Schemas and Ontologies: Building a Semantic Infrastructure for the GRID and Digital Libraries

Date: 16 May 2003 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: e-Science Institute, 15, South College Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
Organiser: Elizabeth Lyon (University of Bath)

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This workshop, organised jointly by UKOLN and the UK e-science Core Programme, will bring together GRID and digital library implementers to consider approaches to developing, expressing and sharing schemas and ontologies. Both communities are experiencing growth in available content on the Web, paralleled by growth in the amount of metadata required to manipulate that content. Already a significant level of activity is focused on developing vocabularies for describing resources, for rights management, for user profiling, for service description. Valuable experience can be shared between the communities, in relation both to the social processes involved in reaching consensus on common vocabularies, and to the technologies for sharing semantics.

The vision of the Semantic Web underlies efforts to share semantics in an automated fashion. There is an overlapping interest amongst the GRID and digital library communities in a number of themes broadly connected to the Semantic Web:

On the one hand harmonisation of vocabularies is attractive, cutting down on duplication and facilitating inter-working between systems. On the other hand it is evident that different knowledge domains require specialised metadata vocabularies and ontologies. There would be major benefits in achieving consensus on the ground-rules for declaring standard schemas, this would enable the multiplicity of existing standards to "play together" in an integrated, machine-understandable Semantic Web environment. However experience has shown there is a requirement for extending and localisation ‘standard’ schemas, forming so-called application profiles.

The role of schema registries will be considered, in particular looking at recent initiatives within the digital library world such as the DCMI registry, and SCHEMAS registry. Availability of appropriate schema creation tools is essential to complement the registration process, as will be illustrated by a demonstration of the recently developed Metadata for Education Group (MEG) schema creation and registration tool.


Participants will be updated on recent developments and a forum will be provided for discussion of future requirements. The workshop will identify any areas which provide promise for future collaboration.

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The event will be hosted by the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh which is a centre for education and research for e-Science, and provides new state-of-the art facilities including an Access Grid system.

Travel: The e-Science Institute is less than 15 minutes walk from Waverley rail station, and from St Andrews square bus stations. It is approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh airport (40 minutes by bus). Please see our web site for a map of the area.