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WHiSe 2020 : Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web


When May 31, 2020 - Jun 1, 2020
Where Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Submission Deadline Mar 9, 2020
Notification Due Mar 27, 2020
Categories    semantic web   digital humanities   linked data

Call For Papers

==== Call for Papers (WHiSe 2020) ====
3rd Workshop on Humanities in the Semantic Web - WHiSe

Date: May 31 or June 1, 2020 (to be decided)
Venue: Heraklion, Crete, Greece (co-located with ESWC 2020)
Hashtag: #whise2020
Twitter: @whiseworkshop
Site: -

Workshop chairs:
- Alessandro Adamou - Data Science Institute, NUI Galway, Ireland
- Enrico Daga - The Open University, UK
- Albert Meroño-Peñuela - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

**Please see for up to date information**


The emergence of affordable computational methods for the collection, enhancement and analysis of data generated en masse has helped shape several fields, such as social sciences, into structured research fields. Digital Humanities are enjoying such a transformation to the point that their very boundaries and methodological foundations are being called into question. The quality and relevance of findings obtained from the thorough, human-driven analysis of a few sources, compared to unsupervised large-scale analytics on masses of data, is a fervent ongoing debate; and yet, the latter cannot prescind from a conscious effort in shaping the world to which the analyses need to relate. This has largely taken the form of knowledge modelling efforts, from which many ontologies, controlled vocabularies and conceptual models like CIDOC-CRM, the Europeana Data Model and FRBRoo have arisen. However, other fields traditionally less reliant on machine-readable data have seen the emergence of ‘ecological’ communities with an approach to the Web of Data. Recent examples include Transforming Musicology for music and musicology and Linked Pasts for history and archaeology.

The WHiSe workshop series was conceived from a reflection on the extent to which the Semantic Web community is serving the needs of historians, philologists, cultural critics, musicologists and other humanists that generally:

(1) cannot always rely on masses of structured data;
(2) deal with vague, fragmentary, uncertain, contradictory and yet still valuable evidence that poses a challenge even to Artificial Intelligence research per se;
(3) have good reason to value the systematic investigation of a few sources but intend to push the boundaries by exploring the potential of automated analytical findings on masses of content.
WHiSe also probes for interest in genuinely new Semantic Web research questions inspired by processes in Digital Humanities. It addresses both aspects by promoting dialogue between humanists who employ or are contemplating semantic technologies, and Semantic Web scholars providing accounts of applied research in the Humanities.

WHiSe 2020 welcomes original research contributions crossing Humanities and the Semantic Web. Scholars who have conducted research or developed impactful applications are invited to submit full papers with appropriately evaluated contributions. WHiSe also welcomes vision/position papers on novel challenges or approaches to existing problems as well as demos and preliminary results (short papers). Topics on which potential submitters are invited to contribute include, but are not limited to:

Construction and use of Humanities Knowledge Graphs
Knowledge base generation from classical texts
Linking data within and across gazetteers
Semantic enrichment of data from historical records and biographies
Ecosystems, infrastructures and process descriptions for linking data in the Humanities
Linked Digital Libraries and semantic archives
Semantic search in humanities data
Social semantics and network analysis of humanities data
Ontology adoption in specific domains in the Humanities
Computational methods for the prosopography of historical figures
Capturing, modelling and reasoning on musical data
The role of ontologies and controlled vocabularies in data preservation
Contribution of Linked Data to the successful application of machine learning and deep learning methods in Digital Humanities
Criticism of Semantic Web standards from the point of view of humanities scholarship
Knowledge bottlenecks, practical difficulties and usability of Linked Data and Knowledge technologies by cultural institutions and Humanities scholars
Ethical issues in using Semantic Web and Linked Data
Utopic / dystopic visions of the Semantic Web of the future
Submissions in all the categories mentioned above (full and short papers) will be peer-reviewed by acknowledged researchers familiar with both scientific communities. Accepted papers will be published as online proceedings courtesy of


Submission deadline: March 9, 2020 (Extended)
Notification to authors: March 27, 2020
Camera-ready due on: April 10, 2020
Workshop day: May 31 or June 1, 2020 (to be decided)


We welcome the following types of contributions:

- Full papers (up to 12 pages)
- Short papers (up to 6 pages)

All papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the workshop.
Short papers may report preliminary results, demos, or discuss a novel problem relevant to the community.
Authors of accepted short papers may be required to present their work as a poster.

Every submitted paper must represent original and unpublished work: it must not be under
review or accepted elsewhere and there must be a significantly clear element of novelty
distinguishing a submitted paper from any other prior publication or current submission.

All submissions must be PDF documents written in English and formatted according to LNCS
instructions for authors
Page limits are inclusive of references and appendices, if any. Papers are to be submitted
through the Easychair Conference Management System (
Please note that paper submissions to WHiSe are not anonymous.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop, in order to
present the paper there, and to the conference. For further instructions please refer to
the ESWC 2020 page (

# PROGRAM COMMITTEE (to be extended).

Elton Barker, The Open University
Daniel Bangert, Göttingen State and University Library
Francesca Benatti, The Open University
Gabriel Bodard, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Victor de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Rossana Damiano,
Marilena Daquino, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
Tim Duguid, University of Glasgow
Ethan Gruber, American Numismatic Society
Eero Hyvönen, University of Helsinki (HELDIG) and Aalto University
Antoine Isaac, Europeana
Francesco Mambrini, Università Cattolica
John McCrae, National University of Ireland Galway
Paul Mulholland, The Open University
Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Lancaster University
Kevin Page, University of Oxford
Silvio Peroni, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
Davide Picca, University of Lausanne
Robert Sanderson, J. Paul Getty Trust
Rainer Simon, Austrian Institute of Technology
Francesca Tomasi, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
François Vignale, Université du Maine

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