Volume 9 Issue 1
July 2013


1st Semantic Web Technologies for Libraries and Readers (STLR 2011)
Alison Callahan, Michel Dumontier, Jodi Schneider, Lars Svensson Co-Editors

These proceedings summarize research and projects presented at the 1st Semantic Web Technologies for Libraries and Readers (STLR 2011) workshop co-located with the 11th Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in Ottawa, Canada. The STLR workshop was motivated by the idea that reading is mobile, interactive, social, and material, and focused on semantically enhancing electronic media for libraries and their users. It aimed to bring together practitioners and developers involved in semantically enhancing electronic media (including documents, books, research objects, multimedia materials and digital libraries) as well as academics researching more formal aspects of the interactions between such resources and their users. The proceedings include written summaries of the two keynote presentations as well as their presentation slides, a presented research paper, and two posters. The workshop gathered the energy of 15-20 attendees.


Metadata is back!
Bernhard Haslhofer

This keynote made connections between recent attempts to add machine-processable metadata to the Web--like schema.org, a joint effort of Bing, Google and Yahoo--and the metadata that librarians have been using for centuries.

Fourth Generation Ebooks
Cathy Marshall

Starting in the early 1990s, three generations of ebooks have quietly paved the way for a fourth generation, one that emphasizes the social side of reading. This keynote highlight two new perspectives of the fourth generation: (1) reading together (i.e. using ebooks as a focal point of synchronous activities) and (2) reading as a productive activity.


Annotation function categories: A semantic extension to the OAC Alpha3 Data Model
Simone Sacchi

Modeling annotation for sharing has been the topic of many studies and projects in the last decade. However, the developed models have focused on modeling annotations for what they are, rather what they are for. This poster suggest an extension of the Open Annotation Collaboration Alpha3 Data Model to support the sharing of function categories able to express the semantics of annotation with respect to the annotation body and the annotation target(s). This semantic enhancement is meant also to inform applications and tools on how to interpret annotation for the purpose of exposing new functionalities to the users.

The YUMA Universal Media Annotator
Rainer Simon, Bernhard Haslhofer, Joachim Jung

Annotations are a fundamental scholarly practice common across disciplines. They enable scholars to organize, share and exchange knowledge, and collaborate in the interpretation of source material. This poster presents the YUMA Universal Media Annotator, an open source suite of tools for the collaborative annotation of online media resources. YUMA encompasses tools for annotating images, maps, audio and video. It is designed for integration into a host environment - e.g. a digital library portal or online media collection - and enables re-use and interoperability by exposing annotation data according to the principles of Linked Data. A unique feature of YUMA is semantic tagging: supported by a semi-automatic mechanism, users can effortlessly augment their annotations with structured context information obtained from Linked Open Data sources on the Web.


The Ontogenesis Knowledgeblog: Lightweight publishing about semantics, with semantics
Phillip Lord, Daniel C. Swan, Simon Cockell, Robert Stevens
The web has moved from a minority interest tool, to one of the most heavily use platforms for publication. Despite originally being designed by and for academics, it has left academic publishing largely untouched; most papers are available on-line, but in PDF and are most easily read once printed. Here, we describe our experiments with using commodity web technology to replace the existing publishing process; the resource describing ontologies that we have developed with this platform; and, finally, the implications that this may have for publishing in a semantic web framework.