place of an archaeological find, fuzzy execution date of an artwork, etc.)?
  • Is there the need for coordinated national or international efforts towards the integration of ontologies or data models for the DH?
  • Which is the impact of the use of digital technologies for scholars in the humanities, and for  users and stakeholders?
  • Which is the impact of modeling choices on the DH domains at stake and on their users and stakeholders?





Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • The use of ontologies, conceptual models, or knowledge graphs for modeling, accessing, integrating, or reasoning over knowledge and data for e-culture portals, museums, archives, and libraries, among others. Research domains of interest include history, history of arts, theatre, literature, archeology, musicology, natural and cultural heritage (including architectural heritage), among others.
  • The use of standard conceptual models for the DH such as CIDOC-CRM or FRBR. The workshop welcomes the analysis, comparison, or integration of such standard models with respect to foundational ontologies such as BFO, DOLCE, or UFO among others, as well as formal ontology theories.
  • The use of ontology design patterns to support the development of ontologies for the DH.
  • The use of reasoning inference mechanisms to guarantee data consistency with respect to knowledge models or to reveal hidden information stored in the data.
  • Research and application challenges arising from the digitalization of DH data and their management through ontology-based information systems or applications.
  • The development of ontology-based information systems for the DH. We particularly welcome research or application papers exploiting the reasoning capabilities of Semantic Web ontologies, or using ontologies in tandem with relational databases (OBDA approaches).
  • Sociological analysis, modeling practices, and/or impact of the use of computer-based technologies (e.g., virtual reality for museums) in the DH.
  • Philosophical analysis of models and modeling practices in the DH.
  • Social studies on the policies towards the standardization of ontologies in the DH.





– Submission deadline: April 30, 2019

– Review notification: June 15, 2019

– Camera ready: July 15, 2019

– Workshop: September 23-25 (one day)





We welcome two types of submissions:

  • Research articles (not exceeding 12 pages, including the bibliography) for presenting original unpublished work, neither submitted to, nor accepted for, any other venue.
  • Extended abstracts (not exceeding 6 pages, including the bibliography) for presenting work in progress, brief descriptions of doctoral theses, or general overviews of research projects. However, please notice that, as a requisite for having the abstract published in the CEUR proceedings, this cannot be shorter than 5 pages in the IOS Press formatting template.





Papers should be submitted non-anonymously in PDF format following IOS Press formatting guidelines (downloadable here:


Papers should be uploaded via Easy Chair:





Articles and abstracts will be published by CEUR workshop proceedings ( For previous editions of JOWO proceedings, see





Marianna Nicolosi Asmundo, University of Catania, Italy;

Roberta Ferrario, Laboratory for Applied Ontology, ISTC-CNR, Italy;

Emilio M. Sanfilippo, Le Studium, Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, France.





Alessandro Adamou (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Valentina Bartalesi (ISTI-CNR, Pisa)

Arianna Betti (University of Amsterdam)

Enrico Daga (The Open University)

Martin Doerr (ICS-FORTH, Heraklion)

Øyvind Eide (University of Cologne)

Adam Fedyniuk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun)

Leif Isaksen (University of Exeter)

Ludger Jansen (Ruhr University, Bochum)

Albert Meroño Peñuela (University of Amsterdam)

Alessandro Mosca (University of Bolzano)

Silvio Peroni (University of Bologna)

Antonella Poggi (Università La Sapienza, Roma)

Giuseppe Primiero (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano)

Daria Spampinato (ISTC-CNR, Catania)

Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone (Politecnico di Bari)

Perrine Thuringer (University of Tours)

Jouni Tuominen (University of Helsinki)


For submission instructions, see the Deadlines and Submission page.

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