Welcome!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming 2nd International Workshop on Semantic Digital Archives (SDA), to be held as part of the 16th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL).

The workshop, first held in conjunction with TPDL 2011 in Berlin, aims at promoting and discussing sophisticated knowledge representation and knowledge management solutions specifically designed for improving Archival Information Systems. For this purpose, it is intended to bring together the digital libraries community, the digital archiving community and the semantic technologies community. We also explicitly encourage a closer dialogue between the technical oriented communities with people from the (digital) humanities and social sciences as well as cultural heritage institutions in general in order to approach the topic from all relevant angles and perspectives.

The Semantic Digital Archives Workshop will be an exciting opportunity for collaboration and cross-fertilization between the digital libraries, the digital archives and the semantic web communities. Naturally, digital archiving is a richly interdisciplinary research domain. Semantic Digital Archives shift the focus of digital archives to knowledge representation and management issues surrounding digital archiving. We intend to examine all aspects of these emerging Semantic Digital Archives in the workshop.

Over the past couple of decades, digitally created content has come to permeate all aspects of our lives and the life cycle of these objects is increasingly exclusively digital. A portion of this content is expected to have enduring value and can thus be considered being part of our cultural and scientific heritage. For example, a significant number of digital publications and data stored in and accessible from a digital library today will, without care and attention, cease to be accessible. This vast corpus needs to be appraised and items of enduring value selected, archived and kept accessible so that it can be made available in response to requests from information professionals, such as historians and journalists, and the general public.

Therefore, sustainable long-term curation perspectives for our digital cultural heritage are essential. Digital content poses many socio-cultural and technological challenges which create obstacles to long-term or indefinite preservation. Changing technologies and shifting user communities as well as the increasing complexity of digital content consisting of or being enriched with software and multimedia attachments are only a few examples. Dealing with these challenges is the central theme of the workshop.

Please check theĀ Scope and Topics section for more information about the scope and the topics of interest of the Workshop.