Semantic Digital Libraries

Sebastian Ryszard Kruk, Bernhard Haslhofer, Erich J. Neuhold, Predrag Kneževic and Kerstin Zimmermann


We will start by defining problems in the domain of semantic digital libraries and present solutions that provide building blocks for semantic digital libraries, such as WordNet, DMoz, and SKOS. We will discuss in detail the problems and solutions for bibliographic metadata management and interoperability. We will discuss the future of federations of digital libraries in the context of the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 Internet. We will present three initiatives that adhere to the idea of a semantic digital library: SIMILE which leverages and extends DSpace by enhancing its support for arbitrary schemata and metadata;, which delivers semantic aware digital library components like JeromeDL, MarcOnt, FOAFRealm, and HyperCuP; and BRICKS, the largest cultural heritage project in the EU’s 6th framework program. The tutorial will be followed by a hands-on session where participants will be able to try out SIMILE-PiggyBank, JeromeDL and BRICKS.

Target Audience

Researchers and computer scientists from (digital) library, semantic web, distributed systems and knowledge management communities; with an introductory or intermediate level of experience in the presented topics.